Impulse Buying Blunders

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  1. Brian Kissinger

    Brian Kissinger Screenwriter

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    I suppose most of us have surrendered to an impulse buy or two. I have many times. I'm just curious if anyone has bought something, and then later couldn't quite understand why you did.

    Example:

    I was just shopping the other day(Went to pick up the Usual Suspects SE) and I also picked up three other movies. I saw a couple movies I'd like to have on DVD for $9. I had a little extra money, so I bought them. I also picked up that impulse buy. I saw it, and thought to myself, for 9 bucks, what the heck? I bought Vampires. The John Carpenter flick.

    While this movie isn't exactly shit, it's one I'll probably hardly ever watch. Then I thought, if I had just saved that 9 bucks, that's half the price of some others I passed on because I didn't want to spend quite so much. Pretty silly of me in hindsight.

    Oh well, has this happened to you, and if so with which movie?

    P.S. the two I was glad to have were: The Quick and the Dead, and A Fish Called Wanda--Go ahead and make fun of me.
     
  2. Iain Jackson

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    There's a few discs that I wouldn't of bought had I seen the film before, but the only one of these I ever bought on impulse was The Perfect Storm - I really do not understand what the point of the film was...
     
  3. SteveGon

    SteveGon Executive Producer

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    I went on a spending spree last week and surrendered to several impulse buys. Of course, the money I spent wasn't originally mine - I hit it big on poker night thanks to Mr. Kissinger and some other work buddies. Hey pal, you might not have lost that much, but you funded at least half the purchase price of that weird foreign film I picked up! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. Mike Hutman

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    Here is a movie I wished I never bought

    Down To Earth

    I don't know what the hell I was thinking.
     
  5. Patrick McCart

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    I was just going to get the Universal Classic Monster Collection (Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera (1943), and Creature From The Black Lagoon) from amazon.com, but kind of got a little more.
    Along with the box set, I purchased Criterion's Notorious and 8 1/2 DVD's, The Circus (Chaplin), and the musical score for Lawrence of Arabia.
    It's not really a blunder (all 11 DVD's are excellent, plus the LoA score is a delight to listen to.) but I am out of $230.
    I don't think I'll be buying any more DVD's until May or June. [​IMG]
     
  6. Richard Travale

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    The Ultimate Space Experience. I bought this for $6 at Zellers for no real reason other than it being so cheap and I thought it might have some good footage and sound to show my system off with. Boy, this was a horrible choice. The picture is total shit and it sounds like one ofthose single speaker in the center of the dash AM radios.Oh well, $6, that a sandwich at Subway.
     
  7. Ches Campbell

    Ches Campbell Stunt Coordinator

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    The Messenger. Boring movie that I will never watch again. Where can you sell DVDs?
     
  8. JasenP

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    The Messenger was the most beautiful film that I will never watch again. [​IMG]
    Anyway, I picked up The Brother From Another Planet on an eBay whim. While it is a fine film, the quality is pure shite. I always do my homework now.
     
  9. PatrickL

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    Oh yeah, here's a good idea: buy a multi-disc set of a tv show I've never seen even a minute of before. [​IMG]
    Oz - The First Season
     
  10. Ricky Hustle

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    Most recent, The Fast and the Furious - i owned it and traded it all within 2 days.
     
  11. Matt Stryker

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    Hanging Up with Meg Ryan was a poor choice (other than the Walter Mathau bits)
     
  12. Brian Lawrence

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    I don't buy much on impulse anymore, but in the 5+ years of the format I have purchased these wretched films [​IMG]
    I will not bother listing bad dvds of good movies. Just the crappy movies.
    And Yes I have gotten rid of every single disc on this list!
    American Pie
    Any Given Sunday
    Astronaut's Wife
    Better Tomorrow 3
    Blast From the Past
    Blow
    City of Angels
    Critical Care
    Dogma
    End of Days
    Excess Baggage
    Fallen
    Felicia's Journey
    Gladiator
    Hannibal
    Hollow Man
    Hoodlum
    I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
    Mission: Impossible 2
    One Night Stand
    Opposite of Sex
    Palmetto
    Phantom of the Opera (Argento)
    Planet of the Apes (01)
    Quest For Camelot
    Return of the Boogeyman
    Road Trip
    Run Lola Run
    Soul Survivors - The Killer Cut
    Sphere
    Waterboy
     
  13. Tony_Faville

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    American Vampire with Carmen Electra..... what a waste...she doesn't even get nekkid. Thankfully only $9.99.
     
  14. Paul_D

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    Here are my DVD impulse blunders:
    I don't know what I was thinking last summer
    Not very Wild Things
    Miss sugarcoatedSandraBullockbullshit-ality
    I sure had American Pie on my face
    I felt like a Hollow Man after watching it
    It was as enjoyable as The Opposite of Sex
    Charlie's Angels [​IMG]
    Teaching Miss Tingle how to make a good movie and failing
    The director rolled a pair of Snake Eyes
    I wish it had been a Gift
    Whoever recommended it to me sure had Cruel Intentions.
    [​IMG]
     
  15. Brian Kissinger

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  16. Blaine Skerry

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    70 YEARS OF POPEYE Only two Fleischer era cartoons.[​IMG]
     
  17. Grant B

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    Satyricon - It dawned on me: I used the term 'Fellini-esque' without ever seeing one of his films

    Fellini is very Fellini-esque (i.e gar-bage)
     
  18. Blaine Skerry

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    Hey, Brian Lawrence, I'll trade 70 YEARS OF POPEYE for FELICIA'S JOURNEY.
    Damn, just noticed you got rid of all those discs. A big D'OH is in order.
     
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  20. Ryan Potts

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    They came from Beyond Space.

    It was just horrible. I can't even put the feeling into words.

    I keep it around as a reminder to make sure I know what I'm getting into ahead of time. Luckily I'm not out a whole lot, cause I think this piece of "wonderful" filmmaking only cost me 7 bucks.
     

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