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What's the point in buying loads and loads of movies to keep at home?

post #1 of 39
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I mean if you bought hundreds of DVDs, they are all now outdated due to the Blu-ray. The cycle will continue once the next big thing after Blu-ray is out. Aren't you "trapping" yourself by buying a lot of movies for home use? I understand the convenience aspect of it, but still.
post #2 of 39
Who says you have to keep them? You could do the "unmentionable", then sell 'em all for a profit. Though I've personally never owned more than 20 DVDs at any one time.
post #3 of 39
Outdated? Didn't know they had expiration date.
post #4 of 39
Thread Starter 
Outdated meaning wouldn't you want the Blu-ray version of the DVD you have now?
post #5 of 39
Seems like this comes up every couple of years. If you don't want to buy the movie don't. If others do, great. Whatever works for the individual.
That said, blurays are pretty cheap now. Bestbuy has their $5 dvd trade in and MANY titles at 9.99-1499. $4.99 is almost like a rental AND you get a shiny blue case as well.cool.gif
post #6 of 39
I still buy an overabundance of DVDs because it is a cheap way to literally trap myself. I sleep in piles and piles of DVDs, sometimes taking days to make it out of the heap. You may have seen me on an episode of "Hoarders."
post #7 of 39
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Originally Posted by Kain View Post

Outdated meaning wouldn't you want the Blu-ray version of the DVD you have now?

DVDs are often mastered well that I reach a "good enough" state when watching most of them, so rushing out to buy blu-rays to replace them isn't high on my agenda. Yes, I notice a difference, but not enough for me to plunk down the cash for all of them. I mentioned this in another thread, but I'm in no rush to upgrade every single DVD I own (around 120 so far, versus about 11 blu-rays.) I have upgraded a few favorites, and if the blu-ray is available for a reasonable price AND I'm ready to buy it, then yes, I get the blu.

Plus, not every movie I like has made it to blu (I don't go for big blockbuster Hollywood movies too often), and my player does a good upscaling job anyway, so if DVD is what's available and I want it now, that's what I get. I'm not waiting to see if a blu version comes down the pike when my movie preferences don't lend themselves to the most popular blu releases.
Edited by Tulpa - 8/1/12 at 4:37pm
post #8 of 39
Just guessing but after blu ray it'll be drm digital streaming and downloads.
Ill get as much blu ray as I can now, rip them later. Then while I have drm free movies on my 6 Tb harddrives, everyone else will be connecting to hulu or UV or whatever to watch their movies.
post #9 of 39
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Originally Posted by Kain View Post

I mean if you bought hundreds of DVDs, they are all now outdated due to the Blu-ray. The cycle will continue once the next big thing after Blu-ray is out. Aren't you "trapping" yourself by buying a lot of movies for home use? I understand the convenience aspect of it, but still.

No.
post #10 of 39
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Originally Posted by GoCaboNow View Post

Seems like this comes up every couple of years. If you don't want to buy the movie don't. If others do, great. Whatever works for the individual.
That said, blurays are pretty cheap now. Bestbuy has their $5 dvd trade in and MANY titles at 9.99-1499. $4.99 is almost like a rental AND you get a shiny blue case as well.cool.gif

I agree. I pick most up mine at video stores. Ill be getting avenger for $17 on blu ray in the next 3 weeks. Most times i pay $8 for a blu ray but i have paid more from amazon if i wanted earlier. I do have quite a bit and i do watch them one every night.
post #11 of 39
What's even more wallet emptying are the Steelbooks... which I'm a sucker for. And there's some really cool ones coming up too.cool.gif
post #12 of 39
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Originally Posted by rezzy View Post

Who says you have to keep them? You could do the "unmentionable", then sell 'em all for a profit. Though I've personally never owned more than 20 DVDs at any one time.
You can not make a profit on something that is a loss leader. In other words, what you paid $20 or $40 for, now costs only a 1/8th or a 1/3rd of what you paid for it.

I only buy DVD's of old stuff that is not on BD yet, and only those that I know that I will always keep into they no longer work. I still have VHS tapes downstairs in storage, that have not been watched for over 7 years. Just too lazy to get rid of them.
post #13 of 39
I used to by tons of DVD's to watch when I wanted to watch them..trouble was there was always something new coming out and I rarely went back..thank the maker for garage sales wink.gif . Now I'm extremely selective about the BR's that I buy and I've enjoyed them multiple times. I still have a few DVD's, that aren't on BR ,that I'll keep until they are but for the most part, unless a movie REALLY grabs me by the pazuzu's, I won't buy movies as much.
post #14 of 39
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

What's even more wallet emptying are the Steelbooks... which I'm a sucker for. And there's some really cool ones coming up too.cool.gif

You have quite a number of steelbooks waboman?
post #15 of 39
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Originally Posted by Franin View Post

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You have quite a number of steelbooks waboman?

Not too many... but I'm always on the lookout for more. biggrin.gif
post #16 of 39
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Originally Posted by Waboman View Post

Not too many... but I'm always on the lookout for more. biggrin.gif

they look quite good.
post #17 of 39
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Originally Posted by Kain View Post

I mean if you bought hundreds of DVDs, they are all now outdated due to the Blu-ray. The cycle will continue once the next big thing after Blu-ray is out. Aren't you "trapping" yourself by buying a lot of movies for home use? I understand the convenience aspect of it, but still.

Some of us just love movies, and like to collect them. Other people have other hobbies. I had a much larger DVD collection than I do BD's but it is slowly growing.
The DVD's didn't go to waste, as I gave them to family and friends. I have a dedicated theatre room, and BD looks better than DVD or satellite, so I buy what I think will be worth a rewatch. If we ever go to 4K, the BD's I have will still look good.

My previous car hobby was much more expensive than this. Buying/selling sports cars ain't cheap. wink.gif
post #18 of 39
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Originally Posted by adpayne View Post

Some of us just love movies, and like to collect them. Other people have other hobbies. I had a much larger DVD collection than I do BD's but it is slowly growing.
The DVD's didn't go to waste, as I gave them to family and friends. I have a dedicated theatre room, and BD looks better than DVD or satellite, so I buy what I think will be worth a rewatch. If we ever go to 4K, the BD's I have will still look good.
Yeah, that.

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My previous car hobby was much more expensive than this. Buying/selling sports cars ain't cheap. wink.gif
One of the few vices I'll admit to.tongue.gif

What's in your garage now?
post #19 of 39
I got into DVD early before you could rent them so I bought them and amassed a very large collection.
Now with blu-ray via Netflix I no longer buy any
post #20 of 39
For me. Hurricanes/storms..
No really. Storms will knock out Cable/Net for week(s) With nothing for the kids to they tend to get rammy. If I dont want to goto bed when the sun sets during these times, its somethig to do.


I also like to collect/watch a few movies over and over. LoTR , ID4, Postman(dont laugh),5th Element I watch at least once a year. So I like to keep them all on hand.
post #21 of 39
I'm one of those collectors who feels that 99.9% of the best and potentially re-watchable movies that will ever be made...have already been made. Maybe one or two new ones can be added to the list per year, but rarely more than that, imo. So adding one or two more per year to the collection, at most, doesn't create much of a problem. I'll still see newer movies in theaters, stream them on Netflix or Hulu+, try to catch up on the newer stuff to see if there is something there worth adding to a collection, Again, maybe one or two per year tops, as far as I'm concerned.

The benefit of feeling that way about it means you actually can own on DVD or Blu-ray today almost every title that you think falls within that "keeper" range. I also agree with others here that some titles are just fine on DVD and don't need to be upgraded to Blu-ray. I have about three dozen Blu-rays now and can only think of a dozen more movies I'd double dip on Blu-ray when they become available; some Hitchcocks, of course, Lawrence of Arabia, that kind of thing. But not everything.

So how manageable is a collection of, say, 2000-2500 DVDs/Blu-rays of movies made since the first decade or two of the 20th Century that you might like to keep within arm's length to watch on a whim at any given moment on a fairly decent 100" diagonal home theater set up? Pretty darn manageable actually. Particularly if you can part with the ordinary, unremarkable cases many of them come in and only hang onto a select few of the big deal special treatment cases.

I picked up 6 DVD/Blu-ray storage cases at Frys. The three ring binder style. 400 disc capability each. Slipped the bare discs in the sleeves more or less by genre, sometimes by star, whatever. They take up about as much room in a closet or out in the open in the home theater room as a small to medium size divan. Line 'em up on the floor against one wall and they'd never be in the way of anything. They're black so you don't even see them when the HT lights are dimmed. Want to watch something, you zip open the likely case and flip through the pages until it shows up. Sometimes you see something else along the way you'd forgotten you had and decide to watch that instead. No problem. I realize some day the latest-greatest media will either be the size of a postage stamp or every movie ever made will be available to download in pristine HD for a dime or stored in a key fob for $20. "some day".

But for now the collection of just about everything I'd ever imagine I might want to watch or re-watch again with others or alone is all contained in less than 6 three ring binder style storage cases (I've got unused pages of sleeves in each) that can easily fit in two medium sized 18.5"x18"x16" moving boxes you can get at Home Depot for less than $2 each. They'd be heavy but can be transported just fine that way, like books. I know because I've moved from one home to another and the entire 2400 or so DVD/Blu-ray collection (other than the handful of special treatment cases I mentioned) was carried over by hand in two arms full.
Edited by hitchfan - 8/2/12 at 1:47pm
post #22 of 39
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Originally Posted by gregzoll View Post

You can not make a profit on something that is a loss leader. In other words, what you paid $20 or $40 for, now costs only a 1/8th or a 1/3rd of what you paid for it.
Didn't mean to imply the OP would get back what he/she paid retail for, (it's glaringly obvious they would not). But if they won't sell for very much, perhaps they could be traded towards BD upgrades, provided such a program exists.
post #23 of 39
I kinda stopped collecting a while back. I still have a big box full of LDs. I anyone is thinking of getting rid of their DVDs, unless they are mostly common blockbusters, make sure that the "foreign film" or "indie" you bought isn't now a rare item. They can wind up being worth quite a bit. If you have some of those you might have a pleasant surprise coming.
post #24 of 39
I am definitely buying less and less as time goes on because when I look at the movies on my shelf that I have actually watched multiple times or actually have any interest in watching more than once, they are very few so it is starting to feel like a waste of money to some degree. That is just me though and I fully respect that people love to collect movies or anything else for that matter if that is what they enjoy. I am betting we are all capable of monitoring this for ourselves. wink.gif
post #25 of 39
With young kids at home, for a while we were buying a lot of DVDs and a few Blu-Rays because of how often the little ones will rewatch movies. It also makes road trips a lot easier. No regrets there.

For myself, I only buy one or two discs a year, and while I surely make sure it's something I will watch again someday, for me it's more about supporting the filmmakers. Examples: Ink and The Book of Eli, which are the only two I've bought in the past twelve months.
post #26 of 39
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Yeah, that.
One of the few vices I'll admit to.tongue.gif
What's in your garage now?

A Chevy Cobalt. eek.gif

Sold my last Corvette in 2008. I had 6 over the years: 69, 77, 82, 91, 95, 99. My first car was a 69 Charger 440 R/T, and also had a 70 Buick GSX. Most of those were heavily modified as well. wink.gif

It was fun, but with gas prices, breakage at the track, and bad roads around here, I decided to focus on other pursuits. Home theatre is easier on my wallet, so I can also afford to travel more now.
post #27 of 39
What's the point in buying a car? I mean if you bought a 2012 model car, it is now outdated due to the 2013 models coming out this fall. The cycle will continue once the next big thing after the 2013's are out. Aren't you "trapping" yourself by buying a car for home use? I understand the convenience aspect of it, but still.biggrin.gif
post #28 of 39
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Originally Posted by hitchfan View Post

I'm one of those collectors who feels that 99.9% of the best and potentially re-watchable movies that will ever be made...have already been made.

The benefit of feeling that way about it means you actually can own on DVD or Blu-ray today almost every title that you think falls within that "keeper" range. I also agree with others here that some titles are just fine on DVD and don't need to be upgraded to Blu-ray. I have about three dozen Blu-rays now and can only think of a dozen more movies I'd double dip on Blu-ray when they become available; some Hitchcocks, of course, Lawrence of Arabia, that kind of thing. But not everything..

hitchfan - hope you don't mind me just grabbing your post for a repeat. Pretty much my thoughts as well. So far this year, I have One title coming on Blu (The Game) and enjoy watching my SD 'Keepers' from years ago. It's possible I'll up the Kubrick Set to Blu, but no rush.

Funny
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post #29 of 39
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Originally Posted by thedeskE View Post

hitchfan - hope you don't mind me just grabbing your post for a repeat. Pretty much my thoughts as well. So far this year, I have One title coming on Blu (The Game) and enjoy watching my SD 'Keepers' from years ago. It's possible I'll up the Kubrick Set to Blu, but no rush.
Funny
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Of course, this was after upgrading many (but by no means all of what I've got now) titles from Beta to VHS (I know, not really an upgrade) to LD to DVD and then some to Blu-ray...

I appreciated and felt I needed the improvement from every level to DVD. But with DVD I'm already seeing details on a 100" home theater screen I know I never noticed in revival house screenings of some older movies. Some details I suspect I wasn't even supposed to notice like what brand of cigarettes is in the shirt pocket of the leading man or how far outside the lines his eyebrow pencil make-up drifted. So I just don't feel I now must upgrade some of those to Blu-ray in order to see how many cigarettes are left in that pack, whether they're filter or menthol, and how many hairs are still hanging on beneath that eyebrow pencil line. I will make an exception for some, but not for all anymore.
post #30 of 39
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Originally Posted by adpayne View Post

Home theatre is easier on my wallet.
You're right...it is.
Like houses, used car values have fallen off the end of the world.
I have a couple of cars with very low mileage, well cared for, like new inside and out....and cursed with a ridiculously low value in today's market.
To sell one, is to basically give it away IMO....frown.gif

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Originally Posted by Bob McLaughlin View Post

What's the point in buying a car? I mean if you bought a 2012 model car, it is now outdated due to the 2013 models coming out this fall. The cycle will continue once the next big thing after the 2013's are out. Aren't you "trapping" yourself by buying a car for home use? I understand the convenience aspect of it, but still.biggrin.gif
In spite of the fact it hurts my feelings, I have come to the realization the thing to do is to have only a couple of vehicles....and run the hell out of 'em, dump 'em before warranties expire, and trade-in frequently.
I like to collect things, but cars have become something of a black hole in today's economy.
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