In this episode, RUSS BURLINGAME and ZACH D ROBERTS talk about the closure of FAMILY VIDEO's brick-and-mortar stores, as well as talking about some of what they've been watching during the winter months, with honorable mentions going to Netflix's DISENCHANTMENT (they sent Zach mead!), the animated movie BATMAN: SOUL OF THE DRAGON, and Russ's recent introduction to IT'S GARRY SHANDLING'S SHOW.
And this time, for the first episode in like three months, both of them are and remain completely sober throughout!
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The Emerald City Video Podcast is a periodic podcast hosted by entertainment journalist Russ Burlingame, with a rotating cast of hosts who used to work at the Emerald City Video store in East Syracuse, New York. The store was once awarded by the Video Software Dealers of America as the best small video store in the U.S. Though it closed in 2009, the store’s legacy still touches the daily lives of a lot of the people who used to work there, and the Syracuse community as a whole still has a lot of fondness for its memory.
The idea behind the podcast, which launched in 2016, was to bring the discourse you would get at a video store — talking with real humans about your movies, rather than trusting in an algorithm — back to…well, if not the world, or even Syracuse, at least to the guys who maybe missed that human connection the most: a bunch of pop culture junky loudmouths who used to run a really cool video store. Over the years, the Emerald City Video banner has flown over a number of themes, including specific episodes about TV series like Riverdale and Psych.
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Be back for more by noon on the fifth day, and please — always remember to rewind your videocassettes.