Post your blind DVD purchases here

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  1. Alex Spindler

    Alex Spindler Producer

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    I've been pretty cautious about blind buys, but have gotten the following that I recall:

    Kept
    Boondock Saints - still a bit on the fence, but not bad at all
    Below - Great find
    Dagon - On the fence as far as keeping it permanently
    Six-String Samurai - weird story. I was tempted to make this my first DVD. It was before I had a DVD player (before DVD was big), so I wouldn't have been able to watch it. Instead, in order to meet an instant gratification need, I bought it as VHS. Having since purchased it as a DVD, I have corrected the one regret in my life.
    Blood : The Last Vampire
    Cowboy Bebop : Perfect Sessions
    Metropolis (Anime)
    Serial Experiments : Lain
    Dark Star - On the fence
    Ghost World
    Blood Simple
    Run Lola Run
    Lilo and Stitch - Just a beautiful film
    Strangers on a Train
    Twin Peaks : Pilot and Series

    Got Rid Of
    Once Upon a Time in China - I was trying to develop an interest in collecting HK action films, but there just wasn't any drive to rewatch them
    Battle Royale - An excellent film, to be replaced with the 2-Disc Korean set
    Dancer in the Dark - Outstanding movie, but far, far too depressing.
     
  2. Dave Gorman

    Dave Gorman Supporting Actor

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    My one and only blind buy was Suspiria, which I really enjoyed.

    I don't buy very much to begin with as renting is much more economical for me. And when I do buy it's something that I know for sure I want either for rewatchability or for collecting.

    If I had $60 lying around waiting to be spend, I'd blind buy Eraserhead. Sadly, the money tree seeds I planted in my back yard haven't sprouted yet...
     
  3. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

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    Of my collection I'd say that 95% of it has been bought blind. I have a pretty good sense of what I'll enjoy just from general reading, reviews and lurking here and on Mobius. The only ones I truly regret are the ones where I was talked into it by HTF posts going on about the reference audio or visuals---e.g., Lost in Space. Surely less than 1% though.
     
  4. JonZ

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    Films I bought on DVD without seeing first:

    I loved:
    -Memento
    -The Thin Red Line
    -Unbreakable
    -The Wickerman
    -O Brother Where Art Thou (Coens are no brainers)
    -Big Lebowski
    -Raising Arizona
    -Femme Fatale
    -Blood Simple
    -Training Day
    -Roshomon
    -The Wild Bunch
    -American Psycho
    -Touch Of Evil
    -Toy Story 2
    -Babe Pig In The City
    -Bully
    -Mystery Men
    -Leone The Professional (the International Cut)
    -Donnie Darko
    -Snatch
    -13th Warrior

    Ok:
    -Dagon
    -Irreverisble
    -Chinatown
    -Ghost World
    -Mallrats
    -Royal Tennenbaums
    -Dogma
    -Titus

    Hated:
    -Y Tu Mama Tabien
    -The Sixth Sense
    I know there are more but cant think at the moment.


    Blind purchases that are coming up:
    The Pianist
    Frida (Cant say no to this one beucase of Salma[​IMG])

    Recently tempted but decided to wait until I see it first:
    -Far From Heaven
    -Secretary



    I really cant afford to do this much anymore so now I wait until I see it and if I like it Ill buy it.
     
  5. Eric Brunton

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    Best Blind Purchases:

    Lawrence of Arabia
    Citizen Kane
    Casablanca
    Seven Samurai

    Worst Blind Purchases:

    Bowfinger (why o why did i do that)

    As you can see the blind purchases i have been happy with are all regarded as great films either on the afi list or sight and sound lists, with the exception of bowfinger ofcourse! :b
     
  6. Joe_Pinney

    Joe_Pinney Stunt Coordinator

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    The Zatoichi films and "Daredevil" are the only "blind" purchases I can think of. :wink:

    I didn't buy them though.
     
  7. ChrisV

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    When I started reading this thread I thought to myself, "Oh I hardly ever buy movies I've never seen.", but after thinking about it a bit it turns out that I actually do it quite often (although certainly not as often as many of you [​IMG] ). Here are the ones I've "bought blind":

    Chinatown - My most recent blind purchase. A great movie.
    Citizen Kane
    Clerks, Mallrats, and Chasing Amy - I bought this Kevin Smith 3-pack because I loved Dogma, and had heard very good things about Clerks. I was not dissapointed, and it turns out I saved quite a bit of money compared to the cost of buying them all individually.
    Fantasia 2000 - I bought the Anthology, but had only seen the original Fantasia.
    Grave of the Fireflies
    Moulin Rouge - Ron and the HTF are the reason I bought this one.
    Princess Mononoke
    Spirited Away

    Looking at the list, I'm quite happy with my blind purchases.
     
  8. Rhett_Y

    Rhett_Y Screenwriter

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    For me...

    Dog Soldiers
    Brotherhood of the Wolf

    Heard about them hear and on other sites..........Loved them both!

    R~
     
  9. Steve_Tk

    Steve_Tk Cinematographer

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    Signs, Bourne Identity, Minority Report, Legends of the fall, Blade 2, Harry Potter, Gangs of New York, Monsters Inc, Both Toy Stories, Shrek, . Recent ones I can remember, happy with them all.

    I'd my blind purchase rating is very good. I don't go out on too many limbs though.
     
  10. Justin Hargis

    Justin Hargis Stunt Coordinator

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    Good Blind Buys:
    -Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone
    -Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    -Pump up the Volume
    -The Chubb Chubbs
    -True Romance : 2 Disc Special Edition
    -Vertical Limit : Superbit

    Bad Blind Buys:
    -Demolition Man
    -Predator 2
    -XXX

    I don't buy too many blind ones. Usually I've seen the movie or parts of it to justify buying it. My next blind buy may be DareDevil.
     
  11. Joey Gunz

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    While technically not a "blind" purchase, I did buy the first 4 seasons of Buffy The Vampire Slayer one night after watching only one episode that afternoon on the FX channel. I never seen a single "Buffy" episode before this, but the episode I saw ("Hush") had me hooked! Anyway, I took the chance, bought all 4 seasons, and consider it one of the best purchases I've made yet. And because of "Buffy...", I also blindly bought the Angel: Season 1 DVD too without seeing a single episode. I'm happy to say it was another excellent decision on my part! [​IMG]
     
  12. Stephen_J_H

    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie
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    Ok, blind buys it is:
    AI
    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (Uncut Version)
    Best in Show
    Big Daddy
    Black Adder V: Back & Forth
    Cast Away
    Eight Legged Freaks
    Finding Forrester
    Galaxy Quest
    The Importance of Being Earnest (Rupert Everett/ Reese Witherspoon)
    Josh Groban in Concert
    No Escape
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Possession
    Walt Disney Treasures: Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studio
    Run Lola Run
    Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie
    Signs
    The Truth About Charlie
    Unbreakable
    Vertical Limit
    Atlantis: The Lost Empire
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney)
    The Master of Disguise
    A Little Princess
    Spy Kids
    Spy Kids 2
    Fantasia 2000

    A good portion of these I've bought previously viewed, with no complaints. My only regret is Run Lola Run, which is the Canadian release in P/S.
     
  13. Ron-P

    Ron-P Producer

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    It's much easier to post the blind buys that I was disappointed with, luckily there are only two...
    MI:2
    Gods and Generals

    All other blind buys I have been very happy with, the latest being Solaris and DareDevil.


    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  14. richardWI

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    Great Blind Buys:

    Fitzcarraldo
    My Best Fiend
    La Belle Captive
    Burden of Dreams
    The Re-Animator
    Opera
    Terror Firmer
    Don't Look Now
    Rebecca
    Little Dieter Needs to Fly
    Lessons of Darkness

    Bad Blind Buys:

    The Thing From Another World
    Breathless
    Heart of Glass
    Gesualdo

    Movies I almost bought blind, but rented first:

    Once Upon a Time in America (Hated hated hated this film. Glad I didn't buy it. No offense to those that like it, just wasn't my cup of tea.)



    I'll pretty much buy anything that has Werner Herzog's name attached to it. Also if it's Horror + Anchor Bay I'm strongly compelled to buy it. I usually research a title pretty well before I buy it, so I'll have a general idea of what I'm getting. I also lean towards Ebert's tastes.
     
  15. WillKTaylor

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    Blind defined: Not seen in theaters, with friends, rented or having read anything about the film details other than the director, general feel of the film and general subject matter. I would include the following:

    (ratings based on film with extra credit for DVD quality)

    ****1/2 - *****

    Amelie ****1/2
    Brazil (Criterion) ****1/2
    Bride With White Hair, The ****1/2
    City of Lost Children, The ****1/2
    Element of Crime, The (Criterion) ****1/2
    Fight Club ****1/2
    Gattaca ****1/2
    Hard Boiled (Criterion) *****
    Irreversible ****1/2
    LA Confidential ****1/2
    Magnificent Butcher ****1/2
    Metropolis (Tezuka) ****1/2
    Monster's Ball ****1/2
    Monster's Inc. ****1/2
    Streetfighter (Chiba!) ****1/2
    Tora, Tora, Tora ****1/2
    Yojimbo ****1/2

    *** - ****

    American Beauty ***1/2
    Animatrix **1/2 to **** (dependent on short)
    Baise Moi ***
    Billy Elliot ****
    Blade II ***1/2
    Blood: The Last Vampire ***1/2
    Boondock Saints ***1/2
    Bound (unrated) ****
    Contract Killer ***
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon ***1/2
    Donnie Darko ****
    Equilibrium ****
    Kiss of the Dragon ***1/2
    Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels ****
    Master of the Flying Guillotine ****
    Pitch Black (unrated) ***1/2
    Requiem for a Dream ***1/2
    Run Lola Run ***1/2
    Sling Blade ****
    Stunt Man, The (limited) ****
    Tetsuo II: Body Hammer ***1/2
    Wing Chun ****


    < ***

    Dark City **1/2
    Doomed Megalopolis **
    Paranoid *

    So, I'm well enough happy with the results.

    Blinds on order or soon to be .. and hating every minute of the wait:

    Battle Royale
    Versus
    Band of Brothers
    Chungking Express
    Sanjuro
    Ran
    Seven Samurai
    Warriors Two
    Shock Corrider (Criterion)
    Delicatessen
    Bridge of River Kwai LE
    The Third Man (Criterion)
    Audition
    I Spit on your Grave

    Regards [​IMG]
     
  16. Jeff Swearingen

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    I've done a lot of blind purchases...usually based on good reviews from the Bits or if its a Criterion disc.

    Blind purchases I was not happy with regardless of title usually came from Artisan or the Wal-Mart "so cheap that a McDonald's meal is more expensive" DVD bin.
     
  17. ChrisBEA

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    Some of my recent blinds are:
    Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo
    The Dark Crystal
    Jim Hensen's Storyteller
    The Black Angel
    My Schoolmate the Barbarian
    Volcano High
    Voices of a Distant Star
    Roger Dodger
    Avalon
    Returner
    Versus
    Irreversible
    Unfaithful
    Solaris
    Spider
    I also have an order in for a 10 pack of Shaw Bros kung fu flicks, all but 1 I have never seen, also on that order is Musa: The Warrior, also unseen...

    I buy a lot blind, usually I do a lot of research, reading reviews and looking up opinions before making a final decision. I usually do pretty good, the only ones I can think of that were big disappointments (and I should have known better going in) were Black Mask 2 and Old School, both are downright dreadful (Except for Will Ferrell, he was OK).
     
  18. Joe Kamsan

    Joe Kamsan Stunt Coordinator

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    Great blind buys:
    Ocean's Eleven
    Mulholland Drive
    Amelie
    Changing Lanes
    The Apartment
    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
    Memento
    Sunset Boulevard

    OK:
    You Can Count On Me
    Hable Con Ella (Talk To Her)
    The Bourne Identity
    Adaptation
    Phone Booth

    Disappointed, wanted my money back:
    12 Monkeys
    All About Eve
     
  19. Eric Stuckey

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    I got Gangs of NY on a blind buy from Blockbuster for $11.95 and I just watched it. I liked it very much. Worth the $$.
     
  20. Joe6pack99

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    Way to much to list!
     

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