Sometimes there's nothing better on a cold autumn night than hitting the couch to watch a good movie on TV. But if you don't have the Slovak to understand local programming that can be tough. So can finding a place to rent a video player in town.
There is one option: Video Hit, at Víglašská 13 in Petržalka, rents video machines for the reasonable price of 100 Sk per day - plus a deposit of 4,500 Sk to keep you from walking off with the machine. One warning: They don't speak any English, so you might not understand when they tell you that if you break the machine, they keep your deposit. They are open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; just walk in to rent the machine or videos, or, call ahead at 07-829-703.
Of course, nothing's going to be that simple. Video Hit only carries videos that are produced or dubbed into Slovak or Czech. In fact, throughout the city, only a sparse number of movies are available for rent in their original language (often English) with subtitles - not dubbing - in Czech or Slovak. The best bet may be Pro Video, on Líščie Nivy 8. They have about 15 subtitled films, available for between 5 and 40 Sk a day.
Or try Meteor Video in Lamač, Video Astra in Vrakuňa, or Videopožičovňa-Šišo, on Mierová 2. Each has staff members who speak English, so they can help customers browse through the movie selection and find the few films that have been subtitled rather than dubbed.
A video shop called Oscar in Dolné Hony also has about five subtitled movies; Fabricius, in Petržalka, has four. Then you can start scraping the bottom of the barrel, depending on your location. Downtown, check Videopožičovňa B+B on Moskovská ul. or Video Centrum near K-Mart; each has two subtitled movies - enough to last an evening.
In Dúbravka, there's Cordina, and in Karlova Ves, try Simi, which also both have just a couple of undubbed flicks. Beyond that, you're at the mercy of the programmers at STV - or friends with a good library of videotapes. Butter up that popcorn, settle into the pillows, and enjoy the film!
8. Nov 1995 at 0:00 | Hannah Wolfson