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Video Libraries

DVD technology makes it possible for the watcher to choose which language he or she wants to watch a film in. It won´t be long before DVDs render videos obsolete but until that day comes here are a number of video libraries which offer a good range of English language titles. In order to register with the various libraries you will need to produce a photo ID and proof of registration.

Mittenwalderstr. 11, 10961 Berlin - Kreuzberg | Tel: 692 8804, Fax: no fax | U7 Gneisenaustrasse, U6+U1 Hallesches Tor |
OK, maybe they don't have everything, but these guys certainly have anything, and I am constantly surprised at the extent to which they can gratify some pretty odd requests. While their selection often overlaps with Incredibly Strange, they have a noticeably wider selection (over 3000 tapes!) excelling in Japanimation, Splatter, Hong Kong films, Roger Corman beach movies, US and Brit TV shows (including Twilight Zone, Avengers, Superman and the complete Star Trek) with lots of pretty strange surprises, while still doing a good job of accommodating the more conservative tastes. If you don't see it on the shelves - ask - the boys behind the counter are movie buff and can help you out in most cases. Rentals are 7.50 per night for most tapes and DM10 for new releases. Video players available for nominal rent (and sizable deposit).

America Memorial Library
(Amerika Gedenk Bibliothek)
Blucherplatz 1, 10961 Berlin - Kreuzberg | Tel: 90226-105, Fax: 90226-139 | U6+15 Hallesches Tor | Times: Mon 15:00-19:00, Tue-Sat 11:00-19:00 | Youth Library closed on Wednesday | Accessible by Wheelchair | Membership (With proof of residency and passport). The library card is good for all the state libraries in Berlin | Prices: DM20 one year membership, DM10 Conc.
In the past year, the collection has seen a major boost in both quantity and scope. Once the territory of the cineaste, the entertainment quotient has been upped to include westerns, comedy, sci-fi and contemporary relationship films as well as many necessary classics. The selection includes not only British and American films but also French, Italian and Japanese - many with English subtitles. Also many Japanese films with French subtitles for those so inclined. Videos, like books, are free and can be kept out for one week. There are also two viewing decks available for immediate gratification.

The British Council
Hackescher Markt 1, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 31 10 99 10, Fax: 31 10 99 46 | S-Bahn Hackescher Markt | Mon & Thu 13:00-20:00, Tue, Wed & Fri 11:00-18:00, Sat 11:00-14:00 | Membership: DM60 per year DM30 (conc.)
These guys have not only greatly expanded their collection, it would seem, from the looks of things, that they have all but thrown out all the books in favor of the videos. The library has a varied collection of British contemporary and classic films and TV shows as well as many American films featuring British talent. Selection tends to lean towards the literary but there is enough variety to appeal to most tastes. Prices range from 2.50- 7 and tapes can be kept out for a week. For those who are interested, they also have a large selection of talking book audio cassettes.

Incredibly Strange Video
Eisenacherstr. 115, 10777 Berlin - Schöneberg | Tel: 215 1770, Fax: 215 1770 | U1+U2+U4 Nollendorfplatz | Times: Mon-Sun 14:00 to 22:00
Originally started with an accent on the weird and wonderful world of cult and exploitation films, Incredibly Strange has broadened their selection over the years to cover a wide range including crime, comedy, indie cross-over, foreign films with English subtitles, and of course the cheap horror and sci-fi that made them famous. Recently they have expanded their TV section to include episodes of Friends, Seindfeld and ER as well as some Brit sticoms. Tapes are 8 per day ( 6 for each additional tape). Video players available for nominal rent (and sizable deposit). Note: they have a 24 hour video drop and Sunday is half-price video day!

M sucht nach Film...
Kantstr. 28, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 262 4321, Fax: 262 4332 | S+U Zoologischer Garten |
For those of you who feel like you actually want to own something, this is the place to go. They concentrate on classic films but offer a wide variety featuring a large stock of original versions. And if they don't have what you want in stock, they will do their best to order it for you from various English speaking lands. Also for you music freaks, a large selection of soundtrack CDs. A recent move to larger premises in Kantstr. has seen an increase in floor space and selection.

Video World
Torstr. 177, 10115 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 280 7084, Fax: no fax | U8 Rosenthalerplatz; or S-Bahn Oranienburgerstr | Times: Mon-Sun 10:00 - 01:00
Once the last hope of the desperate, this branch of the Video World chain has recently expanded their English section (bringing it up out of the basement where it languished amidst the porn tapes) and actually appears to be periodically updating its films. A limited selection when compared to any of the above, nonetheless it's there to comfort you on a quiet or lonely night with an assortment of tapes that, if nothing else, you shouldn't have to feel ashamed to be seen carrying home. Video players available for nominal rent (and sizable deposit). Don't let the DM3 rental price fool you - this is per calender day, which means if you keep it overnight you pay 6. However it is open till 1am...!

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