Many of us have tons of DVDs and Blu-rays already. Our libraries are vast but never fully complete. When walking into the dying Blockbuster make sure you have a list of few things in your head. However, it is the surprises that you find that make the trip worthwhile. Personally, this time around I had Criterion Collection DVDs in mind. The reason being that many “normal” people have never heard of Criterion Collection DVDs and these films often get neglected. There is always a good chance of finding some out of print editions or Kurosawa films just sitting there waiting. Plus new Criterion Collection films are not cheap and these will be.
Blockbuster of course had a huge selection of TV shows both complete and incomplete. With streaming of many of these series available now, I found myself thinking $19.99 for Dexter Season 1 was a bit much. That money could be better spent on getting the special edition of Brad Bird’s Iron Giant and the unrated special edition of Jonathan King’s Black Sheep. What I thought was great about the TV Shows being offered both in single packaged discs and by season was what if I had a screwed up disc? I bought a complete new Farscape boxset once and, by the time I got to the third season, I finally noticed one disc was missing. Sadly, there was no Farscape boxset at this Blockbuster Video.
I know a lot of people who want only Blu-rays, now. Sure they are expensive and come with a lot of bells and whistles making some worth holding out for. I found a special edition of Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind on DVD and knew that it wasn’t going to make me happy. Not when the Blu-ray has all the different versions on it. In the same realm of movies, Abrams’ Super 8 was everywhere on DVD but nowhere was there a Blu-ray. That one, too, must be a new Blu-ray purchase.
The video store used to be a cornucopia of titles. Releases of movies both big and small would always, somehow, find their way into your local video store. While you are walking through the Blockbuster, keep your eye open for odd special editions (I found a 2006 single disc Conan the Complete Quest) and older versions of films that are no longer in print such as the Criterions or even one of the various Evil Dead releases. Granted, you probably have it already but who knows what is out there just waiting for you to rediscover?
The video stores are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Take this time to relish in one or two last hurrahs as you walk through the aisles and pick out a DVD or two. While you are there look for that oddball title you always wanted, discover some old classics (I picked up 5 Hitchcock’s myself), and above all, stock up on the movie candy.