How may pre-1980 movies?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by TimW, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. TimW

    TimW Agent

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2001
    Messages:
    42
    Likes Received:
    0
    Just out of curiosity, I was wondering how many of us focus on the classics. Out of your collection, what # of them are pre-1980 movies? I know. Maybe I should make it pre- 1970 movies, but I'm just thinking in terms of DVD. People tend to consider anything without DD 5.1 to be archaic. Sometimes I look at my collection and consider getting rid of some of my guilty "modern" pleasures and focus on great film, but sometimes the lack of features or perceived quality prevents me from shelling out $$ for the classics.
    Out of my 65 DVD's, only 14 are pre 1980 films.
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
    Fantasia
    Casablanca
    The Third Man
    Seven Samurai
    Vertigo
    North by Northwest
    Lawrence of Arabia
    The Manchurian Candidate
    Dr Strangelove
    Deliverance
    Jaws
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Superman
    Does the "dated" aspect of many earlier films prevent one from buying a classic and opting for something like...."The Animal" or "Mummy Returns" just because of the advances in sound and picture?
     
  2. Carl Johnson

    Carl Johnson Cinematographer

    Joined:
    May 6, 1999
    Messages:
    2,259
    Likes Received:
    25
    Real Name:
    Carl III
    I have about 90 discs and Goldfinger is my only title that predates the 80's. The vast majority of my collection are films that were released from the mid eighties to the late nineties. Its rare for me to go to the movies and I've never even rented a DVD so I don't see very many new releases (including but not limited to Mummy Returns and The Animal). Ive seen plenty of pre 1980 films but I wouldn't get enough replay value out of stuff I've seen on cable a million times like Superman and Jaws to justify buying them.
     
  3. John Stone

    John Stone Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2001
    Messages:
    680
    Likes Received:
    0
  4. Tommy G

    Tommy G Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Sep 19, 2000
    Messages:
    1,233
    Likes Received:
    0
    Most of mine pre-date 1970 let alone 1980. I was actually one who thought movies were a waste of time because I thought everything coming out (except for a select few of course) was total crap. And then I discovered movies in the 40's and 50's and I was hooked!
     
  5. Jim_K

    Jim_K Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2000
    Messages:
    10,090
    Likes Received:
    2
    142 for me which is roughly 30% of my collection.
    Now if every film I wanted was on DVD right now pre-1980 films would take up about 70% of my collection.
    Jim
     
  6. Neil Joseph

    Neil Joseph Lead Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 1998
    Messages:
    8,332
    Likes Received:
    1
    Real Name:
    Neil Joseph
    I also have only 1 classic, The Sound Of Music, in my small collection of 54 DVD's.
    ------------------
    http://webhome.idirect.com/~orange1
    ------------------
    My Favourite DVD's
     
  7. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2000
    Messages:
    12,251
    Likes Received:
    1
    I don't know offhand, but I'd say at least 15% of my dvds are pre-1960's movies.
     
  8. Steve Christou

    Steve Christou Long Member

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2000
    Messages:
    15,710
    Likes Received:
    381
    Location:
    Manchester, England
    Real Name:
    Steve Christou
    According to my files I have 1068 movies dating from 1916 to 1979, of these 56 are DVDs.
    Eeee! I'm shocked to find I have nearly 2300 different movies in my movie collection from 'Intolerance' in 1916 to 'Planet of the Apes' in 2001, roughly one tenth of my collection is DVDs, 221. [​IMG]
     
  9. Dave L

    Dave L Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2000
    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    0
    Out of a collection of nearly 2,000 LDs and DVDs, the average year of release (nicely calculated in my spreadsheet) is around 1957, which means the vast majority are pre-1980 films.
     
  10. Matt Everett

    Matt Everett Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Sep 4, 1999
    Messages:
    75
    Likes Received:
    0
    I don't have a number, but I know easily 60 percent or more of my DVD's are pre-1980. It's not a knock against newer movies. I just like movies in general, and 1900-1980 covers more of the history of film than 1980-present. Ask me again in 2060 and we'll see if it's an even split!
    ------------------
     
  11. Joe D

    Joe D Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    May 21, 1999
    Messages:
    838
    Likes Received:
    1
    Without actually counting I'd say about 1/3 of my collection, or about 50 DVD's.
    ------------------
    Joe Dahlen
    "Take hold of the flame, you've got nothing to lose, but everything to gain."
     
  12. Jesse Skeen

    Jesse Skeen Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 1999
    Messages:
    4,325
    Likes Received:
    228
    I have several, but of course the only ones that matter are:
    The Groove Tube (1974)
    Kentucky Fried Movie (1977)
    Shaft (1971)
    Shaft's Big Score (1972)
    Shaft in Africa (1973)
    Debbie Does Dallas (1978?)
    Dawn of the Dead (1978)
    TNT Jackson (1974)
    Ebony, Ivory and Jade (1976)
    Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976)
     
  13. Matthew Chmiel

    Matthew Chmiel Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2000
    Messages:
    2,282
    Likes Received:
    0
    18 DVDs that are pre-1980.
    ------------------
    [​IMG]
    My DVD Collection / AIM: MrMatthew / ICQ: 96444542
    "Let me rest in peace, let me get some sleep. Let me take my love and bury it, in a hole six foot deep."
     
  14. Deepak Shenoy

    Deepak Shenoy Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 1998
    Messages:
    642
    Likes Received:
    0
    56/150 which is about 37% of my collection. I have many more yet-to-be-released-on-DVD pre-1980 movies on my wishlist than post-1980 movies.
     
  15. Kristian

    Kristian Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2001
    Messages:
    946
    Likes Received:
    0
    Out of 63 DVDs (counting box sets and multi-disc sets as one), I own 11 pre-1980s films:
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
    Fantasia (1940)
    Citizen Kane (1941)
    North by Northwest (1959)
    101 Dalmatians (1961)
    Mary Poppins (1964)
    Thunderball (1965)
    The Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968)
    Jaws (1975)
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
    Superman: The Movie (1979)

    I also own three volumes of the 1960s Star Trek: The Original Series.
    ------------------
    My DVD collection
     
  16. DonaldB

    DonaldB Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2000
    Messages:
    763
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'm too lazy to check the exact figure, but I estimate that at least 80% of the hundreds of tapes/LDs/DVDs I own are pre-1980.
     
  17. BryanS

    BryanS Agent

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2001
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    Batman the movie (Adam West version)
    Carrie
    Citizen Kane
    Dr. Strangelove
    Exorcist
    Halloween
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    On The Waterfront
    Psycho
    Superman the movie
    I guess that makes 10 out of well over 100
     
  18. Alex Spindler

    Alex Spindler Producer

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2000
    Messages:
    3,971
    Likes Received:
    0
    22 or 11%. More than I expected, but I have a fondness for Hitchcock and the Planet of the Apes!
     
  19. Patrick McCart

    Patrick McCart Lead Actor

    Joined:
    May 16, 2001
    Messages:
    7,555
    Likes Received:
    186
    Location:
    Georgia (the state)
    Real Name:
    Patrick McCart
    Of the 50 DVD's I own, 27 are from 1919-1979.
    Newest film on DVD: Shrek
    Oldest film on DVD: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Image version)
     
  20. RicP

    RicP Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2000
    Messages:
    1,126
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have over 175 of my 610 in the pre-1980 category.
    Newest Film on DVD: Final Fantasy
    Oldest Film on DVD: Birth of a Nation
    ------------------
    [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Ric Perrott - My DVD's
     

Share This Page