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  1. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    A little bit of all of the above. I would say there’s probably 25-50 discs that I watch pretty much every year. I don’t know the exact number but it’s gotta be in that ballpark. There are probably another 50-100 that get rewatched maybe every other year, or once every three years, it’s not...
  2. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I feel like that’s the most practical approach - if you buy discs as an investment to gain or hold monetary value or to show off to others rather than as things to enjoy, that’s a sure recipe for disappointment. Over the years, my collecting has definitely shifted from “things no library should...
  3. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    But that’s sort of an apple to oranges comparison. The digital equivalent to discs isn’t a streaming subscription from Netflix or Prime; those things are akin to an HBO subscription in the days when cable ruled supreme. The equivalent to an a la carte purchase of an individual title on disc is...
  4. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    Of course. The video store and Netflix by mail works just as well for rich people as it does for working class people. I would imagine that you’re gonna find far more people in those scenarios using those rooms to watch the big game than anything else.
  5. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I think a lot of people dabbled and did impulse buys when DVD first came out, was easy to find in stores, and was cheap and hassle free compared to going to a store, hoping they had the title you wanted, renting it and then having to return it. But I think people realized they weren’t watching...
  6. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I figure my collection will not be considered a family heirloom either. My wife will probably grab the copy of “Princess Bride” that she brought into the relationship and that’ll be that. I think I had a really great collection that perfectly suited my tastes and interests and needs until...
  7. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    And that’s the part that I totally love. And I think I always will.
  8. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    The idea of having that much space to be able to do that makes me happy. I wish I did! On the other hand, nothing is forever and I’m getting a rude reminder of that as I’m transferring much of my collection to a HTPC. There are several discs of mine that have gone bad. It’s not a huge...
  9. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    For years, I put all my money into the discs and almost nothing into the players or display. And then one day I realized that maybe I was being silly by having over a thousand discs but a smaller TV and cheap player. I eventually upgraded piece by piece. Anyhow, what I’ve discovered over the...
  10. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I’ve had the opposite reaction with DVDs - they look far better than they have any right to on my TCL 55” 4K set. I was really worried about that too because a lot of my favorites are DVD-only. The player you’re using might make a difference there. I have an Oppo and it’s known to be among the...
  11. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I hope this doesn't count as a threadcrap, because that's not my intention. Ownership/easy access to the stuff I enjoy most is important to me. I started collecting in the first place because I was a kid who didn't have cable and didn't get good broadcast reception, so I was limited to what...
  12. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I am 36, work in film and television, and I’m the only one of my colleagues (among all age groups both older and younger) who still collects physical media. One or two have transitioned to HTPC setups where they’re digitized their own physical media, but everyone else has just moved on to...
  13. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    Oh my god yes!
  14. Josh Steinberg

    Why I Own So Many Movies.

    I love this thread - Mike, what an inspired idea! I think the reason I own so many movies has changed over time. For me, it all started when I was a kid. My parents didn't have cable, and I even had some years where we didn't receive broadcast channels reliably. People talk about kids and...
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