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LeeBob

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This may not be the best forum for sharing this, but I am taking a year off from purchasing any Blu-rays, 3D Blu-rays or digital movies (which I rarely do anyway). Although I am fairly good at shopping for bargains, I also purchase a lot of "must have" new releases and my annual spend is larger than I care to admit. I have (as I am sure many of us do) unopened packages on my shelf - which I intend to watch over the course of the next year.

It remains to be seen if I will stay the course.
Wish me luck!
Lee
 

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I have nearly stopped buying any movies. I have a pretty decent collection that I rarely watch any more. It might partly be burnout after so many years of buying content, but I know it's partly due to exhaustion after a long workday. I rarely have the attention span to carefully watch a movie like I used to do. Nowadays, I'll casually watch shorter content, or listen to music while browsing, or read, etc.

In the last 6 months, I think the only things I've bought were:
Creature Set
Thing from Another World
Outer Limits Season 2

I haven't even finished Outer Limits Season 1, so I haven't touched Season 2 yet.
 

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I quit buying discs a few years back due to the fact that I did a review of my habits and realized finally that almost every disc sitting in a box was either never (shrink wrapped still) watched or watched once and never seen again. I kept thinking "why am I throwing all this money away!?" So now when I see piles of discs at WM or Target on Black Fridays going for even $5 I just walk on by.

It was quit liberating to quit that madness.
 

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I don't buy as many as I once did, but seeing a favourite old movie released on Blu-ray, ordering it & looking forward to seeing it (& then seeing it) is a pleasure I don't want to pass up. I need to spend my spare cash on something I like, Blu-rays, wine, a new shirt, an old camera (I keep buying them for some reason, they're all over the house). My un-viewed Blu-rays are mostly TV box set, & I'm slowly going through them all & enjoying them very much (my last TV purchase was Westworld season 2, but it doesn't look like I'll get round to than 'till April.
 

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I could never do that. I waited too long to buy something I wanted and now the only way to get it is through 3rd party sellers for an arm and a leg. Just bought 7 BDs from Big Lots for $3 a piece.

Collecting is my hobby and will continue until I can't anymore. I have a beautiful dedicated home theater and I use it everyday for movie watching only.
 

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I could never do that. I waited too long to buy something I wanted and now the only way to get it is through 3rd party sellers for an arm and a leg. Just bought 7 BDs from Big Lots for $3 a piece.

Collecting is my hobby and will continue until I can't anymore. I have a beautiful dedicated home theater and I use it everyday for movie watching only.

I love looking for bargains - I have 11 Blu's coming in today from Hamilton Books, including several 3D titles, that average out to $4/apiece.
 

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I could never do that. I waited too long to buy something I wanted and now the only way to get it is through 3rd party sellers for an arm and a leg. Just bought 7 BDs from Big Lots for $3 a piece.

Collecting is my hobby and will continue until I can't anymore. I have a beautiful dedicated home theater and I use it everyday for movie watching only.

I agree. This is a crucial time for physical media. A purchase is, in fact,a vote for the type of media and content that you are willing to buy. It is the only way that I can demonstrate my passion for restorations, pressings of difficult to find films , 3D etc. if you have the money then don’t sit on the sidelines and watch physical media wither.
 

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Is buying a used disc actually a "vote" for anything since the studio wouldn't register the secondary market sale, just the sale when it was bought new or am I thinking that wrong?
 

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(This may sound really realy silly).

The few discs I purchased over the past year or so, were mostly $2 (or $5) titles which I knew (or suspected) had some extra basketcase drm on them. Basically extra drm beyond dvd's generic CSS and RC/RCE, which makes disc ripping much more difficult to do successfully.

I have this sordid hobby of deciphering how extra basketcase drm functions, which involves reading and figuring out the code in the *.ifo files from a basketcase dvd. (The actual content on these basketcase discs is largely irrelevent or incidental).
 
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In contrast, the drm on bluray discs isn't as exciting to examine/decipher. With the exception of BD+, just about every extra basketcase drm scheme for bluray discs, isn't much more than the old dvd extra basketcase drm schemes on steroids.
 

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That's great Peter!
I love looking for bargains - I have 11 Blu's coming in today from Hamilton Books, including several 3D titles, that average out to $4/apiece.

I have so many coming, it's fun to get them. From Germany...VENOM 3D, MORTAL ENGINES 3D from the UK, DRACULA and the CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN from the UK.

From the USA, I have AQUAMAN 3D, THE GRINCH, both 3D and LASERBLAST 2D from DD.

I have bought over 25 USED 3Ders from various dealers in the UK and the USA in the last year.

Every single disc has been in perfect condition...what can I say.

I'm glad that I have the dollars to buy them...life is short, so, I'm buying them like there is no tomorrow!!!
 
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Peter Apruzzese

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The Hamilton order arrived, I miscalculated. 12 movies. Brand new.

Waiting for my first mediamerchuk to arrive next week. Dr Strange 3D.
 

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My DVD/Blu-ray purchases have virtually stopped, due to financial and space constraints. The Invisible Man Legacy Collection and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1943) Blu-rays are all that I've purchased since our move last August. The latter was a spur of the moment purchase at one of our local Giant Tiger outlets right before Christmas. "Phantom's" visual quality is excellent, by the way!

CHEERS! :)
 

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[...]It remains to be seen if I will stay the course.
Wish me luck!
Lee
Interesting day to begin this discipline;
after all, Screen Archives has just begun their 7 for $70 bundle sale of Twilight Time titles.
Sorry, LeeBob, I couldn't resist.:D
 
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There has to be some sort of happy medium between buying stuff just to buy it and having it sit unopened and buying stuff that truly makes you happy. I don't take the risk of waiting on anything I want anymore since the Fox Archives debacle. I snagged WOMAN'S WORLD but didn't jump quickly enough on CONEY ISLAND and now they're already out of print and fetching ridiculous prices. My nerves can't handle that!!!
 
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I agree completely, Will.

I liked the movie “First Man” and saw it in theaters. I intend to buy it at some point. But I don’t feel a desire to rewatch it yet, and since it’s a major title from a major studio, I’m not worried about longterm availability. I’ll either buy it the next time I feel like watching it, or when it’s onsale at a price low enough that I won’t mind spending the money even if I’m not immediately watching the disc. It’s a movie I’d like to have but not one I feel the need to put much effort or urgency in getting.

I love the movie “Beat the Devil” which Twilight Time is putting out this month. It’s a limited edition of only 3000 copies. It’s certainly possible and perhaps likely that another international distributor might pick it up for a non-limited release, but there’s no guarantee. That movie could take years to sell out, or it could disappear in a few months - there’s no real way to know in advance. I’ll buy that right away because I’d be disappointed if I wasn’t able to get one. That may mean that I’m paying more for it than someone waiting for a potential sale. For that movie, it’s worth it for me.

Balance is everything. For me, it was learning to ignore the impulse to buy something solely because it was a good deal, and also giving myself permission to just buy the things I wanted when I wanted them.
 

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