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Old 02-01-17, 08:38 PM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Bourne was a promo that came with players IIRC.
As did the Peter Jackson King Kong and 300.

I remember liking BI quite a bit, but I haven't been the least bit tempted to get the Bd yet.
And I definitely don't have any use for the Greengrass sequels.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Originally Posted by JimRochester
On half.com they are running about 75. I threw mine in the garbage. Not sure if they are even selling at that price.

I never worried about upgrading my HD DVD to Blu. I picked up a couple here and there but didn't mind having the second format.
I have had no inclination to purchase any titles on Blu-ray that I already have on HD-DVD - and I have over 300 HD-DVDs.

In most cases the transfers are identical and since I have 6 players (I picked each one up for less than $10 each), there's no need to worry about a playback machine dying on me.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Originally Posted by orangerunner
I have had no inclination to purchase any titles on Blu-ray that I already have on HD-DVD - and I have over 300 HD-DVDs.

In most cases the transfers are identical and since I have 6 players (I picked each one up for less than $10 each), there's no need to worry about a playback machine dying on me.
Had I not had a ton of RZ bucks I wouldn't have bothered. I was going to buy the UHD box set but they came in individual cases. So I'd be paying to upgrade Legacy which I don't need and I would save no space. It was more of a space saver than an upgrade.

I have a couple spare machines as well and won't upgrade unless it saves space or the HD sucks. Or I do something stupid like buy because the BR was cheap.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Last year I added 20 titles to my collection. One of those was a gift. Three were in regular cases, 17 were steelbooks. Of the 20, 12 were movies and 8 were tv seasons. All titles were blue rays, with maybe an odd useless 3d disc thrown in when they were forced on us. Of the 20, 5 were what I would call legacy titles. The rest were newly produced new releases.
I'm a bit more picky with what I buy now. If I already own it on dvd, I strongly consider not getting it on blue ray. I am not going to "upgrade" to UHD until I need to replace components, and even then I wont until all the components are replaced. I don't stream much, and am happy with my collection as is. THe majority of what I am adding to it at this point is new releases.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I think I got 3 for Christmas. Star Trek Beyond I had asked for, Sully and Blindspot S1 my son got me. Although I an enjoying watching them, I didn't need to own either one. I feel guilty because he keeps buying them but I don't know how to tell him not to without hurting his feelings.

About all I really plan on getting are the Marvel movies and any war genre pictures. Those I still enjoy repeat viewings and want to own them.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

To avoid jumping back onto any dvd/bluray/4kbluray ocd "impulse buying" treadmills, I've been heavily restricting my purchases. Basically if I'm not willing to pay first day/week prices for a particular new title, then I shouldn't be buying that particular title in the first place.

So far the only upcoming title which fits this ^ criteria for me, is Star Wars Rogue One.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

No wonder physical media is dying ;(.
Old 02-02-17, 09:09 PM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I will be getting Hacksaw Ridge and Rogue One when they are released. Will that help?
Old 02-02-17, 09:32 PM
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

For my part, there just aren't enough films I want still being released on DVD/BD. The odd one here and there.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Originally Posted by morriscroy
To avoid jumping back onto any dvd/bluray/4kbluray ocd "impulse buying" treadmills, I've been heavily restricting my purchases. Basically if I'm not willing to pay first day/week prices for a particular new title, then I shouldn't be buying that particular title in the first place.
Doesn't seem practical these days since new releases are starting to drop in prices about a month after they're released. With the exception of Disney releases, I'm actively waiting about a month or so, and can pick up what I'm wanting for the same or slightly cheaper price.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I had thought I had responded to this already, but after skimming thru the thread I didn't notice anything, so...

My cutbacks (such as they are) are because disposable income isn't what it used to be, but mostly it's because I have managed to acquire over time most of the movies that I've wanted. I never collected vhas/laser/dvd/blu-ray so much as I collected movies. My collection is over 1200 titles, about 1/3 blu to 2/3 dvd. I double-dipped with blu's, but only with titles I know will be repeatedly watched so I want the best image I can get.

Most purchases now are recent blockbuster-type releases... strictly blu. I seldom purchase a dvd now, but when I do it's something obscure / special interest that will not likely be out on blu. When a must-have classic / special interest title shows up on blu (like The 3 Worlds of Gulliver recently), I'll bite. That's pretty much the only time I end up paying full retail. Most purchases I'll do Amazon, wait until something is on sale, is marked down, or I have coupon. I've waited a lot. Sometimes too long. I've missed all the Kung-Fu Panda 3Ds. They're ridiculous prices on Amazon and not available anywhere used.

The 3 years I've made the best (and most recent) deals at a local resale shop that has occasional discounts and/or coupons. Over half my son's Christmas blu-rays the past 2 years were bought there, including some scooping deals on 3D titles. They also sell new... with an occasional deal. Picked up Independence Day Resurgence 4K/3D/Blu/dvd combo new for my son for $18.

I do splurge, but restrict it to stuff I really, really want. Even with income not being what it was, there is a lot of stuff I could buy, but don't.

Got to save some money for books.

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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I all my years of collecting and I have only bought 2 new release DVD titles within the first two weeks of release. Maybe another 7-10 new release catalogue titles. I've never bought a new release Blu-ray.

I would say more than 95% of my collection (roughly 2000 titles) were purchased used.

If you want to pay $24.95 and see it right away, that's fine but I have always waited and found it for $4-$5 on the used market usually within a year or so. It sounds like a long wait but when you multiply that by many titles, the cost difference adds up quickly.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I will say this and I think this applies to some here.

If I saw the movie in the theater and really liked it, I'm trying to hold off and wait until it's more affordable. Preferably in the $10-15 range or less. I will not purchase mainstream new releases over $20 anymore. I picked up several mainstream titles under $10 during Black Friday that initially came out in the high $20's range new release week.

If I haven't seen it, but want to, I'll either rent the disc from Red Box, rent it digitally or run to my local video store (still open) and pick up a rental for $2.


I'm making somewhat of an exception for boutique companies like Shout and Arrow. If it's a title I really like and has a vast amount of quality supplemental material, I'll spend up to $20 for a new release. I want to help keep these smaller labels who put in the effort for a quality disc release still in business.


This past year, I donated hundreds of dollars of worthless discs from my collection (some unopened) to charity/library. I figured I might as well get a tax write off and let it go to help a good cause. I just started getting really tired of seeing hundreds of dollars of junk that I never should have bought in the 1st place gathering dust and with no inclination of me wanting to watch them anytime soon.

I purchased every season of Dexter on DVD. Seasons 1-3, I actually watched the discs to catch up. But then I started buying the discs for season 4-8 even after I saw them live week to week on Showtime. I then realized looking at it, why the hell do I have them? I'm never going to watch these ever again. 1-3 on disc was understandable since I had not seen the show and was trying to catch up. But, I wasted some good money buying 4-8.

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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I have 5 very large shelves with about 2500 DVD/BDs. I'm having a 6th shelf built because I'm running out of room. I have bought 25 boots but they are on 3 flashdrives...which saves over a foot of space!

No, I'm not stopping collecting...it's my hobby.

I hope to in the near future replace and upgrade my PJ, receiver, BD player and remote.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

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I have 5 very large shelves with about 2500 DVD/BDs. I'm having a 6th shelf built because I'm running out of room. I have bought 25 boots but they are on 3 flashdrives...which saves over a foot of space!

No, I'm not stopping collecting...it's my hobby.

I hope to in the near future replace and upgrade my PJ, receiver, BD player and remote.
I had a couple sets of shelves plus a long shelf over the TV pretty full, plus a couple small shelves in my entertainment center. I refuse to add more shelving. I'm pulling things off and am embarrassed to tell you I'm finding original snapper cases from WB still in the original shrink wrap. I'm not sure how old they are but they're frickin old. So far I've pulled about 20 out of the collection and either thrown them out or brought them to the library. There will always be some movies I don't mind owning just for the sake of owning, but too many of these, if I haven't cracked the seal in 15 years I guess I didn't need to own it.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Originally Posted by Jon2
I had thought I had responded to this already, but after skimming thru the thread I didn't notice anything, so...
Fwiw, you can easily see which threads you've posted in by looking to the left of the thread title in the topic list of each subforum. And then to find your posts, click on the number of replies to see a list of all posters.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Originally Posted by DJariya
I purchased every season of Dexter on DVD. Seasons 1-3, I actually watched the discs to catch up. But then I started buying the discs for season 4-8 even after I saw them live week to week on Showtime. I then realized looking at it, why the hell do I have them? I'm never going to watch these ever again. 1-3 on disc was understandable since I had not seen the show and was trying to catch up. But, I wasted some good money buying 4-8.
Binge-watching used to be the reason a lot of shows were sold on DVD. Either people would give a show a shot a few seasons in, or they'd purposely wait until the latest season was over - they'd go out and get the DVDs and binge. But now with streaming, there's no point - especially in cases where you've never seen the show before. Why take the gamble on buying S1 on DVD/BD of a show sight-unseen when there's a chance you may not like it?
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

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I had a couple sets of shelves plus a long shelf over the TV pretty full, plus a couple small shelves in my entertainment center. I refuse to add more shelving. I'm pulling things off and am embarrassed to tell you I'm finding original snapper cases from WB still in the original shrink wrap. I'm not sure how old they are but they're frickin old. So far I've pulled about 20 out of the collection and either thrown them out or brought them to the library. There will always be some movies I don't mind owning just for the sake of owning, but too many of these, if I haven't cracked the seal in 15 years I guess I didn't need to own it.
I don't throw anything out! I have almost everything put out on DVD that is sci-fi/horror. I've just gotten into boots because the films I want aren't offered anywhere on DVD.

I do double-dip , but it has to be a real improvement on the BD to purchase it...almost all are, a few aren't.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I just sold a couple discs on eBay, the first time I've sold anything on there in years. Put up five movies and three sold. So I think I'm going to slowly start going through my collection and getting rid of some of the stuff that I never watched or will never watch again. I would say about 20% of my collection (if not more) came from Blockbuster store closings and when Best Buy was running the $5 coupon with a DVD trade in. I picked up a lot of movies during those times that I didn't need, just because they were so cheap.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

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I just sold a couple discs on eBay, the first time I've sold anything on there in years. Put up five movies and three sold. So I think I'm going to slowly start going through my collection and getting rid of some of the stuff that I never watched or will never watch again. I would say about 20% of my collection (if not more) came from Blockbuster store closings and when Best Buy was running the $5 coupon with a DVD trade in. I picked up a lot of movies during those times that I didn't need, just because they were so cheap.
Yeah, I had the same issue. When Gamestop used to sell DVDs they'd do sales all the time and I'd end up with garbage just to fill a hole.

I ended up dumping most of those several years ago, but I'm still picking my way through my collection looking for things I can let go of. And not just whether or not it's something I want to watch, but also to see how they look on my 60" display. A lot of these were bought when I had a 30" widescreen TV and some have turned out to be garbage (the original Austin Powers DVDs) but many DVDs still look pretty good, if not great. I just watched Silent Running the other night and while I could see some problems, it was still very good.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

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I just sold a couple discs on eBay, the first time I've sold anything on there in years. Put up five movies and three sold. So I think I'm going to slowly start going through my collection and getting rid of some of the stuff that I never watched or will never watch again. I would say about 20% of my collection (if not more) came from Blockbuster store closings and when Best Buy was running the $5 coupon with a DVD trade in. I picked up a lot of movies during those times that I didn't need, just because they were so cheap.
I picked up about a 100 DVD's when a local rental store went out of business. I also used to frequent the used Blockbuster sales and did quite a few I think for the 4/20 sales. In fact a few of my HD DVD to BR upgrades were because I was hunting for another title to complete the four.

I used to sell quite a few on half.com, but if a title isn't worth $5 used it's not worth a special trip to the post office. I'd rather donate it, toss it or give it away.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

I stop buying due to high costs as well as now I watch everything online (amazon prime and netflix).. Also, I never watch anything over and over again.. Just don't have the time.
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I did a big purge of my DVDs 2 years ago. There's a shop in Ontario that buys/sells used CDs/DVDs.

They had a hard time selling regular stuff, so the odds of them buying off of you are low unless you have something "different". Luckily, they bought all my Criterions and a bunch of other independent and foreign films. The guy going through my stuff was getting a hard-on because he usually comes across the mainstream stuff - and I had about 60 Criterions and another 20 or so titles that were foreign/independent. Of course the amount they offer is a fraction of what I paid - but I didn't care at that point.

I used the money to buy my brother a nice Samsung Tablet for his 50th birthday that he still uses a lot. So at least the purge was worth it.

I still have about 70-100 DVDs and I probably couldn't get rid of most of them.

Another reason I'm glad I went through that process - ensures that I'll be VERY strict in what I buy in all facets of life. Money doesn't come easy - no point in throwing it away.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Good ideas posted above about donating to the library. I have a bunch of titles that have been on half.com and Amazon for years. Time to round 'em up and visit my local library.
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Re: To those that have cut back on collecting DVD/Blu-ray, what's the reason?

Yeah, the library worked out great when I was getting rid of some DVD's. I gave about 20 or so away once the Best Buy deal ended and I didn't want them kicking around anymore. I asked them about blu rays as well, but since they don't rent them there wasn't anything they could do with them.

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