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Astrofan
06-07-12, 11:36 AM
In response to the always banal question, "What was the last DVD you watched?" I'm proposing this question instead.

The first one I watched was The Little Mermaid and I remember the blinders being lifted from my eyes and I realized I would never watch another VHS tape (except when a film wasn't available on DVD) again.

TomOpus
06-07-12, 12:30 PM
I can remember the first CD I ever listened to but cannot remember the first DVD I watched.

Sub-Zero
06-07-12, 01:01 PM
The first DVD I ever watched was There's Something About Mary, which was also the very first DVD I ever owned.

Alan Smithee
06-07-12, 01:57 PM
Daylight, since that was one of about 10 movies the store I bought my first player at had. Soundtrack kicks ass. Have it on HD-DVD now but have never had time to watch that.

EdTheRipper
06-07-12, 07:22 PM
I'm pretty sure it was 2002's Insomnia.

gp1086
06-07-12, 07:26 PM
Terminator (1984)

Spottedfeather
06-07-12, 07:33 PM
10th Anniversary Director's Cut of Highlander. And I still have it.

visitor Q
06-07-12, 07:40 PM
Can't remember the actual first DVD I watched (of a friend who essentially got me into collecting back in the day) but it was back in 97. Although once I began collecting in 99 the first one I watched was Ghost in the Shell on my PC (which was also a first for me).

mrcellophane
06-07-12, 08:09 PM
The first DVD I watched was Evita with Madonna. My parents gave me my player and a handful of (outrageously expensive) DVDs for Christmas, and I insisted that we watch it.

spartickes
06-07-12, 08:43 PM
Good question, I love me some nostalgia porn. The first DVD I watched was A Bugs Life the second was Clerks. I also watched those dozens of times, because after buying a new computer with a DVD drive my wallet was light for quite a while. I remember I had to use up my savings AND get a Circuit City charge card.

bobert3
06-07-12, 09:47 PM
Erin Brokovich at my mother in laws and father in laws house. My father in law always gets the latest gadgets. Man I was totally blown away with the picture quality. I was about a month later that I got a DVD player and some DVDs.

Regulus
06-07-12, 09:49 PM
The First Movie DVDs I watched were Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Spiderman II, the First TV DVD I watched was Thunderbirds which back in 1965 was the my first introduction to Science Fiction. All in 2002.

shadokitty
06-07-12, 10:12 PM
Can't recall the first DVD I watched, but the first DVD I owned was the original Classic Media Terror of Mechagodzilla, bought with my first DVD Player.

JohnnyMovie
06-07-12, 10:48 PM
My first watch DVD in Gremlins (1984) when I purchase in DVD player.

joe_b
06-07-12, 10:56 PM
The Dark Crystal, which was a Chistmas gift from my grandmother in 1999. I didn't even have a player at that point, but I asked for it anyway because I loved the movie so much.

When my parents did buy our first player a week later (a "Y2K Compatible" Oritron :rolleyes:), they were unable to hook it up to our old floor model televison. The AV cables had to be routed through the VCR whenever we wanted to watch a movie. :lol:

Trevor
06-08-12, 06:54 AM
No idea how people remember stuff like this. But if I had to guess, I'd say Star Trek First Contact. Pretty sure that was in the first batch of titles I bought, but I probably had at least a dozen before I bought my first player.

critterdvd
06-08-12, 10:30 AM
For me it was "The World is Not Enough" and "End of Days" - both were new releases when I bought my first DVD player and costco had a promotion where if you bought a DVD player you could pick out three titles under $25 for free. I forget what the third one was because I returned it a few days later.

I'll never forget afterwards my Dad (I was 13 when I bought my first player) thought that there was something wrong with the TV after we switched from DVD back to regular broadcast TV.

Meglos
06-08-12, 10:41 AM
It was either a Doctor Who ("The Five Doctors") or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, both of which I had bought before getting a DVD player.

Astrofan
06-08-12, 11:46 AM
The Dark Crystal, which was a Chistmas gift from my grandmother in 1999. I didn't even have a player at that point, but I asked for it anyway because I loved the movie so much.

When my parents did buy our first player a week later (a "Y2K Compatible" Oritron :rolleyes:), they were unable to hook it up to our old floor model televison. The AV cables had to be routed through the VCR whenever we wanted to watch a movie. :lol:

DVD was also my first encounter with that intertesting S-Video cable. I would lecture people on how it helped deliver a superior image compared to VHS. However I believe (?) that it was also used with S-VHS.

SteveA
06-08-12, 12:27 PM
I bought several movies with my first player. So it was either Vertigo, Singin' in the Rain, or Bull Durham. I'm thinking it was probably Singin' in the Rain.

Disc-Flipper
06-08-12, 12:42 PM
At a friend's house, he showed me TRON, the Disney barebones edition in a white case. I was amazed by the sharpness of it. I loved the look of the film transfer with the dust and scratches, it made it more theatrical. I was impressed how clear the picture was, even when it was paused. The ability to randomly access anywhere in the movie, was revolutionary. I was dumbfounded how an entire movie could fit onto one little disc. I knew DVD was something special and I had to purchase one soon, even though most players were around $400 and movies in the $30-$40 range.

Rexxriot
06-08-12, 02:08 PM
I want to say Good Will Hunting, but I could be completely wrong.

dvdjunkie32
06-08-12, 02:15 PM
Mine was A Beautiful Mind. I was blown away by the extras. Holy Shit, I can watch this movie with Ron Howard explaining the scenes.

Wish I could go back to that initial excitement. Now I rarely bother with commentaries.

kd5
06-09-12, 07:18 AM
In the 'First DVD you ever purchased' thread, I guessed it was Legend (the 2-disc Ultimate Edition), so I would have to say that it was also the first DVD I ever watched...;) -kd5-

Kevin Phillips
06-09-12, 07:31 AM
Office Space.

Later, when I started buying DVDs that was also one of the first I bought.

orangerunner
06-09-12, 01:28 PM
I remember a buddy and I rented a player along with Boogie Nights and U-Turn from the video store.

Can't remember which one we watched first.

Mountain Biker
06-09-12, 01:50 PM
First bought and watched: Fast Times at Ridgemont High

drmar35mm
06-09-12, 03:24 PM
Apart from seeing demos of DVDs in stores, the first DVD I saw, in my own home with my own new Toshiba player, was the first program in Hugh Laurie's Jeeves & Wooster. Which was also the first DVD product I ever bought.

My Other Self
06-09-12, 03:39 PM
I'm almost positive it was The Matrix. My cousin had gotten a DVD player for Christmas in 1999 and I remember watching it when the family got together for the holiday. I didn't get my first player until April of 2000.

mickey65
06-09-12, 07:09 PM
Kingpin

asianxcore
06-10-12, 12:03 AM
Either Se7en or Lost In Space (1998)

BobO'Link
06-10-12, 07:22 AM
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Rings Extended Edition. It was also the first DVD I purchased and was watched on my computer which was the only DVD playback device in the house at the time.

Aceguy
06-10-12, 08:15 AM
I can barely remember because I was a kid when I first watched one. My dad showed me Lost in Space and Spiderman. Those were the first DVD's I can remember watching.

SteveA
06-10-12, 05:18 PM
I can barely remember because I was a kid when I first watched one. My dad showed me Lost in Space and Spiderman. Those were the first DVD's I can remember watching.

Welcome to the forum, Aceguy. It's far better to not remember because you were too young then, than to not remember because you're too old now. :) I speak from experience.

Ash Ketchum
06-10-12, 06:02 PM
I checked my notes from back then and it's not clear which of the following three Hong Kong films among my early DVD purchases was the one I watched first in its entirety:

ZU WARRIORS OF THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN (1983)
IRON MONKEY (1993)
BURY ME HIGH (1990)

Paul_SD
06-10-12, 09:08 PM
I'm pretty sure the first DVD I ever saw playing was Twister in a demo set up at Laserdisc Enterprises in Atlanta. It was full of macro-blocking and pixel break-up. I figured that was par for the course when you tried to stick a whole movie on a 5" disc. I didn't get what all the hype was about and happily went back to browsing the LD racks, where 12" platters were still state of the art as fr as I was concerned.

The first title I ever bought and watched on my own set-up would be Invasion Of The Body Snatchers ('78) a few years later. I think I paid $20 for it (non anamorphic LBX)- which was a bargain compared to LDs.

Scorpio
06-14-12, 04:26 AM
My first disc purchased around 97'. Cool Hand Luke in a snapper case.

SterlingBen
06-14-12, 11:54 AM
Ghostbusters

JGaitan82
06-14-12, 12:57 PM
I got my player in November of 1998 and my first DVD purchase was The Mask of Zorro and Sixteen Candles Snapper case.

The Monkees
06-15-12, 12:25 PM
Interestingly the first DVD I ever watched is also the first DVD I ever owned (however not the exact DVD I owned). When my brother first got a DVD player (and before I got one) I rented 2 DVDs Hush and Austin Powers. AP was the first one I watched and then a month or so later when I got my DVD player I bought Austin Powers and still have it to this day 13 years later.

Time Warrior
06-15-12, 09:28 PM
It was either a Doctor Who ("The Five Doctors") or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, both of which I had bought before getting a DVD player.

The Five Doctors for me - around mid 2000, and yes I had owned it for several months before I even got a DVD player. Still have the disc too.

devilshalo
06-18-12, 05:20 PM
The Matrix

CapRockBrewingCo.
06-18-12, 05:39 PM
Back in 1999, it was The Fugitive.

DeputyDave
06-19-12, 03:56 PM
I watched 3 movies in one night at my brother's house but I don't remember which one was first. Baraka, Conan the Barbarian, and Angela's Ashes.

LJG765
06-19-12, 04:25 PM
I have no idea what I watched first. I know that my parents had a player, but I have no idea what they would have bought first. Maybe a James Bond movie? If it was something I bought, it would have been either Disney (Likely Bug's Life) or Buffy the Vampire Slayer season one. I'd been in my late teens then, and really wouldn't have thought to remember which was first...

APx3OG
06-19-12, 06:31 PM
Matrix. You just had to have the picture quality and crystal clear slow motion of DVD for the films last 45 min. I had no idea of the difference between VHS and DVD until my brother in law popped it in and put it on the shoot out in the lobby. Hell'uv an entrance to the format, I think.

leemik
06-19-12, 10:24 PM
The first DVD I watched was "In The Line of Fire"... It came free along with "Fly Away Home" and "Tony Bennett In Concert" when I bought my Sony DVP S7000 player that cost me $1000 like 15 years ago LOL

lewisb73
06-26-12, 12:39 PM
Boogie Nights back in the 90's... I adopted DVD very early... finally traded it in towards the blu ray last month

Alan Smithee
06-26-12, 03:10 PM
Boogie Nights was the 2nd DVD I bought- it ended up rotting, found a sealed replacement copy of the first edition of that luckily.

Nick Martin
06-27-12, 07:20 PM
Bought it the day of its release in 1999, and was the reason I wanted a DVD player:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/61QcuDylldL.jpg

Had the disc a day before I had the player itself!

Still have it, but not the player. The player crapped out 4 years later.

dillkid
06-29-12, 01:38 PM
If I remember correctly, it was some Disney film at a relative's house. I don't remember which it was, but I just remember it being this big thing about how you could select and scene and how better they looked.

Cadmium
07-01-12, 11:14 PM
My first dvd watched and owned was Blade Runner: Director's Cut. I remember the transfer as being so unimpressive that I wondered why I'd shelled out all this money for something I already had on VHS.

When my DVD of The Matrix came (from Reel.com…I used a coupon and paid $8), I was converted.

John Pannozzi
07-03-12, 11:54 AM
Creature Comforts, released in 2000.