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Tretiak
08-31-2001, 11:10 AM
My name is T and I am a DVD shopping addict.

It all started about
three years ago when 800.com offered three DVD's for a dollar. I didn't even own a DVD player but figured I might as well. So I did, Fargo. L.A. Confidential, & Austin Powers were my first.

Well those DVDs just sitting on the shelf were mocking me. So I did what felt like the right thing at the time, I got a DVD player....and five more DVDs.

"I'll but these movies, which I truly love," I figured, "but will mostly rent."

Then the eCommerce thing exploded, and companies like reel.com, buy.com and dvdexpress.com were practically giving away DVDs. Coupon codes and discounts abounded as etailers attempted to gain "eyeballs" at the expense of profit. And I made out like a bandit, my collection exploded....and I was hooked. With all the deals it wasn't a particularly expensive hobby.

But now...

The etailers and deals have more or less dried up. Sure you can scrounge them out if you know where to look. I told myself I would simply scale back once the prices went up. But then the twitching sets in...and the sweating...and I rationalize that somehow this next purchase is different...

Well, I just got done doing a massive DVD order from Amazon, 12 titles, including The Godfather Trilogy, X-Files: Season 4 and The Simpsons: Complete First Season. This should put me close to 175. That sure seems like a lot but I know some folks with over a thousand(!).

I'm not doing so bad, but I could do better. Hey, they just announced Glengarry Glen Ross will be released with commentary by David Mamet...I probably should get that...

Evnglion
08-31-2001, 11:50 AM
I amg etting pretty bad about this too. I buy at least 3 a week, usually imported anime, but sometimes I will just buy a box of 20 or so, and that lasts me, but it is a horrible waste of $$$$$

stolichnaya
08-31-2001, 12:01 PM
Here's what helps me: every time I get a new one, I'm not allowed to buy any more until I've watched it. I also have three roommates who are movie nuts and there's usually a fresh new one on the shelf when I get home at least once a week so that makes it easier.

rjung
08-31-2001, 12:05 PM
I haven't gotten a big collection yet (just five DVDs so far, and three of 'em is the Ultimate Toy Box three-disc set), but I'm definitely hankerin' to buy a nice DVD player and start a huge collection of discs...

...then I look at my bank balance, and the feeling goes away. :p

c_goat
08-31-2001, 12:08 PM
Every day I stare at my collection of about 60 DVD movies and think: "Man, what a waste. I'll probably never watch most of those again".

But then I go out and buy more.

I make a point to watch them after I buy them, but usually that's it.

Perhaps if I had a bigger tv, and a new stereo with full dolby 5.1 surround sound, I might watch them more often. (Like I haven't spent enough money already)

El_Kabong
08-31-2001, 12:10 PM
I limit myself to one (well, maybe two) a month. Of course, there is a dispensation clause for events such as the local discount retailer that is going tits up this week. Scored the collector's edition of "CE3K" and a copy of "Bridge on the River Kwai" for not much green.

Thousands? I'm up to about 25 DVDs in a year and a half of collecting. What a loser I am.

gobear
08-31-2001, 12:11 PM
Shoot, I've got about 75 and I thought I was out of control. Best Buy has such steep discounts on titles it would be criminal not to buy them.

Odesio
08-31-2001, 12:12 PM
Originally posted by Tretiak
My name is T and I am a DVD shopping addict.

Hello T!



Well, I just got done doing a massive DVD order from Amazon, 12 titles, including The Godfather Trilogy, X-Files: Season 4 and The Simpsons: Complete First Season. This should put me close to 175. That sure seems like a lot but I know some folks with over a thousand(!).


I have about 80 myself. I'd have about 120 but I sold a bunch of them a few months back. Uh, then I took store credit and bought more DVDs.

Marc

Legomancer
08-31-2001, 12:18 PM
I just got a DVD player and I have only four DVDs. I've never bought that many videos of movies in general, because there aren't that many I want to watch over and over. The DVD, though, has the advantage of being able to jump to a scene, which is much nicer than video, so there's probably going to be things I wouldn't have bought on video that I'll end up buying on DVD. Or, more likely, at least thinking about buying.

Drastic
08-31-2001, 12:48 PM
Ah, the glory days of online buying were...well, glorious. So many stores committing suicide by a thousand cuts, and I was delighted to help them.

I picked up the bulk of a hundred-odd discs during the bargain insanity, and my purchases have slowed way down since they've dried up. I just picked up five of them (Big Trouble in Little China, Dogma (I hadn't even realized the special edition had come out in the previous two months, and I snagged it the moment I learned), Akira, Scanners (at a dirt-cheap price point, the thing's only 10 bucks; mostly a nostalgia purchase), and Princess Bride should be wending its way to me shortly) and that was my first purchase since April or May.

The ability to zap straight to any bit of a film has led to purchases that I probably wouldn't have made otherwise, particularly when they could be had on the cheap. On the same principle, really, of buying an album because you really like one or two songs on it, even though the rest is pretty much blech.

SmackFu
08-31-2001, 01:31 PM
Never, ever look at the DVD Bargain forum (http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?forumid=1) at dvdtalk.com. If you do, you'll start buying movies on general principle, just because they're good deals. It's like an enabler for the addiction.

Lucifer12
08-31-2001, 01:53 PM
Oh, I'm a shameless DVD addict. I'm just shy of 100 now. Last purchase was Unbreakable. It was a good flick, but how many times am I gonna watch that?

('Must...forget...suprise ending!')

Still, I try to limit myself now to buying things I know I'll watch over and over (Evil Dead II - Special Edition was a recent purchase), or things that are almost impossible to find at video rental places (The Brothers Quay, The Hidden Fortress, etc.).

What's weird is that I NEVER bought VHS tapes, except if Blockbuster was selling some used ones for 5 bucks. I think I owned like maybe 6 or 7 tapes before I got my DVD/home theater setup.

And I used to belittle my pals who wanted a DVD-I said it was a waste of money! What a sap I was!

Cervaise
08-31-2001, 01:58 PM
I've got around 40, though I've got many hundreds of movies on tape. I'd love to have more discs, but $$$$$$$. Ahem.

I limit myself by a couple of factors. First, the DVD has to offer more than just the trailer, and it absolutely has to be widescreen. I don't have HDTV or top-of-the-line digital surround sound, so if the home video doesn't have a bunch of extras, I don't see a huge advantage of DVD over VHS. (Yes, clearer picture. Yes, better sound. Yes, jumping to points in the movie. No, those aren't worth ten more bucks to me.) But those special double sets and Criterion editions... those are my crack cocaine.

Also, I buy only one or two a month, with each paycheck. I've got a running list of "want to buy," and of course it accumulates titles faster than I can take them off.

The alternative, sadly, is to become a Breatharian.

Gozu Tashoya
08-31-2001, 02:24 PM
I believe I have over 200 now, including a bunch of box sets (mostly anime). You know, that's the worst type of DVD addiction - box set/limited/collectors/special edition addiction. It's the heroin of the DVD world I tell ya.

Mockingbird
08-31-2001, 02:39 PM
Don't forget Criterion Collection DVD addiction.

That can be a killer.

El_Kabong
08-31-2001, 03:55 PM
What's weird is that I NEVER bought VHS tapes, except if Blockbuster was selling some used ones for 5 bucks.

Same here. Don't know about anyone else, but for me it's a combination of the longer potential lifespan of DVD, plus the better image/sound quality. Plus I'm a aspect ratio snob, and DVD's are more often correctly framed.

MrVisible
08-31-2001, 04:05 PM
Um... just sixty or so. In the past... umm... year.

I got started late, missed the discounts, but I'm making up for lost time. I love widescreen; pan and scan has become an abomination in my eyes.

Can any of you other addicts recommend a good resource to find DVDs that are being issued soon? I'm dying to get a few (UHF, Top Secret, Real Genius, Joe Vs. The Volcano) that aren't out yet.

And I owned one VHS tape. One.

Tretiak
08-31-2001, 04:10 PM
DVD Release Schedules

http://www.dvdinsider.com/movies/new_releases/

also for news on releases...

http://thedigitalbits.com

and message boards

http://www.hometheaterforum.com
http://dvdfile.com

Cervaise
08-31-2001, 04:33 PM
MrVisible: As I remember, Amazon.com also lets you attach your name to still-unreleased (or gone-out-of-print) movies, and they'll email you if the release status changes.

elfkin477
08-31-2001, 08:23 PM
Wow. I got a DVD player for my birthday in April. Thus far I only own a mere four DVDs Go; Clerks; Bring it on; andSuicide Kings. I'm ordering the first three seasons of the X-files in September though, now that I can afford them... cds, however, I show no such restraint in buying. I buy 40 a year of them, minimum.

Kaitlyn
08-31-2001, 09:35 PM
Just over 300. Many are Universe Laser Hong Kong dvd's that cost about $5.50 American, with no sales tax. A lot of others are box sets such as The Decalogue and the complete Monty Python. I am addicted to the Criterion Collection. But I'm different from Cervaise, in that special features aren't a big deal to me, so long as the movie is good and the picture is good quality. I got an HDTV and progressive scan dvd with my last tax refund, and the anamorphic dvd's look incredible. I can sit closer to my 55" tv than I could my 32" tv without noticing the scan lines. At eight feet, an anamorphic dvd shows no scan lines and is rock solid. I've tried some VHS tapes of movies that aren't available on DVD (dammit, where the hell is "Wicker Man" and the Astaire/Rogers movies?) and even non-anamorphic dvd's blow away VHS. The anamorphic dvd's are--literally--incredible. I did not believe that the picture would look that good. I am in movie geek heaven.

Mockingbird
09-01-2001, 12:44 AM
Just added a new disc to the collection. With my previous purchase this week, it puts me at 150 DVDs.

Just bought the Special Edition Celluloid Closet DVD with all the extras, and on Tuesday, found Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. I love movies. I shall now have a moment of joygasm with my entertainment center.

Mikahw
09-01-2001, 06:16 AM
I have been addicted for about a month now. I got my DVD player for christmas, but no DVDs. At first, I only used my player to play movies that I borrowed from my library. I had no DVDs until my birthday. (April 4) For my birthday, I recieved commando and the 6th day.

Fast forward to about 3 weeks ago. During that time, I bought several DVDs. They are: Toy Story & toy Story 2: The Ultimate Toy Box, The Matrix, Terminator 2: The Ultimate Edition DVD (single disc version), Fight Club, This Is Spinal Tap, Spaceballs, Escape From New York, Fortress, and The Arrival/Arrival II double feature (hey, it was only $10..)

I think that brings my total up to 12 movies. There could be some I have forgotten, though.

Of course, there are still many more that I want, err need to own. Right now, the "DVDs I need" list on my computer is up to 20, and those are just the discs I absolutely have to get.

There is a cure for this, right?

Cervaise
09-01-2001, 02:17 PM
There is a cure for this, right?Yes: the introduction of the next home video format. :p

Kaitlyn
09-01-2001, 02:59 PM
Originally posted by Cervaise
There is a cure for this, right?Yes: the introduction of the next home video format. :p

That would be the upcoming HD-DVD, or dvd's that confom to the HDTV standard. The most likely standard for HD-DVD is 720 progressive, which would be more than twice the detail of the highest current dvd resolution of 480 progressive.

The key to this technology is the use of a blue laser, which allows for an exponential increase in the amount of storage space on the dvd, allowing for more highly detailed picture. The biggest opponent is the movie industry, which doesn't want higher resolution home video, because that makes pirating good quality copies easier.

The big advantage is that this format will be backwards compatable with current dvd's, much like the PS2 is with the PS1. The increase in detail will be much lower than dvd is over VHS. Though some movies will undoubtedly be rereleased in the new format, unless there are some extraordinary extras included, there would be no reason to replace a current dvd with an hd-dvd.

c_goat
09-01-2001, 05:41 PM
Yep, I just bought two more movies today. And the whole time in the store I was thinking about this thread and what I posted above.

I just couldn't resist... so say hello to:

The Legend of the Drunken Master and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

Geek Mecha
09-01-2001, 07:39 PM
Since I kicked the caffeine habit, DVDs are my only weakness now. I usually get two per month. At one point, a while back, I was getting two a week. I sacrificed lunch to finance the binges. My amazon.com Wish List is longer than I care to remember.

Next on my list:
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Schindler's List

Gozu Tashoya
09-02-2001, 08:52 AM
Originally posted by c_goat
Yep, I just bought two more movies today. And the whole time in the store I was thinking about this thread and what I posted above.

I just couldn't resist... so say hello to:

The Legend of the Drunken Master and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

Say, does TLotDM have the original Chinese dialogue with subtitles, or is it all dubbed?

Gozu Tashoya
09-02-2001, 08:53 AM
Originally posted by AudreyK
Since I kicked the caffeine habit, DVDs are my only weakness now. I usually get two per month. At one point, a while back, I was getting two a week. I sacrificed lunch to finance the binges. My amazon.com Wish List is longer than I care to remember.

Next on my list:
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Schindler's List

You have a strange definition of kicking the habit, li'l miss coffee drinker....

Kaitlyn
09-02-2001, 09:24 PM
Originally posted by KKBattousai
Originally posted by c_goat
Yep, I just bought two more movies today. And the whole time in the store I was thinking about this thread and what I posted above.

I just couldn't resist... so say hello to:

The Legend of the Drunken Master and I'm Gonna Git You Sucka

Say, does TLotDM have the original Chinese dialogue with subtitles, or is it all dubbed?

It's English dub only, but not only that, they've replaced the entire soundtrack including music and sound effects. At leas Jackie and Anita do their own dubs on this one.

Disney does all of their Hong Kong rereleases this way: no original language dialog available. They do it to hide the fact that they've replaced the entire soundtrack; if they included original language, it would be obvious that the music is vastly different.

They also tend to shorten longer movies and make stupid changes to the titles. "Fong Sai Yuk" became "The Legend", wasn't dubbed by Jet Li (who speaks English about as well as Jackie Chan, and he dubs his films), and had about 10 minutes of character development cut. To be fair, the man who dubs Li is a wonderful voice actor, but I'd still prefer to hear Li's own voice.

Colombia TriStar rereleases of Hong Kong and Chinese movies are much better; they offer the original language track, dubs keep the original music, they are usually anamorphic, and they are not cut.

Drastic
09-02-2001, 10:12 PM
Disney does all of their Hong Kong rereleases this way: no original language dialog available.

I have faint hope that market forces will slowly change this. Disney was originally going to release the DVD of "Princess Mononoke" as dub-only, and after a paperstorm of letters and petitions and whatnot, released it properly. That had the benefit of anime fans being, for the most part, pretty adamant about the dub-versus-original language issue.

For live-action Hong Kong releases especially, things might be helped by the success of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." Fingers crossed, in any case.

rowrrbazzle
09-03-2001, 01:10 AM
The siren song of pre-recorded videos is hard to resist. In the years I've owned a VCR, I've only bought tapes occasionally, stuff I really liked or I wasn't sure would be around long or that I couldn't rent. I've accumulated forty tapes, including 6 Disneys, the 5-tape Ernie Kovacs set, and the 8-tape complete Bell Science Series!

I want to keep my DVD purchases down, but I can't resist the Muppet Show DVDs!

silent_rob
09-03-2001, 05:06 PM
Well, I've only got maybe...25. However, my collection is steadily growing at the speed I can afford it (which should speed up after I start my new job).

Though, I know this guy (a friend of a friend), who has over 350 DVD's! It's really astounding: he gets pretty much anything that even remotely interests him, as soon as it comes out. Now that's an addiction.

Geek Mecha
09-03-2001, 07:48 PM
Originally posted by KKBattousai
You have a strange definition of kicking the habit, li'l miss coffee drinker....
Oh hush. :p

elfkin477, ordering all three X-Files seasons sets at once? I'm so envious! (BTW, Season 4 is coming out sometime this month, I think.)

Gozu Tashoya
09-03-2001, 10:55 PM
Ooh, AudreyK, maybe after that you can get the Serial Experiments Lain box set, huh?

D&R!

Geek Mecha
09-04-2001, 12:31 AM
We need an evil eye smiley, dammit.

Mikahw
09-04-2001, 03:05 AM
I think we should start a support group or something. It'd be big, I bet.

Okay, mikahw repeat after me. You do not need to buy every DVD ever made. You do not need to buy every DVD ever made. You do not...

silent_rob
09-04-2001, 05:13 AM
Sounds more like hypnosis, Mikahw. Maybe Reveen could add a section to his act.

What would you think of using hypnosis for it, AudreyK? ;)
Oooooo...I bet I'd be getting the evil eye smilie, right now. :D

Geek Mecha
09-04-2001, 06:42 AM
Good bet. :p

Pixellent
09-04-2001, 01:42 PM
(dammit, where the hell is "Wicker Man" and the Astaire/Rogers movies?)

Dunno about Fred and Ginger but, as you may know by now, The Wicker Man has just been released by Anchor Bay.

There are two editions, of course. (Eyeroll -- those bastards!) The one to get is, also of course, the "Limited Edition," which not only comes in a very nice wooden box that you will have a bitch of a time fitting on your shelf, but which also features two discs: one with the original theatrical release, and one with the longer version containing all the stuff that was hacked out. Oh, and there's a very nice documentary on the making of the film on disc one.

Um, yeah, I did buy it, btw. For fans of the movie it comes massively recommended.

Tattva
09-05-2001, 09:57 PM
*bump*

Any thread that can practically force me to purchase 3 DVD's needs to be on the first page!

So, 5+3=8! As soon as they arrive, I'll have 8 DVD's!

Previously owned:
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Spaceballs
Gladiator
The Secret of NIMH
Monty Python - Holy Grail

New purchases:
Perfect Blue
Dogma
Chasing Amy

And no, none of them are going to be a part of my white elephant.

Kaitlyn
09-05-2001, 10:48 PM
Originally posted by Pixellent
(dammit, where the hell is "Wicker Man" and the Astaire/Rogers movies?)

Dunno about Fred and Ginger but, as you may know by now, The Wicker Man has just been released by Anchor Bay.

There are two editions, of course. (Eyeroll -- those bastards!) The one to get is, also of course, the "Limited Edition," which not only comes in a very nice wooden box that you will have a bitch of a time fitting on your shelf, but which also features two discs: one with the original theatrical release, and one with the longer version containing all the stuff that was hacked out. Oh, and there's a very nice documentary on the making of the film on disc one.

Um, yeah, I did buy it, btw. For fans of the movie it comes massively recommended.

Yeah, I noticed that about 5 minutes after I posted. I got the special edition, and damn, those extra minutes at the beginning improve the movie.

Wumpus
09-05-2001, 11:14 PM
A warning to Canadian Dopers: The Canadian DVD release of MEMENTO doesn't include the extras on the US version. Look for the Columbia Tri-Star version, not the Alliance Atlantis version.

silent_rob
09-06-2001, 12:19 AM
Originally posted by Wumpus
A warning to Canadian Dopers: The Canadian DVD release of MEMENTO doesn't include the extras on the US version. Look for the Columbia Tri-Star version, not the Alliance Atlantis version.

Do you mean the trailers on the Memento DVD? Cuz regardless of getting the US version, that's the only extra that's on there. Though, I've heard about a special edition, with many extras, coming out as early as next year.

Kaitlyn
09-06-2001, 12:56 AM
Originally posted by silent_rob
Originally posted by Wumpus
A warning to Canadian Dopers: The Canadian DVD release of MEMENTO doesn't include the extras on the US version. Look for the Columbia Tri-Star version, not the Alliance Atlantis version.

Do you mean the trailers on the Memento DVD? Cuz regardless of getting the US version, that's the only extra that's on there. Though, I've heard about a special edition, with many extras, coming out as early as next year.

Wumpus is right about the Columbia Tri-Star version. There are the above mentioned trailers, a detailed close-up gallery of the conceptual artwork for the tatoos and the tatoos themselves, an interactive version of the flash website (the newspaper), the original short story, and an interview with the director. There are hidden features if you know where to look. And the scene selections screen is really cool.

Mikahw
09-06-2001, 01:14 AM
[like you care]
Pi has arrived at my doorstep today. When I tell my friends I have it, they'll think I'm talking about pie of the american variety, unfortunately.

That brings my collection up to a grand total of 10,213. Err, better make that 14.
[/like you care]

silent_rob
09-06-2001, 01:17 AM
Originally posted by Number Six
Wumpus is right about the Columbia Tri-Star version. There are the above mentioned trailers, a detailed close-up gallery of the conceptual artwork for the tatoos and the tatoos themselves, an interactive version of the flash website (the newspaper), the original short story, and an interview with the director. There are hidden features if you know where to look. And the scene selections screen is really cool.

Ah, sorry, my mistake. I didn't know about the hidden features and had only read about the features on the American release (Canadian, here). The only features that I've seen advertised for the Columbia Tri-Star version are the trailers. Since I'd read many DVD sites complain about how barebones it was, I just assumed the US version was the same as the Canadian.
Again, sorry.

Pixellent
09-06-2001, 10:07 AM
Originally posted by Number Six
[QUOTE]Yeah, I noticed that about 5 minutes after I posted. I got the special edition, and damn, those extra minutes at the beginning improve the movie.

I rarely buy DVDs of movies I've never seen, The Wicker Man was an exception, mainly because I've been reading about it since 1975 and never had a chance to see it. The money was well spent.

Ross
09-06-2001, 02:50 PM
My name is Ross and I own no DVDs. Not a sausage.
This is the complete opposite of VHS tapes. Over the years, what with damage, losing them, et al, I shudder to think how many I've bought since my first one: The Young Ones: Oil, Boring and Flood, way back in 1989.

I only rent DVDs though. I'm loathe to buy one, because it'd be the start of a landslide. The only ones I'd consider are Bob Roberts, Far Away So Close!, and maybe the Godfather trilogy and Clerks, neither of which I've seen.

Equipoise
09-06-2001, 07:43 PM
I've developed 2 very dangerous obsessions: DVD collecting and eBaying. We have around 800 DVDs and the majority of them were bought on eBay. In hundreds of transactions, I can count the problems I've had on one hand. Most of the DVDs I buy are new and sealed and I'm a regular at many online eBay stores. It's pretty fun and going to the Post Office is like Christmas morning every visit!

I still buy DVDs in regular stores though. Yesterday I bought Blow Out, the Special Edition of Carrie, sex, lies & videotape, Bagdad Cafe, and Wild Child (all $14.99 except s,l&v, which was $10.99), at Tower.

The number of DVDs I have isn't the point for me in my collecting. It's a library. For me it's all about the movies themselves, a dream-come-true that I can just pull a title off the shelf any time I want to see a movie in whole or part. I owned quite a few VHS (and Beta) tapes, but the majority weren't widescreen and they take up an awful amount of space. Laserdiscs are usually widescreen and have extras, but until recently they were so hideously expensive that collecting titles was never an option. Now LDs are cheap, so I've bought a few titles that aren't on DVD yet, but DVDs rule my heart. I don't care that I'll "never be able to watch them all" because a title will be there when I DO want to watch it. That's the point of a library, after all.

I can get so many DVDs at such good prices that I can experiment and buy films I haven't seen (or in some cases, heard of), something I never did with VHS. I'll see a listing and look up the comments at the IMDB and/or search the web for reviews. If it sounds interesting and unique in some way, I'll get it. I've had amazing luck and discovered films I wouldn't have seen otherwise.

The fact that DVDs can have lots of extras is icing, and if given a choice I will choose the one with all the bells and whistles, but just having a film in widescreen is better than not. I'm replacing all my icky clunky pan & scan tapes, and soon the pre-recorded VHS shelves will only contain those favorite films that have not yet been released on DVD.

A never-want-to-recover DVDaholic,

Eq

Reemul
09-06-2001, 11:36 PM
Originally posted by AudreyK

Next on my list:
Killer Klowns From Outer Space


I just got this DVD! It rules most highly! :)
I recommend it to anyone into B Horror flicks.
I picked up Nightbreed at the same time.
So many DVDs... so little time.. and $$$.

My collection is here (http://www.musenet.org/~raven/DVD.html).

I absolutely can NOT wait for the Skinny Puppy Video
Anthology! I feel like a little schoolgirl about to
see N'sync or something. I'm giddy! :) Next month it's
going to be Ain't it Dead Yet?, and i'm hoping
In Case You Didn't Feel Like Showing Up (Live)
is released soon.
Ok. i'll stop now.