Anybody else have expensive boxed sets collecting dust?

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  1. Paul_Scott

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    the Emma Peel mega set
    the Art of Buster Keaton
    spent about $200 for these 2 years ago and i've watched just a few hours from each of them.
    i love the material, but just never seem to be in the mood.
    i look ahead to all the great stuff coming out in the next few months, including a lot of nice sounding box sets, and then i look at these on the shelf and feel awful.

    don't want to sell them 'cause i know once i don't have them, i'll definitely get the craving to watch them.

    seeing as how its taking me so long to work my way thru them, i have to wonder if i wouldn't be better off breaking them up and selling off the individual discs after i watch them.
    there are a few from each set i would keep, but i'm sure i would never watch the majority of them again.

    bad idea?
     
  2. Travis_W

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    That's why I never buy TV sets. I'm one of those people that watches a DVD all the way through and I see one whole season as one DVD (don't know why) so I never rewatch them.
     
  3. Scott Leopold

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    I wouldn't recommend selling them. However, if you do, I'd love to buy The Navigator, Three Ages, and the Buster Keaton Bonus Disc from you.
     
  4. Mike Graham

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    I've gone through The Shield box set twice since January, but my two X-Files were only touched once. However, I've stopped watching tv completely, so I definitely feel like diving into these sets all over again. If you're someone who watches a lot of television already, these box sets probably aren't for you.
     
  5. Brian PB

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    I can't speak to the Emma Peel box, but don't wait to be "in the mood" for a Buster Keaton film--just put one in and enjoy. If you have kids, they are wonderful "family" movies. They're also a great introduction to silent films for the unintiated. I've shown them to a number of friends who have no interest in silent movies, and they've all been charmed by Keaton & usually end up laughing themselves silly.

    I haven't watched all my Keaton set either, but only because I'm savoring them. They're also great when you don't have the time or inclination to watch a two-and-a-half hour epic: the features rarely run over an hour, and the shorts tend to last about 20 minutes each. Not every Keaton film is a comic masterpiece (e.g. The Saphead), but there's enough entertainment value in this wonderful set to last a lifetime.
     
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    It depends on what the set is. For both TV and music, I kind of go through phases where I'll want to listen/watch a lot of one thing, and then after a week weeks I lose interest in that all together for a long time. When I bought "All In The Family" season 1, I was really into the show and the reruns on Nick at Nite, so it was a good purchase - but I haven't watched it in over a year.

    I've yet to look at the 7 DVD Gumby box set that my mother insisted on buying me. (I used to watch it when I was very little, apparently, and she had an attack of nostalgia and bought it as a gift for me.)

    I just picked up the Chaplin set, and I've watched two of the four films, and most of the supplements for those films. I'm really looking forward to newer sets coming out, but they probably are films I'll only look at once or twice a year.

    Out of my entire DVD collection (of which there is a link to below), there are only about ten discs that I watch regularly, and most of those are black and white classics from the 30s and 40s. Still, even if I don't get to watch everything as much as I'd like, as a film school student they make excellent reference, and there are only a handful of purchases I regret.
     
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    Not quite on the same price scale but I bought The Godfather set when it came out and still haven't watched it. I always have a stack of unwatched discs and keep choosing something else to see. I'd also like to be able to watch the movies relatively close together and I just don't have that kind of time. Maybe when the kids go off to college...
     
  8. Jeff D Han

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    I consider myself a collector so when I decide to buy
    something I have interest in, it doesn't really matter
    to me when I'll watch it. I have movies/ TV collections
    that I haven't watched yet, but it's part of the hobby.
    If you consider yourself a collector, don't get rid of it.
    If you don't care about collecting, then you probably
    should look to sell it.
     
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  10. george kaplan

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    I don't have this problem, cause I never buy anything I don't want to rewatch multiple times. And I don't pick something I'm in the mood to watch, I cycle through my collection, and whatever I haven't seen the longest is next watched. There are certainly some titles that I get more excited about than others, but if I ever got to the point that something was up and I didn't feel like watching it, I guess I'd have to admit it was no longer a rewatchable title and move it out of the rotation. Fortunately that hasn't happened yet. [​IMG]
     
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    I have plenty of unwatched films and some of them are box sets. One of them is the Marilyn Monroe Diamond collection, of which I haven't watched a single disc since getting it over two years ago. I want to watch them, eventually, but just haven't gotten to it yet.

    But there's also the complete series of The Prisoner, and the first sets of Space 1999 and The Thunderbirds. I have watched one episode of The Prisoner and with so many other movies still to watch, I'm not sure if I'll ever get to them. I remember getting them for $19 each at DDD so maybe I'll sell them and create some space on my shelf.

    On another note - slowly but surely, I have watched about half of the films in the Keaton box, and enjoyed them immensely. It ended up a worthwhile purchase after all. When I went on vacation to Holland this summer, I brought two Keaton discs and watched them with my 85 year-old grandmother who is in bad physical health. Nobody else cared to really sit down and watch them, so it was just the two of us, and we really enjoyed them. It's likely that that it will end up as the last time that I saw her, so those Keaton movies are very dear to me.
     
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    I have Buffy seasons 1 to 4 and Angel season 1 and I haven't watched any of them yet...

    Not because I don't want to, I just haven't found the time yet.

    Eventualy I will though!
     
  13. GrantM

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    I don't know if I'm ever going to get through with all my tv box sets. Currently I'm working on ST:TNG (season 6), X-files (season 5), Buffy (season 3), Babylon 5 (season 2), Transformers (season 2, part 2), and South Park (season 2).
    Haven't started: Band of Brothers, Angel, DS9, Dark Angel
    And I will soon have Futurama 2, Family Guy Vol 2, and Simpsons 3 to watch as well!!!
     
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    No, I cannot say that I do. Before I buy a television series, I ask myself if I am likely to watch it more than once. If the answer is no, then I pass on it. This seems to work for me. I have watched all my boxed sets two or more times.
     
  16. MarkHastings

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    What I don't understand is when people think that it isn't worth watching a DVD only once. [​IMG]

    DVD's are only like $20. Look at the quality you get for that price. I have TONS of movies I've only watched once (and probably will never watch again) and don't regret a thing.
     
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    > When I get a DVD I'm watching it within 24 hours

    Even a 6-7 disc set?


    Do any of you have books you haven't yet read?
     
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