Cinema Paradiso is a strong, growing DVD rental company which we believe is the best for world and arthouse cinema and is one of the best for mainstream tastes as well. With over 80,000 DVD films (and a very impressive 1,800+ Blu-ray high definition titles), Cinema Paradiso is now nipping at the heels of Lovefilm. We like the fact that they have expanded film info for each title, what special features are on the disc, etc. One more little thing we like about Cinema Paradiso's site is that they include DVD titles in multiple genres rather than pigeonholing everything into one category.
Cinema Paradiso's turnaround is quite good, aiming to get DVDs dispatched one business day after receiving your old ones. And if you sign up before noon on a weekday, they'll send your first lot of DVDs out that day. Their are other extras, such as purchasing gift DVD rental subscriptions, which would really make an excellent and continuing Christmas or birthday present. One of their excellent new features is an RSS feed, both a personalised one so you will be informed when discs are dispatched and received, as well as a public one which tells of the most popular rentals and new releases.
Again, while there mainstream fare is excellent, Cinema Paradiso has the best inventory of foreign films in the UK, organised well for searching. Their menu covers films from 65 countries!, plus a foreign language menu with 21 entries, and you can even search for subtitles in your language of choice. No other company even comes close for offering foreign languages films.
The company was established in 2003 and is headquartered in Brentford. In 2005, Cinema Paradiso acquired the popular Zoovies service, a good sign the company is growing well, and 2006 saw their film inventory nearly double and acquired DVDstoMe. A further large inventory increase from 35,000 to 50,000 films followed in 2008, as well as the option to buy ex-rental DVDs. The company survived the mass consolidation across the rental market in the early 2010s and remains a strong company and alternative to Lovefilm.
One of their most recent innovations is allowing up to five profiles per household--so each profile can have its own queue, and if needed, age restriction to keep young viewers safe from adult content. They've also added a DVD Sale section, where you can pick up even recent hits (ex-rental of course) for cheap.
Prices: Cinema Paradiso offers a unlimited and limited subscription tariffs, catering to low and high volume renters alike, and all at competitive prices. Cinema Paradiso offer an unlimited, two disc at a time tariff for a very competitive £11.98 and three discs for £19.98.
They also offer a full range of limited subscriptions for low-volume renters: 2 discs per month, one out at a time for £4.89 (2.45 per disc), 3 discs per month, one out at a time, for £5.99 (2 quid per disc), and 4 discs per month, 2 out at a time, for £7.99 (£2 per disc). Unlike most other companies using this limited tariff model, if you only watch 2 in one month out of your 4 tariff, you get those extra 2 next month, so it's quite fair. Although they don't have a traditional time-based free trial, Cinema Paradiso offer the first four rentals free.
If you want to cancel, Cinema Paradiso requires that all discs be back in their possession by the time the free trial period ends--they suggest posting back five days before the end, which really means it's equivalent to a nine-day free trial if you quit.