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DVD Shopping Bag: The DVD Library Dwindles

Are they old trophies?

By Robert T. Trate     March 22, 2011


This week the DVD Shopping Bag is incredibly light. I actually changed my top 5 must buy movies to the top 5 movies I won’t buy. I’m sorry Lee Horsley and Lynda Carter, but the complete series of Hawkeye is not going into the library this week. I took stock of my own library this week and came to a realization. I have way too many movies. It might seem as if it is blasphemy but it is true. What would I actually ever watch again? I was also amazed that for some movies I had three copies of them in three different formats. I love The Evil Dead but to have a DVD, Blu-ray, and VHS copy is a bit ridiculous. What to do with all these movies? How do I reorganize? Then there is the question what do I do with what I don’t want?
I’m not bragging when I say I have every episode of Farscape, The A-Team, Transformers, The Six Million Dollar Man, both Battlestar Galacticas and Land of the Lost. That is a lot of TV. I have often wanted to start my own pirate TV channel. I of course, have tons more. I then saw how much space some of these take up. Many crowd shelves and hang off of others. Will I ever watch every episode of The A-Team? I watched some choice episodes but how many times can you watch something be built to a montage? The A-Team is gone. Marshall, Will and Holly’s adventures reminded me of Lost but their stories often inspired my imagination. Where as the special effects had me rolling my eyes. Land of the Lost, undecided. Now I hope to one day have children and would love to have them grow up with the same heroes as I had. The Transformers are a keeper, no doubt about it. The debate continues as the pros and cons of each series are weighed.
Enter Netflix and streaming television. It isn’t quite the future yet and not every show is available to watch. I did find myself moderately interested in Dexter but didn’t want to buy it. Streaming the show made me a huge fan but the need to buy the following season never happed. I just sat it out and watched it at my leisure. Do I need to own a season of the series and place it on the mantle as a trophy? My proverbial thirst was quenched and I did what any fan of the show should do. Told my friends to stream it on Netflix and or rent the seasons. This was the case with Weeds and watching He-Man and the Masters of the Universe on YouTube too.  
Are they trophies? How many special features have you actually watched on that second disc? You know the collector’s edition featuring the outtakes, behind the scenes featurettes, and the video diary blogs (sorry Bryan Singer, I have never watched those in my Superman box set). I like my Criterion Collections DVDs/ Blu-rays and those aren’t going anywhere. I would consider them trophies. Especially their edition of Silence of the Lambs (spine #13), that is a trophy. I did come across Christian Bale’s Reign of Fire. When will I ever watch this again? Do I need to own it or have it take up valuable shelf space? This is a Netflix movie.
Titles are becoming easily more available in multiple mediums. Let us not forget everything is going green now. I can stream the movie from home saving on paper for the envelope for just starters. I never even got into downloading movies via iTunes or “other” websites. Having a film saved on my hard drive may not be glamorous (no trophy) but I know exactly where it is and can load it to my phone, iPod or just watch it on my computer. Sorting through the shelves, which once used to be alphabetized, has now become a bother. As I look to the crowded ugly wall with mismatched shelves and boxes I can only think of what movie poster could be hanging there instead. It has begun. The library of movie trophies is dwindling.
What are your own thoughts on your own collection? Do you need 3 different formats of Army of Darkness? Do you even buy movies anymore or have you turned to ulterior methods for your viewing pleasure? Sound off below!
5 Movies i won’t buy this week:
1. The Tourist [Blu-ray]
2. Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer [Blu-ray]
3. Skyline [Blu-ray]
4. Death Race: Unrated 2-Movie Box Set [Blu-ray]
5. Hawkeye: The Complete Series
4 Movie Marathon: Classic War Collection (Wake Island / To Hell and Back / Battle Hymn / Gray Lady Down)
Alpha Dog & Assault on Precinct 13 [Blu-ray] Starring Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne and Gabriel Byrne
Bashment: The Fork In The Road
Big I Am Starring Leo Gregory, Vincent Regan, Michael Madsen
Death Race: Unrated 2-Movie Box Set [Blu-ray]
Duplicity Starring Portia Realer Vash R. Boddie Ken Palmer
Fast and the Furious DVDTee (Large) Starring John Ireland and Dorothy Malone
Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift Starring Lucas Black and Damien Marzette
Girls Guns & G-Strings Starring Dona Speir, Julie K. Smith, Hope Marie Carlton
Jackson County Jail / Caged Heat (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Yvette Mimieux, Juanita Brown
Jet Li's Fearless & Unleashed [Blu-ray] Starring Jet Li and Shido Nakamura
Mercury Rising & Jackal [Blu-ray] Starring Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin and Miko Hughes
Meskada Starring Nick Stahl, Kellan Lutz, Rachel Nichols and Norman Reedus
New One Armed Swordsman [Blu-ray]
One Armed Swordsman [Blu-ray]
The Quiet Arrangement Starring Christina Simovich, Rob Stone, Chuck D. Kyle Jason
Random Hearts [Blu-ray] Starring Harrison Ford, Kristin Scott Thomas, Bonnie Hunt
Return of the One Armed Swordsman [Blu-ray]
Sherlock Holmes And The Great London Crime Mysteries
Spaghetti Western Double Feature Vol 1: D'Jango & Now They Call Him [Blu-ray] Starring Franco Nero and Michael Forest
Spaghetti Western Double Feature Vol 2: Last Gun & Four Dollars of Revenge [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Woods and Cameron Mitchell
Spy Game / State of Play [Blu-ray] Starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck
The Tourist Starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie
The Tourist [Blu-ray]
Bleach Uncut Box Set 8
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Complete First Season
Ghost Sweeper Mikami Collection 3
Kanokon: Girl Who Cried - Complete Series
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple - Season Two Starring Jason Liebrecht, Josh Grelle, Carrie Savage
Kurokami 6 [Blu-ray]
Melancholy of Haruhi-Chan Suzumiya & Nyoron 1
Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne: The Complete Series (Classic) Starring Colleen Clinkenbeard, Clarine Harp and Jamie Marchi
Anastasia [Blu-ray] Starring Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Christopher Lloyd and Kelsey Grammer
B.O.B.'s Big Break (Bob's Big Break)
Firebreather [Blu-ray] Starring Jesse Head, Kevin Michael Richardson, Amy Davidson
Robots [Blu-ray]
Shrek (Widescreen)
The Venture Bros.: Season 4, Vol. 2
The Venture Bros.: The Complete Season 4 [Blu-ray]
Our Hospitality: ULTIMATE EDITION [Blu-ray] Starring Buster Keaton and Natalie Talmadge
Ernest Double Feature: Ernest Goes to Camp & Ernest Goes to Jail [Blu-ray] Starring Jim Varney, Victoria Racimo and John Vernon
Garfield Double Feature [Blu-ray] Starring Breckin Meyer
Yogi Bear (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray 3D / Blu-ray / DVD / Digital Copy) Starring Dan Aykroyd and Anna Faris
Yogi Bear / Yogi the Easter Bear (Two-Pack) Starring Tom Cavanagh
4 Movie Marathon: Cult Horror Collection (The Funhouse / Phantasm II / The Serpent and the Rainbow / Sssssss)
Dark Fields Starring David Carradine, Richard Lynch, Dee Wallace
The Defiled Starring Brian Shaw, Alden Moore, Graham Jenkins and Kathleen Lawlor
Family Secret Starring Forris Day Jr., LeeAnn Aubuchon, Brent Northup
Frankenstein (A Film By Creep Creepersin) Starring Creep Creepersin, Nikki Wall, Nicole Nemeth, Kelly Kingsbury James Porter
Horror 4 Pack (Midnight Movie / The Attic / Carver / Outrage) Starring Michael Madsen, Natasha Lyonne, Catherine Mary Stewart
House Of Sin Starring John Symes, Nik Spencer and Sarah Dunn
The Perfume of the Lady in Black (Il Profumo della Signora in Nero) Starring Mimsy Farmer and Maurizio Bonuglia
Siren Starring Eoin Macken
The Bat DVDTee (Large) Starring Vincent Price and Agnes Morehead
The Walking Dead Girls Starring George Romero, Bruce Campbell, Linnea Quigley
Iron Man [Blu-ray] Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard
The Sandlot [Blu-ray] Starring Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, Patrick Renna and Chauncey Leopardi
Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer Starring Eric Lutes, Lea Thompson, Wendie Malick and Hunter Allen
Adventures of a Teenage Dragonslayer [Blu-ray]
Alien 2 on Earth (Midnight Legacy Collection) [Blu-ray] Starring Belinda Mayne, Mark Bodin, Michele Soavi and Judy Perrin
Alien 2: On Earth (Midnight Legacy Collection)
Battle of Los Angeles [Blu-ray] Starring Tim Abell and Edward DeRuiter
Galaxina / Crater Lake Monster- Double Feature- [Blu-ray] Starring Dorothy Stratten, Stephen Macht, Avery Schreiber
The Lost Missile
Riddick Collection [Blu-ray] Starring Vin Diesel
Skyline Starring Eric Balfour and Donald Faison
Skyline [Blu-ray]
The Vanquisher [Blu-ray] Starring Sophita Sriban
Hawkeye: The Complete Series Starring Lee Horsley, Linda Carter and Rodney A. Grant
Psych: Complete First Season Starring James Roday, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson and Corbin Bernsen
Psych: Complete Second Season Starring James Roday, Dule Hill, Timothy Omundson and Corbin Bernsen
Scarecrow and Mrs. King: The Complete Second Season Starring Kate Jackson and Bruce Boxleitner
Smallville: Complete Eighth Season
A Brady Bunch of Movies (The Brady Bunch Movie / A Very Brady Sequel / Brady Bunch In The White House / Growing Up Brady) Starring Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson and Adam Brody
Bruce Lee Ultimate Trilogy Starring Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Gig Young and Nora Miao
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.


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Hobbs 3/22/2011 6:51:11 AM

I think it was AT&T...I think....that announced last week they were going to start charging thier customers more for internet based on usage.  I don't remember the specifics...sorry...but my point is that even though streaming vid is a great way to downsize your collection (i've thought about it) the problem is that more companies are going to follow AT&T and charge for how much time you use.  Similar to cell phones...it's coming all over, no doubt about it so you have to take that into account when you think how easy and cheap it is to stream your fav tv shows or movies.  It will probably take a few years for everyone to join in but it is coming.

karas1 3/22/2011 7:14:12 AM

You never know what you are going to want to watch.  A few months ago I got the yen to watch Romeo And Juliet (the Leo DiCaprio version) so I fished out the video tape which had followed me through half a dozen moves and which I hadn't watched in at least 10 years.  And I watched it (everybody looked so YOUNG!)

My brother laughed at me for buying a new DVD/VCR combo.  "Video tape is dead." he said.  But I have lots of movies on video that I may want to watch again.  It would cost me hundreds of dollars to rebuy all those movies (many of which a taped off of HBO for free long ago).  And what for?

And Blake's 7 isn't available on DVD in the USA.  But I still have the video tapes.

I suppose if you wanted to trim your collection you could donated the unwanted disks and/or videos to the library or a hospital or children's center (kids titles obviously).

BTW, I don't have Netflix.  But I visited some friends and we tried to watch a movie on Netflix through their gaming console.  It kept being interrupted for buffering.  We eventually chose a movie they had on DVD to watch instead (Labyrinth).  I wasn't too impressed with the quality of the Netflix viewing experience. 


samurai1138 3/22/2011 7:33:30 AM

Much like the printed book soon will be, having media on your shelf is pretty much dead. It simply takes up too much room. Dont get wrong, i understand the desire to have some nice cases on display, I did that too from Day 1 of the DVD's life until just a couple years ago. Now? sorry, I just cant spare the shelf space. Having transferred almost all my DVD's into digital copies on a number of multi-terabyte external harddrives, I now have all my collection at my fingertips, easy to store, easy to move, easy to watch. At this point I only keep a few actual DVD boxes on my shelf, mostly for the display value.(rubber Evil Dead Necronomicon, anyone?) 

Hobbs 3/22/2011 8:40:11 AM

Samurai, I disagree with you about books.  Books have been integrated into the human psyche since words could be written on paper.  I do not see books going the way of movies.  Though I will agree that Kindle might replace things like text books in school so kids are not logging around 60 pounds of books on thier back each day I just don't see it replacing novels. 

noahbody 3/22/2011 10:04:12 AM

Sorry I like the way a book feels, and watching the book mark move from the front to the back, it's a sense of acomplishment..

I have stopped buying DVDs except the ones I really, really want. I find myself watching a lot of them on TNT, Spike, or any other channel I happen upon anyway. I will watch certain movies I own just cause the spirit of the moment but I no longer feel the need to own them, add that they keep changing formats wanting me to re-buy tiltle. If I can get for around $5 then I might otherwise I do Netflix and only the DVDs. I have no desire to watch movies on my computer or upgrading my TV to be able to download movies.

goldeneyez 3/23/2011 5:43:20 AM

karas1, don't give up on Netflix too quickly, it's actually a pretty good experience provided you have a reliable and fast network connection.  There are some hiccups, I have it through my Xbox, Wii, and Blu ray player.  I think the Xbox gives the best picture but has the least reliable connection, while the Blu ray player doesn't look as nice as the Xbox, but has a more reliable connection.

marc5 3/23/2011 8:36:18 AM

good post 

EagleManiac 3/24/2011 9:18:35 AM

 I agree with Noahbody....I love to read, and a novel is the best way, IMO. Kindle and other "readers" may be the future, for some, but not me any time soon. 

As far as DVD media goes, I have over 250 DVD's all lovingly displayed in a really nice wall case. I like the format, and being able to have the artwork/covers along with the movie. Digital storage is "convenient", sure, but the movies lose some of their "nostalgia" when they are stored that way. 

InnerSanctum 3/26/2011 4:25:05 PM

 I much prefer a book in my hands.  It is easier for me to access and I love the smell, feel and sense of accomplishment it provides.  And, I have many treasures that I've sought out in various old bookstores.  Many are leather bound.   No, I don't think a computer will replace my collection in my life time.  To each their own.  Much like we thought records were dead, many purist still seek them out.  And, good for them for appreciating that experience.  



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