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How to tell if a feature is direct to video or not?

Old 02-18-07, 06:38 PM
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How to tell if a feature is direct to video or not?

Quick question.

I am in the final steps of re-organizing my collection, and am keeping "movies" (films that appeared in the theater) separate from everything else.

Several titles, mainly documentaries or full length animated films are stumping me.

I think IMDB might have the answer, but I can't find confirmation in the FAQ.

If IMDB lists it with a "(V)" after the title, I think it means that it was direct to video.

Is that right? Or is there another simple way to tell if a movie was released to theater, or TV, or direct to video?
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Old 02-18-07, 06:50 PM
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I think you're correct on the V thing, but you could also check to see if there was a theatrical release in the Release Dates link on IMDB.
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How would you categorize films intended for theatrical release but go direct to video instead. Like the direct to video titles that are 2:35 ratio and/or have the "in select theaters" after all the sound system logos in end credits.
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You could check the end credits or back cover for an MPAA globe logo.


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Also look for Dolph Lundgren's photo on the cover.
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Also look for Dolph Lundgren's photo on the cover.
ha!
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Originally Posted by Quatermass
Also look for Dolph Lundgren's photo on the cover.
Damn! I was going to say the same thing about Steven Seagal!
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Old 02-19-07, 02:17 AM
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Yeah, but what about DUEL?
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Beat me to it, was going to say Christian Slater!
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Old 02-19-07, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by rw2516
How would you categorize films intended for theatrical release but go direct to video instead. Like the direct to video titles that are 2:35 ratio and/or have the "in select theaters" after all the sound system logos in end credits.
I keep changing my mind, but I am restricted by space and must use binders for at least half of my collection. Here is what I do right now:

All TV series on two bookcases.
All movies in 100 book-size binders on top of those bookcases. (will hold app. 1800 discs/inserts)
All "other" (documentaries, shorts, TV movies, direct to video, music, sports, etc) in a separate rack that holds about 230 titles.

I do not have enough binders (and the type I bought has been discontinued for years) to hold everything, so I must separate things somehow.

Today, this system seems best for me, but I organize and re-organize my stuff on a yearly basis.

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Beat me to it, was going to say Christian Slater!

Crap...I thought Tara Reid was the default for DTV...
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I think it's a little hard to tell for some movies because there are those that were shot with the intention of getting a theatrical release, but ended up sitting on the shelf at the studio until they finally got a DVD release.

You can also look at the back of the case and see if it says something like:
"Sony Pictures Home Entertainment presents...."

That's a dead giveaway it's a DTV release. I know Steven Seagal's movies all are.
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