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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Patrick McCart, Apr 25, 2002.
Do you buy DVD's just because it has a great transfer and 7.1 sound or is it for the movie?
I only buy DVDs for films that I love. I never bought a DVD because of its excellent presentation.
I try to only buy DVD's of movies I think I really need to have, although I've misjudged quite a few. In the case of a movie I'm kind of lukewarm about, like Fast and the Furious, an impeccable presentation can push me over the edge.
Presentation isn't especially important to me. For me, it's a combo of movie + bonus features.
To me, you can't have one without the other:
I wouldn't buy my favorite movie in P & S.
I wouldn't buy a movie I dislike for its flawless transfer or audio clarity.
Well, the film is the thing. It is the first reason to buy a DVD. Hell, I bought Belle De Jour even though the DVD is a mess.
I buy my discs for the film (provided it's in OAR). However, I won't pay a high price unless there are plenty of extras. I would only buy a bare-bones disc if the price is low.
My number one consideration is the film itself. I will also consider the quality of the print/sound, as well as extras though, but not nearly as much as the film itself. For instance, if a film like Once Upon A Time In The West comes out on DVD, I'm going to buy it, as long as it has at least a decent quality to it. On the other hand, there are quite a few Criterions that I'm just not interested in buying because I don't care to own the film
I've never understood buying a DVD just because of the transfer. A good package will not convince me to buy a bad movie, but a particularly bad transfer will make me not buy a good movie, like in the case of Ran.
For the movie mostly, but I will say this, I will not buy a movie, even one I like, if it's not anamorphic, OR a very good 4x3 letterboxed transfer like 'Armageddon' Criterion.
The movie definetely comes first. But as others have said, a bad transfer will make me think twice. I won't buy a disc, even if its reference quality, if I don't like the movie.
As long as it's OAR, I'll buy a movie I love (almost) regardless of quality. If the disc is great I might buy a movie that I only thought was okay.
I have in the past bought movies for their presentation (Godzilla for instance) but in the end, I always got rid of them. A DVD has to have a good movie or it won't last in my collection. After collecting since June 1997, I still only have just 65 DVD's.