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0rac
01-22-05, 05:01 PM
WHy do I buy DVDs that I know I do not watch. I love the movies and I want them but I know 90% of time that I'll never find time to watch them, or if I do it will be a long time. Like I got Saving Private Ryan and haven't even put it in the player. Even know with my money low I still get things. If I had more time maybe but I like having them just in case, or to let others see it that never have, or just to have them in my collection.

Is it just me?

Al Padrino
01-22-05, 05:04 PM
No. This place is full of people will collections full of things they probably won't ever watch more than once. We've all got our favorite films and shows, but a lot of people buy just for the sake of it.

There's nothing wrong with big collections or only watching any given title once every couple of years, but some people dump thousands into a collection full of titles that they don't truly want. It's fun picking up new titles and building your personal library, but it's asinine to buy anything you don't really want.

If you know you'll never have time to watch most of them, then get into a different hobby. We're all pressed for time, but if it's so bad that you KNOW you'll never get to watch some titles, then you're just wasting a ton of cash.

Think before you buy. It's not always the fun way, but it's more cost efficient in the end, and you'll wind up with only what you truly want.

natevines
01-22-05, 05:05 PM
I agree, I do this alot. Both with movies that I've never seen and ones that I have seen and liked, but will probably never watch on DVD.

Snowmaker
01-22-05, 05:11 PM
I've got several I've never watched (yet). I've had The Godfather DVD for at least 6 months now and have still never even seen the movie itself.

Bricks II
01-22-05, 05:42 PM
I think Al nailed it. There's a difference between movies you like and movies you'll watch again. There are many movies each year that, for me, I like but wouldn't watch enough for them to be worth owning. Monster is a good example; I thought the film was very good but I wouldn't find myself watching it very often or even having the urge to watch it. I'm glad I saw it, but it's not the kind of movie one revisits a whole lot.

I try to make my collection of movies ones I'll watch at least twice a year. If not, I don't buy it. Sometimes I find myself selling DVD's I don't watch, but not to often. I always evaluate before I buy.

lisadoris
01-22-05, 05:50 PM
My goal is to only buy movies that I'll watch. I'm currently on a buying moratorium until I get through the last 10 or so DVDs I've bought. Some people have tons of movies that are still in the plastic so I wouldn't worry - it's all about having viewing options.

Dazed
01-22-05, 05:54 PM
I only have a few I havent seen (just not in the mood to see them). I find when my unviewed pile gets too big I have to stop buying new ones till it goes doewn a bit (an incentive to watch them :) )

DavidH
01-22-05, 05:55 PM
If you only buy DVDs that you actually re-watch, you might only end up with 200 DVDs or so in five years of buying like me.

Al Padrino
01-22-05, 06:06 PM
That's another thing. Some people are under the impression that if they bought something, they shouldn't ever part with it, even if they know they'll probably never watch it again or watch it in the first place.

I know that if you bought something at one point, you probably had a good reason for doing so, and thus, you justify letting it occupy precious space in your home. That's crazy. I don't think you have to watch any titles a certain amount of times to justify owning them, but I do think it's silly to hang onto titles you know you probably won't have the desire to watch again.

For several years, I perished the thought of ever getting rid of any of my DVDs. But then I realized I had several that I had purchased at one time and knew that for whatever reason, it was unlikely I'd ever watch them again. Some were impulse buys that I later regreted, and others were discs that just didn't need to be seen a second or third time in my eyes. That's my fault for buying something I didn't really think through, but hanging onto them seemed to serve no other purpose than to remind me that I had made a foolish purchase.

This very forum has a great trading area and I've found that it's much more satisfying to take titles I no longer wish to own and trade them for something I actually do want. That's why I can only tell you what my first DVD purchase was and not what my 100th or 200th purchase was. As time has gone by, I've thined out the library here and there, and thus, it's impossible to say such and such title was my X title added to it.

Fok
01-22-05, 06:07 PM
DVD addiction my friend, we all have it in some form or matter

QuiGonJosh
01-22-05, 06:13 PM
Used to be like that, wised up and sold about 75% of my collection because I just wasn't going to watch those again or at all. Just a waste of space. Down to about 200 now, from a little over 900.

Shagrath
01-22-05, 06:19 PM
I have a large catalog of unwatched films, and to prevent it from getting any larger, I decided to make a resolution to watch everything I buy within a week, with the possible execption of TV Series (not enough time in a week), and certain times of the year like my birthday and Xmas, where I may get 15-20 titles. I've watched every movie I've gotten this year (except for the new ones from today). So that's 20 new titles bought and watched so far this month. Also, I've knocked out 12 from my back catalog. I plan to keep this up throughout the year, and further, as long as time will allow me to.

ctyankee
01-22-05, 06:23 PM
Three years ago I posted a thread called You Just Might Have a DVD problem ....

http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=172724&page=1&pp=25&highlight=Eisenstein

Some of the quips are showing their age ...

but I still like this one ...

If you bought Eisenstein - The Sound Years – and you don’t even know what The Sound Years are let alone who the heck Eisenstein was … you might have a DVD problem.

Shagrath
01-22-05, 06:29 PM
If you bought Eisenstein - The Sound Years – and you don’t even know what The Sound Years are let alone who the heck Eisenstein was … you might have a DVD problem.

Isn't he that EMC guy? j/k :)

gutwrencher
01-22-05, 06:36 PM
Christ....here we go, again. we need -rolleyes- at least one of these threads a month, and by God, were gettin' it.:D

I have over 1,800 titles. I buy only what I have a passion for. I buy only what I would watch. I watch everything I buy within a few days of adding to the...uhh...library. I've seen a few things just once, so far, and many titles...multiple times. titles are there to serve a purpose, other than jamming down my throat on some kind of rampent viddey schedule. I watch them when I'm ready and jazzed to watch them. I research them as well, as my library is not just for enjoyment while watching....but for education. it's like a personal historical archive....just for me. it's also not a huge collection of dvds as to provide some kind of wow-factor. I really don't care what others think of my library and when someone comes to my home...the library is out-o-sight and locked away. I post a library link on-line....but thats just for film/collecting conversation between film lovers. to share knowledge about what you have and why can be fun. some forums have lost sight of this, with members jumping ship and running to the next format or maybe others just can't understand why someone would want to own 1,000 dvds. all this in a dvd forum.:lol:

crazy kids.

you may be wasting your time and $.....but I'm not.

nightshadebooks
01-22-05, 06:47 PM
I buy in a library sense. When I bought the Warner Noir collection, I didn't buy it to watch it then. I bought it knowing that I'd want to watch it sooner or later. I acquired about 40 noir films over the years, and hadn't watched most of them. In the past two weeks, I've been on a noir kick, and have watched about 20 of them, and will watch the rest in the next couple of weeks.

I hate the feeling of being in the mood to watch something but it being 3:30 in the morning on a Sundany and not being able to go rent it or something. Things that won't be watched a second time go to the ebay pile.

OldBoy
01-22-05, 06:50 PM
DVD addiction my friend, we all have it in some form or matter
Amen! I never watch ones that I own because I own them and know they aren't going anywhere, thus all the time in the world mentality. Of course I will still buy them (the ones i am passionate about) and look forward to watching them, but that might not be for a year or so, just knowing it is there makes me sleep better. The only, ONLY DVD's I ever watch is ones I rent.

I too simply just like to gaze at them all and relish the fact that I have most, if not all the movies I love in the world!
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Al Padrino
01-22-05, 06:58 PM
I know what you mean when you say you just like the feeling of knowing you've got what you love, but what's the point if you don't ever watch them? I've got titles I've seen many times and others that I've only watched once, but I wouldn't ever keep buying if I never watched the ones I owned. That just seems like a waste of money.

TNAJason
01-22-05, 08:20 PM
I own 900 DVDs. 87 I haven't watched ever. I buy because they are recommended,or look like a good DVD. I've never seen a single minute of a Godfather movie,but I own the trilogy. I plan on watching sometime soon. Same thing with Scarface,Goodfellas,all the way to Hills Have Eyes,Crazies,Suspiria,and Videodrome. I am a DVD addict that needs to watch these titles,and if I like them,keep them,if I don't Selling/Trading time. I'm a sad pathetic DVD addict. Can you forgive me?:(

TNAJason
01-22-05, 08:22 PM
May I add that all those DVDs are in my "DVDs to watch soon" shelf.

Al Padrino
01-22-05, 08:26 PM
It's funny I've seen a few people mention the Godfather trilogy. I felt I was the only one who had never seen any of the films a while back. I got the trilogy back in September, but it wasn't until last night and today that I watched Parts II & III.

I know for me, it was the running time of each film that kept me from sitting down and watching them, since I prefer to watch a movie all the way through in one sitting. Part II is so brilliant that I had no trouble sitting through the first three or so hours. But I was so damn tired that I had to watch the last bit this morning. Part III is pretty disjointed, but I was still able to watch it with no real problem.

I don't know where you guys live, but here in Michigan, we've been slammed with snow since last night, so all my DVD watching is justified since driving anywhere is out of the question.

phr33k
01-22-05, 08:47 PM
sometimes i buy dvds i wont watch for months because they will look good on my shelf. Am i weird?

Dabaomb
01-22-05, 09:24 PM
DVD addiction my friend, we all have it in some form or matter

this is true for me.

I've always been a collector. Used to be sports cards, comics, CDs, clothes, etc. Now it's DVDs. Been collecting for 2.5+ years now.

I buy a movie cuz I like it and have a desire to own and watch it. Sometimes (a lot of times) I don't.

I'm a bargain hunter and it's also the thrill of the hunt as well. I like searching for good deals. To me that's almost as big a part of the DVD hobby as watching the movies themselves. Is that wise? Probably not since DVDs for the most part aren't good investments. But hey, that's who I am and it's my money so I can spend it however I want.

fliggil
01-22-05, 09:43 PM
I've been buying DVDs for about 3 years now, and I like some, buy only movies that I will rewatch (I could probably estimate a combined 75 viewings between Bottle Rocket, Death to Smoochy, Best in Show, and The Birdcage). If it's not something that I'm in dire need for I'll usually hold it in my hands for about 5 minutes at a store and talk some sense into myself. I find I definately have saved hundreds by getting about 1/3 of my 175 DVD's used through eBay. Lately what I do is scour 'upcoming releases' lists, find movies I really want and know I'll watch and make my own list, I try to stick to it and not venture out of it, I've even pretty much given up on the 2 for $15 deals and such. I realized that by spending less on movies I 'like' as opposed to 'love' I have some extra cash to buy some Criterion's that, besides being great films, have been a help several times in writing papers for my film classes.

sracer
01-22-05, 09:47 PM
I said it before and I'll say it again... heck, I say it every time one of these threads gets started... :)

Having a decent percentage (upwards of 50%) of unwatched discs in a collection is a healthy thing!

When you feel like watching a movie, if you have some that are unwatched, then you have the opportunity to watch it. But if you've seen all of your discs at least once and are in the mood to watch something you haven't seen in a while, then you'll be forced to go out to a video place to rent. I have at least 33% of my collection that I haven't watched yet, and I like having the option of grabbing a disc off the shelf I haven't seen yet.

But then again I march to a different tune.... and don't wig out that I have unwatched discs. :lol:

Al Padrino
01-22-05, 10:01 PM
I said it before and I'll say it again... heck, I say it every time one of these threads gets started... :)

Having a decent percentage (upwards of 50%) of unwatched discs in a collection is a healthy thing!

When you feel like watching a movie, if you have some that are unwatched, then you have the opportunity to watch it. But if you've seen all of your discs at least once and are in the mood to watch something you haven't seen in a while, then you'll be forced to go out to a video place to rent. I have at least 33% of my collection that I haven't watched yet, and I like having the option of grabbing a disc off the shelf I haven't seen yet.

But then again I march to a different tune.... and don't wig out that I have unwatched discs. :lol:

I see the logic, but of course, I disagree. If you have a fairly large collection, there's a good chance that even if you've seen everything in it, there are a lot of titles you haven't seen in a while.

critterdvd
01-22-05, 10:05 PM
I've boughten a few DVD's on a whim that I have never watched (Namely "King of the Hill Season 1," "Forever Knight Season 1," and "Jeremiah Season 1") I usually see them at an incredible price and can't pass them up (yet i should).

Mike Lowrey
01-22-05, 10:28 PM
I have a large catalog of unwatched films, and to prevent it from getting any larger, I decided to make a resolution to watch everything I buy within a week, with the possible execption of TV Series (not enough time in a week), and certain times of the year like my birthday and Xmas, where I may get 15-20 titles. I've watched every movie I've gotten this year (except for the new ones from today). So that's 20 new titles bought and watched so far this month. Also, I've knocked out 12 from my back catalog. I plan to keep this up throughout the year, and further, as long as time will allow me to.


I do this just to make sure the disc isn't a bad disc. I only buy maybe 5 movies a month and one or two season box sets a month. So usually when I buy a movie, I'll watch it right away, usually within a few days of purchase or arrival. Season sets however, are a totally different thing. For a while I was pretty much caught up and had everything watched with plenty of time, but lately with the explosion of TV on DVD, I've gotten kind of back-logged with my season sets. For example, Hercules - Season 4 came out back in July, I recently just finished watching it, about the day or so before Season 5 arrived. I've also got Xena - Season 5 sitting there, unwatched and Season 6 comes out in early March.

I bought all three seasons of Beastmaster back in October. Just now finally finishing off the 3rd season with just 6 episodes to go.

Just ordered two sets off of Amazon in their big >50% off sale. Dark Angel - S1 and 24 - S1. Don't know when I'll get time to watch them...I still have the final two seasons of Star Trek: Voyager to get through.


However, I figure that once I finish up all these series, I'll let up on my buying and just sit back and watch these at my leisure. And being that the last 6 months of 2004 was pretty lackluster for good films, I won't be buying very many movies for a while.

spartanstew
01-22-05, 11:45 PM
I know what you mean when you say you just like the feeling of knowing you've got what you love, but what's the point if you don't ever watch them?

I currently have about 15 DVD's (out of 200) that I have never seen. I have another 100 that I might not ever see more than once. Why do I have them? The 15 that I do have, I plan to watch in the near future and there's a better chance of me watching them if I own them. The ones that I don't really plan on every seeing again are movies that I enjoy and wanted to build my library with. Why have a library? We get weekend visitors almost every month since most of our friends and all of our family live out of State. When we have company, we want them to have a large selection of movies to look at and choose what to watch on any given night. Some of the movies I own, might never get selected and I might never watch them more than the initial viewing. Some movies I might watch a dozen times (even though I never planned to watch it again myself). It's much the same with my CD collection. I keep 12 CD's in my car and there's only a few other CD's that I listen to on a regular basis. Yet I have about 300. The reasons the same. If someone comes over and I say, "what to you want to listen to?", I want to have a selection for them to pick from.



Stew

fliggil
01-22-05, 11:54 PM
I currently have about 15 DVD's (out of 200) that I have never seen. I have another 100 that I might not ever see more than once. Why do I have them? The 15 that I do have, I plan to watch in the near future and there's a better chance of me watching them if I own them. The ones that I don't really plan on every seeing again are movies that I enjoy and wanted to build my library with. Why have a library? We get weekend visitors almost every month since most of our friends and all of our family live out of State. When we have company, we want them to have a large selection of movies to look at and choose what to watch on any given night. Some of the movies I own, might never get selected and I might never watch them more than the initial viewing. Some movies I might watch a dozen times (even though I never planned to watch it again myself). It's much the same with my CD collection. I keep 12 CD's in my car and there's only a few other CD's that I listen to on a regular basis. Yet I have about 300. The reasons the same. If someone comes over and I say, "what to you want to listen to?", I want to have a selection for them to pick from.



Stew

you're too good to your guests. back home guests in my house get a fold out couch and to use a 20 year old tv that doesnt even have a remote and stops at ch. 13

SlingshotBandit
01-22-05, 11:57 PM
this is true for me.

I've always been a collector. Used to be sports cards, comics, CDs, clothes, etc. Now it's DVDs. Been collecting for 2.5+ years now.

I buy a movie cuz I like it and have a desire to own and watch it. Sometimes (a lot of times) I don't.

I'm a bargain hunter and it's also the thrill of the hunt as well. I like searching for good deals. To me that's almost as big a part of the DVD hobby as watching the movies themselves. Is that wise? Probably not since DVDs for the most part aren't good investments. But hey, that's who I am and it's my money so I can spend it however I want.

I think Dabaomb is my metrosexual brother. Right down to the "sports cards, comics, CD, clothes, etc. Now it's DVDs" part.

Sheesh. It's like reading a bio about myself.

GeoffreyL
01-23-05, 12:02 AM
Out of the app. 1000 dvds that I own, I have not seen about 325 of them and there are probably another 200 Ive seen but not watched the dvd.These include the Godfather trilogy, BttF trilogy,all 5 Star Wars, and the Indy collection. I still have'nt seen the Green Mile which I purchased in June of 2000. Just looking over at one shelf I see 37 out of the first 49 that I haven't seen the dvd.Some of them I may never watch,but they just seem right to have in my collection.

natevines
01-23-05, 12:06 AM
I've boughten a few DVD's on a whim that I have never watched (Namely "King of the Hill Season 1," "Forever Knight Season 1," and "Jeremiah Season 1") I usually see them at an incredible price and can't pass them up (yet i should).

Hehe, 'boughten'. Awesome!

Dabaomb
01-23-05, 12:26 AM
Hehe, 'boughten'. Awesome!

:lol:

The grammar police is in full effect ;)

Daniel L
01-23-05, 12:38 AM
Gutwrencher, I live pretty damn close to you, remember? When do I get to swing by and check out the DVD Library? Drinks are on me!

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 01:00 AM
Out of the app. 1000 dvds that I own, I have not seen about 325 of them and there are probably another 200 Ive seen but not watched the dvd.These include the Godfather trilogy, BttF trilogy,all 5 Star Wars, and the Indy collection. I still have'nt seen the Green Mile which I purchased in June of 2000. Just looking over at one shelf I see 37 out of the first 49 that I haven't seen the dvd.Some of them I may never watch,but they just seem right to have in my collection.

I'm sorry, but that's borderline ridiculous. It's understandable that with the volume of DVDs in your collection, you'd have some titles unwatched, but 325 unwatched DVDs? Why are you still buying? I had about 80 DVDs in my backlog a month ago and felt completely overwhelmed. I can't imagine what it must feel like to have that many unwatched DVDs. To me, that'd just feel like a waste of money. I just don't see how you can possibly ever catch up if you keep on buying.

And for people who say they don't have much time, I guess I'll have to point to Gut, who's stated many times on this board how many hours a day he works and yet, he's got a library of nearly 2,000 titles and virtually no unwatched titles. If he can find time to do it, I don't see why others can't.

conscience
01-23-05, 01:01 AM
Sold about half of my collection at sporadic moments in time over the past year.

Now I have about 90 (want to get down to 50 really) and I partake in online renting (the best thing ever).

story
01-23-05, 01:41 AM
My problem is that I enjoy the films on DVD I own so much, that I find it difficult to choose one to watch. The reason is because I often put on a DVD in the background while I'm doing something else. Yet, the films I buy are so good, I can't imagine just having them in the background and not paying full attention to them. And unfortunately, a nice three-hour block for Lawrence of Arabia just doesn't happen everyday.

GMLSKIS
01-23-05, 01:47 AM
I don't do that but something close to it. I watch everything at least once because I won't rewatch a dvd unless I'm caught up. As soon as I buy a new movie it goes by the dvd player and will not get put up until it's watched. About a month ago I was caught up for the first time in ages and it felt great. Right now I'm only 3 behind so not too bad. As opposed to renting you should only buy what you may watch multiple times but DVD collecting is like an addiction or desease and we all here suffer from it. Just try and be more selective but still enjoy it. It beats wasting money on smoking or drinking or other junk.

nightmaster
01-23-05, 02:22 AM
The problem is foreign to me I guess. I buy what I like and I watch what I like, so unwatched DVDs are pretty far and few between on my shelves. Do I wish I was rich and retired so I could watch movies at any given time? Sure, but as it is I watch what I bring in. I think people associate what SHOULD be in their collection with what 'serious' film coneisseurs regard highly. That's all well and good but if they're movies YOU don't have a desire to watch then they're pretty much dust gatherers. To me it's about entertainment. Lord KNOWS I have movies in my collection that would gag the serious film critic. As for buying movies so other people who visit and scan my collection can enjoy them (ie., friends and family members) the hell with that. Let 'em go buy their own, I don't need to stick a particular movie on my shelf any moreso than I need to keep a particular wine on hand for company.

scarredgod
01-23-05, 02:24 AM
I really don't care what others think of my library and when someone comes to my home...the library is out-o-sight and locked away. I post a library link on-line....but thats just for film/collecting conversation between film lovers. to share knowledge about what you have and why can be fun.

not to make this thread about you, and i dont mean any real offense by this, and i dont know you, but i dont really buy this. ive never seen anyone on any forum do as much bragging as you on your collection. everytime i see your name as the next post, i know its gonna be bragging about adding this title to your already huge collection. you contribute alot about movies, but you always add a little quip at the end with just makes note of your massive collection. its subtle but its always there. i can talk about DVDs i bought, and films i like or dislike, without constantly referring to the size of my uhh collection.

jkberden
01-23-05, 02:34 AM
not to make this thread about you, and i dont mean any real offense by this, and i dont know you, but i dont really buy this. ive never seen anyone on any forum do as much bragging as you on your collection. everytime i see your name as the next post, i know its gonna be bragging about adding this title to your already huge collection. you contribute alot about movies, but you always add a little quip at the end with just makes note of your massive collection. its subtle but its always there. i can talk about DVDs i bought, and films i like or dislike, without constantly referring to the size of my uhh collection.

I smell a fight coming...

nightmaster
01-23-05, 02:46 AM
this is true for me.

I've always been a collector. Used to be sports cards, comics, CDs, clothes, etc. Now it's DVDs. Been collecting for 2.5+ years now.

I buy a movie cuz I like it and have a desire to own and watch it. Sometimes (a lot of times) I don't.

I'm a bargain hunter and it's also the thrill of the hunt as well. I like searching for good deals. To me that's almost as big a part of the DVD hobby as watching the movies themselves. Is that wise? Probably not since DVDs for the most part aren't good investments. But hey, that's who I am and it's my money so I can spend it however I want.

Ah, a poster after my own heart.......I love the hunt for a good bargain. In the past year I haven't found nearly as many because after collecting for the last 4 and a half years there aren't SO many movies that I just have to have, that I haven't found in some pawn shop or used store along the way in one state or another, or picked up from half.com or DDD. A month or so ago I picked up the Van Helsing Ultimate Collector's Edition with the 3 Universal Monster Classics for a whopping $12......but deals like that aren't that proliferous now it seems like. I buy, at most, 1-2 new releases right off the shelf a month, the rest of my stuff I get by bargain hunting.

mikerodot78
01-23-05, 03:37 AM
not to make this thread about you, and i dont mean any real offense by this, and i dont know you, but i dont really buy this. ive never seen anyone on any forum do as much bragging as you on your collection. everytime i see your name as the next post, i know its gonna be bragging about adding this title to your already huge collection. you contribute alot about movies, but you always add a little quip at the end with just makes note of your massive collection. its subtle but its always there. i can talk about DVDs i bought, and films i like or dislike, without constantly referring to the size of my uhh collection.


He's paid for over 1800? movies. I'd say he's bought himself a little bit of "glory."

Kris81
01-23-05, 03:48 AM
I used to buy a whole crapload of movies that i'd never watch (mainly because they were really cheap, or i figured they'd be worth some money)

needless to say i smartened up, and sold over 80 of my dvds. The only one's i've kept now are the ones i believe i'll watch again, TV Box sets, movies i haven't seen yet but know i will, or movies i want to pass on down to my kids/neices/nephews..


I think that today's children's stuff is crap (spongebob, dragonballz, etc) compared to the stuff i grew up with in the 80's... as well i want my kids to experience disney classics like alice in wonderland, snow white, pinochio, etc.. so i don't mind putting out an extra 20-30$

mikerodot78
01-23-05, 04:17 AM
Spongebob isn't crap. It's pretty funny. For the most part, the 80's cartoons werent all that great compared to today. You've just gotten older.

blue eyes
01-23-05, 07:05 AM
I always try to buy DVDs that I either:
a) Have seen before and liked, and
b) Love it so much that I could watch it over and over again w/o bored of it.

That being said, I have about 4 or 5 I haven't watched since I bought them.

marty888
01-23-05, 09:32 AM
I won't rewatch a dvd unless I'm caught up.

I don't follow that plan at all. Right now I have about 15 or 20 unwatched titles (out of over 1500) that I haven't watched, but they are all movies that I know well that were purchased release week or on special sale etc. I'll watch <i>The Great Escape</i> or <i>Goodfellas</i> (both sitting on the "new" shelf) when I'm in the mood, not because some studio or store decided I should watch it on Tuesday the 18th or whatever. Meanwhile, if I feel like re-watching a John Carpenter movie or a Kurosawa classic or some guilty pleasure comedy or horror trash, then <i>that's</i> what I watch.

I own <i>them</i> - <i>they</i> don't own me.

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 10:56 AM
I smell a fight coming...

Actually that's just my breakfast you smell there. I've been told it smells like a fight several times in the past.

GeoffreyL
01-23-05, 11:20 AM
Al, that's true about being borderline ridiculous,But knowing I can watch any of them whenever I want is similiar to peeing your pants while wearing a dark suit. It makes you all warm,and no body notices it but you.

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 11:57 AM
Unless someone's near you, at which point, we're back to smelling things. And I rest assure that this time, it would not be my breakfast that everyone's smelling.

tommyp007
01-23-05, 12:16 PM
My library is about 550 titles with the combined dvd's of my fiance and my collections. There are lots of hers I haven't seen and the same goes for her with my movies. What we did when we combined was to start watching them Alphabetically so we would each see new movies we might not otherwise choose to watch. it's worked out great! i've seen movies that I liked I NEVER would have bought! We still buy new movies almost every week, and someday plan to see everything on the shelves. BTW, the Alpha system isn't bedrock. If we feel like a comedy and the next movie is The Passion of the Christ for instance, we just look at something we bought recently but will be coming up waaay down the road on the list.

and yeah...it is an addiction! But one I don't mind having.

fliggil
01-23-05, 01:01 PM
who is anyone to say what is ridiculous? if you can afford to buy what you want, then by all means do so. in my opinion, what is ridiculous is calling people so for having a hobby/passion. not everyone has free time to watch 50 movies a month, but DVD isn't going anywhere and we can watch our unwatched 20 years from now, who cares? movies go OOP, they become hard to find, isn't it nice knowing you have a big collection, whether or not you've seen it all?

gutwrencher
01-23-05, 01:19 PM
not to make this thread about you, and i dont mean any real offense by this, and i dont know you, but i dont really buy this.

no, you don't know me.....not even close. I get mail every other day, asking about a title or something about a dvd. some of that mail arrives from members here in this forum and others. they don't seem to have a problem with me or my library and how I present it and you are only the third youngster in 3 years to have some kind of problem with it. adults never seem to have a problem....just a few diaper dandies under 25. I don't get it:p. this is a dvd forum. I'm proud of my library. if you look at it as bragging....I dunno. I'm just sharing and being excited while doing it.


And for people who say they don't have much time, I guess I'll have to point to Gut, who's stated many times on this board how many hours a day he works and yet, he's got a library of nearly 2,000 titles and virtually no unwatched titles. If he can find time to do it, I don't see why others can't.

Hi Al. thats fuckin' right. I can't help that I'm over 40....own a #1 ranked local company and I can schedule 3 or 4 days off IN A ROW anytime I feel like it....and sit around and watch film till blisters break out on my ass. all that while the company is still making $. I put myself into that position. if somebody else can't do the same....thats not my fault. I'm older and stable...which makes a huge difference. so yes...I CAN watch AND work at the same time. you are in control of your own lives.

HistoryProf
01-23-05, 01:29 PM
My goal is to only buy movies that I'll watch.

Brilliant!!

http://images.usatoday.com/money/_photos/2004/03/08/guiness-inside.jpg

gutwrencher
01-23-05, 01:39 PM
Gutwrencher, I live pretty damn close to you, remember? When do I get to swing by and check out the DVD Library? Drinks are on me!

well, I only drink good ale, not that horse-piss generic crap. grab a case of Red Tail Ale and we can hook up. if you become crazy or start mouthing off about the size of the library....I'll sick both rotties on you and wish ya luck.:D-wink-

and btw, if you know anyone with a strong back and good work ethic....send them my way. I start at $12 an hour....and tips.

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 02:24 PM
who is anyone to say what is ridiculous? if you can afford to buy what you want, then by all means do so. in my opinion, what is ridiculous is calling people so for having a hobby/passion. not everyone has free time to watch 50 movies a month, but DVD isn't going anywhere and we can watch our unwatched 20 years from now, who cares? movies go OOP, they become hard to find, isn't it nice knowing you have a big collection, whether or not you've seen it all?

That's fine you have a passion. I wasn't calling you out on that. I just think that if you've got that many unwatched DVDs, then perhaps you should work on those before continuing to build on it. That's understandable you don't have time to watch dozens and dozens of DVDs a month. But to have that many unwatched DVDs just seems like an impossible task to overcome. And then there's the inevitable moment when you pop one of those discs you bought years ago into the player for the first time and it doesn't work. You've basically wasted money right there. I've got about five titles that are still in their original wrapping and am just hoping that they're okay when I do get around to them. With over 300 DVDs unwatched, there's a great chance at least a couple are messed up.

gutwrencher
01-23-05, 02:39 PM
I've got about five titles that are still in their original wrapping and am just hoping that they're okay when I do get around to them. With over 300 DVDs unwatched, there's a great chance at least a couple are messed up.

you're hoping? I just can't understand why someone would not open a dvd within the warrenty period for exchange. sure, some can be replaced after the time expires...but this will happen less as the format becomes even older. soon...nobody will replace it because it may go oop...and nobody is going to refund your money.

having unwatched titles is one thing.....having un-opened discs is something that to some people....seems a little more un-wise. guess we all have our little problems, don't we?

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 02:42 PM
Exactly my point. I'm well aware that it was dumb to not even have these discs opened, but even if you've opened them up, there's still as good a chance as any that there's a defect somewhere on the disc if you still haven't watched it. Opened or not, an unwatched disc presents the same possible problem.

fliggil
01-23-05, 02:51 PM
That's fine you have a passion. I wasn't calling you out on that. I just think that if you've got that many unwatched DVDs, then perhaps you should work on those before continuing to build on it. That's understandable you don't have time to watch dozens and dozens of DVDs a month. But to have that many unwatched DVDs just seems like an impossible task to overcome. And then there's the inevitable moment when you pop one of those discs you bought years ago into the player for the first time and it doesn't work. You've basically wasted money right there. I've got about five titles that are still in their original wrapping and am just hoping that they're okay when I do get around to them. With over 300 DVDs unwatched, there's a great chance at least a couple are messed up.

btw, I wasn't referring to anyone in particular, and I certainly don't have 300 unwatched DVDs, I don't even have 300 in my entire collection, it was just a general statement that I believe people can do what they want with their collection, and you can think whatever you may want about it, but to come out and for anyone to call it ridiculous I think is just wrong. I've been fortunate enough to have bought DVDs for the past 3-4 years and not have 1 defective disc, so if it happens that a movie I haven't watched yet happens to be defective, I'll deal with it, because anywhere from a third to a half of the ~175 in my collection I've bought on eBay for at least 50% cheaper than what it would sell for at a Best Buy, etc. Everyone's gonna have something to say about every single person's buying, viewing, selling habits, etc. so who cares? As long as everyone is happy, that's what keeps this a successful industry.

gutwrencher
01-23-05, 02:54 PM
Exactly my point. I'm well aware that it was dumb to not even have these discs opened, but even if you've opened them up, there's still as good a chance as any that there's a defect somewhere on the disc if you still haven't watched it. Opened or not, an unwatched disc presents the same possible problem.

here is an even more anal side to my madness....and I'm sure I'll be grilled on it. but here is what I do to avoid defective discs. usually.....if I buy say, 2 dvds on Tuesday....but can't watch them until Thursday...I'll do the following. often I am sitting in my home office booking jobs and doing the usual paper and phone work. now this may not always allow me to SIT and WATCH a dvd....but when possible, I'll open the dvd and let it track through on one of my many players. if there is a defect right out of the case...it's usually a freeze-up...or it won't read at all....or something obvious. I DON'T consider a bad transfer or audio glitch a disc problem....thats a studio problem. these issues are usually already laid out in this and other forums so if I got the dvd and it had a problem like that....I'd already know about it. all I have to do is play the disc through....check it once in a while....and observe. if it makes it through to the end....it's usually fine. if not....I'll look up at some moment and see the disc freaking out. if all is good....i pop it back into the case and watch it when ready. if there is a problem....back it goes. this has happend only 9 times in the past 3 years so at least I caught them.

now we won't go into the born-bad-at-the-plant and delamination issues. this is totally different. it may take months and a few plays to uncover the QC fuck-up....but thats a class action lawsuit for later.:D

btw....you don't even need to keep the monitor on. you can usually tell by just glancing at the counter on the player. this indicates a problem just as much as staring at the screen.

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 02:56 PM
btw, I wasn't referring to anyone in particular, and I certainly don't have 300 unwatched DVDs, I don't even have 300 in my entire collection, it was just a general statement that I believe people can do what they want with their collection, and you can think whatever you may want about it, but to come out and for anyone to call it ridiculous I think is just wrong. I've been fortunate enough to have bought DVDs for the past 3-4 years and not have 1 defective disc, so if it happens that a movie I haven't watched yet happens to be defective, I'll deal with it, because anywhere from a third to a half of the ~175 in my collection I've bought on eBay for at least 50% cheaper than what it would sell for at a Best Buy, etc. Everyone's gonna have something to say about every single person's buying, viewing, selling habits, etc. so who cares? As long as everyone is happy, that's what keeps this a successful industry.

My fault. Got you mixed up with the guy who said he had around 325 unwatched DVDs. Sorry, bro.

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 02:58 PM
here is an even more anal side to my madness....and I'm sure I'll be grilled on it. but here is what I do to avoid defective discs. usually.....if I buy say, 2 dvds on Tuesday....but can't watch them until Thursday...I'll do the following. often I am sitting in my home office booking jobs and doing the usual paper and phone work. now this may not always allow me to SIT and WATCH a dvd....but when possible, I'll open the dvd and let it track through on one of my many players. if there is a defect right out of the case...it's usually a freeze-up...or it won't read at all....or something obvious. I DON'T consider a bad transfer or audio glitch a disc problem....thats a studio problem. these issues are usually already laid out in this and other forums so if I got the dvd and it had a problem like that....I'd already know about it. all I have to do is play the disc through....check it once in a while....and observe. if it makes it through to the end....it's usually fine. if not....I'll look up at some moment and see the disc freaking out. if all is good....i pop it back into the case and watch it when ready. if there is a problem....back it goes. this has happend only 9 times in the past 3 years so at least I caught them.

now we won't go into the born-bad-at-the-plant and delamination issues. this is totally different. it may take months and a few plays to uncover the QC fuck-up....but thats a class action lawsuit for later.:D

btw....you don't even need to keep the monitor on. you can usually tell by just glancing at the counter on the player. this indicates a problem just as much as staring at the screen.

Agreed that that's a good method for checking for defective discs even when you don't have time to sit through and watch the whole DVD. The poster who said he had over 300 unwatched DVDs didn't make it clear whether he done anything similar to this or not. My impression was that he had not.

gutwrencher
01-23-05, 03:02 PM
The poster who said he had over 300 unwatched DVDs didn't make it clear whether he done anything similar to this or not. My impression was that he had not.

I doubt it too. let's face it....not many are as anal about the library as me.rotfl

crazy as I may seem...I've got it down and all under control.:thumbsup:

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 03:08 PM
I don't think it's crazy. It's a smart thing to do and it's something I've begun to do with my recent purchases. I've somehow managed to get my backlog down to virtually nothing, so all new releases that come in here get watched almost right away, but I still like to check them out before I actually sit down and watch it.

GeoffreyL
01-23-05, 05:19 PM
Actually,I do try play most of the ones I buy the way Gutwrencher does. I will pop one in my computer or the one hooked to the tv and let them play while I'm doing other tasks.I have only encountered a couple that had glitches Se7en and Near Dark being the ones i remember.As for Al saying thats ridiculous thats fine. he certainly is'nt the only one to think so. If you thinks thats bad let me tell you someone I know who spends over 100.00 a week in weed, now thats sad. On a final note, let me promise you I will watch them eventually.

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 05:25 PM
As for Al saying thats ridiculous thats fine. he certainly is'nt the only one to think so. If you thinks thats bad let me tell you someone I know who spends over 100.00 a week in weed, now thats sad. On a final note, let me promise you I will watch them eventually.

It's all good. No worries. A lot of my friends think it's riduclous how many DVDs I've got and I'm barely over the 300 mark. Everyone's got their vices and addictions. DVDs and films are a common vice for most of us. Unlike something like booze or drugs, our vices are around the next day and are often on display in our homes, so their more prone to criticism.

ctyankee
01-23-05, 05:26 PM
I doubt it too. let's face it....not many are as anal about the library as me.rotfl

crazy as I may seem...I've got it down and all under control.:thumbsup:

this has happened only 9 times in the past 3 years so at least I caught them.

"so I've got that going for me .... which is nice."
http://www.crk.umn.edu/academics/structure/AgNatR/CarlSpackler.jpg

GeoffreyL
01-23-05, 05:29 PM
Al, thats true i used to spend about the same amount on sports cards that i now spend on dvds. Nobody said a thing because they hardly ever saw the 500,000 that were on shelves out in the garage.

sracer
01-23-05, 05:31 PM
I don't think it's crazy. It's a smart thing to do and it's something I've begun to do with my recent purchases. I've somehow managed to get my backlog down to virtually nothing, so all new releases that come in here get watched almost right away, but I still like to check them out before I actually sit down and watch it.
hehe... what do you consider a backlog? How long after you purchase a title does it become "backlog"? If you buy a TV season boxset, unless you watch the entire thing that day, then.... YOU HAVE A BACKLOG.

The more I read this thread, the more I'm convinced that the "no backlog" brigade has arbitrarily defined "backlog" so that they don't have one. :lol:

Dmacsg1
01-23-05, 05:37 PM
Yes..DVD's are very addictive! As we all know!
When I started I would buy alot of dvd's because they were cheap (Wal-mart $5.00 bin..I'm looking at you!!) Now I am much more frugal with what I buy. I just went through my video game collection and weeded out a sizable chunk of them. Now I am going to closely examine the dvd library and get rid of some more! (I got rid of a bunch during Blockbuster's $8.00 trade in deal!)

Take care all!!

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 05:40 PM
Al, thats true i used to spend about the same amount on sports cards that i now spend on dvds. Nobody said a thing because they hardly ever saw the 500,000 that were on shelves out in the garage.

I was the same with sports cards, too. Now I look back and think what a waste it was. I loved it at the time, but when I think of all the money that went into the hobby and for what? Yeah, they're cool to have, but they don't really serve much of a purpose.

hehe... what do you consider a backlog? How long after you purchase a title does it become "backlog"? If you buy a TV season boxset, unless you watch the entire thing that day, then.... YOU HAVE A BACKLOG.

Backlog = anything I have yet to watch. So yes, let's say I'm at Best Buy and pick up three DVDs. The moment I've paid for them, I've added three more titles to my backlog. I've got mine down to less than 20 titles, which is excellent for me, since I had nearly 80 at this time last month.

GeoffreyL
01-23-05, 05:43 PM
Al, yeah it was cool at the time but looking back i paid about 940.00 for a case of 99-00 fleer mystique when it was released.Now I about cry when I see them go for about 250.00 on ebay.

Kaiser Soze
01-23-05, 05:47 PM
If I had to guess, I think there are probably less than 5 movies that I own that I have never watched. I only buy stuff that I have already seen and know that I'll watch again, or stuff that just looks too good to pass up.

A special thanks goes out to BBV on that $8 trade in deal a few months ago. I was able to get my collection down from about 300 to about 200. And then I turned around and picked up some stuff that I really wanted for a long time and just didn't feel like buying. (Hitchcock, Kurosawa, etc...) And I still have about $50 in credit left.

My collection has benefited a lot from the recent deals found on the "bargain" forum here. So thanks. :)

And to the DVDtalker who has Goodfellas in his collection and has never watched it....FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

GeoffreyL
01-23-05, 05:55 PM
I, think the cheaper prices nowadays have a lot to do with purchasing so many. The first dvds I bought were 25-30 dollars apiece. Now I see movies for 5.50 at walmart or the 7.50 best buy and circuit city list each week and pick up some I'm interested in,but might not otherwise purchase.It might not be a logical explanation,but I tell myself it is.

fliggil
01-23-05, 06:16 PM
With the exception of some titles that have been on my 'must have' list that will be released in the next month or 2, I'm happy to say I'll be saving a lot of money on DVDs. I just found out the media portion of one of our libraries (I go to University of Florida) has over 150 films from Criterion, along with a number of other movies, and a suprisingly large collection of horror, sci-fi, exploitation and B-films, all for free check out :)

Al Padrino
01-23-05, 06:27 PM
Al, yeah it was cool at the time but looking back i paid about 940.00 for a case of 99-00 fleer mystique when it was released.Now I about cry when I see them go for about 250.00 on ebay.

Tell me about it. I was long-removed from the hobby by that time, but during my peak years of collecting, I think virtually every spare buck I had (which wasn't a LOT, since I was still a kid) when towards it, not to mention plenty of my mom's cash, too. If we went grocery stopping, I ALWAYS had to get a pack of cards since they were there in the checkout line taunting me. And I just had to go to the local card shops at least once every two weeks the minimum, and the thought of leaving with nothing was taboo.

I've still got all of them and quite a few are worth something, although I wouldn't know where to unload them since eBay is death valley for sports cards that aren't insanely rare or haven't been professionally graded.

spartanstew
01-23-05, 08:19 PM
you're too good to your guests. back home guests in my house get a fold out couch and to use a 20 year old tv that doesnt even have a remote and stops at ch. 13

Well, I am good to my guests in that we have two guests rooms each with their own bathroom and a 27" TV with satellite (and DVD), but that's not what I was talking about. I want to have a large selection of DVD's for them to pick from when we watch movies together in my home theater room on our 126" screen. I don't like to tell guests what movie we'll be watching. Instead, they walk in and I tell them to pick something out they'd like to watch.



Stew

fliggil
01-23-05, 09:07 PM
I was just messing with ya, I think that's a pretty cool idea. If I had the funds and as many people visiting as you, I'd do something similar.

TNAJason
01-24-05, 12:16 AM
No one forgave me for having 87 in my backlog:(
*Crys*

Dabaomb
01-24-05, 01:48 AM
No one forgave me for having 87 in my backlog:(
*Crys*

it's ok, I forgive you -biggrin-

Ginwen
01-24-05, 11:01 AM
It was just last February that I had about 525 in my backlog (out of under 1000). I did think that was excessive, but I didn't just buy to buy--I had the intention of watching them all, just not the time. For the last year, though, I've been making the time, and I'm down to 152 (about 70 of these are TV sets though, so those will take longer to watch). I thought it would be kind of a chore to get it down, but it's not, and I've seen some great movies. Trying to get the unwatched down has caused me to think a bit harder about new purchases, so that's a side benefit.

DJ_Longfellow
01-24-05, 11:05 AM
I used to do that, but I stopped my RANDOM DVD purchasing with Netflix and Blockbuster.com now. I usually rent first. I guess that's what happens when your budget is limited too with buying a house, new car, and getting married.

I probably only have a FEW movies that I have not watched at least once, but I'm trying to catch up on that now.

ctyankee
01-26-05, 10:53 AM
I think most of us will admit to a backlog, at least I will. Some of that is natural, just because you purchase a film doesn't mean that you are in the mood for it. Or it might be that you want to watch it with friends so you postpone viewing it until that can happen. Other films fall more in the category of just being continually bypassed because another film (and then another) take priority. Then was it a mistake to purchase the disc? Sometimes ... yes.

The TV boxset thing puzzles me the most. I understand the urge to purchase TV shows that were flat out favorites or made quite an impression on one's formative youth. I've got the Dick Van Dyke first two sets and 1st year Twilight Zone (each made an impression on me growing up) and first four Simpsons Sets (that my boys watch rather than current TV stuff).

However, these hour long dramas that people are buying ... assuming 22 episodes in a season and 40 minute long episodes that's 880 minutes of viewing for just one season (not counting any special features)! I don't even see how anyone with any semblance of a life could keep up with them let alone actually ever watch them twice. Quite puzzling to me.

QuiGonJosh
01-26-05, 10:59 AM
assuming 22 episodes in a season and 40 minute long episodes that's 880 hours of viewing for just one season

880 hours? You mean 880 minutes.

matome
01-26-05, 11:04 AM
Yep, I'm seriously reconsidering the way I purchase TV sets now. I usually buy older ones for the nostalgia factor alone, but upon finally getting to view them, I find that some of the shows just plain suck (e.g. Charlie's Angels, Knight Rider) and it's doubtful that I'll even want to watch them all the way through now. I'm gonna try to be much more descriminating, especially since these basically end up being $40+ blind buys.

ctyankee
01-26-05, 11:05 AM
880 hours? You mean 880 minutes.
:blush: ... yup... corrected.

fliggil
01-26-05, 02:55 PM
Yep, I'm seriously reconsidering the way I purchase TV sets now. I usually buy older ones for the nostalgia factor alone, but upon finally getting to view them, I find that some of the shows just plain suck (e.g. Charlie's Angels, Knight Rider) and it's doubtful that I'll even want to watch them all the way through now. I'm gonna try to be much more descriminating, especially since these basically end up being $40+ blind buys.


I was afraid when tv sets first started coming out I'd be like that, but I basically wound up making a list of shows to buy, and I will not stray from. Only 6 or 7 shows in total, and luckily, for $$ sake, a few are under 5 seasons.

Al Padrino
01-26-05, 03:53 PM
I agree with the sentiment about TV sets. I think the only sets I have that fall under the one-hour show category would be Dawson's Creek and Freaks & Geeks. The rewatchability factor for the former is slim, but great for the latter.

I find that the other TV sets are pretty easy to breeze through. They basically work out to 22 minutes a show, so you could conceivably get through half of a TV set in the time it would take for you to watch your basic two-hour film.

darqleo
01-26-05, 04:04 PM
I used to be a crazy collector, but I've thinned out my collection a lot in the past couple of months and now just buy/keep stuff that I've seen and know I'll watch a lot.

Stuff that I haven't seen before (that would have been a blind buy in the past) or stuff that I only would watch once every couple of years, I now just NetFlix.

Walter Neff
01-26-05, 04:05 PM
I find that the other TV sets are pretty easy to breeze through. They basically work out to 22 minutes a show, so you could conceivably get through half of a TV set in the time it would take for you to watch your basic two-hour film.

I'm confused by your math. A season set usually has around 22 to 24 episodes. Assuming 22, half of the season would be 11, and 11 episodes multiplied by 22 minutes is 242 minutes -- double the length of a two-hour film. ???

darqleo
01-26-05, 04:07 PM
I usually buy older ones for the nostalgia factor alone, but upon finally getting to view them, I find that some of the shows just plain suck (e.g. Charlie's Angels, Knight Rider) and it's doubtful that I'll even want to watch them all the way through now.

This happened with me with THE A-TEAM. Seemed like the best show ever when I was a kid, but it's unwatchable for me now. Still love the confrontations between B.A. and Murdock, but alas those are fewer and farther between than what I remembered.

The Ferret
01-26-05, 05:33 PM
I've been coming here daily for well over a year now, which would make one assume i've got a large dvd collection like you folks. In reality, i've got something around 21-22 movies on dvd. WHY you ask?! I only buy things i feel i would want to watch more than once a year. It could also be the financial aspect of dvd collecting... whatever it is, lately i've been starting to want titles i really like, but know i probably won't want to watch again for a while. I hope i don't fall into the trap...

Al Padrino
01-26-05, 05:37 PM
I'm confused by your math. A season set usually has around 22 to 24 episodes. Assuming 22, half of the season would be 11, and 11 episodes multiplied by 22 minutes is 242 minutes -- double the length of a two-hour film. ???

Don't worry, I didn't crunch any numbers, so there's no reason to be confused. My point was just that you could knock off a TV set in the time it'd take to watch a few movies.

As an aside, while I get caught up in watching some of my favorite sets within a few days of purchase, there's nothing wrong with watching them spread out over a period of time. When I was polishing off the Mary Tyler Moore set, I watched two episodes a night and before I knew it, I had gone through the whole set in what seemed like little time.

matome
01-26-05, 06:02 PM
This happened with me with THE A-TEAM. Seemed like the best show ever when I was a kid, but it's unwatchable for me now. Still love the confrontations between B.A. and Murdock, but alas those are fewer and farther between than what I remembered.

<i>The A-Team</i> was another 80's series I was dying to get, but held off after the <i>Knight Rider</i> disappointment. I used to LOVE these shows when I was a kid, but just seem too repetitive now (I feared A-Team may have been even moreso). I have to say I am enjoying <i>Magnum P.I.</i> and am looking forward to continuing that collection, as well as high hopes for <i>Miami Vice</i>. I guess it boils down to the ability to explore broader plot lines, without having to solely rely on a gimmick (a talking car for example) to revolve the story around.

I'm having much better luck with the half-hour comedies as well (Good Times, What's Happening!, Sledge Hammer!) :up:

sracer
01-26-05, 06:10 PM
<i>The A-Team</i> was another 80's series I was dying to get, but held off after the <i>Knight Rider</i> disappointment. I used to LOVE these shows when I was a kid, but just seem too repetitive now (I feared A-Team may have been even moreso). I have to say I am enjoying <i>Magnum P.I.</i> and am looking forward to continuing that collection, as well as high hopes for <i>Miami Vice</i>. I guess it boils down to the ability to explore broader plot lines, without having to solely rely on a gimmick (a talking car for example) to revolve the story around.

I'm having much better luck with the half-hour comedies as well (Good Times, What's Happening!, Sledge Hammer!) :up:
One thing you might consider when wondering if an old show will hold up over time is... "What were the demographics when the show was first released?"

"Knight Rider" was mostly geared toward teens. The "A-Team" OTOH, seemed to be targeted to an older audience. I think that "Miami Vice" would hold up well for the same reason. I remember the production quality of MV as "film-like"... not your typical series.

On the other end of the spectrum is "The Love Boat". That show was geared toward the AARP set... and now that I'm closer than ever to that magical age, The Love Boat seems to be BETTER than it was back then. :lol:

JIF
01-26-05, 07:22 PM
I don't know why I buy DVDs only to watch them 6 or 7 months...sometimes years later.

What's especially a pain is when I discover a defect on the disk much later and the receipt is long gone.

Dabaomb
01-26-05, 08:29 PM
I've been coming here daily for well over a year now, which would make one assume i've got a large dvd collection like you folks. In reality, i've got something around 21-22 movies on dvd. WHY you ask?! I only buy things i feel i would want to watch more than once a year. It could also be the financial aspect of dvd collecting... whatever it is, lately i've been starting to want titles i really like, but know i probably won't want to watch again for a while. I hope i don't fall into the trap...

I buy more than 21-22 DVDs in a month :eek:

Bill Needle
01-26-05, 11:31 PM
I have lots of DVDs I have yet to see (I am always hesitant to talk about quantities...sort of like comparing salaries). But to call it a "backlog," or talk about "finally getting through them" makes it sound like a job! :) What I have is a treasured list of video entertainment awaiting to pleasure me at my leisure. I have a couple of titles in almost every genre I may find myself in the mood for available to step up and and take their turn at bat. I am thankful for having a list of DVDs I want to see but haven't yet. Sort of like knowing that slice of pie is in the fridge if the mood should strike. But would I buy one I know I'll never watch? Not intentionally.

I buy items I might not otherwise because I have basically stopped seeing them in the theater. I can own the DVD for little or nothing more than it costs to see (in fact much less if I am taking the kids), especially considering I can always unload it to a used store if it is bad enough.

I also have loved sharing "older" titles from my youth that I adored with my kids (or neighbors and friends) now that they are getting to the same age I was when I discovered them. Maybe I would not have watched them alone again, but watching with a new viewer has a revitalizing effect for me. I occasionally get some odd stares when I talk about what a great movie this is, but to see my kids devour Indiana Jones, or the original Star Wars movies after they saw EP I and EP II and were not all that impressed, or more recently Laurel & Hardy, has been worth every penny.

I have also been selective about which TV series I buy. I think that helps budget and time-wise. I mostly pick up BBC titles, because they are so hit and miss in the US. For instance The Office was a fantastic blind buy.

gutwrencher
01-26-05, 11:50 PM
Sort of like knowing that slice of pie is in the fridge if the mood should strike.

that pie won't look too good after about 2 years....but the dvd will look just fine, like the day you bought it.:D

I finally have a backlog now....purchased 9 films/dvds in the last 2 days. meanwhile, my wife, a real slave-driver, has booked about 60 hours worth of jobs this week alone, so it looks like I'm now in the normal club.-wink-

Al Padrino
01-27-05, 01:09 PM
meanwhile, my wife, a real slave-driver, has booked about 60 hours worth of jobs this week alone, so it looks like I'm now in the normal club.-wink-

C'mon, Gut. You and I both know that can never be true. :)