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#1 of 92 OFFLINE   Doug:Li


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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

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Posted August 11 2005 - 06:12 AM

I have mine numerical/alphabetical. (i.e. 12 monkeys, AI, Animatrix, etc)
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#3 of 92 OFFLINE   Thomas T

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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

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Posted August 11 2005 - 06:14 AM

Sort?! What is this thing you call "sort"? Posted Image
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#5 of 92 OFFLINE   Doug:Li


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Posted August 11 2005 - 06:22 AM

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

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#6 of 92 OFFLINE   Adam_R


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Posted August 11 2005 - 06:39 AM

However my wife wants it done.



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.

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#7 of 92 OFFLINE   Lynda-Marie


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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.
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#8 of 92 OFFLINE   Chad R

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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



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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

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Posted August 11 2005 - 07:24 AM

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.

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

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#11 of 92 OFFLINE   Kevin Hewell

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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


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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

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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.

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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...
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#15 of 92 OFFLINE   Adam Sexton

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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.
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#16 of 92 OFFLINE   Lars Vermundsberget

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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.

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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.
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#18 of 92 OFFLINE   Mark Lucas

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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.

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Posted August 11 2005 - 09:24 AM

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

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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.
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