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Play: an unexpected arthouse DVD treasure trove

February 21, 2009

Play is a new/used CD + DVD + Gaming shop at the top of Bourke street.  It’s quite small, definitely unassuming, and not unlike a Dixons in its’ layout. It would be easy to miss, and easier still to dismiss.  When a friend insisted on perusing the shelves I walked in, expecting to indulge them with a quick and bland wander through yesterday’s megaplex hits.  How wrong could a person be?  On the shelves I saw almost nothing but arthouse obscurities, intriguing music documentaries, underground horror and rarely seen overseas television programmes of some note, like Peepshow and The Tudors.  I spied in this shop copies of Passolini’s  Salo (deluxe boxed edition), an early Mike Leigh film ‘Meantime’ starring Tim Roth and Gary Oldman (which I must confess I purchased, sorry all),  George Romero’s ‘Diary of the Dead’, an obscure documentary about Joy Division (not ‘Control’) that came out last year, the BBC adaptation of Dostoyevskys’s Crime and Punishment starring John Sim, The Apartment with Monica Bellucci and Vincent Cassell… many many more.   I was really very surprised and rather impressed.  

The staff member who served me was very cooperative and helpful, friendly and enthusiastic.  My purchases were very reasonably priced, although it must be warned that some of the collectors editions do become rather more expensive than your average DVD at the larger discount retailers.

The CD and Game selection is currently without comment, as my was instantly drawn to the DVD wall, so this blog welcomes the opinion of readers as to whether these sections of the shop impress as much as the film section. 

There is no website for Play, so unfortunately a visit is your only way of perusing their current stock.  

Contact details:

4/50 Bourke Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

ph 61 3 9650 0652

Open until at least 8pm mon to sat…. check with the store for actual times.

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