Friday, June 25, 2010

Will DVDs Save Metro?

Soon to go the way of VHS

But in yet another backward looking move, the Metro Board voted to allow the installation of DVD rental kiosks in Metro stations. Could McD's be far behind?! Gasp.

Anyway, DVDs will be around, oh, another few years.


But let's be positive and not destructive and help Metro out with some suggestions as to what to stock those DVD dispensers with.

Here are some, in no particular order, to get the ball rolling:
  • Taxi Driver
  • Cars
  • Motorcycle Diaries
  • Traffic
  • Breaking Away
  • There Will Be Blood
  • Walk Hard
  • The 400 Blows
  • Blow
  • Strangers on a Train
  • Heat
  • Network (One of the best movies ever. If you don't get the ref, watch it. h/t Peter)
  • Death Wish
  • The Killing Fields
  • From Here to Eternity
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Some Like It Hot

@PortableRadio Speed, The Little Engine that Could
@is3l Pelham123!
@EdwinTheRedwin Falling Down, Requiem for a Dream
@AnthonyUp "300" (commute time in minutes; number of passengers per car; non-functional escalators; fare hike; etc.)
@Vogy_Says Speed 1 and 2, The Great Train Robbery, Butch Cassidy, The Sting, French Connection
@Rizzz Throw Momma From the Train.
@kevin_reiss The Taking of Pelham 123 (original version)
@dcparatransit The French Connection, Heat, the Airplane! movies
@pvpanther7 Crash
@rscottfisher Planes, Trains, and Automobiles?
@apcullers Road Trip. The Hitchhiker.
@tbranham Falling Down?
@metro_man Runaway Train
@geomantic Trainspotting
@chenenko if we have a repeat of winter 09-10 you could rent Miracle, or maybe Cool Runnings.
@jb_martin did anyone say Money Train? Please tell me no one said Money Train.
@tomcatx2 speed, speed 2, godzilla films (lots of transit carnage)
@Hell_on_wheelz Runaway Train, Ground Hog Day, The Ghost Train, The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3, Hellboy

Other items:
Bend over (Examiner)
So when Metro crashes, and you want someone to be able to save you. (They painted big numbers instead.)
Finally! A nice question posed by the Post
If you ride these buses ... (WMATA)


Anonymous said...

a title appropriate for metro: "I Know What You Did Last Summer"

per Jackie Jeter's suggestion: "American History X" since apparently metro riders who question the union are racist

Anonymous said...

If your WMATA commute is so long you need a DVD or multiple DVDs there's a problem. This is ridiculous. We don't need DVD kiosks, we need air conditioning and toilets (even pay toilets). The only thing the DVDs will be good for is to fan yourself to try to stay cool.

Chris said...

Why the HELL do we need this? There isn't enough room in the stations to begin with... now we have to dodge tourists browsing movie titles before they head to National for their flight?

Anonymous said...

I think WMATA is hoping that people will pick up a movie on their way home and then return it the next day (or whenever) since the box is on their commute.

However, this is just another idea that is more than 5 years past its prime - way to go METRO!

Anonymous said...

Fares go up. Service still sucks. What kind of transit system opens at 7am on a weekend?

I have to catch a cab to the airport Sunday morning because Metro won't be open.

Worst.Transit System.Ever.

Netflix said...

$116,000 revenue in the first year for WMATA? That would barely cover the full salary/benefits for the WMATA employee overseeing the program. The deal is with Blockbuster? Aren't they out of business? Redbox is king of the DVD rental kiosk. Hasn't WMATA heard of Redbox or better yet, Netflix? DVD rentals...good one WMATA. Why leave out VHS rentals?

Anonymous said...



Anonymous said...

You left of D.C. Cab with Mr. T. Classic.

Anonymous said...

Hey Metro! I am now paying $50 a WEEK as of this Sunday and in August will pay even more. I have no money LEFT to rent movies!

I nominate Dracula, Cruel Intentions, Psycho and Mission: Impossible.

Kara said...

depending on your trip it is even worse ... I used to sometimes go from Crystal City to Huntington early Saturday mornings. The "7 am" train would start at Huntington, go all the way to the end of the line, then turn around. Making the first train effectively around 7:40. Given that when I was doing that I needed to be somewhere a few minutes from the station at 8 am (being late was not an option since it was to get a ride) I needed to hope the train was not late (LOL), run to my destination, then hit all the walk lights perfectly.

If metro had opened at a reasonable time (or pre-staged some trains along the line when they were starting their day) it would not have been an issue. Metro is like the chef who walks into a kitchen just as the restaurant opens then has to scramble to do the day's prep as customers are walking in the door.

Anonymous said...

Die Hard With a Vengeance.
The subway station under the world trade center.

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

"I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO-- oh look a DVD kiosk."

Anonymous said...

I await the next great addition. A kiosk for Pro Active. Improve your face while destroying your mind on Metro!

Travis said...

Crap, how did we miss Murder on the Orient Express?

Anonymous said...

More movies:

The Great Train Robbery
Murder on the Orient Express
The Darjeeling Limited
Dude, Where's My Car?

Michael said...

Metro was trying to find a vendor that was willing to sell something that wasn't food. They put out a request for proposals and this is what they got. If you have a better idea than DVD rental, give it a shot. Until then, this was the best Metro could do.

Travis said...

If you're going to have Breakin', you have to have Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. The level of fail in that movie is on par with that of the Metro.

Unsuck DC Metro said...

The best Metro could do under their arcane way of viewing things, like food.

Anonymous said...

Let those guys sell the pashmina scarves. It will add a flair of color to the stations.

My vote? All the Godfather movies. Watch on your way to work and on your way home - return at the end of the day.

Anonymous said...

Stagecoach... which would be an improvement over Metro.

Anonymous said...

Anyone want to take the bet that when all is said and done these machines actually lose Metro money?

Anonymous said...

How about Office Space?
I wish I was able to just come home and think I've been fishing all day.

Episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, because their crazy schemes are more logical than metro decisions.

The Simpson's Movie because metro should be enclosed in a huge bubble for commuters safety.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one false move and those around you disappear.

Shaun of the Dead, because people exiting metro seem to be about as human as the zombies working menial jobs at the end.

Anonymous said...

The Way We Were :(

Anonymous said...

What you want to bet there will be more time spent on attending those DVD kiosks then spent on attending fare machines?

"Best they can do?" Then fire their butts and hire someone who "can do!"

New addition in honor of Kara who posted above: Marathon Man

Anonymous said...

Do you know how many people I see with food and drink on Metro everyday?

Can we get some enforcement WMATA you lazy &u$k&!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe no one mentioned it yet: The Running Man (since it's quicker than taking the Metro).

Anonymous said...

Mystery Train

Rebecca said...

I think they should have "Network" -- "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

That should be the mantra of all Metro riders!

horseydeucey said...

"Metro was trying to find a vendor that was willing to sell something that wasn't food."

Well, that's the problem, innit? Why? To what end? To net a lousy 116k after one year? This business model doesn't factor in the fact that this business model is terminal and will die in 3...2...1... Really, honestly, will anyone ever rent a DVD from one of these kiosks?

Don't overlook the fact that this is a radical and fundamental change in allowing outside vending inside stations.

So, why not concession stands? Stations are already filthy- who here hasn't seen bottles and wrappers littering our cars?
Why not buskers? Shit, entertain me at least. The free paper vendors are about annoying as it gets already.
Why not bootleggers? I can buy a DVD of a movie that hasn't hit theaters yet? AND get that in-the-seats feel? Hells yeah.

Each one represents more money for WMATA (that's all that really matters, after all, right? 'Cause it ain't safety, or efficiency, or proper equipment maintenance, or customer service, or automation, or...)

This plan is more disconcerting to me than the "Safety" plan to change the color of the platform lights. WMATA needs to stop holding 'joint' meetings. There is a cancer within Metro management, and it won't get cured by renting out old media on old media. Never.

horseydeucey said...

"I think they should have "Network" -- "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

That should be the mantra of all Metro riders!"

But we can't afford to. We're mad as hell, and we ARE going to take it... twice... each day.

DC ParaTransit Info said...

I forgot one - The Distinguished Gentleman, in recognition of the sterling work of The Board

Kara said...

Do people even rent DVDs anymore? When I want to see a movie on my TV that is not on the broadcast schedule I either do on-demand or just go buy the blue-ray (or DVD for my older TV) somewhere.

Anonymous said...

Since they don't reinforce the "No Eating/drinking" policy anyway, they might as well put in some food vendors. Though, I wonder where they'd even put them as there's barely enough room in some stations to hold passengers nevertheless a little kiosk.

Anonymous said...

A Clockwork Orange, because, much like Alex's ordeal, riding Metro feels like I am being forced to watch one horrifying short film after another.

horseydeucey said...

"I wonder where they'd even put them as there's barely enough room in some stations to hold passengers nevertheless a little kiosk."

I don't. Utilize that unused space that is usually found between the two sets of fare entrances. It's got windows, some furniture, a speaker, a door... and that's about all it's good for.

Anonymous said...


Ha! I wasn't even thinking of that. That's a great idea!

Anonymous said...

How about midnight meat train. That is a legitimate movie, not a porno.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington ... as inspiration that we'll eventually make it to Washington on our train.

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