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I'm afraid my collection of movies is more substantial. I'm a sick puppy.
The only medium I never collected was VHS. My DVDs, BDs and UHDs surpass 20,000 (according to DVD Profiler). That doesn't include my also very extensive LD collection.
My wife is not very happy.
Have you deleted any of your old DVD or Blu-rays from DVD Profiler?

I have deleted hundreds of DVDs from my DVD Profiler which still leaves me with about 12,000 in my collection.

Also, I did collect VHS and Beta tapes, but never LD's. I never liked the pricing nor the size of them.
 

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I think what bothers me most about the interview with this gentleman, is that he spends $15 - 20 thousand a year on movies. He is way overpaying. I have very few films in my collection that were not bought at a significant discount and I have over 8000 movies and TV series. If I paid MSRP for all my movies, I wouldn't have near the collection that I do.
 

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I think what bothers me most about the interview with this gentleman, is that he spends $15 - 20 thousand a year on movies. He is way overpaying. I have very few films in my collection that were not bought at a significant discount and I have over 8000 movies and TV series. If I paid MSRP for all my movies, I wouldn't have near the collection that I do.
Yeah, I don't think he bargain shops much which just about all of us do here.:)
 

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I think what bothers me most about the interview with this gentleman, is that he spends $15 - 20 thousand a year on movies. He is way overpaying. I have very few films in my collection that were not bought at a significant discount and I have over 8000 movies and TV series. If I paid MSRP for all my movies, I wouldn't have near the collection that I do.

IF he's *only* spending $15-20K/year for 20 years to collect 15K titles, he's probably not usually paying MSRP. That's like $20-25/title. MSRP would be more like $30-40/title -- more in some cases, especially since he seems to like some big boxes o'junk type editions, haha...

He's definitely not bargain hunting though...

Curious how much he spent on his HT room and setup (NVM all the nice storage space) despite only watching ~200 movies in it, LOL...

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For example, personal favourite genres I like are westerns and corporate thrillers (my own term but not sure if this is a known specific genre and if that label is widely used) and genres I am not particularly fond of are musicals and comic book type films to give some examples.
"Corporate thrillers" is a very good term and it's probably your unique creation because I've never heard it before. It does raise one question however: does it refer to thrillers set within a business environment, e.g. The Big Clock or does it means dramas about business e.g. Executive Suite and Margin Call?
 
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I think what bothers me most about the interview with this gentleman, is that he spends $15 - 20 thousand a year on movies. He is way overpaying. I have very few films in my collection that were not bought at a significant discount and I have over 8000 movies and TV series. If I paid MSRP for all my movies, I wouldn't have near the collection that I do.

Yes.

I have been buying brand new and sealed Blu Ray discs from very small independent sellers on Ebay for what I think absolute bargain prices the last couple of years. They are practically giving them away. You can find from time to time auction buys on new and sealed movies for bargains too.

I only buy 4k UHD discs from major retailers which to my surprise are actually cheaper than Ebay sellers.

Who'd have thought it?
 

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Have you deleted any of your old DVD or Blu-rays from DVD Profiler?

I have deleted hundreds of DVDs from my DVD Profiler which still leaves me with about 12,000 in my collection.

Also, I did collect VHS and Beta tapes, but never LD's. I never liked the pricing nor the size of them.

I probably had around 100 to 200 VHS films and perhaps the same amount of DVD movies too but cleared them all out over 10 years ago now and I regret it. Had a few HD DVD titles too along with a Toshiba HD DVD player and also some Superbit DVDs as well.

It would be nice if I still had them just from a nostalgia perspective. It's kind of like having your own mini museum of movie history.

I also regret throwing away record players and old Hi-Fis etc.

Since last year I have made a vow not to throw anything away from now on in relation to electronic gadgets etc.

I will be keeping all media players and TVs until they break and even then I might still keep them.
 

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"Corporate thrillers" is a very good term and it's probably your unique creation because I've never heard it before. It does raise one question however: does it refer to thrillers set within a business environment, e.g. The Big Clock or does it means dramas about business e.g. Executive Suite and Margin Call?

Good question. I've always thought I have subconsciously read the genre terminology somewhere like in a review or something and just not realized it.

Like all genre's you are going to get cross pollination and nothing is black and white.

But I will give you a personal list of brilliant movies what I determine are "Corporate Thrillers".

Syriana, Michael Clayton, The Insider, The International (under rated in my opinion), The Firm (average movie) and yes Margin Call and The Big Clock would be in that genre too and they are both very good movies.

I have never heard of Executive Suite so cannot comment on that movie. Had a quick look on IMDB and it looks like that genre type of film. I will put that on my "to watch" list.
 

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IF he's *only* spending $15-20K/year for 20 years to collect 15K titles, he's probably not usually paying MSRP. That's like $20-25/title. MSRP would be more like $30-40/title -- more in some cases, especially since he seems to like some big boxes o'junk type editions, haha...

He's definitely not bargain hunting though...

Curious how much he spent on his HT room and setup (NVM all the nice storage space) despite only watching ~200 movies in it, LOL...

_Man_

People with as much money as him never do bargain hunt.

You can't paint all wealthy people with the same brush but many of them are pretty stupid when it comes to things like investing and saving money etc.

I think you would be surprised at how lazy and ignorant some are. I have seen a few funny stories about some of them.

It's why you see investment banks like Goldman Sachs setting up a a new business arm for Bitcoin investment. It allows all the wealthy people to get exposure in the space without having to do the dirty work of learning how to make the purchases independently.

Obviously Goldman Sachs will take them to the cleaners and charge them extortionate rates for the privilege of providing the service.

Rich people are too busy doing nothing and living a life of leisure to worry about the nitty gritty of saving money etc.

Funny enough I only watched a movie called The Exterminating Angel last night directed by Luis Bunuel.

An hilarious representation of the rich people I describe here. Really liked that one.

Obviously that guy in the video is probably not super rich or anything but he certainly is not on the bread line and can probably lend a bob or two to friends.
 

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Since last year I have made a vow not to throw anything away from now on in relation to electronic gadgets etc.

I will be keeping all media players and TVs until they break and even then I might still keep them.

The space they'd take up though...

I'm not quick to get rid of old gear/stuff either, but I did finally get rid of all the (few) CRTs we still had in the house during our recent reno work, including a 25-plus-yo Panny 19/20" from when we first got married and a hefty, 22-plus-yo Toshiba 32" that was our first foray into "hometheater" during the early days of DVD (before we eventually went RPTV... and now, FP) -- I hadn't tested them out in ages, but they probably both still work... although I remember the Toshiba became a little flakey thru its TV antenna coax input.

No way we'd be able to keep our big Panny CRT RPTV around when we upgraded to a much slimmer Samsung LED-lit DLP one during the early days of Blu-ray (towards the end of the HD format war) -- we gave the then 6-plus-yo(?) Panny to my sister-in-law's brother... although we only recently threw out that Samsung despite it remaining essentially unused for the last several years (due in part to increasing issues/flakiness on top of our upgrade to FP)...

I still have most of my old (primarily) audio gear though, but will probably need to ditch some before long...

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The space they'd take up though...

I'm not quick to get rid of old gear/stuff either, but I did finally get rid of all the (few) CRTs we still had in the house during our recent reno work, including a 25-plus-yo Panny 19/20" from when we first got married and a hefty, 22-plus-yo Toshiba 32" that was our first foray into "hometheater" during the early days of DVD (before we eventually went RPTV... and now, FP) -- I hadn't tested them out in ages, but they probably both still work... although I remember the Toshiba became a little flakey thru its TV antenna coax input.

No way we'd be able to keep our big Panny CRT RPTV around when we upgraded to a much slimmer Samsung LED-lit DLP one during the early days of Blu-ray (towards the end of the HD format war) -- we gave the then 6-plus-yo(?) Panny to my sister-in-law's brother... although we only recently threw out that Samsung despite it remaining essentially unused for the last several years (due in part to increasing issues/flakiness on top of our upgrade to FP)...

I still have most of my old (primarily) audio gear though, but will probably need to ditch some before long...

_Man_

Yes.

Space will play a major part in making a decision on the matter.
 

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You can't paint all wealthy people with the same brush but many of them are pretty stupid when it comes to things like investing and saving money etc.

I think you would be surprised at how lazy and ignorant some are. I have seen a few funny stories about some of them.
That reminded me of something that I saw at a baseball game. We were in an all inclusive area at Busch Stadium for my 50th birthday. It was the Champions Club, if I recall correctly and was quite expensive. It was one of the all inclusive areas with buffet and carving stations and a dessert bar. Not as expensive as the green seats behind home plate, but close. With that you not only had the club area but a seat outside under the overhang. One of the people from our section kept buying beer from the vendor in the next section over because he was too lazy to get up and walk inside to get beer that he'd already paid for. I wish I had that kind of money.
 

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I have never heard of Executive Suite so cannot comment on that movie. Had a quick look on IMDB and it looks like that genre type of film. I will put that on my "to watch" list.
It's a very good film as you would expect with a screenplay by one of the best screen writers ever, helmed by one of the best directors ever and with one of the best casts ever!
 

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I think what bothers me most about the interview with this gentleman, is that he spends $15 - 20 thousand a year on movies. He is way overpaying. I have very few films in my collection that were not bought at a significant discount and I have over 8000 movies and TV series. If I paid MSRP for all my movies, I wouldn't have near the collection that I do.

The problem with bargain hunting is that it doesn't properly support either the retailer or the manufacturers and leads to an unsustainable business model. If no one ever pays full retail, the films and the shops won't be there in the future.

And, yes, I've bought plenty of bargains over the years and even built up a huge collection of VHS tapes from charity shops at 20p a time. If I find the odd deal, great but I'm not really looking for them. If I want the film, I buy it.
 

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The problem with bargain hunting is that it doesn't properly support either the retailer or the manufacturers and leads to an unsustainable business model. If no one ever pays full retail, the films and the shops won't be there in the future.

And, yes, I've bought plenty of bargains over the years and even built up a huge collection of VHS tapes from charity shops at 20p a time. If I find the odd deal, great but I'm not really looking for them. If I want the film, I buy it.

Not necessarily.

Competition prevents the big retailers from fleecing the public as they would be In a position to charge extortionate prices.

I am going to make a presumption and assume the disc label sellers such as Kino and Shout Factory and the rest sell their products to all retailers at the same prices or similar prices.

They still get their revenue regardless.

There maybe an argument that if there are no big retailers then a mass market may not be reached.
 

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At the height of my Blu-Ray collection, I probably had at least 1,000 discs, that included TV seasons and the like. After having a majority of the collection spend at least five years in storage and not missing a good chunk of them, I sold off or donated at least half, if not more of my collection and haven’t yet felt the need to reacquire any of the discs I‘ve sold off.
 

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I had about 240 DVD until I moved. Now I have about 100 since I moved and left some of my stuff alt my old place. my blu ray collection is growing again and in 4 month have about 100. I always found with a physical collection I can watch the movie anytime I want
 

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As my already large collection of Blu-rays grows, my collection of superseded DVDs also grows. I currently have a pile of DVDs to dispose of. I’ve tried second-hand shops, ebay and the web-based Gumtree – no results! I’ve offered them to friends and family – no-one wants them. The younger generation in particular is not interested.

Some-one on this thread said that they should increase in value over a long time. I think not. Larger and larger TV screens merely highlight the picture-quality deficiencies of DVDs. (Maybe a few rare Blu-rays could increase in value, but I suspect that the ridiculous prices being asked for some on ebay are not being realised.)

My old DVDs are thus headed for a charity shop.
 

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It's also possible that your local library system may have use for the old DVD's, since some libraries have DVD (and even Blu) collections that people can check out. I've donated some of my old DVD's/CD's that I don't want to the library - and they're always happy to get them.
 
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As my already large collection of Blu-rays grows, my collection of superseded DVDs also grows. I currently have a pile of DVDs to dispose of. I’ve tried second-hand shops, ebay and the web-based Gumtree – no results! I’ve offered them to friends and family – no-one wants them. The younger generation in particular is not interested.

Some-one on this thread said that they should increase in value over a long time. I think not. Larger and larger TV screens merely highlight the picture-quality deficiencies of DVDs. (Maybe a few rare Blu-rays could increase in value, but I suspect that the ridiculous prices being asked for some on ebay are not being realised.)

My old DVDs are thus headed for a charity shop.
I still put the DVDs in disc envelopes, and store them in the Blu ray cases if the Blu ray didn’t come with one. I throw out the paper cover and keep the cases to store home made DVDs.
 

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