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post #31 of 50
With the exception of special interests or movies that go out of print (criterion), I can see no logical point to buying DVDs. If I encounter a movie that I may like to watch again at the rental store or at a freinds, I do them the favor of creating a "back up" copy on my hard drive. (OT) Why has DVD marketing become so cheesey? Everything now is an UNRATED copy or a Master Director Unabridged Cut - New with 15 more minutes of audio commentary you'll never listen to from the cattering guy!.
post #32 of 50
Wha...? That's like not purchasing a piece of art to hang on your wall because, hey, you looked at it, what more is there? I'm a huge cinephile (attending film school this Fall, hootie-hoo and whatnots!) so I'm on the utter opposite end of the spectrum: I can't imagine NOT owning a film I loved, as I'd want to constantly reference and analyze it. And hey, it's the journey that matters, not the conclusion.

Every single day I'm thinking about all the G.W. Pabst, silent Ozu and silent Eisenstein that hasn't been released on DVD yet, and the fact that I can't have it tangibly and view it on a whim drives me up the wall.

I guess it just comes down to your passion for a certain medium.
post #33 of 50
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Originally Posted by Rome
With the exception of special interests or movies that go out of print (criterion), I can see no logical point to buying DVDs. If I encounter a movie that I may like to watch again at the rental store or at a freinds, I do them the favor of creating a "back up" copy on my hard drive. (OT) Why has DVD marketing become so cheesey? Everything now is an UNRATED copy or a Master Director Unabridged Cut - New with 15 more minutes of audio commentary you'll never listen to from the cattering guy!.
I've listened to the audio commentary on almost all my DVD's that have them. Then again, I actually like movies, unlike some people who obviously only watch them as escapism or a distraction. There isnt anything wrong with that, I suppose. And I'm not going to knock you for renting a movie once and never watching it again. But what happens if you want to sit down and watch a movie that you love, or even just something you are in the mood for, and there isn't a crappy, low selection, hollywood/new release biased, video rental store like Blockbuster or Hollywood Video nearby, or they don't have it? What are you going to do? I guess you could Netflix it, and watch it two or three days from now, assuming that they even have it and its available right away. I'd rather buy it, and watch it when I want. Its worth the cost of three or four rentals to buy it, knowing that I'll probably watch it more than three or four times. Plus I get to select the version that I want to watch, not what the corporate mastermind at blockbuster thinks will rent in mainstream America the best. (the sad fact is that many Americans still refuse to watch movies in their original aspect ratio, and god help you if you want to watch something with subtitles!) That is why I own as many movies as I do.
post #34 of 50
i liked the commentary on big trouble in little china. john carpenter and kurt russel didn't even talk about the movie. btw that's probably the most watched dvd i have, next to ed wood by tim burton.
post #35 of 50
The commentary on Domino with Tom Waits is great in a really 'I was coked out of my head ten years ago' kind of way.
post #36 of 50
Tokyo:

I never said that I only watch a movie once and never again. If you re-read my post you will see that.

"With the exception of special interests or movies that go out of print (criterion), I can see no logical point to buying DVDs"

I did not say owning.

I do have a small collection of DVDs, nothing quite expansive in numbers as yours but its mostly foreign films or criterion releases (The stuff you can't rent or is hard to come by). My comment about the marketing of DVDs was not a reproach to audio commentary in general. I was merely stating that it annoys me to have something sold to me under the implied notion that UNRATED (sexual connotations) means that there is some version of the movie that I completely missed out on when its clearly not the case. Or, to have the same movie re-released every couple of years with new stills and some nonsensical commentary.
post #37 of 50
"Unrated" these days more often equals violence than sex. Doesn't matter though; all it really means is that the director decided to add some extra fluff without sending it through the ratings board again. If someone wants to pay for that, why does it matter to anyone else? Is this like when two guys get married in San Fran and Bible thumpers' marriages in South Carolina are somehow lessened?
post #38 of 50
Owning things without buying them is either gift (in which case someone would have to buy it) or PIRACY, which I cannot legally condone. Not that I care, I just can't come out and say that its ok to steal things in public. The MPAA is always watching...
post #39 of 50
One flaw of Netflix is that they don't have the uncut European Version of the Professional. I saw a cut version, and I want to see the original, but it seems to have gone out of print or something. The same thing with Little Mermaid, actually. It was released on DVD for something like 3 months and is not being re-released again until like 2007 or something. Craziness. That Ariel was sure hot when I was in 4th grade.
post #40 of 50
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Originally Posted by tiger02
I've seen, like Usual Suspects, like, um, a gajillion times, totally. Can't group it in with Vin Diesel, other than maybe Knockaround Guys. That one's the closest.

You've almost nailed the idiom, but it's important to remember that each of those statements should be in the interrogative, e.g.:

I've seen, like The Usual Suspects? Like, um, like a jillion times?
post #41 of 50
I only buy certain movies I like, which is very few.
post #42 of 50
Originally Posted by j
I was just going to ask a similar question. A lot of people, myself included, like to watch good movies over and over again. Others can't watch something more than once or twice, since they "know how it ends". I don't personally understand that, but it's a matter of taste. Can you listen to a song or an album more than once? You know how it ends, after all. What about reading a book?


To the original question of why we own so many DVDs. I think its a man thing. I have close to 1000 DVDs. I love the look women get when they come over. Some are crappy, and may have been bought at the local Walmart bargain bin but you'd be surprised to know how many chicks dig crappy monvies.

As far as for what j wrote, all depends on your favorite genre. I like documentaries. mysteries and dramas.....ok, comendy too but I cant watch Law and Order over and over again. Pretty soon you know the whole story and start looking at what the people in the background are doing.
post #43 of 50
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Originally Posted by Earthmover
One flaw of Netflix is that they don't have the uncut European Version of the Professional. I saw a cut version, and I want to see the original, but it seems to have gone out of print or something. The same thing with Little Mermaid, actually. It was released on DVD for something like 3 months and is not being re-released again until like 2007 or something. Craziness. That Ariel was sure hot when I was in 4th grade.
Amazon has it.
post #44 of 50
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
I've listened to the audio commentary on almost all my DVD's that have them. Then again, I actually like movies, unlike some people who obviously only watch them as escapism or a distraction. There isnt anything wrong with that, I suppose. And I'm not going to knock you for renting a movie once and never watching it again.

I own about 500 movies for the same reasons Tokyo slim does, there are some paintings I don't get tired to look at and this is why I visit museums more than once and buy artbooks, I have the same way of looking at movies. If you factor in that a lot of movies I own aren't released in North America, buying DVDs becomes a necessity for the serious cinephile that I am.
post #45 of 50
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Originally Posted by Earthmover
The same thing with Little Mermaid, actually. It was released on DVD for something like 3 months and is not being re-released again until like 2007 or something. Craziness. That Ariel was sure hot when I was in 4th grade.


This is just Disney policy. They only release movies for a very limited release time (like a year or so) and then put them back in the vault for a number of years. I think it is thought to generate more demand for them when they are released.

bob
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