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#1 Factor in buying TV DVD's?

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#1 of 43 OFFLINE   JamesSmith


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Posted December 29 2007 - 03:23 PM

Dear Guys: When I buy TV-DVD's, I have to give quite a few reasons for purchasing them, but I would have to say the number one reason--for a purchase is if they have episodes I'm missed. A few examples: The Cartoon Network had six or seven episodes of the third season of Duck Dodgers that never aired on their channel--and they went straight to Boomerang. My cable provider never got Boomerang, so I was out of luck for those final episodes. I've tried other avenues of tracking those episodes but too no avail. Somewhat similar to Hyper MonkeyForce Monkey Team Go. I've seen a few episodes on ABC-Family a few years ago, but we don't get TOON Disney at home where it regularly plays . . . .so that makes my list. The ninties Spy Games, the seventies Salvage 1 actually have unaired episodes. I can't believe a network would actually shell out that kind of money and then never show the various segments. But everyone has made remarks about the lack of intellegence in the minds of network executivies. So I pretty much won't go there. Rare shows such as Young Maverick, which only showed some episodes ONCE and that makes them awfully precious to me. Because I loved the last episode, and I've never been able to track it down as well. So my number one reason for buying tv-DVD's is UNSEEN EPISODES (or rarely seen), what about you guys? James Smith

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Posted December 29 2007 - 03:29 PM

It's kind of obvious but the biggest factor for me is that if I like the show, I'll buy the set. It's great if there's special features or the set has episodes that I haven't seen or that never aired but for me, if I'm a fan, I'm in. Posted Image

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Posted December 29 2007 - 03:35 PM

For me it is the ability to have TV shows I have always admired and enjoyed over the years at the dispersal of my fingertips. That's what always does it for me!!!!!!! Posted Image

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#4 of 43 OFFLINE   David Levine

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Posted December 29 2007 - 04:24 PM

That's me too. If it's a show I dig, and I think I'll watch it more than once, it's a buy.

#5 of 43 OFFLINE   Jeff Willis

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Posted December 29 2007 - 04:46 PM

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The TV/DVD is the greatest thing since "Tony Romo" (uh, that's the q-back for the Dallas Cowboys for you non-sports posters Posted Image )

I'd say for me, the #1 thing is to have a series that's either been out of syndication for years or most likely won't air again anywhere, in my collection. I've found that I usually buy the shows that I grew up with and have found that in nearly all cases, they "stand the test of time" for me, some surprisingly so. I do have series from years after the 'Boomer years (80's, 90's) but the majority of my sets are shows from the late 50's thru 70's.

David mentioned what someone here phrased, the "rewatchability" factor. I consider that as well for TV/DVD sets.

To be able to pop in a TV/DVD and watch these shows without commercials and in nearly all sets, watch the show with far better clarity than I originally watched them with the "rabbit-ear" set-top antenna or even the roof antenna, it's just a real treat to enjoy those "blasts from the past".

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#6 of 43 OFFLINE   Peter Overduin

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Posted December 29 2007 - 04:57 PM

Whether or not its still showing on TV is also a n issue for me. I bought B5 after it wasnt showing anymore and have a PVR so can watch a lot of TV shows I like now.

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Posted December 29 2007 - 05:11 PM

I end up buying a lot of shows that I enjoyed as a kid. There's a comfort aspect to these shows. I also find myself eager to see shows that I'd only read about or merely saw as part of clip shows. My cousin likes to watch shows that his mother refused to let him watch as a kid.
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#8 of 43 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

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Posted December 29 2007 - 08:14 PM

For current shows, it's to see them with NO on-screen crap and no commercials, which have risen to a ridiculous level! For stuff on cable like South Park, I'd rather buy the DVDs as they come out than waste money on cable "service" where I pay for the privilege of getting the show with the aforementioned annoyances.
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#9 of 43 OFFLINE   Pete Battista

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Posted December 29 2007 - 08:57 PM

There is no one main reason I buy them... there is a few main reasons. But I am one that will not think twice about blind buying a TV Series.

So for shows I seen:
#1 is how much I enjoyed the show. Then the extras it may have is a plus. If there is any unseen (or unaired) episodes then it is a huge plus.

For series that I never seen:
#1 is word of mouth from placed such as this. Subject matter is of course important as I know the types of shows I normally like. The creator of the show could also be a plus. See example below.

A good example of getting a series I never seen before is one I just got for Christmas. Before this set I never seen a single episode of Harsh Realm. But between the word of mouth I heard on it... and the fact that it was created by Chris Carter (and that I am a huge X-Files fan) I went ahead and put it on a DVD wishlist I gave someone... and I got it. Already watched the first disc... so far loving every minute of it... looks like another series that was canceled way too soon.

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Posted December 30 2007 - 04:35 AM

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Posted December 30 2007 - 04:36 AM

you can always DVD-R the show
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#12 of 43 OFFLINE   Jesse Skeen

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Posted December 30 2007 - 07:57 AM

But you can't get rid of the crap on the screen!
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Posted December 30 2007 - 11:02 AM

This basically says it for me. Some shows I've bought because of recommendations from fellow readers of this forum, and others because I was able to get very cheap from periodic Amazon sales. Posted Image
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I also have not enough time to watch all of these DVDS:


#14 of 43 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted December 30 2007 - 12:37 PM

Very simple. A show I want to watch and rewatch that is released in full seasons uncut, uncensored with all the music intact. When that happens, I buy.
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#15 of 43 OFFLINE   Mark Talmadge

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Posted December 31 2007 - 05:27 AM

The biggest factor that I can only say are sets that contain every episode, original opening theme songs and pricing. WKRP? Married With Children, Baywatch, all missing the original theme song music. Baywatch, missing key episodes in the Season 2 Region 1 release. Pricing? I think it's outrageous charging $80 for a 13 episode set or where when Universal is releasing full season sets they don't alter the pricing structure. You end up paying the same price for a 22 episode set as you do for a 13 episode set.

#16 of 43 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted December 31 2007 - 08:12 AM

The question that forms the basis of this thread is off for me. What other factors need there be other than having liked the series and wanting to own it on DVD?

#17 of 43 OFFLINE   Walter Kittel

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Posted December 31 2007 - 08:33 AM

In addition to enjoying previously viewed series there are any number of factors that can influence 'blind' purchases...

Genre (especially with regards to shows being similar to ones that are known and enjoyable quantities), low prices that capitalize on impulse purchases, casting, talent behind the show, critical acclaim, forum recommendations, etc.

For myself, known shows are purchased for the purpose of revisiting them, often in a superior presentation vs. my initial viewing. In particular, for older series it offers a chance to see a show that I haven't viewed in decades. In some cases, I only initially viewed later seasons and the DVD release provides an opportunity to catch up on earlier episodes. (Mission Impossible or The Rockford Files for instance.)

For blind purchases, usually genre, or recommendations from friends drive those decisions. For lower priced sets sometimes the 'take a chance' mentality takes hold.

To answer the initial question, the number one factor is the obvious answer - Revisiting a series that I enjoyed. This factor may apply to older or contemporary sets.

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#18 of 43 OFFLINE   Tarkin The Ewok

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Posted January 01 2008 - 03:08 PM

Here are my criteria in order of importance. 1. Will I want to see this show years later when the novelty value is gone? 2. How expensive is it? 3. Is the series complete or expected to be? 4. What special features does it have? Missing footage and music replacement are issues I deal with on a case-by-case basis, and I am willing to forgive it if the quality of the show is high enough or if there are extenuating circumstances.

#19 of 43 OFFLINE   Eve Brown

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Posted January 03 2008 - 10:11 AM

Most shows I enjoy the show weather in its main run like Dawson's Creek or in reruns. I got hooked on my all time favorvite show The Pretender in late night showings on the weekends. Blind buys because they are cheap or recommanded

#20 of 43 OFFLINE   Ron68


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Posted January 03 2008 - 04:53 PM

Number one is the show itself, extras are great but they aren't worth anything if I don't like the show. I buy shows that have an interest for me, both new shows and old. I will even blind buy a series and I have blind bought quite a few. I haven't purchased any that I haven't liked yet.

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