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OldBoy
02-01-06, 01:43 PM
I am curious as to what you think a "true collector" is. Is it someone who takes DVD collecting very seriously and amasses over 1,000 DVD's?

Can it be someone who just has a lot (100's, but not 1,000's) and buys what they are interested in and not simply buying for buying sake?

Is DVD collecting a hobby for you and that makes you a true collector?

Very curious...

Walter Neff
02-01-06, 01:58 PM
I buy DVDs I'm interested in and don't buy ones that I'm not. I don't count how many I have, and don't really care if I'm a "true collector," whatever that means, or not. The same is true for books and CDs.

I don't know if that answers your question.

Sunday Morning
02-01-06, 01:59 PM
For me a real collector is someone who loves movies, takes time and effort with it regardless of how many, they watch the actual films instead of just putting them on a shelf and forgetting about them and they don't own a Michael Bay movie. :D

nonametofame
02-01-06, 02:03 PM
A good indication of a true collector is the number of unopened/unwatched titles he/she has lying around.. If there's 10+, that's a good sign of a growing addiction. Bonus "hardcore" points for the amount of dust they've accumulated.

Johnny Boy
02-01-06, 02:08 PM
Can it be someone who just has a lot (100's, but not 1,000's) and buys what they are interested in and not simply buying for buying sake?

Yes, I think so. At least that's true in my case. I have 98 DVDs (107 titles) and I consider myself a "true collector". I only buy what I like and I rarely do blind buys. Although, I must admit, if I could afford it I'd probably have about twice as many DVDs as I currently have (still, they'd all be movies that I "liked").

Mr. Cinema
02-01-06, 02:21 PM
I think a true collector are those that love movies and buys what they like. Buying for the sake of buying means your an addict. I'm a movie lover who loves watching dvds.

gutwrencher
02-01-06, 02:45 PM
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm a true collector because I say I am one. Actually, I consider myself more a film whore slash librarian. I don't like the word collector. I buy what I love and what I feel is essential to my overall library. If I wanted to buy just to have for the hell of it....I'd own over 5,000 dvds right now.:lol:

I like being where I'm at right now...hovering right around 2,200 to 2,800 titles.

DeeKay
02-01-06, 02:56 PM
I believe a true collector is someone who bothers to double dip, or hold out buying a movie until a rumored "special edition" comes out, even if it means waiting months!

FantasticVSDoom
02-01-06, 03:48 PM
I don't know about anyone else, but I'm a true collector because I say I am one.
:up: 100% agreement...

Fok
02-01-06, 03:52 PM
Hmm tough question

cdollaz
02-01-06, 04:10 PM
Someone who goes great lengths to make sure everything they buy is in pristine condition, and remains in pristine condition. That is not me.

toddly6666
02-01-06, 04:11 PM
A respectable DVD collector is someone that has quality movies.

A sad DVD collector is someone that has shelves of DVDs that look exactly like the same lame choices in Blockbuster (for anyone that owns Monkeybone, U-571, Twisted, Corky Romano, complete TV series of Buffy/Xena/Farscape/All in the Family/Mash).

Someone that says "I don't care what people think of my DVD collection," usually means that you have a lame/embarrasing DVD collection.

And lastly, i'm just kidding...,but there is some truth here!

Drexl
02-01-06, 04:17 PM
Well, when it comes to video games, there are those that collect for certain systems and try to get complete collections for whatever systems they are collecting for. It doesn't matter if there are games that are really bad and they'll never want to play: if they exist, they're essential to the complete collection. That may be what a "true collector" is in that area.

With DVDs, obviously it would be impossible to buy every single one that is released, but there are those that collect a type of DVD, such as a series of films, everything a director or an actor has done, etc., or something like Criterions.

I would not consider myself a "true collector" in that sense. Even if I would be one DVD away from completing a series, if I don't like it, I won't buy it just to finish off that collection.

MovieExchange
02-01-06, 04:42 PM
A good indication of a true collector is the number of unopened/unwatched titles he/she has lying around.. If there's 10+, that's a good sign of a growing addiction. Bonus "hardcore" points for the amount of dust they've accumulated.


(raises hand, looks around)

Hi, I'm Scott and I'm a DVD addict...

10+? I know for a fact that my unopened count is in the low 3-digit range, probably around 170 or so.

darmok
02-01-06, 05:22 PM
like any other hobby, DVD collectors spend more money on this hobby than the "regular" person, and of course their eyes light up when a new SE, LE or special release comes out and they're jumping for joy over them.

sracer
02-01-06, 05:55 PM
A "true collector" of DVD's is more concerned with the format than with the content. Anything that exploits the format takes priority over the film or show. They'll double-dip on a title because of more supplemental material. They'll buy an entire TV series because the spines of the keepcases form a mural. They make their entire collection visible in their home. They buy limited edition discs. Given a choice, they'll choose gift sets over disc-only releases.

Given that definition, I'm not a "true collector" of DVD's. DVD's are just a way to get what I'm REALLY interested in... films and TV shows that are meaningful to me.

Brian Shannon
02-01-06, 06:59 PM
I think a true collector are those that love movies and buys what they like. Buying for the sake of buying means your an addict. I'm a movie lover who loves watching dvds.

Agreed and that would be me as well. Too many people addicted to shopping nowadays.

starseed1981
02-01-06, 07:46 PM
I think it's really up to each individuals mindset.

pat00139
02-01-06, 08:24 PM
I consider myself a collector because I buy the DVDs I want, whatever the quality of the movie. I want the best quality picture/video/extras, and I'll spend whatever amount to get the DVD I want. I own multiple editions of a single movie because the extras are different, and they're worth it. I like to have complete filmographies of my favorite actors and directors. I will ALWAYS buy the biggest (usually most expensive) set given the choice. I will also, never, never buy a DVD to make money off it. I've had plenty of chances to buy mega LEs from everywhere in the world, but I've only bought one for myself. I'm not a businessman, I'm a collector. I used to collect beer bottle caps (don't ask), but now I collect DVDs.

My collection is my own, and I'm a collector because I buy the movies I want, I like my collection, I don't show it off, and I don't care what anybody thinks about it. :)

Tscott
02-01-06, 11:45 PM
I don't know about a "true collector," but I have a theory about what makes an interesting collection (of anything- DVDs, CDs, Books, whatever...).

If you can show your collection to anyone with a passing interest of the subject matter, and they can find at least 1) one thing they love, 2) one thing they hate and 3) one thing they've never heard of, then that collection is interesting.

For example, "Oh wow, you've got This Is Spinal Tap! Great film. But why the heck do you own Adventures in Babysitting? Wait- what's this... RahXephon? Looks interesting. Is it good?"

T1000
02-02-06, 08:12 AM
I get about 10 DVDs every week.

That's bad enough, but the worst part is I actually have a list of the films I need to get. :(

Billyspunk
02-02-06, 11:24 AM
A true collector buys what they want. I love Friday the 13th movies..I buy the box set and the single movies. I love Three's Company..I buy each season as the come out. Let's face it a majority of the dvd's being released these days will never be valuable. Collect them, watch them just don't waste them (by not opening them!)....

speedy1961
02-02-06, 11:28 AM
I prefer to think of myself as a true collector of movies and the medium I prefer them on is DVD.

Back in the day when VHS was king, I had close to 400 cassettes before started contemplating Laserdisc and the fledgling format known as DVD.

ArchibaldTuttle
02-02-06, 12:14 PM
I think collecting dvds is a waste of time but mostly money. I rent mostly, and buy the movies that I know I will want to watch several times. I can't relate to the people on here who have stacks of unwatched, unopened dvds, that doesn't make sense to me.

shill66
02-02-06, 12:39 PM
I can't relate to the people on here who have stacks of unwatched, unopened dvds, that doesn't make sense to me.

Take one look at any thread that starts out "When the heck did _______ go out of print? I can't find it now!" and you might begin to understand at least one of the reasons for that.

T1000
02-02-06, 12:59 PM
Anyone got Short Circuit in their collection?

That film is so good. :/

OldBoy
02-02-06, 01:09 PM
I...Dig...Movies! (said like Billy Crudup's Russell Hammond in "Almost Famous" when he uttered the phrase "I Dig Music!")

all types too. from foriegn and little known indies to mega-blockbusters. i love them all, except for the ones i don't like.

i collect the movies i really want and that includes blind buys that i am almost positive i will like. i have yet to find a blind buy i dislike, thankfully. i don't get to watch them all, all the time, but i love that i have them to watch whenever.

i love seeing them, rearranging them, and talking about them. it is fun and keeps me off the streets.

i have about 500 now, some rare and highly collectible and some downright cheesy and sad. but, i don't have them because they are that way, i have them because i at least like the movie within.

so am i a "true collector"? i think so. it really all comes down to...

I...Dig...Movies!

MEJHarrison
02-02-06, 01:09 PM
I considered myself a true collector when I stopped renting and started buying. Or am I a "false collector"?

I guess I don't understand the question. :scratch2:

kitkat
02-02-06, 03:02 PM
To me the idea of a "true collector" is a meaningless concept. If you're a collector you're a "true collector". A fair question might be what seperates a collector from someone who just has some DVD's. Not much, really. I think the line is pretty fuzzy, but taking an above average interest, or treating it as a hobby might be some critieria. I do think that there is such a thing as a "serious" collector. I would call many of the people here who are building libraries serious collectors, but I also think that anyone who says they are one is, whether or not they seem that way to me. I may think of someone as a serious collector, but who am I to tell someone else who thinks they are that they're not?

MovieExchange
02-02-06, 03:10 PM
I think collecting dvds is a waste of time but mostly money. I rent mostly, and buy the movies that I know I will want to watch several times. I can't relate to the people on here who have stacks of unwatched, unopened dvds, that doesn't make sense to me.

It doesn't make sense to you because you're not a collector. I'm sure if you told us your favorite activities / money sinks, we'd find something about it we don't relate to.

I have so many unwatched because I just don't have time to watch them right now, but I buy when they're on sale. If I have the money to afford it now, it's bad spending to say "since I don't have time to watch it right now, I'll wait until I do have time and I'll spend $5-10 more to get it."

Also, while I might not be interested in watching it now, it's nice to know that if I want to watch (for example) Stargate SG-1 season 4 at 1 in the morning, I don't have to worry about Best Buy being closed, or throwing clothes on to run to Meijer's and hope that it's in stock... I just have to walk 10 feet to my DVD shelf, grab it, open it up and enjoy.

Kimiakane
02-02-06, 03:15 PM
My husband and I are addicted and continue to buy even in the dawn of the HD Disc world...but then we do it out of video love and not as an investment. Just a simple obsession...you can see our collection link below. :)

renaldow
02-02-06, 07:40 PM
A true collector buys what they want.

As opposed to someone who compulsively buys DVDs they don't want?

dvd_luver
02-02-06, 08:07 PM
From my perspective, a true dvd collector is a person who buys and collects all their favorite films on DVD and proceeds it with caution, because they love them and have to own them, but they know their limit and what they want and what not, and they do watch the ones they collect and buy all the time. They prize their collection, because it speaks the truth of the films they love.

Ultimately, I think a solid, true dvd collection boils down to your favorite films, no matter who you are. That is what I think a true collector of dvd is.

Just my 2 cents.

AllHallowsEve
02-02-06, 09:27 PM
Heres my opinion.

A "true collector" purchases off their passions. They buy what the like and what defines them. They base their collections off things that bring them joy. They know what they want. If it's 5 titles or 5000 doesnt really matter. Some people really do like 5000 titles and can afford them.

A "true consumer" purchases anything just to build a number. They run up debt for instant gratification with no thoughts about how this will severly damage their future spending. They keep titles they don't like, purchase titles never seen continually, buy hit titles (simpsons, seinfeld, star wars, lord of the rings, etc.) even if they dont like them. I have known several people who own titles like Seinfeld and Star Wars even if they don't watch them or like them. They think they have to own these titles to give their collection any worth.

Basically, try not to be a consumer. Buy things that are worth it to you. Who cares what strangers or even people you know think of your movie choices. Will these people be paying off your credit cards bills or financing your retirement? I think not.

The Bus
02-02-06, 09:30 PM
I think the idea of using the phrase "true collector" is really laughable. This reminds me of the customer vs. consumer thread where everyone said they just buy what they want and they don't care what others think or they're not doing it to round out a collection or get "important" films, yet everyone in this thread...

:lol:

uebetan12@yahoo
02-05-06, 03:41 PM
a true collector has many movies on dvd not only from hollywood but also from world cinema...................

must have many dvds,if he can afford it.probably around 300...

and many of his dvds gather dust despite the fact that he wasnt it yet........

many blind buys but carefully considered the same in reviews and polls

Disc-Flipper
02-05-06, 08:12 PM
Some characteristics of a true collector:

A true collector keeps an ordered list of some sort.
A true collector sees holes in their collection which need to be filled.
A true collector assesses their collection needs and plans ahead to purchase upcoming releases.
A true collector thinks about their collection many times throughout the day.
A true collector has dreams about DVDs that don't really exist.

mndtrp
02-06-06, 02:54 AM
I am not a collector, other than to collect movies I enjoy.

Kerborus
02-06-06, 08:45 AM
A TRUE Collector owns the entire Criterion Collection. ;)