Tic Tac: A short note

Tic Tac is on Third Cross Road, Raja Annamalai Puram. I think it’s one of the biggest DVD/VCD rentals in the city. For those with the odd LP players, it also stocks those big laser disks. The Hollywood movies section is the biggest and includes movies dating back to the 1940s. Romantic comedies, thrillers, cartoons, the collection includes films of many genres. For example, the entire Bond collection is available on DVD.

I have been a member of Tic Tac for the last three years. One of the main problems I used to face was the lack of a Tamil movie collection, but now Tic Tac has rectified this fault. During my last trip a couple of days ago, I noticed that they had added Tamil movies and dived right in.

Among movies I rented out were Ram and Bharathy, films I missed during their release in the theatre. Now I have a chance to catch them.

Tic Tac isn’t very liberal with the rental schedule. If you run late, you might incur a huge fine.

But otherwise, the rentals rates are cheap and if you rent TV serials like Friends that run into hours you get more time than the normal 2 or 3 days.

Tic Tac also has a decent world cinema collection. Though not big, this collection does offer Bergman, Kurasowa, and Keislowiski films among others. Tic Tac also stocks a pretty good Malayalam and Hindi movie collections. Classic Hindi films of Guru Dutt and Satyajit Ray to the latest Hindi flick is easily available. One huge advantage with Hindi films is that they hit the DVD market faster than Tamil films do.

If you a film buff, especially one who doesn’t have the money to own DVDs and who is not into piracy, this is the store you want to hit.

5 Comments so far

  1. AP (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 1:57 am

    Been hoping for something like this in Chennai!

  2. Sankar (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 3:04 am

    I have been a member of this store for a few years now… But apparently, I have never rented regularly because of the fact that you never get the movies that you want.
    Anytime you go there with a list of movies that you want to rent, you will end up with a “Not available” answer. Doesn’t matter even if they are old movies. You have to settle for movies that you see on the racks.
    They have thousands of members and they buy 1 DVD of each movie… So by the time your turn comes, it will be a few years….

  3. Chguy (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 11:14 am

    Nandhu –

    Nice post. Can you give some more details on the membership fee and also the rental/DVD. Is there any deposit?

    Also for a TV serial buff like me – are there all the major TV serials available (Remington Steele, Magnum PI, Will & Grace)

    Appreciate your time


  4. nandhu (unregistered) on November 2nd, 2007 @ 7:36 pm

    Deposit is something like Rs 2000 or more. i dont remember exactly. but it’s quite expensive. rental rates are cheaper. between Rs 30 for vcds and Rs 75 for special edition dvds and tv serials.

    i remember seeing will and grace but not the other two. but friends, 24 hrs, the collection is there though not very big.

    also, what the other commentator said is quite true. you at times dont get the dvd you want. but u do have the option to reserve, which means that u have to go there at a fixed time and pick up the dvd. requires some coordination over the phone too! pls check with the counter about the reservation.

  5. Madhavi (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    I joined Tic Tac recently.Their membership rates are very reasonable compared to others. Dvd membership is Rs.1500 ie 750 membership fee & 750 will get adjusted with your rentals. They have a fabulous collection in English, also they carry hindi,tamil,telugu & malayalam. They intimate the latest releases thro’ sms which is very useful.

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