I don't even bother doing this anymore for most recent/current films.But most movies I tend to only watch once, so a rental is fine.
If you don't want to own any movies any longer, isn't it strange to participate in a thread just for that purpose?I don't even bother doing this anymore for most recent/current films.
I can wait for such stuff to show up on basic cable or even network tv. It may not be "fresh" anymore two+ years later, but now I can see the actual film without any then-current hype from media coverage.
In the end for most stuff I wait 2+ years to watch in this manner, it turns out they were largely mediocre or outright crap. Not even a worthwhile $5 (or less) dump bin impulse buy bluray.
Good luck with that. I don't think those places even exist anymore (even online rental services like LoveFilm are gone).Now that I'm into collecting 4k movies, I have no intention of taking them to a movie rental place for credit.
That's interesting. The opposite seems to have happened in Canada, where unlimited plans are far more common and less expensive than they were a few years ago.As I mentioned, I'm still primarily a physical media purchaser. But I do have a Netflix and HBO Max (through my phone provider) subscription. It seems that Charter (Spectrum) which is my cable and ISP company, is now looking to increase data fees for streaming services:
For those who rely primarily on streaming, this would be an unwelcome development.
That is why the "cut the cord" gambit will only be short lived. The cable companies own the river and can dam it and charge for the stream any time they desire. Less revenue from programs will result in higher fees for internet at some point in the future.What's infuriating about the Charter move is that when they were lobbying the FCC years ago, before the current Chairman was the Chair (google Ajit Pai if you aren't familiar with him and the beef that many people who support internet access and freedoms feel about him) is that they specifically cited their lack of data caps when they were attempting to acquire Time Warner and were being scrutinized over the acquisition.
Now that they have successfully acquired it, they're reversing field, and Pai is much more friendly to their request (he was in the dissenting camp back then) so this seems likely to go through.
I just love physical media and always have. About 50 years ago a friend was visiting and he marveled at my collection of soundtrack albums. He told me that he thought I would like to own the films for every album in my collection. I laughed and said that could never happen. Little did I know what was coming. Starting in the mid 1970s I began recording movies on videocassettes and also buying them. I’ve been hooked ever since. I always prided myself on having an almost state of the art audio-video system (even tried quadraphonic sound). Then came Laserdiscs, DVD and blu-ray and presently 4K. Of course, now everyone is into streaming. I can’t complain, me too. During the current pandemic and the lockdown streaming was a blessing. I was caught in my annual winter months in Florida, so I didn’t have my extensive collection handy. Now I’m looking forward to going back to NY (LI) and my wonderful physical media collection. There’s something about the mail arriving with a new movie. The special editions of GWTW, Ben-Hur, The 10 Commandments, the Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, and Scarface are proudly displayed around my home theatre. When friends come to visit it is such fun to have them pick out a movie to watch. As the collection grows, space to house it diminishes. 2 disc blu-ray cases are used to put sequels (i.e. The Robe, Demetrius & the Gladiators) together. Re-sorting movies by series (Superman, Marvel), release companies (Criterion, Twilight Time), best picture oscar winners, also help out. So there you have it: it’s a hobby and an expensive one, but such fun. A 10 year old member of the family was visiting about 10 years ago and asked me innocently: who’s going to get your collection when you die? I said, as a matter of fact: you!In the early days of the Home Theater Forum, moderator Robert A. Fowkes (RAF) posted an essay entitled "Why Do I Own So Many Movies?
It's hard to believe, but that essay was written more than 25-years-ago...in 1992! But a lot of the ideas contained within are still valid for many HTF members today. It was written by Doug Pratt in the introduction to The Laser Video Disc Companion.
As RAF himself noted: "Even though it was written in pre-DVD days, it applies to this format as well and is as relevant as ever."
So let's talk about our collections and why having these movies is so important to us.
Note of warning. This is NOT a thread about physical media vs. streaming vs. digital ownership. Any posts that start to take the thread in that direction will be edited/removed.
This IS a thread about why we love the movies so much and why we want to have them in our personal collections.
HERE is the essay...including RAF's remarks about why he so often referred to it. Maybe you'd like to give some more contemporary examples of certain movies (or performances) that are important to you...and which are "must haves" in your own collection.
Or maybe you've had to answer that very question "How can you have so many videodiscs?!?" when posed by a member of your own family (maybe even your own spouse!) or a friend.
What's YOUR answer?
I found a copy of the soundtrack for Five Easy Pieces in a record store recently and one of the things that struck me about it is that it seemed to be comprised of the Tammy Wynette songs that are featured in the film, the classical piano pieces and key dialogue moments from the film as though it was intended to re-create the film experience for those who wanted a permanent copy before home video existed.I just love physical media and always have. About 50 years ago a friend was visiting and he marveled at my collection of soundtrack albums. He told me that he thought I would like to own the films for every album in my collection.