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DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

Old 09-03-18, 08:29 PM
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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

Originally Posted by SterlingBen
I am thinking about buying a big stack of 3x5 index cards and writing notes to her about each movie as I watch them. Something fun for her to look at when I am gone.
This is a fascinating thought and one which I might adopt. One of the most enjoyable aspects of this hobby is rewatching favorites, while at the same time introducing films to my kids. I could only imagine being able to treasure something passed down from family in handwritten form. I share conversations frequently of memories I had with certain movies--ones I watched in the theater, drive-in, with certain friends, etc. I might record some of these things...maybe they'll be treasured or thrown away. I won't care at that time.

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Oh as a side note, thinking about my massive library was a good little push to finally get me to cut the cord and cancel cable. Between what I own and some moderate streaming I wasn't even watching but 3 hours or so of cable a week, and really only as background noise.
I really don't miss having cable. I have so much content both films/television. The only downside for me was live sports. But I've gotten used to following game action on my phone and watching condensed recaps or highlights once a particular game is completed.
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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

Originally Posted by Wannabe
At some point in the future, the films you watch will no longer have a physical form. You'll either order them as "Video on Demand" or you'll download them to your computer/entertaiment system's hard drive.

Once any film is available to watch at any time, will people still cherish their DVD collections? Or will they view DVDs as "old space wasting technology"?

And if the film just resides on your hard drive, do you still feel like you own it?
A lot has changed in 18 years. I guess the original question should be updated to: If your purchase resides on a streaming service, do you still feel like you own it?
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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

I don't think we've ever really purchased much digitally, a few things here and there, and I often forget about them so it's like I don't own them.

Even the digital copies that come with physical releases, I'll enter them into Movies Anywhere and I have a small collection of them now, but they're just extras. If they were all to disappear overnight I probably wouldn't even notice for weeks.
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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

Originally Posted by Wannabe
A lot has changed in 18 years. I guess the original question should be updated to: If your purchase resides on a streaming service, do you still feel like you own it?
Digital "purchases" are a misnomer pawned off by studios still looking to entice consumers into spending. What we are really buying on VUDU or Apple is a temporary license to view said feature with very few rights over that ability on our end as consumers.

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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

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Wow, here it is 7 years after my first comments in this thread, my collection has just exceeded 1100, I keep running into movies and TV shows I'd seen long ago for cheap and adding them to my collection, in addition to some new releases I usually pick up for less because I'm a miserly bastard, although I have splurged on a couple lately (Doctor Strange, for one). I still don't stream because I'm simply not interested, but I do have 1100 movies and TV shows I can watch any time I want to, as many times as I want to, for as long as the discs don't rot. I thoroughly enjoy having the physical videos/cases here where I can pick them out of my collection on a whim, look at the cases and all their content, and obsess over cataloging. Working on filling my 4th book case...
1400+ now, and I still feel exactly the same as I did about this that I did in 2017.
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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

FWIW you can download your digital movies in many cases. I don't think iTunes allows it though.
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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

Originally Posted by Wannabe
A lot has changed in 18 years. I guess the original question should be updated to: If your purchase resides on a streaming service, do you still feel like you own it?
Originally Posted by PhantomStranger
Digital "purchases" are a misnomer pawned off by studios still looking to entice consumers into spending. What we are really buying on VUDU or Apple is a temporary license to view said feature with very few rights over that ability on our end as consumers.
This.
You "own" nothing but a viewing license that can be revoked at any time. Most services don't even allow you to download such "purchased" titles.
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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

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This.
You "own" nothing but a viewing license that can be revoked at any time. Most services don't even allow you to download such "purchased" titles.
That's really not true. In the case of Vudu you need to use their application, but you can watch offline, so as long as you have a device with the app on it, you can watch the movie, as far as I know.

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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

2011:
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Really? I have always thought one of the best thing about collecting is watching something and thinking to myself I am going to have/force my kids to watch this at some point. I think of our teachers having us watch Dr. Stranglove, My Life As A Dog or Cinema Paradiso and it just makes me feel good inside to know I can have that same kind of effect on someone I, hopefully, care about someday.

I am having kids in 2ish years so if I remember I will check back in here later to tell you all what ADD monsters they are and how ridiculous it is my 2 year old can sit through Schindler's List.
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Originally Posted by SterlingBen
Wow 7 year call back. So have a kid and I do really enjoy watching movies with her. She can't handle slow burn or drama yet but does really enjoy 80's creature features like Critters and Labyrinth. I am thinking about buying a big stack of 3x5 index cards and writing notes to her about each movie as I watch them. Something fun for her to look at when I am gone.
Now she can handle more slow burn stuff, but I have to hook her with some history/tid bits and what not first. Tried to watch Unbreakable with her with no build up or explanation and she wanted to quit after the first 1/2 but she did like it at the end.

Also those 3x5 cards might need to be for me also so I can remember where I am when watching those B-Movie multipacks.

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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

I guess the original question should be updated to: If your purchase resides on a streaming service, do you still feel like you own it?
​​​​​​​In a word- NO.
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Re: DVDs, Materialism, & the Concept of Ownership

I'll just pop in again to say, at least w/ VUDU you can download the file and play it offline with their app, so even though it's a digital file and nobody actually does it. As long as you have a device and the app still works, it seems to me like you own it.

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