Best of Boston

BEST Video Store

2008 BEST Video Store, Kids'

Newbury Comics


Parents may feel better about parking their offspring with an electronic babysitter when there’s more to choose from than the Wiggles or Baby Einstein. In a chain renowned as a playground for adult music fiends, the Fresh Pond outlet of… read more»

2001 BEST Video Store

City Video


In some stores you search for hours for a decent title. In others, like City Video, you instantly strike gold. Maybe that’s because its shelves aren’t stuffed full of 6,000 copies of lame summer blockbusters, but instead feature an overwhelming… read more»

2000 BEST Video Store

Hollywood Express


Attention. Compassion. Unparalleled Service. No, it’s not a bank—it’s a video store. Actually, it’s a chain of them, staffed by some of the most highly regarded film fanatics in town. They can answer all your dumb movie questions like, “Do… read more»

1999 BEST Video Store

City Video


City’s two locations might not have 45 copies of Godzilla, but they’ve got all the movies that really matter, and the staff to help you find them. Ask the overeducated clerks for recent indies with tight dialogue and they’ve likely… read more»

1998 BEST Video Store

Video Oasis


Where else but in this sketchy warehouse could we find so many films we’ve never seen before? The scope of the Oasis collection boggles the brain: What do you feel like tonight, honey? Sorority Babes in the Slime Bowl-a-Rama or… read more»

1997 BEST Video Store

Hollywood Express


Searching for an obscure miniseries by Brit playwright Dennis Potter? Or is Japanimation more your taste? You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for those unrated, non-blockbuster, hard-to-find videos. And if the store doesn’t have that special something… read more»

1995 BEST Video Store

With 16,500 titles available, many locations, and a two-day rental rate of $3 for most films, Videosmith earns the honors. read more»

1991 BEST Video Store

Premiere Video


The customer-service orientation of this new mom-and-pop (and son) store ought to be a model for others. We love the 24-hour movie-drop-off box and the drive-through pickup window. A popcorn machine (help yourself!) and pizza restaurant are in the same… read more»

1989 BEST Video Store

Hollywood Express


A great collection, from recent releases to classics to cult films, with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. read more»

1988 BEST Video Store

Box Office Video


A tremendous selection of foreign and art films, and a staff of knowledgeable buffs. read more»