- May 22, 1999
- Real Name
I too take pleasure in knowing I have shelves of films that can be watched at a whim.
I also recently culled some discs that I know I won't watch again. Trying to get ruthless with what films I decide to let go as I only want films in my collection that I know I am going to watch again and enjoy. Most of my recent cull were generally blind purchases and predominantly modern films say post 2000 with a few exceptions.
It's not easy though. I don't want to let go of a film and then later in life to realize it was a very good film that needs a rewatch only to find that movie is expensive to repurchase. That would annoy me.
Perhaps irrational I know. I have watched many films that are artistically brilliant and profound but I have no desire to watch them again as they were just not entertaining enough or maybe too depressing a subject to look at again.
Those types of films get culled but there are grey areas.
Once I have in my collection all the films I wish to have I am hoping it will be a lean choice of films without any that will never be watched again.
It is an ongoing process and always a complex one as my tastes in some types of movies change over time.
Paradoxically it does annoy me when I am looking through my collection and unsure what I want to watch due to way too much choice. That's why I think it is important to remove films from my collection that won't get a rewatch. I can imagine many on here with the same problem and probably to an extreme degree too.
When my collection gets close to fulfilment I will probably get a monthly streaming deal with Amazon or something and use it to watch new films and others that perhaps I was not sure about or not too enthusiastic about to purchase on disc.
I generally don't go out of my comfort zone when purchasing discs and buy films that I obviously think are going to be good and worth keeping. Genres I don't like I won't buy etc.
However, with streaming I would probably broaden my horizons.
One problem with trying to cut back on Blu-rays on the shelves is: they're worth almost nothing on the secondary market. Anything we don't think we'll rewatch will meet with the same reaction when listed on eBay. You might get $2.99 for most of the overstocked titles. Maybe. And if you offer free shipping, you have just given your disc away (add eBay and PayPal fees and the time it took to list it, and you actually lose money!). Might as well donate them to charity or family members who are still looking to expand their collectons.
I remember the days when Bullmoose would give me $4.00 apiece for used CD's...virtually any that I brought in. Then they expanded, and opened a warehouse, connecting all the stores to a single database. Prices offered for used merchandise suddenly plummeted as they looked at how many copies of a given title were available chain-wide. Plus, retail prices on Blu-rays has dipped a lot, after maybe just a month or so. You can't get much now, unless you have out of print titles.