DVDs you've bought solely for demo purposes

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Paul_Scott, Nov 9, 2003.

  1. Paul_Scott

    Paul_Scott Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2002
    Messages:
    6,546
    Likes Received:
    1
    against my better judgement, i starting to think about picking up Reloaded.
    i did not enjoy the movie as a dramatic vehicle and i'm not interested in further study of it's...philosophical implications.
    i do have to admit though, that several action scenes/shots have stayed with me after only 1 viewing, and every time i pass the dvd on a stores big screen set-up, i'm impressed with how nice the transfer looks.
    i've bought other discs before that made good demo material (like U-571) although i wasn't a huge fan of the movie, but never before where i've actually disliked the dramatic content.


    anybody else ever pick up a dvd for just one or two scenes?
     
  2. Larry Sutliff

    Larry Sutliff Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2000
    Messages:
    2,861
    Likes Received:
    10
    STARSHIP TROOPERS SB. I'm not a big fan of the movie at all, but it sure does look and sound nice on a good rig.
     
  3. Marc Colella

    Marc Colella Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 1999
    Messages:
    2,601
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've been tempted a few times for a couple seconds, but I never gave in to temptation.

    I will never purchase a DVD simply because of the picture and/or sound quality. The audio/video mean nothing if the film itself sucks.
     
  4. Steve_Tk

    Steve_Tk Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2002
    Messages:
    2,833
    Likes Received:
    1
    I would never buy a movie that is 'demo' only material. I have LOTR and that's more than enough. I've got quite a few others but they are all movies that I love.
     
  5. David Galindo

    David Galindo Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2003
    Messages:
    1,264
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, I have quite a few. Pearl Harbor: Vista 4-disc edition (was only $9.99, couldn't resist), U-571, and Star Wars Ep 2.
     
  6. Jason Seaver

    Jason Seaver Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    9,306
    Likes Received:
    0
    Never done it.

    I figure, even if I felt the need to show off (which I don't), there are enough movies I actually like which fit the bill on my shelf.
     
  7. Aaron Garman

    Aaron Garman Second Unit

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2001
    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm so guilty of doing this. I had to get the Haunting DTS for that DTS track, but I was one of the few that actually enjoyed the movie too. The sound and set design were so cool. I also did pick up Pearl Harbor 2 Disc for the battle at Pearl Harbor. I'd love to get the Vista Series just to check out the extras, but I don't want to pay the price. If I could find it for $10, I'd be sold!

    AJG
     
  8. MartinTeller

    MartinTeller Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2002
    Messages:
    1,721
    Likes Received:
    1
    Unless you sell home theater equipment, why on earth would you need a "demo" disc?
     
  9. Walter Kittel

    Walter Kittel Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 1998
    Messages:
    5,694
    Likes Received:
    555
    Part of the 'communal' experience of Home Theater, in a physical sense, is showing off your system to fellow HT equipment geeks, or those getting their first taste of HT. I'm definitely into HT for the film content, but can still appreciate demos in some ways.

    Owning a FP system manifests itself in several related ways. ( I approach it from a visual standpoint; certainly there are plenty of folks who take an audio approach to demos. )

    - One of the real fun aspects of an FP is showing it off to friends. Their first time reactions to seeing something like The Fifth Element, Starship Troopers or one of the other oft-cited demo titles is enjoyable in and of itself.

    - The second way, and a more film-centric way at that, in which demos work is in the ability on a FP system to see 'classics' on a bigger screen that really does some measure of justice to those titles. Examples including the chariot race from Ben-Hur, Omar Sharif's approach in Lawrence of Arabia, the denouement of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, or selected scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    That is how I approach demos. In the early days (1997/1998) I purchased some marginal films on the strength of their A/V presentation, but there are so many choices available that A/V isn't enough these days.


    - Walter.
     
  10. Tony-B

    Tony-B Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2002
    Messages:
    3,768
    Likes Received:
    0
    Well, I actually bought Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition mainly for demo purposes. It's an alright movie, but I just wanted it mainly for the A/V quality and the extras. [​IMG]
     
  11. david*mt

    david*mt Second Unit

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2002
    Messages:
    306
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've never purchased a dvd simply for demo purposes. The reason being is that I own tons of dvds like LOTR EE, Blade 2, Gladiator, Lion King, T2 UE, and Toy Story 2 which all make great demo material so there really is no need for me.
     
  12. Sergio

    Sergio Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 1999
    Messages:
    98
    Likes Received:
    4
    Location:
    Gastonia, NC. USA
    Real Name:
    Sergio Perez-More
    Well,

    I just ordered Gladiator Superbit from Japan.This is one of my favorites movies. The only problem, the cost "$54.90" deliver to my door in 3-5 days.

    Sometimes our hobby can be expensive.
     
  13. Christ Reynolds

    Christ Reynolds Producer

    Joined:
    May 6, 2002
    Messages:
    3,597
    Likes Received:
    0
    Real Name:
    CJ
    i got lotr ee ONLY for demo and extras. i dont like the movie much, but i love extras and commentaries and documentaries. even if they are about a movie i dont care for. i'll get tt ee and rotk ee for the same reasons.

    CJ
     
  14. Steve_Tk

    Steve_Tk Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2002
    Messages:
    2,833
    Likes Received:
    1
    Just curious, but if don't like LOTR then why the hell would you want 12 hours of commentaries about it and 6 hours of extras?

    Shit that's the last thing you would catch me doing, spending time learning about a movie I don't like.
     
  15. Dave Nelms

    Dave Nelms Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2003
    Messages:
    82
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have to admit that I have purchased DVDs, and before that LDs, solely for demonstration purposes. In fact my favorite demo disc on DVD and DTS laser disc is Super Speedway. Once I play the 'one the track' chapter my buddies wives are hiding the credit cards.

    I really love my home theater and I want to share this passion with as many of my friends and family as possible. There are times when I do not care for a movie in the theater but when I get it home and watch it in my theater, I love it. This was the case, for me, with Independence Day and Men in Black. When I have friends over they want to see and hear the big booms and the spectacular sounds of whizzing bullets and space ship fly overs from films that are mostly current and ones they liked, even if those were films you did not (Pearl Harbor, Matrix Reloaded, Armageddon, ect...)

    The biggest problem I have is where to keep all my DVDs. Once I get them I never want to get rid of them, even if I did not like the film. My wife insists that I am part pack-rat.
     
  16. Eric Eash

    Eric Eash Second Unit

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2003
    Messages:
    367
    Likes Received:
    0
    i have bought some demo material, but mainly to show off to myself and my wife. the more i can make my see how good all this equipment i buy is, the happier she is to buy me more. also, i'm in the process of building my own super-subwoofer, so the more bass-filled dvds i have the better. but i have never bought a movie that i didn't like just for demo purchases. maybe they weren't on my must have list, but i still like them.

    eric
     
  17. DustinDT

    DustinDT Agent

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2003
    Messages:
    48
    Likes Received:
    0
    I recently built an AV-15 based sub. During the 5 months of pre-order time I accumulated 10 or so movies for the sole reason that they were said to have good LFE tracks. I couldn't bring myself to watch them untill the sub was complete.

    It was worth the wait : )
     
  18. Skyler

    Skyler Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2003
    Messages:
    150
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have bought a few to Demo the PB2+;

    Daredevil
    The Haunting DTS
    Pearl Harbor DC
     
  19. Barry_B_B

    Barry_B_B Second Unit

    Joined:
    May 14, 2001
    Messages:
    453
    Likes Received:
    0
    Bought The Haunting purely for the audio.
     
  20. Adam_R

    Adam_R Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2002
    Messages:
    395
    Likes Received:
    0
    Another vote for The Haunting DTS.

    Such a stupid movie, such a great soundtrack.
     

Share This Page