Big Buying Binge: Opinions needed on what to keep/return

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  1. Paul_Scott

    Paul_Scott Lead Actor

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    o.k.
    i wouldn't have bought any of these if i wasn't interested in them, but i've just bought so much stuff lately i'm going to have to take some of this stuff back.
    here's the list;

    The Onion Field
    Children's Hour
    Flirting
    Maltese Falcon
    World Of Henry Orient
    Man Who Wasn't There
    Outer Limits season 1
    Horror Of Dracula
    Sunset Boulevard
    To Catch A Theif
    Roman Holiday
    No Way To Treat A Lady
    Doctor Zhivago
    Picnic
    Birthday Girl


    out of all of these, Flirting, TCAT, and SB are the only ones i've seen and it's been a while for all of them.
    so, what do you think is worth keeping.
    i'm looking for both quality of content, and also quality transfers
     
  2. Aaron Cohen

    Aaron Cohen Second Unit

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    The only one of these I own is Sunset Boulevard and the transfer and dvd are GREAT! Keep that one, as for the others....I don't know how good the transfers are as I haven't seen the dvd but I love The Maltese Falcon, Doctor Zhivago, and The Man Who Wasn't There
     
  3. BrianP

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    I would say these should be keepers for content and transfers.

    Outer Limits season 1
    Sunset Boulevard
    Roman Holiday
    Doctor Zhivago
     
  4. AndyW

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    Of the listed dvds, i have the Outer Limits season 1 set and I love it. The stories are very good and the picture is great.
     
  5. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    I'd definitely return Birthday Girl. Unless you're a diehard Nicole Kidman fan, the movie isn't worth a repeat viewing.

    Hang on to Sunset Boulevard, Roman Holiday, and The Maltese Falcon as they're keepers.

    Doctor Zhivago is probably a keeper. Still, I'd take it back and try to rent it somewhere.

    Picnic is okay, but I can't imagine wanting to watch it more than once. I say ditch it.

    To Catch a Thief is really for Hitchcock completists as it doesn't represent his best work. If you're not a big Hitch fan, take it back.

    Returning The Outer Limits (which does feature a nice transfer) will net you a nice chunk of change. Unless you really dig Twilight Zone-type shows, get rid of it.

    The Man Who Wasn't There is really for Coen fans (as are most of their movies). If you're not one, kiss it bye bye!

    Can't comment on the others as I've either not seen them or haven't seen them in a long time.
     
  6. Carl Johnson

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    Of those titles how many can you honestly say that you'll expect to watch more than once over the next six months? I applied that rule to my new titles and purchases dropped way off. Now I spend more time watching the stuff I already have rather than rushing to be first in line to claim yet another movie that I haven't even seen.
     
  7. Todd Stout

    Todd Stout Screenwriter

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    Paul,

    You didn't happen to pick those all up at Circuit City in San Bernardino, CA yesterday did you? That list looks an awful lot like the stack that the man I spoke with at that store had in his hands. He had at least 12 DVDs in his hands when I last saw him and headed to the cashier. He had also mentioned that he had been buying too many DVDs lately.

    If that wasn't you, that's one heck of a coincidence.
     
  8. Gabe D

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    I agree with Steve that you should return Birthday Girl. It's just not a very good movie.
     
  9. Paul_Scott

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    Todd, that was my freakish doppelganger you bumped into.
    i'm on the other coast.

    thanks for the replies.
    so nobody liked the Birthday Girl, huh?
    i picked it up for about $10 new and being a NK fan, and intrigued by the synopsis, i'll probably be keeping this one.

    Carl, i use something like that criteria, except mine is 'if i think i will EVER watch it again'.
    i rarely watch a movie more than once in a 6-12 month period, but i have plenty of stuff from over a year ago that i'm looking forward to returning to.
    the other thing is, i recycle ALOT of stuff.
    if i really foresee no enthusiasm for ever watching something again, it gets ebay'd ...quick.
    still, that can be a pain in the neck, and it would be better to just not buy it in the first place.
    i pay for the privilige of owning briefly, but i really hate being time-constrained by renting.
     
  10. Lew Crippen

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    What SteveGon wrote
     
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  12. Elizabeth S

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    I actually saw "Birthday Girl" at the theatre. :b
    It's really bad.
     
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    The Onion Field is a great movie. I can't speak of the transfer of the DVD. I bought it recently but I haven't had a chance to see it [​IMG]
     

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