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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    The problem with bargain hunting is that it doesn't properly support either the retailer or the manufacturers and leads to an unsustainable business model. If no one ever pays full retail, the films and the shops won't be there in the future. And, yes, I've bought plenty of bargains over the...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    Personally, I don't really think of my collection in terms of what it might be worth in the future. I buy the films because I want to watch them. A film or specific edition of a film is either worth the money to me or it isn't. Just ordered a copy of that Movie Hoarders film. I had to search...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I found a copy of the soundtrack for Five Easy Pieces in a record store recently and one of the things that struck me about it is that it seemed to be comprised of the Tammy Wynette songs that are featured in the film, the classical piano pieces and key dialogue moments from the film as though...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    Good luck with that. I don't think those places even exist anymore (even online rental services like LoveFilm are gone). There are a few resale joints like Cash Converters and CEX (in the UK) but you're not going to get very much for them because they don't sell - why pay £18 for a used UHD...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    My GF has a 4K TV because when she finally got round to upgrading her 14" CRT portable it made sense to go that extra mile. The main benefit I've noticed over regular HD is the High Dynamic Range (HDR) that helps brighten up some of the dark areas on badly made DVDs and Blu-Rays (this was...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    My personal tragedy is that I don't find upgrading (or downgrading) to new formats annoying. I'll even buy multiple editions of the same film in the same format if I like it enough. And, I'll go the other way as well; I'll buy an original VHS copy of a film I recently discovered on Blu-Ray. I...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    But imagine the killing you'd make as the inventor of DVD, LCD TVs, digital television and mass implementation of the internet;). As mentioned earlier in the thread, I built up a huge collection of VHS in the mid 2000s when I bought them in charity shops for as little as 20p a time. People...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    No, unfortunately but that Diet Coke ad is awesome all the same. I don't know if we got that in the UK. One thing I remember about Batman is that it got a very early TV premier on the BBC (Christmas 1991, if memory serves) when you usually had to wait 3-5 years for a film to appear on...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I've always wondered why there is such a gap between personal ownership of films and personal ownership of music. People were able to buy songs they liked on 78 records as far back as the 1920s; the LP record came along in 1948, the 45 a year later and twenty years on from that people could own...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I particularly like the premium sets from companies like Criterion and Arrow. They always put a lot of effort into their restorations and they often release films that wouldn't see the light of day if it were left up to the mainstream film studios. They've also introduced me to some films that...
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    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I loved the essay. A written testament for a lot of my feelings over the years. My passion for films began in the early 90s when I was 13 and my opportunities to buy video tapes were few and far between but I treasured the ones I got. A couple of years later and I had a little bit more money...
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