Posted March 11 2004 - 09:04 AM
Only sad now
, I suppose. Particularly as I stare at my rather modest laserdisc collection in the cabinet I handmade for it (and which will one day house DVDs!). A couple hundred discs over about 6 years of collecting which probably set me back over ten grand. Now I probably couldn't get more than $400 or $500 for the lot of them, if even that
, and don't really feel like taking the time to unload 'em one by one online.
But I knew all that then, I suppose, and that's why I always figured I'd build my collection and stop, regardless of what format came along next. Then DVD came along next and, in addition to being better in so many ways, allowed me to amass nearly TWICE as many titles (around 390 at the time
), if not more, for the same ten grand that my LD collection cost and in a fraction of the time. And with the price drops and used availability and bargain bins for DVD, well, that rarely happened with LD until the writing was very clearly on the wall. In the last few years I've worked up a collection of over 2000 discs and if another format comes along, screw it. This time I'm out for real. I hope...
Still, having to actually SAVE money to buy a laserdisc special edition in those days meant the purchase was something to savour. Now, I can buy 5 or 6 SE's for the same price and it feels like work since EVERYTHING is larded up with commentaries and bonues, not all of it worthy.
Six of one, I guess...
incidentally, I was never one of the ones who couldn't wait for sell-through on VHS titles. My tastes were strange enough that a lot of the b-movies and genre stuff I was interested in, especially the older junk, was readily available at sell-through prices first, because there was no rental demand for a lot of it. I didn't start collecting LD until 1991, and by then, there was a sizable sell-through and ex-rental market for VHS, so I rarely had to wait long to find things I was after. Had I been collecting laserdiscs in the mid 80's, however, it might have been a different story.