Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo

How do you sort your collection?


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
91 replies to this topic

#1 of 92 OFFLINE   Doug:Li

Doug:Li

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 67 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 24 2003

Posted August 11 2005 - 05:55 AM

I have a collection of DVD's , that fits 3 six foot tall bookshelfs full, single layer on each shelf, with some titles piled on top of the shelves and other DVD's. Im trying to figure out the best way to sort them and I need some ideas. I had them aphebetical, with Directors broken out in to sets and alphabetized by the directors last name within the collection. I am toying with breaking them out now by genre.I should have plenty to represent the major categories. Also I have just moved so currently so right now they are all out of order on the shelves waiting for some kind of order. So its open to anything...

Any ideas?

#2 of 92 OFFLINE   Jean D

Jean D

    Screenwriter



  • 1,329 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 08 2004

Posted August 11 2005 - 06:12 AM

I have mine numerical/alphabetical.

(i.e. 12 monkeys, AI, Animatrix, etc)

Gear: Crestron AADS, Crestron 4L, RTI T2C, SVS PC 16-46, Xbox 360, Wii, Bass Shakers, TiVo HD, Toshiba A3 HD-DVD, 42" Panasonic TH-42PWD8UK, two Denon AVR-2106's, Speaker Craft Aim 7 Five's, Samsung HD-950 DVD player.

#3 of 92 OFFLINE   Thomas T

Thomas T

    Screenwriter



  • 2,307 posts
  • Join Date: Sep 30 2001

Posted August 11 2005 - 06:13 AM

Why make it more difficult than necessary for yourself? My entire collection is alphabeticized from A to Z so it's a no brainer when I need to locate a disc.

If I read your post correctly, you're looking for ways to sub divide the collection according to genres (horror, film noir, westerns, sci fi) or film personnel, directors, actors etc.

Well, it is YOUR collection.

#4 of 92 OFFLINE   Paul McElligott

Paul McElligott

    Screenwriter



  • 2,598 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 02 2002

Posted August 11 2005 - 06:14 AM

Sort?! What is this thing you call "sort"? Posted Image
R.I.P. DVDSpot

#5 of 92 OFFLINE   Doug:Li

Doug:Li

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 67 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 24 2003

Posted August 11 2005 - 06:22 AM

Sort?! What is this thing you call "sort"?



heh
I suppose i could just leave them as they are...

Eventually i would learn what is where... Posted Image

#6 of 92 OFFLINE   Adam_R

Adam_R

    Second Unit



  • 395 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 10 2002

Posted August 11 2005 - 06:39 AM

However my wife wants it done.

LOL.

j/k

We have about 300 or so DVDs and we organize them by genre.

The reason is that we usually feel like watching a "type" of movie, so we'll look through the sci-fi section or the comedy section depending on mood. We even try and break it down inside those genres and put similar movies together. Like the American Pie movies are along side of Road Trip and so on. If it was A-Z, I think we'd have a hard time choosing a movie to watch.

We used to have it all a-z, but I really prefer the genre sorting.

Posted Image
Guess what...

#7 of 92 OFFLINE   Lynda-Marie

Lynda-Marie

    Supporting Actor



  • 762 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 03 2004

Posted August 11 2005 - 06:42 AM

I make sure that favorites are the easiest for me to just grab when I want them. All the rest are sorted into series [Lethal Weapon 1-4, Terminator 1-3, etc.] and placed randomly, wherever I have the space for them. I try to sort by genre, but sometimes that is just too much work. Basically, I'm lazy.
The shape I'm in you could donate my body to science fiction! - Rodney Dangerfield, "Back to School"

#8 of 92 OFFLINE   Chad R

Chad R

    Screenwriter



  • 2,174 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 14 1999
  • Real Name:Chad Rouch

Posted August 11 2005 - 06:54 AM

On the shelf, they are alphabetical. But, I have a list which is sorted by genre so that browsing is easiest for me and guests. I also keep my collection out of sight, in cases with doors, so they do not 'ugly' up the room.

#9 of 92 OFFLINE   ChristopherDAC

ChristopherDAC

    Producer



  • 3,729 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 18 2004

Posted August 11 2005 - 06:54 AM

I've basically got all anime LaserDiscs, so my sorting is alphabetical by English title, with numericals at the end. Related series are grouped together with the first one in alphabetical order, and U.S. singles are separated from U.S. boxsets are separated from imports. All these are on Container Store four-sort racks made for storing dinner plates. Then the non-anime discs and the rotted ones which I'm keeping to remind me I need a replacement and the "for-sale" discs and the spare sleeves are in the slots of an additional rack. Maybe not germane to your situation, though. Posted Image

#10 of 92 OFFLINE   Paul Padilla

Paul Padilla

    Supporting Actor



  • 767 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 15 2002

Posted August 11 2005 - 07:24 AM

Sort?! What is this thing you call "sort"?

Ooohhhhh...I remember what that is now. That's the thing I do occasionally knowing full well that the wife always puts things back in the very first, most easily accessible space available. Posted Image

Whenever they are actually sorted, I go by genre. It depends on how you consider picking out a title.

Right brain, "I want to watch stuff blow up."

Left brain, "I think The Red Violin would be enchanting this evening."

Posted Image
I'm a ****ing idiot 'cause I can't make a lamp?
No, you're a genius 'cause you can't make a lamp.
What do you know about trigonometry?
I could care less about trigonometry.
Did you know without trigonometry there would be no engineering? Without lamps there'd be no light.

#11 of 92 OFFLINE   Kevin Hewell

Kevin Hewell

    Screenwriter



  • 1,978 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 28 2003

Posted August 11 2005 - 07:28 AM

I try to organize mine by genre and in each genre I try to alphabetize them. I say try because mine are a bit of a jumble right now.

#12 of 92 OFFLINE   Rhoq

Rhoq

    Supporting Actor



  • 734 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 01 2004

Posted August 11 2005 - 07:35 AM

Alphabetical by title

In the case of sequels, my DVDs are in chronological order, following the first film of the series.

If the title is numerical, I still arrange it alphabetically (like '28 Days Later' is with the Ts)

Of course it's a huge pain in the ass having to move everything over and reorganizing the collection everytime I make a new purchase - but as you guys already know, it's a labor of love. Posted Image

#13 of 92 OFFLINE   PatW

PatW

    Screenwriter



  • 1,538 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 25 2003
  • Real Name:Patricia

Posted August 11 2005 - 07:56 AM

I use to have mine alphabetical by title. I got bored one
day and re-arranged mine by genre. I actually prefer it
that way. If I'm in the mood for an epic or romantic comedy
I know where to go. I just find it easier to choose where
before I could never decide. I do have a list that's arranged alphabetically and if I have friends over and they
don't choose to look through my collection, than they can
scan through the list and pick out what they want to see.

#14 of 92 OFFLINE   DavidBC

DavidBC

    Second Unit



  • 401 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 04 2005

Posted August 11 2005 - 07:58 AM

One of my big pet peeves (aside from the phrase "pet peeve") is separating numerical from alphabetical titles. 2001 goes with the T's, I tell you! I don't know why, it just does. For me, everything is alphabetical, because any other way creates too many conflicts in my obsessive head (is Alien horror or sci-fi? Chronoligically, which movie opened first in 1936? By director, who the hell directed That's Entertainment, Part 2? By actor, do Tracy & Hepburn movies go with Tracy or Hepburn?) You get my point...
I don't care for modern films. All crashing cars and close-ups of people's feet.
-Lillian Gish
 

#15 of 92 OFFLINE   Adam Sexton

Adam Sexton

    Auditioning



  • 11 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 03 2005

Posted August 11 2005 - 08:42 AM

My titles are not alphabetical but they are sorted by directors and series. I also keep my music dvds in one spot.
"Jon Dillinger was killed behind that theater in a hale of FBI gunfire. And do you know who tipped them off? His fucking girlfriend. All he wanted to do was go to the movies."
- High Fidelity

DVD Collection

#16 of 92 OFFLINE   Lars Vermundsberget

Lars Vermundsberget

    Supporting Actor



  • 725 posts
  • Join Date: Nov 20 2000

Posted August 11 2005 - 08:51 AM

I just use my own "inner logic". Posted Image

Some DVDs obviously (to me) go into sections of their own, such as Disney animation, the Criterion Collection (in spine number order) and TV material. Then I just figure that a few genres (film noir, war movies) and directors (Hitchcock, Fassbinder) are so big in my collection that they deserve sections of their own. Most of what's left I just lump together in a section called various classics (and most of them are) and order them in more or less chronological or otherwise logical order.

A couple of years ago, when I had about a hundred DVDs, I'd get the impression from some people that when a collection reaches a certain size one would have to go alphabetical. Now it's more like 400 and my system still works - for me.

As mentioned earlier in the thread, it's your collection.

#17 of 92 OFFLINE   DonRoeber

DonRoeber

    Screenwriter



  • 1,851 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 11 2001

Posted August 11 2005 - 09:01 AM

Alphabetical. Anything else and my wife yells at me Posted Image

She was pretty freaked out when I had them sorted by studio Posted Image

I've also got "the stack" which is a big pile of DVDs that need to be sorted into the shelves. I've got about 600 dvds total now, so that takes some time, which only causes "the stack" to grow.
Luckily, right at that moment, an unconscious Argentinean fell through my roof.

He was quickly joined by a dwarf dressed as a nun.

#18 of 92 OFFLINE   Mark Lucas

Mark Lucas

    Second Unit



  • 497 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 03 2005

Posted August 11 2005 - 09:05 AM

Alphabetically, although chronologically would be better. Followed by type of case. The snapper cases and digipacks have their own section. Music dvds have their own section.

#19 of 92 OFFLINE   MarkHastings

MarkHastings

    Executive Producer



  • 12,013 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 27 2003

Posted August 11 2005 - 09:24 AM

I do it by studio (all the spines look the same this way)
Quote:
but I really prefer the genre sorting
What about odd ball genres that cover MANY areas? I just watched "Cherish", it's a Drama/Comedy/Thriller movie. Where would that go??

#20 of 92 OFFLINE   Kevin M

Kevin M

    Producer



  • 5,172 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 23 2000

Posted August 11 2005 - 09:38 AM

Aside from Criterion & some of the more odd shaped ones (Wicker man) I sort them by year of release.
-Kevin M.

There's a human tendency to resent anyone who disagrees with our pleasures.  The less mature interpret that as a personal attack on themselves.
- Roger Ebert