why buy/own DVDs?

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  1. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've gotten more selective about purchases, too. I have several DVDs that just sit on my shelf, having never been watched once. But, at the same time, there are some old favorites that I like to have around. I might not watch them over and over, but I'll pop them in and watch a favorite scene or two. (With "Tombstone," for example, I might watch all Val Kilmer's scenes.) Or, if I'm feeling restless late at night, I might put on a favorite old TV show and fall asleep watching it.

    I very rarely watch a movie from beginning to end more than once every year or two, if that often. But that's about the same rate I might revisit a book, and heaven knows I have enough of those.
     


  2. Get Smart

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    the biggest factor for me was finally getting cable after resisting for so long....I just got cable about a year ago and before that when there wasnt anything on tv I'd pop in movies. And since I do a lot of freelance work at home on the computer, I need background distraction so most of my dvds would get played at some point. But now that I have cable, there is always some movie I dont mind playing on HBO, Showtime, etc. I think I've watched Oceans 12 about 20 times, literally.
     


  3. alleonna

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    I buy DVD movies for convenience. I don't need to go to the theaters to watch it, I can watch it in my house anytime of the day! I could watch it together with my family too. Much less expensive than going to the movie houses.
     


  4. skalogre

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    I used to collect dvd movies as well but stopped a year ago since it seemed I was buying them just to have it because I liked it in the theater. Some movies I bought and never even watched for months. So now I only buy movies that, for one reason or another, are essential for me to own. I used to buy TV show boxsets too but I never watch those more than once. Altho when/if HU$TLE comes out on dvd I will get it for sure.

    I think my dvds that have gotten the most play are Zoolander, Valley Girl, Bring It On, Quadrophenia, Snatch, Down with Love, High Fidelity and Ronin.


    I agree there. Same here. Have all the seasons of Futurama (UK DVDs no less) yet I have not watched them in months.
     


  5. wallateer

    wallateer Well-Known Member

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    There are some movies I like to watch over and over, say Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Reservoir Dogs or There's Something About Mary or even the Harry Potter movies. I don't watch too many TV shows, so I don't own many, but I do enjoy watching britcoms like Fawlty Towers or Coupling quite often. I've probably watched Fawlty Towers and Yes Minister/Prime Minister DVDs about 15 times. For movies, I do tend try put a lot of time in between screenings. As for buying vs. renting, I pay about $5-6 on average per DVD through Columbia House, so it's no brainer. Like Jason and skalogre, I also have a few DVDs I don't care to watch more than once. Like the Lord of the Rings movies. I love the cinematography and battle scenes are fantastic on it, but the story line does nothing for me. But it's still useful cause I'm still awed by how it looks on a big screen TV. And then there are movies that were great to watch once, like 13 Days or Jack Ryan movies, but a complete bore second time around. I don't know why I bought them. FYI, Jason. Hustle S1 is available for pre-order. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130 Both S1 and S2 are out on region 2 in England. Check Amazon UK.
     


  6. DocHolliday

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    To clarify my earlier post, I should mention that most of the TV shows I own on DVD are relatively obscure, and from Britain. This I see as a big reason for DVD ownership: Sometimes what you want isn't available at the local Blockbuster, or on cable. Less likely to overdose on those, too.

    A related story: I walked into a Blockbuster the other day and asked if they had any episodes of "the old Avengers program." The clerk looked blank, then asked if I meant the cartoon from a few years ago. I told him no, it was a spy show from the '60s. He'd never even heard of it.
     


  7. Get Smart

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    FYI, Jason. Hustle S1 is available for pre-order.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...v=glance&n=130

    Both S1 and S2 are out on region 2 in England. Check Amazon UK.



    thanks for the info....I have an all region PAL/NTSC player so I might check out those UK sets.
     


  8. Matt

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    I have roughly 400 dvd's, 30 movies on my computer, and 15 video disks. I watch them all. Repeatedly.
    Leave house. Find girlfriend.
     


  9. Tokyo Slim

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    I leave the house plenty. And as for a girlfriend, why the hell would I want to do that? If you would rather spend all your disposable income on someone else, thats your problem. I don't have that much to go around, and I'm using it for ME.
     


  10. retronotmetro

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    I have roughly 400 dvd's, 30 movies on my computer, and 15 video disks. I watch them all. Repeatedly.

    Yes, but I don't think he was asking about pr0n.



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    Yes, but I don't think he was asking about pr0n.



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  12. Bradford

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    The only thing that really annoys me about buying DVD's is that some of them are set up so you still have to watch the previews, especially the kids movies.

    Seems to me, if I own it, than the decision to watch or not watch the previews should be mine, not out of my control.

    I will also note that this is much more common on children's movies than anywhere else.
     


  13. javyn

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    I have many movies, most of which were a waste. I do watch several of the good ones over and over though. Like Videodrome, Blue Velvet, and Pink Flamingos.
     


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    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?

    I guess it comes down to whether you watch movies to find out the plotline and don't care about all the rest that goes into it, or whether you can watch the same movie many times and keep finding new things about it to enjoy. If the former, why bother watching movies at all - just read the plot synopsis.


    There are some really great movies out there with a lot nuance and penache, for that reason, like Shakespeare you can watch it more than once...

    To me saying "I know how it ends" is probably the hallmark of an intensely simple, boring person. A good film is about a journey, a series events, and not always some little trick ending like Usual Suspects. If what you watch consists of The Fast and Furious 1/2, and like, Vin Diesel films, then yea, I guess it sucks to see movies twice.
     


  15. tiger02

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    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.
     


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