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ADebar's Avatar ADebar 08:53 PM 07-07-2001
I'm tired of you putting my DVDs in 3 cent cases. That is the most pitifully designed, absolute astrocity of a case.

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Chris Williams's Avatar Chris Williams 09:22 PM 07-08-2001
Yeah, but one thing that must be said in their defense:

I own a huge percentage of Warner titles because they keep the prices low. So many other studios are trying to push the price of older titles up as part of a "rental priced" strategy, while Warners has held the line.
jafo's Avatar jafo 07:37 AM 07-10-2001
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Originally posted by Chris Williams:
Yeah, but one thing that must be said in their defense:

I own a huge percentage of Warner titles because they keep the prices low. So many other studios are trying to push the price of older titles up as part of a "rental priced" strategy, while Warners has held the line.
I agree 100% They do have some of the better priced selections. As long as the transfer and audio are top notch why would I care about the case that only sits on a shelf!
Hank527's Avatar Hank527 08:24 AM 07-10-2001
I do not usually care but with box sets it really does suck. My Nightmare on Elmstreet Box set looks horriible and I've only watched 3 titles and kept it on a shelf. It came with a cool band I have taken on and off and that band is ripping the cases apart after being taken off and on 3-4 times.
Chris Williams's Avatar Chris Williams 10:26 PM 07-10-2001
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I do not usually care but with box sets it really does suck. My Nightmare on Elmstreet Box set looks horriible and I've only watched 3 titles and kept it on a shelf. It came with a cool band I have taken on and off and that band is ripping the cases apart after being taken off and on 3-4 times.
Yeah, but that falls into the special catagory of "stupid box designs that will win awards". These awards are given by people who never actually watch DVDs. So we get abominiations like the "Close Encounters" case that will fall apart on the third viewing. Or "From The Earth To The Moon" which arrived with the plastic inserts already having come apart from the cardboard. Or "The Ultimate Toy Box", that I have to approach wearing gloves. The only box set I own that looks like it was actually designed by someone who wants you to watch the DVDs is the Criteron "Brazil".

BTW, here is a link to my DVD Profiler page.

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ADebar's Avatar ADebar 08:45 PM 07-11-2001
quite a collection Chris. very nice.

you have Boggie nights and o brother where art thou twice on your list.

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Chris Williams's Avatar Chris Williams 09:01 PM 07-11-2001
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Originally posted by ADebar:
quite a collection Chris. very nice.
Thank you!

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you have Boggie nights and o brother where art thou twice on your list.
Boogie Nights is the first release and the "Special Edition". "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" I have the Region 2 version that I picked up in the UK and the Region 1 version that I got later. We have several others where we have two different copies. Like I just picked up "The Cotton Club". Wonderful film, and I had to get it. But it only has the trailer. I just KNOW that they have a "Special Edition 2 Disc Set" ready to go, that they'll release in 6 months time. There is too much wonderful stuff that could be released with it - additional songs, complete performances (Lonette MacKee's "Ill Wind" is wonderful), Director's commentary, documentarys about the battles between Coppola and Robert Evans...all sorts of stuff.

I just feel like a chump for being taken advantage of in this way. They could have released all this stuff on a proper dual-sided disc once. But now they will sell the same movie to the same people twice. Jerks.


MikeM's Avatar MikeM 05:15 AM 07-12-2001
http://www.dvdprofiler.com/mycollect...alias=MichaelM

This is my collection. I have a question though for Chris....did you actually buy all 500+ o fthose? I get mine gratis from the studios for web review, otherwise I would never pay for so many.
Chris Williams's Avatar Chris Williams 01:05 PM 07-12-2001
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http://www.dvdprofiler.com/mycollect...alias=MichaelM

This is my collection. I have a question though for Chris....did you actually buy all 500+ of those?
We just hit 600 with yesterday's purchase of "The Cotton Club". Every single one of them purchased, the vast majority on E-Bay. I don't have a trust fund or a high income...I just am married to a woman who is a major film buff and one hell of an E-Bay shopper.

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I get mine gratis from the studios for web review, otherwise I would never pay for so many.
That would sure make this less expensive, but frankly we're almost out of shelf space as it is.

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MikeM's Avatar MikeM 01:41 PM 07-12-2001
so, are you saying that buying them on e-bay means "used" and for a discount ?
Chris Williams's Avatar Chris Williams 01:51 PM 07-12-2001
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so, are you saying that buying them on e-bay means "used" and for a discount ?
I'd say about 30% are "used" and the rest are still sealed. We don't have any problem buying "used" DVDs. It's not as if they wear out like LPs or VHS tapes. But she gets some pretty amazing discounts even on new, sealed titles. She estimates that the vast majority have been bought for $11 - $16.

BTW, looking through your collection, we probably share 75% of the titles. And the ones you have that we don't have, we want. Ah, this is a pernicious hobby. :-)


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BodegaBay's Avatar BodegaBay 06:49 PM 07-13-2001
<FONT face="Comic Sans MS">chris,

i must say i agree w/your box comments. actually pretty much all of your AVS Forum comments have been intelligent and quite useful. i like that when inviduals such as you can give informative and sensible posts!

600 dvds! wow that is the most i've ever seen anyone own. bravo. and i though i was hot stuff at 200+!

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Chris Williams's Avatar Chris Williams 12:29 AM 07-14-2001
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i must say i agree w/your box comments. actually pretty much all of your AVS Forum comments have been intelligent and quite useful. i like that when inviduals such as you can give informative and sensible posts!</FONT f>
Thank you for your kind words!

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600 dvds! wow that is the most i've ever seen anyone own. bravo. and i though i was hot stuff at 200+!
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Well, it's mostly my wife Vickie's doing. I'll have to get her to register on the forum. She could share some tips on E-Bay bidding. The most important ones I've observed are:
  • Don't get caught up in auction fever - it will always come up again.
  • Search through full descriptions, not just subjects.
  • Communicate - she has 241 positive feedback, 0 neutral, 0 negative

The latest is the latest "40% off" sale catalog from Columbia House. She's marked it up, crossing out what we already own and check-marking her wants (different sized checks depending on how important it is), and I'll go through and put my own checks in.

KennyG's Avatar KennyG 04:46 PM 07-14-2001
I know someone with over 1,000 DVDs, plus a ton of LDs.

I have taken to covering my "non-plastic" cases.
In the case of something like Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai SE, Seven or Boogie Nights SE it takes alittle work to make them look good, but Warners snapper cases are easy to cover.
Chris Williams's Avatar Chris Williams 04:53 PM 07-14-2001
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I know someone with over 1,000 DVDs, plus a ton of LDs.
That guy needs DVD Profiler. There's no way we could keep track of our collection without it.

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I have taken to covering my "non-plastic" cases.
In the case of something like Lawrence of Arabia, Bridge on the River Kwai SE, Seven or Boogie Nights SE it takes alittle work to make them look good, but Warners snapper cases are easy to cover.
What do you use as a covering? Self-adhesive plastic film?

I do have to complain about Warners cases though. AOL has very kindly started sending us replacement DVD Amray cases. Just pull out their artwork, save the CD for use as skeet and viola! You have a replacement case! But with Warner's snapper cases, I'll have to buy cheesy movies cheap to fix the broken center hole holders. Now if I can convince Troma to switch to "snappers", I'll be set!

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hhord2's Avatar hhord2 06:49 AM 07-15-2001
Chirs,
You and Vickie win!!! Great collection.
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ADebar's Avatar ADebar 08:18 AM 07-15-2001
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