"Sight unseen" gems

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  1. MartinTeller

    MartinTeller Screenwriter

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    The "impulse buying blunders" thread got me thinking about all the movies I've bought sight unseen, and I did a count. Currently, 97 out of 249 movies in my collection were bought without having ever seen them. I didn't realize I was such a risk-taker! (Of course, about 10 of those 97 are in my "to be sold" pile, and another 15-20 still haven't been watched).

    What are your favorite movies that you bought sight unseen? For me:

    * most of the Jackie Chan movies I've bought... a few have been disappointing, but for the most part I've been pleased (mainly because I've been very careful about checking reviews before I buy any J.C. film)

    * High and Low, The Hidden Fortress, Sanjuro, and Yojimbo... Kurosawas that had previously slipped under my radar. Now where's my Red Beard, Ikiru, Dreams and Dodeskaden???

    * Moulin Rouge... just watched it the other night, brilliant!! Ran out the next day to buy Romeo + Juliet.

    * The Wicker Man... made me wish I had bought the limited edition box (which I still might do)

    * 12 Monkeys and Fight Club... both movies I had avoided for years because of a lack of faith in the lead actors (Willis and Pitt)

    and...

    Evil Dead/Evil Dead 2/Army of Darkness

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Dancer in the Dark

    Kwaidan

    Black Orpheus

    Suburbia (the Penelope Spheeris one)

    Rock n Roll High School

    Zoolander
     
  2. Rain

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    Gosh, there are just too many to mention.
    But this weekend I watched one of these--Designing Woman. While it's certainly not in the running for the greatest film ever made, it was a charming and delightful light entertainment.
    Consider it recommended. [​IMG]
     
  3. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    I've never bought a dvd sight unseen except for gifts.
     
  4. Brook K

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    Lot's, I used to never buy films sight unseen, but I do it all the time now:

    Sullivan's Travels

    The Lady Eve

    The Blue Angel

    The Last Laugh

    Broken Blossoms

    That Obscure Object Of Desire

    are just some of the great films I've bought unseen. This month, 5 of the 8 DVD's I'm buying I've never seen.
     
  5. SteveGon

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    I pulled a two-fer last week: I picked up The Saragossa Manuscript and Donnie Darko sight-unseen. I like weird movies so hopefully I won't be disappointed! [​IMG]
     
  6. Evan Case

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    Wages of Fear: Couldn't get that cover out of my head.
    WWII in Color: Not really much risk here. The title is description enough.
    Lost Films of Laurel and Hardy 1-9: I'd read about their silent classics for years, so I practically knew them. No regrets on the purchase.
    Any of the others were parts of boxsets, such as Barry Lyndon or various Monty Python episodes.
    With the exception of Wages of Fear, I don't think I've ever bought, or will ever buy, a title purely on impulse without first knowing what to expect.
    Evan
     
  7. Jefe Noche

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    Mistakes:
    Moulin Rouge (needed to see it, but not own it)
    The Pledge
    Worth the "Risk" (Thank you HTF [​IMG] )
    Pi
    Antz
    Ben Hur
    Chinatown
    Das Boot
    Patton
     
  8. LukeB

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    Good Sight Unseen Purchases

    Galaxy Quest

    The Straight Story

    Fantasia 2000 (from the Fantasia Anthology)

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    Funny Farm

    The Great Escape

    There are tons more, but these come to mind. I've gotten to become pretty good and picking out movies that I have a feeling I'll like.
     
  9. MartinTeller

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    Oh, I forgot! TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2!! I never expected to love these movies, but a friend had praised them so much that I took a chance when I saw the Toy Box selling cheap.
     
  10. JonZ

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    Off the top of my head........

    Wickerman

    Ghost World

    Donnie Darko

    Moby Dick (1956)

    A Touch Of Evil

    Beyond The Mat

    Titus

    Training Day

    The Way Of The Gun

    Memento
     
  11. Walt Riarson

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    Mistakes:
    Wonder Boys (decent movie, but overrated)
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (this one just didn't do much for me)
    Worth the Risk:
    Basic Instinct
    Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
    The Wicker Man
    Theater of Blood
    Planet of the Vampires
     
  12. Ryan L B

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    i got the rock criteron, kingpin, there's something about mary and all in the family season 1 for about $105
     
  13. Dome Vongvises

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    Great
    Yojimbo: Criterion Collection
    Sanjuro: Criterion Collection
    The Hidden Fortress: Criterion Collection
    Not So Great
    Brazil: Criterion Collection
    Awful
    nothing yet
    I refuse from now on to buy things site unseen.
     
  14. Patrick McCart

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    Of my 77 DVD's, 41 are titles I saw on DVD for the very first time. I didn't see them on TV, VHS, or even in the theater.

    Some of the titles I saw on DVD first for the first time include 8 1/2, North By Northwest, City Lights, Some Like It Hot, It Happened One Night, Being There, and even Nosferatu (1922). Suffice to say...I'm very pleased when I get to see a movie for the first time and I like it.

    Most are titles I recived as gifts or by good word. I have yet to buy a DVD-first movie that I didn't enjoy.
     
  15. Bill J

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    I only buy DVDs for films that I truly love, so I never bought a DVD for a film that I haven't seen.
     
  16. Cary T

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    This is only for american movies (I've bought tons of anime series box sets unseen). I have 7 DVD's I've bought unseen. My favorite my favorite of the 7 is Ghost World.
     
  17. Kevin Leonard

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    I can honestly say 65 to 70 percent of my collection is made up of films I hadn't seen prior to purchasing. And lo and behold, I've held on to all but one of 'em! (The DVD in question was Romper Stomper, which was good, but I got the feeling I wouldn't be watching it again.)
    Some of the more notable sight-unseen buys:
    American Pie
    American Movie
    Bad Taste
    Black Narcissus
    Bring It On
    Chicken Run
    The Claim
    Cube
    Def by Temptation
    Donnie Darko
    The Doors Collection
    Fishing with John
    For All Mankind
    Ghost Dog
    Ghost World
    The Limey
    Office Space
    Out of Sight
    Permanent Midnight
    Re-Animator
    Sexy Beast
    The Sopranos: Seasons One and Two
    Sullivan's Travels
    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
    Titus
    Traffik (original UK miniseries)
    Wonder Boys
    And many, many more.
    That's the thing I love most about DVD: they allow me to discover a lot of great films/tv shows/documentaries that I otherwise might have never seen.
     
  18. Scott D S

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    When I bought the Stanley Kubrick Collection (version 2), I hadn't seen Lolita or Barry Lyndon.

    Other that that, the only other DVDs I have purchased without having actually wacthed the program before was Jurassic Park 3 (to finish the collection and get the 4th disc) and Clerks: The Amimated Series (I am a huge Kevin Smith fan).
     

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