Originally Posted by jefny
I have well over a thousand DVD's, with Blu-rays making up a growing percentage of the total (with about a dozen 3D disks). As I look at my collection alphabetically organized on shelving I asked myself: How many of these movies have I viewed more than once? I did manage to get rid of DVD's where I bought (or received as presents) the blu-ray version but there are many that I would probably never look at again.
One answer is to stream and not buy but there almost always is a difference in quality on my 110" screen (with a Sony HWES 40 projector and 7.2 sound system). I am afraid of even contemplating moving up to 4K. Any of you out there asked yourself the same questions I am asking and what were your solutions/conclusions?
Ahhh, the Physical Media Management Problem rears its ugly head
Having sidelined my HT hobby a few years after doing a deep dive into 2ch audiophilia and clubs, I've come full circle back to HT-philia after being re-energized with Art Sonneborn's Sony 5K dual stack (maturation of UHD 4K discs, HDR and immersive audio formats didn't hurt either)
Some observations gleaned from the 2ch audiophile world- most older 2ch audio guys cherish their physical media (vinyl and CD/SACD/DVD/BD discs) and consider managing a large physical media collection part of the hobby and enjoy the physical interaction and ownership.
Many younger 2ch guys advocate the Tidal's and/or other lossless stream/dl options of the world.
Thoughtfully curated, a physical collection can maintain and appreciate in value, based on OOP prices on ebay/discogs
"Curated" is the key idea- you need to maintain your physical media in a safe environment (temp/humidity/moisture), and periodically cull the collection to keep the total number manageable, retaining only the most valuable $$$ wise and re-watchable, which varies by individual, and perhaps rarity/cultural/artistic/reference demo value
I once tried to be an OCD "completist"- i.e. collect all movies by a given director, or with a given actor in them. Fine if you have the time/space/$$$, but perhaps futile. Probably better to use streaming options for many catalog/legacy titles, but then you run the risk of politically correct edits moving forward, or director's whims (Spielberg- ET/Lucas SW, etc). This is the reason the original Star Wars Laser Disc releases command collector's premiums. titles may be pulled from streamed sources on the whim of copyright holders due to contract/royalty disputes, and other business related issues.
That said, as more DVDs/BD's show up at thrift stores and garage sales, I find myself buying up more physical media again, though being more picky about physical condition and artistic/collector's value vs cost. Yard sale prices can be 50 cents or less for DVD's if you make a group deal, and maybe a $1 or less for multi disk BluRays!
Even if I'm not thrilled with a DVD/BD, if in good condition, complete and a great price, I'll buy for future trade value. In SE MI, there is a chain called Disc Replay that buys/sells used disc media- movies & games. The idea is, if you get enough DVD/BD's for $1 or less at thrift, go swap ones you cull from your collection and double down to get BD's/4K's your'e missing/want.
It may take 10-20 DVD/BD's to swap for one BD/4K you don't have at these retail outlets, but if it's stuff you don't want and/or got for $0.50-$1 each, who cares! Better deals can be had swapping with fellow collectors.
In any event, the idea is you're reducing your item count while getting something you want.