We have wish lists, but what’s on your dump list?

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I’m not going as far as to Marie Kondo-ize my physical media collection, but as I’ve been confronted with the realities of limited time and limited storage space, the truth is there are items in my collection that do not “spark joy” (insert latest Kondo punchline here) and that must give up their spots for new purchases that do.

Right now my strategy is that the titles that I don’t have strong feelings about AND that take up needed physical space are the first to go. Like the single seasons (usually season 1) of a TV show I never watched, packaged in a space-consuming digipack. Although generally speaking, I tend to have more attachment to TV shows than I do feature films.

So what’s on your dump list? I may update this later with highlights of what I’ve recently purged.

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  1. I can't give you a list, but I regularly have a turf-out of films that I can't see me watching again. I'm quite happy with older films, say, up to 1980, even if I doubt I'll watch them again, it's very satisfying to own them, but any newer films that I don't think I'll watch again gets the heave-ho. I should be doing that with CDs as well, I'll get round to it one day.

  2. I've hit upon the same realization with my collection. Every few years, I wind up with mission drift. My collection was started, when I was a kid with a VCR, so that I could have access to the films and shows that mattered most to me at my convenience. Over the years, with each new format, I've started out being very precious about what I was willing to buy when the format was new, but then letting the floodgates fly open for purchases once the deals started rolling out. I've added two new shelves over the past two or three years, and to me, that's insane – because my existing shelves had managed to hold my collection just fine for well over a decade. So the fact that my collection expanded so much in recent years did seem a little alarming when I looked closer.

    I found a few areas where I had lots of superfluous titles:

    1) I worked at a Blockbuster in 2004-2005, and during that time, I was also finishing up film school. I purchased many previously viewed discs either because they were ridiculously cheap given the combination of sale pricing and employee discounts, or because I thought that they would be useful to reference for class projects. Here we are 15 years later, and most of these discs haven't been touched since. They served their purpose when I got them, but they hold little value to me now. If I wanted to watch one of these movies, I'd probably seek out an HD version before I'd watch an old (sometimes non-anamorphic) DVD version.

    2) The Tyranny of Box Sets. Around the same time I was working at Blockbuster, some movies I long wanted on DVD started being released, and there were several occasions where it was about the same price to buy a box set that included the couple of movies I did want and a few other titles I was unfamiliar with as it was to buy just the titles I wanted. It seemed like a no-brainer in those cases to just get the box set. The problems came later, when years would go by without me even being interested in checking out those other titles, or maybe I did watch them once and didn't enjoy them. But I felt weird about getting rid of a title I had in the collection. Then, when Blu-ray came out, I felt obligated to upgrade all of the titles in those box sets to HD before I could get rid of them, because I didn't want to lose films out of my collection. It's only in hindsight that I've realized how profoundly stupid it was to buy additional copies of a movie I didn't enjoy or want to own in the first place.

    3) More recent blind buys where good discounts made it cheaper to buy the disc than rent the title digitally. Whether it was those Warner-TCM four packs onsale for under $10, or Blu-ray double feature combos, or discs on clearance at $4.99 or less, I wound up with a bunch of movies where it was cheaper or easier to buy than to rent. But I had no intention of making a lifetime commitment to these titles, I just wanted to see them. For the ones I really enjoyed, it's a no-brainer to keep them around, but for the ones I didn't, it's time to let them go.

    4) Extra 3D titles. I truly love the 3D format and will see just about anything released in 3D at least once. But there have been some 3D movies where it was easier to buy the disc than to try to rent it, and even though I didn't enjoy the movie at all, I felt I could justify hanging on to it as part of my 3D collection. Here's the thing: no one is going to come over, look at my shelf of 3D titles, and pat me on the back for having such a large collection of 3D discs. I had just picked up the remake of Point Break in 3D, watched it, and didn't like it. The 3D quality was great, but I was so incredibly bored watching the movie. I decided not to add it to my shelf and post it for sale here on HTF instead (still available guys!). But that really got me thinking, that I had at least a small handful of similar 3D titles where I didn't like the movie and wouldn't watch it again. Time to let those go.

    In short, I'm trying to bring my collection back in line with the original goal – to have titles that I enjoyed and want to revisit. I don't need my collection to simply be a giant pile of every movie I've ever seen. And I'm appreciating looking at my shelves now and seeing them filled with titles that all hold meaning to me, instead of a schizophrenic shelf half filled with important titles and half filled with cheap junk.

  3. I’ve slowly been getting rid of titles I’ll never watch again, mostly post 1980s stuff. For some reason, even titles that I know i won’t revisit I’ll keep if they are pre 1980s. I guess I figure that the odds are low that the early stuff won’t ever be easily found streaming as opposed to the newer films. That’s on the rare instance I decide to watch it again. I have my core collection I revisit often and those will never go. Like Josh I have some box sets on dvd that have one or two titles I really enjoy but could care less about the others. Others I enjoy the box set on dvd but only one film has been upgraded to Blu-ray (such as colossus of Rhodes) so I have a duplicate of it on dvd along with land of the pharaohs and the prodigal). It’s a tough dilemma.

  4. I've been using an app to keep track of what I own and how often each disc is watched, and I've had that app since about 2012. Before then, I had a list that I'd keep in a word processor, and I even participated in some very old school HTF "track the movies you watch" threads. So when I got that app in 2012ish, I migrated as much of the data as I could into the app. This makes it sounds enormously high tech and cool, but really, just me doing data entry while watching TV in the background.

    The interesting thing about having all of that data in front of me is that I can use the app to sort titles by when they were last watched. When I did that recently, that's when I first realized that the bulk of my unwatched (or rarely watched) discs were DVDs picked up during my Blockbuster days. It's the kind of thing I might not have noticed otherwise because they're mixed in with everything else alphabetically, and many of them were either popular films or critically acclaimed films, so it's nothing that would give me pause as I passed by it on the shelf. But not having touched a disc for 15 years is probably a good sign that it can safely go.

    I'm also getting rid of anything I bought to "make a statement." It sounds silly now, but 15-20 years ago, physical media occupied a much more prominent space culturally, and there were albums and films that people would buy not necessarily to watch over and over, but because having them on their shelves reflected supporting a certain idea or belief or genre or whatever. I can't say I regret those purchases, because I probably did watch them once, and those discs did spawn a lot of conversation in college and immediately afterwards. But in 2019, people are not coming over to my house to browse my collection and talk about it, so those "statement" choices that haven't been watched in over a decade can go.

  5. I very rarely buy something I won't watch repeatedly, and most of my viewing is re-watching discs I've sampled several times before.

    I did make a big mistake in buying the Twilight Time disc of Body Double: one viewing and I gave that away. (Great disc; lousy movie) I have a few films in my collection I didn't enjoy: De Sade which I bought because I like Senta Berger; I Walk The Line which I bought because it's John Frankenheimer and Gregory Peck and I'm still puzzled that I can't get on with the film: The Red Tent because it has Claudia Cardinale and Sean Connery; and the biggest mystery of all The Blackboard Jungle which I used to enjoy and now find a chore to sit through.

    I going to make myself watch them all again to see if I want to keep them, but if not: out they will go!

  6. I haven't cleared out any unwanted discs in years. But I think my upcoming Spring Cleaning Massacre will include the following:

    Mirrormask
    Southland Tales
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Eragon
    Grand Prix.

    I also have to dump a lot of vhs and dvd titles that I upgraded to blu long ago.

  7. Southland Tales is actually an example of a title that I'd be inclined to keep – I really liked it, it's weird and wacky and not something that I'd revisit often, but I like having it around. But I realize there's a very tiny group of people who actually like that movie, and I don't begrudge anyone for not feeling a need to hold on to it.

    I've also gotten rid of some Twilight Time stuff I picked up prior to becoming an official reviewer. They were mostly blind buys, and my reaction to a lot of them was that the discs themselves were beautifully designed and packaged, but that the actual movies didn't interest me as much. I think that was just a relic of a time when TT ran sales so infrequently that it seemed worth it to jump on every single one.

  8. Josh Steinberg

    I'm also getting rid of anything I bought to "make a statement." It sounds silly now, but 15-20 years ago, physical media occupied a much more prominent space culturally, and there were albums and films that people would buy not necessarily to watch over and over, but because having them on their shelves reflected supporting a certain idea or belief or genre or whatever. I can't say I regret those purchases, because I probably did watch them once, and those discs did spawn a lot of conversation in college and immediately afterwards. But in 2019, people are not coming over to my house to browse my collection and talk about it, so those "statement" choices that haven't been watched in over a decade can go.

    Yes, that hit the spot! Visitors don't even notice shelves of discs these days (video & CDs), it's just me, so any posh title (Federico Fellini ect.) I bought to make my collection look good, is a waste as I'm the only one who sees it. And as I get older, 70 next year (I can't quite believe it, I'm still in jeans & T-shirt & listening to Steely Dan), visitors are getting a bit thin on the ground.

  9. Josh Steinberg

    I've been using an app to keep track of what I own and how often each disc is watched, and I've had that app since about 2012. Before then, I had a list that I'd keep in a word processor, and I even participated in some very old school HTF "track the movies you watch" threads. So when I got that app in 2012ish, I migrated as much of the data as I could into the app. This makes it sounds enormously high tech and cool, but really, just me doing data entry while watching TV in the background.

    Is there a particular app that you recommend Josh?
    Thanks in advance

  10. Josh Steinberg

    I've been using an app to keep track of what I own and how often each disc is watched, and I've had that app since about 2012. Before then, I had a list that I'd keep in a word processor, and I even participated in some very old school HTF "track the movies you watch" threads. So when I got that app in 2012ish, I migrated as much of the data as I could into the app. This makes it sounds enormously high tech and cool, but really, just me doing data entry while watching TV in the background.

    The interesting thing about having all of that data in front of me is that I can use the app to sort titles by when they were last watched. When I did that recently, that's when I first realized that the bulk of my unwatched (or rarely watched) discs were DVDs picked up during my Blockbuster days. It's the kind of thing I might not have noticed otherwise because they're mixed in with everything else alphabetically, and many of them were either popular films or critically acclaimed films, so it's nothing that would give me pause as I passed by it on the shelf. But not having touched a disc for 15 years is probably a good sign that it can safely go.

    I'm also getting rid of anything I bought to "make a statement." It sounds silly now, but 15-20 years ago, physical media occupied a much more prominent space culturally, and there were albums and films that people would buy not necessarily to watch over and over, but because having them on their shelves reflected supporting a certain idea or belief or genre or whatever. I can't say I regret those purchases, because I probably did watch them once, and those discs did spawn a lot of conversation in college and immediately afterwards. But in 2019, people are not coming over to my house to browse my collection and talk about it, so those "statement" choices that haven't been watched in over a decade can go.

    What app do you use to keep track of your stuff?
    Is it available for a smart phone? That’s a good idea to have a database of a collection in this manner.

  11. At the moment I have maybe 350 discs on a shelf. This, after donating almost 200 over the years. I have no specific dump list, but it's easy to weed those that are doubtful repeat viewings, and this includes former favorites. Some movies I've just seen enough of after multiple viewings, or have outgrown one way or another. It's an odd feeling to revisit a supposed favorite after a ten or twenty year lapse, and no longer have any attachment for.

    :wacko:

  12. Billy Batson

    Yes, that hit the spot! Visitors don't even notice shelves of discs these days (video & CDs), it's just me, so any posh title (Federico Fellini ect.) I bought to make my collection look good, is a waste as I'm the only one who sees it. And as I get older, 70 next year (I can't quite believe it, I'm still in jeans & T-shirt & listening to Steely Dan), visitors are getting a bit thin on the ground.

    Listen, when all your friends have died, you are going to take great pleasure in your stack of Fellini and Antonioni discs. I look guiltily at my still shrink-wrapped titles and think that I'll eventually get round to seeing them when I'm bedridden and infirm and no longer have any friends left. At the moment, it's simply hopeless trying to put on L'Avventura, when all they want to see is Mary Poppins Returns in 4K!View attachment 56924

  13. Josh Steinberg

    I'm also getting rid of anything I bought to "make a statement." It sounds silly now, but 15-20 years ago, physical media occupied a much more prominent space culturally, and there were albums and films that people would buy not necessarily to watch over and over, but because having them on their shelves reflected supporting a certain idea or belief or genre or whatever. I can't say I regret those purchases, because I probably did watch them once, and those discs did spawn a lot of conversation in college and immediately afterwards. But in 2019, people are not coming over to my house to browse my collection and talk about it, so those "statement" choices that haven't been watched in over a decade can go.

    Funny how much alike I am with my collection. I probably should purge quite a few of my Criterion collection because of that aspect. I blind bought quite a few of them and while I enjoyed most of them a lot of them I probably won't ever watch again… I did the same thing with books for awhile, I bought quite a few of the Loeb Classical Library (the red for Latin and green for Greek) books for my bookcase. I think I read about 3 of the 20 or so I have… haha

  14. Paring down several styles or groups. Already got rid of all the Disney Treasures. Got caught up collecting those in early days of DVD mainly because we didn't have many choices. Good stuff to revisit from time to time, but not something I want forever (anymore).

    Getting rid of Loony Tunes collections. Hilarious shorts! But the DVD format makes for a huge hassle – you have to suffer through an idiotic lecture and "warning" from whoopee G. each and every time you just want to watch a 3:00 minute cartoon. The "warning" needs a warning.

    Tired of watching CGI spectacles, let alone owning them. Bought Ready Player One on 4k Blu-ray as a blind buy. Half way through it, I was ready for it to be over. How many more special effect films do I need to watch especially when it's just another quest where the hero has to find 3, 4 or more rings, stones, coins, sages, wizards, swords, etc., and then face a 30:00 minute CGI fight finale. Man, I'm sick of that kind of movie!

  15. AshJW

    I don't have a dump list.
    If I have something to dump, I dump.

    This.

    But also, more and more I question whether I need a collection at all. Mine is relatively small compared to most people here (I don't know the number, but it's under 500). Collectors often talk about the comfort of knowing they can, at any time, pull a title off the shelf and watch it. And yet how often does that actually happen? For me… once, maybe twice a year. And that's always just because it's something I want to show my wife (who usually isn't all that interested anyway). Do I love the movies (and TV shows) I own? Absolutely, yes. But the reality is there just isn't time. The only time I rewatch a movie is when there's a new Blu-Ray release. Then I watch it once and it goes on the shelf to collect dust with the others. And even though I do enjoy that viewing, it feels like an obligation. I'd rather spend my (increasingly rare) free time watching something new. So why am I bothering to buy movies I've seen before? There's this fantasy of "oh, when I'm retired and my son is grown I can just watch my favorite movies whenever I want". But I don't think that will actually be the case. There's always interesting and enjoyable new content to watch.

    It's more of an identity thing than for any practical purpose. And yeah, no one is coming over to admire my collection or getting to know me from my taste in media. On the other hand, it's not taking up a huge amount of space and I don't spend that much money on it, so what does it hurt?

    Oof, sorry for this rambling post.

  16. I am really digging this thread.

    We've had any number of similar threads on the forum over the years, but this one seems to be bringing out a lot of honesty in members about their motivations of film collecting and the number of titles on their shelves.

    I have agreed with so many of the posts so far. I have plans to re-organize my collection this spring and prune dozens of titles, (I now realize there are MANY titles I will never rewatch.) I also have grown weary of "CGI spectacles."

    I LOVE this:

    David Deeb

    How many more special effect films do I need to watch especially when it's just another quest where the hero has to find 3, 4 or more rings, stones, coins, sages, wizards, swords, etc., and then face a 30:00 minute CGI fight finale. Man, I'm sick of that kind of movie!

    I would also LOVE to see a resurgence in the Classified section of the forum. Back in the early days of the forum I used to maintain what was known as the "Good Trader's List." It was basically a way for HTF members to give a "like" to other members when successfully selling/trading/buying discs and compiling them into a directory so that one needn't worry about the other's reputation. But there hasn't been much call/need for anything like that any more. Once my pruning is underway, I expect to have a number of titles to offer up.

    But I don't really have a "dump list" (as the OP put it). But there is one title that keeps staring back at me as I contemplate this upcoming cleansing. And that's Moonlight. I like the idea of having as many of the Best Picture winners in my collection as possible…yet that's a title I really don't think I'll ever want to watch again. I want to keep it. But I really want to cleanse. And sadly, I think there'll be a number of similar tough choices ahead when I seriously get into the task.

  17. Martin_Teller

    . . . . Collectors often talk about the comfort of knowing they can, at any time, pull a title off the shelf and watch it. And yet how often does that actually happen? For me… once, maybe twice a year.

    For me: about five times a week! That's why I've built up a collection!

  18. For those who asked about the app: I use a program called MyMovies. I use it on iPhone but I think it’s available on other platforms too.

    One of the cool things about it is that it’ll give you a link to your collection viewable on a web browser – so you can always send a link to a friend if they want to borrow something and want to browse what you have.

  19. Highlights of what I'm purging (for now), and why:

    Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volumes 1 and 2 – Never got to collecting the other four DVD volumes and I have the Platinum Collection Blu-rays. I'm not a completist about the Looney Tunes cartoons, so these are easy removals to save space / make room.

    Justified Seasons 1 and 2 – Heard good things about the series, but haven't gotten to watching it. The series is available on Amazon Prime, so I'll opt for streaming if I want to start.

    The rest are basically DVDs that got upgraded to Blu-ray (e.g. Miller's Crossing) or older Blu-rays that got upgraded to 4K Blu-ray (e.g. the Rambo trilogy).

    I should mention that I store my collection like a comic book collector, in white cardboard boxes. There are 35 of these boxes in my closet, seven stacks of five. I basically told myself the collection must fit into these boxes. "If it doesn't fit, I must do away with."

    Though the wrench in the works are the big box sets I bought in the early days of collecting or got when I was reviewing. They have to be stored differently and elsewhere.

    There's this fantasy of "oh, when I'm retired and my son is grown I can just watch my favorite movies whenever I want". But I don't think that will actually be the case. There's always interesting and enjoyable new content to watch.

    It's more of an identity thing than for any practical purpose. And yeah, no one is coming over to admire my collection or getting to know me from my taste in media. On the other hand, it's not taking up a huge amount of space and I don't spend that much money on it, so what does it hurt?

    I have the same thoughts. For now I'm still nursing the fantasy of having the time to watch everything after my kids are grown or I'm the only man left on the planet. I just hope I don't break my glasses.

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  20. I stand by my statement that watching a movie even once in the comfort of your home is worth the price of the disc. So I don't really have any guilt "dumping" discs to my local Goodwill. I still have 3,000 + movies, but realize that I really only want to keep about half that…maybe much less. Dumping DVD titles that upgraded to BD is easy, but now comes the part of dumping the films I don't need, or want to revisit.

  21. Cameron Yee

    "If it doesn't fit, I must do away with."

    :laugh:

    Cameron Yee

    For now I'm still nursing the fantasy of having the time to watch everything after my kids are grown or I'm the only man left on the planet.

    I have a major lifestyle change presently coming upon me: semi-retirement. Will I have more time to plow through my backlog of unwatched titles? I should soon know the answer.

    Bryan^H

    I stand by my statement that watching a movie even once in the comfort of your home is worth the price of the disc.

    That's very true. I completely agree. I've even convinced my wife of the truth of that statement! :banana: It's the unwatched titles that skew the results. So I'm really hoping to watch more–soon!

  22. Pretty much any film that won one of the top five Oscars over the past fifteen years or so, as well as any that
    were extremely popular. If I want to watch one of those titles again, the library will have a copy. It's the oldies,
    the lesser known classics and the hard-to-find ones that I'm hanging onto. (Okay, so there are a few in those
    categories where the Blu-Ray replacement is so spectacular I will hang on to it. Always exceptions …)

  23. I "dump" stuff when I run out of shelf space. Dumping for me means putting it in the basement, because honestly if *I* don't want it, probably nobody does…selling used discs around here is almost pointless, it sure has an extremely low pay rate. [edit: libraries here don't take donated discs (another member here informed me, I had previously tried), they do buy an awful lot though]

    But the other day when I was fruitlessly searching for a disc I knew I had, I did start thinking about a bloody cull. The easiest for me is my Comedy section, many of those are shiny turds, it's not even a matter of taste, they're purely bad. 🙂

    The money is spent. No point deciding if it is/was "worth it" now! Just get a big box, put all the prospective dumpees in it, put the box away, then see if you missed anything after a while. If not, dispose of the box, or just ignore it like I do.

  24. I definitely don't dump as many as I should. With that said, I used to sell or give away quite a few several years back. There were quite a few times, though, that I ended up regretting it because I had a hankering down the road to watch the film/show, no longer had it, and found that it was either out of print and the asking price was higher than I was willing to pay or it simply was difficult to find at all. I'm definitely going to get back into unloading ones that I've either replaced with better copies or that I know I'll never watch again. I ran out of usable shelf space a long time ago and have several plastic bins stuffed with DVD's and BD's in my garage. I'll probably put the more common ones in a yard sale and any that are selling for enough to make it worth the effort, I'll sell on eBay.

    I'm never getting rid of my Walt Disney Treasures sets, though. I made the mistake of selling a couple when I needed money several years ago and have regretted it. There's no way Disney will ever release sets like them again, now that they're all about increasing Quarterly Profits and could care less about, you know, their history as a creative entity.

  25. Josh Steinberg

    If someone told me that I had to get rid of every disc I owned except for one shelf’s worth, the Disney Treasures tins would be on that shelf for me.

    If someone told me that I had to get rid of every disc I owned, I'd put a gun to my head! 🙂 At my age, life wouldn't be worth living!

  26. Brian Kidd

    I'm never getting rid of my Walt Disney Treasures sets, though. I made the mistake of selling a couple when I needed money several years ago and have regretted it. There's no way Disney will ever release sets like them again, now that they're all about increasing Quarterly Profits and could care less about, you know, their history as a creative entity.

    I'm trying to decide what to do with my Treasures, some of which have never been opened. With Disney's upcoming streaming service looming, it will be interesting to see how much of the vault material will be made available. I'm betting most of the animated shorts will be there, at least.

  27. Josh Steinberg

    For those who asked about the app: I use a program called MyMovies. I use it on iPhone but I think it’s available on other platforms too.

    One of the cool things about it is that it’ll give you a link to your collection viewable on a web browser – so you can always send a link to a friend if they want to borrow something and want to browse what you have.

    I've used My Movies for years now. It's available on Windows, MAC OS X and Android. There is also a Windows Server edition, although nowadays I'm not exactly sure why. My Movies was much more practical [for me] when WMC was still supported by Microsoft but it's still a great collection management tool. When I'm out in the world and gleefully considering purchases I always check my online collection to avoid duplicates.

  28. Cameron Yee

    So what's on your dump list? I may update this later with highlights of what I've recently purged.

    I don't have any space limitations so I would like to volunteer as your dump site. :razz:opcorn:
    Seriously though, I just never know when I'll want to re-watch a title. I'll never purposely get rid of a disc unless I have another that is identical.

    Not to derail the thread but that's one of my problems with streaming. It puts others between me and my collection and we may not always agree.

  29. I would say that if I had unlimited space (or at least, if I owned a house), I would be more forgiving about what I held on to. I would keep more marginal titles if I had more space. I’d give more time to unwatched blind buys that have sat on the shelf for a decade untouched.

    I would also be more interested into holding on to titles I didn’t enjoy that much or didn’t think I’d rewatch if the people around me were more interested in physical media. I used to loan out discs all the time 15 years ago, and over the last five, people have stopped asking almost entirely. So the value I saw in keeping something like that in my library has changed due to those external factors.

  30. For the first ten years or so that I was collecting DVDs it was common practice to trade in titles that I didn’t want at a video store, so my DVD collection never got very big. Nowadays I watch more movies on streaming than I do on disc so I only buy blu rays that I anticipate viewing repeatedly. So I screened out my dump list titles over time.

  31. About 3 years ago I did a purge as I just got sick and tired of DVD’s taking up space that I had already upgraded to HD-DVD or in many cases to 1080p blu-ray. While I cut out old duplicates I do not consider my collection to be big enough to cut out titles I do not watch very much. And it is more important to have a physical copy with a superior audio track that doesn’t require a internet connection so for now I will only be adding movies not dumping anything. Granted that may change in the future when space gets more confined as I get older but for now I mostly have titles I want to watch over and over again. The only titles that will end up on my dump list are those that end up getting a standard blu-ray release or upgrade to 4K UHD blu-ray. And especially dvd titles that have dolby digital tracks will get cut from the collection, unless they are really old movies that may not ever see anything above a DVD release. And for now I do not see any physical disc being replaced with digital streaming as if I am not willing to loose content because of legal issues I can not control or loss of internet connection.

  32. About 3 years ago I did a purge as I just got sick and tired of DVD’s taking up space that I had already upgraded to HD-DVD or in many cases to 1080p blu-ray. While I cut out old duplicates I do not consider my collection to be big enough to cut out titles I do not watch very much. And it is more important to have a physical copy with a superior audio track that doesn’t require a internet connection so for now I will only be adding movies not dumping anything. Granted that may change in the future when space gets more confined as I get older but for now I mostly have titles I want to watch over and over again. The only titles that will end up on my dump list are those that end up getting a standard blu-ray release or upgrade to 4K UHD blu-ray. And especially dvd titles that have dolby digital tracks will get cut from the collection, unless they are really old movies that may not ever see anything above a DVD release. And for now I do not see any physical disc being replaced with digital streaming as if I am not willing to loose content because of legal issues I can not control or loss of internet connection. If the internet goes out or I loose my job I can always walk to my shelf and pick up that disc and watch anything in my library and no studio or director can change the version online and take away the original from me.

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  33. I dont purge too often. I enjoy collecting and owning. And im looking forward to retiring in 15-20 years and being able to spend most of my free time rewatching my collection, much like Crawdaddy does these days.

    Occasionally a blind buy doesnt resonate with me or ill acquire free discs, from rewards programs or as gifts. And when enough stinkers accumulate Ill take them to movie trading company.

    But two days ago I made my first digital direct purchase, Holmes and Watson. I loved the trailer and had been very much looking forward to owning this. And the press release didnt include a UHD bluray. So I purchased it in UHD on VUDU. What a horrible, boring, unfunny poorly written, directed, edited film. And what a waste of an actually really good performance by John C. Reilly.

    But my point is, im stuck with it. Cant dump or sell back a digital copy. It only cost 14.99, versus the usual uhd rental price of 5.99 means im only out $9. No big deal, really. But the fact that I cant dump it is very irritating.

  34. Dave Moritz

    …pics of stuff…

    Looks like somebody raided my DVD shelves! Seriously, all of them, even the special packagings (incl. the X-Men 1.5) in the top pic. I gave away those Bond DVDs to anybody who bought something from me, back when I used to sell discs when they still had some value. I think people took them out of pity…

  35. Looks like somebody raided my DVD shelves! Seriously, all of them, even the special packagings (incl. the X-Men 1.5) in the top pic.

    I dumped about two boxes of dvd's at the local record store and basically purchased two vinyl records with what I got for them!

  36. I've been getting rid of good-but-not-great movies that haven't really aged that well – such as Deep Impact – and that don't seem to have a whole lot of re-watch value. They may be fairly well-made and have decent performances, as well as a good story, but they just seem a little flat, uninspired. Like a cheap frozen pizza. In my permanent movie collection, I'd prefer to just have movies that do one or more things so well that they're unforgettable and rewatchable…

  37. I’ve been selling quite a bit too. Not just movies but collectibles and other things I don’t really use.
    I’ve sold a number of dvds and blu rays as well. I think for me it has come down to “what do I watch?”
    I tend to watch my core favorites like 007 a lot.
    Of course Star Wars and Star Trek things are important to me too.
    After that I really have to like the film. Also some of the titles that didn’t have a lot of value that my wife and I agreed on we made a big eBay lot and that went pretty well.

    Anyway thanks to my selling, I’m close to $700 on saving for a UHd tv, UHd Blu Ray player and the 007 UHd blu rays (hopefully?).

    While I may have some regrets about selling some items I’m more excited about my goal.
    I think that will outweigh any regrets.

    It’s all in what you want or don’t want. : )

  38. One other thought..

    5 year rule. If I haven’t watched it in 5, 6, 7, etc years. Do I need it?

    Again just my thoughts for myself and how I’m viewing things and movie. There’s always exceptions and sentimental favorite things too.

  39. Five year rule. I like that. Obviously like you said it’s worth having a few exceptions but they should probably be just that, exceptions. I can’t believe how many things I’ve gotten rid of in the past year that hadn’t been touched in at least ten years. Just stunned.

  40. Josh Steinberg

    Five year rule. I like that. Obviously like you said it’s worth having a few exceptions but they should probably be just that, exceptions. I can’t believe how many things I’ve gotten rid of in the past year that hadn’t been touched in at least ten years. Just stunned.

    Yep.
    The bad thing is going to the movie closet and finding nothing you want to watch.
    Or watching that one you’ve seen 1000+ times.

    : )

  41. Osato

    Yep.
    The bad thing is going to the movie closet and finding nothing you want to watch.
    Or watching that one you’ve seen 1000+ times.

    : )

    Yup I do that, too much choice. I pick up a Blu-ray movie & think na, but back in the sixties I'd have travelled halfway across London to see that film in some fleapit. It's too easy these days (for some of us), I find it's best to pick out a film to watch in a couple of days, & look forward to seeing it.

  42. Josh Steinberg

    Oh man, that sounds so familiar. I’ve done that so many times.

    Me, too, and it's infuriating since I have stacks and stacks of discs unopened that I bought because I wanted to own and watch them and yet don't open them and do just that! Dumb!

  43. Matt Hough

    Me, too, and it's infuriating since I have stacks and stacks of discs unopened that I bought because I wanted to own and watch them and yet don't open them and do just that! Dumb!

    You said it! Dumb! 🙂 Mind you, I do have two discs I've not yet been in the mood to watch.

  44. Osato

    The bad thing is going to the movie closet and finding nothing you want to watch.
    Or watching that one you’ve seen 1000+ times.

    That's nearly every night for me. Just last night I spent 20 minutes looking at the titles on my shelf… and then I finally settled on watching 2001, which I've seen probably 100 times. Somehow, with the blu-ray format, I became less willing to try new titles or good-but-not-great titles. Maybe it's just an effect of getting older, who knows…

  45. English Patient

    Somehow, with the blu-ray format, I became less willing to try new titles or good-but-not-great titles. Maybe it's just an effect of getting older, who knows…

    In situations such as this I look for the title on Redbox, etc. If I like it enough I purchase later.

  46. Robin9

    You said it! Dumb! 🙂 Mind you, I do have two discs I've not yet been in the mood to watch.

    I have this issue as well.

    In fact I may have a title or two that I bought in Iowa almost 5 years ago and I have still not watched!!!

    Pathetic! I clearly didn’t need to buy that one!!

  47. English Patient

    That's nearly every night for me. Just last night I spent 20 minutes looking at the titles on my shelf… and then I finally settled on watching 2001, which I've seen probably 100 times. Somehow, with the blu-ray format, I became less willing to try new titles or good-but-not-great titles. Maybe it's just an effect of getting older, who knows…

    For me it’s usually a 007 film!!

  48. It kind of gets out of hand when you're a reviewer, too. I have dozens of middling to awful screeners from Well Go that will just need to donate to Goodwill. I don't think the public library would take them, but maybe I should start there and let them make the donation call.

  49. John Dirk

    In situations such as this I look for the title on Redbox, etc. If I like it enough I purchase later.

    For me, most of the time I use the various cable channels, like HBO or Showtime, as a means of trying out a title. Several years ago I caught the Colin Firth movie "A Single Man" on cable and liked it enough to buy the blu-ray. Pretty sad that I've gotten so lazy that I can't even be bothered to make a trip to the nearest Redbox or video store. I guess I'm one of the people who helped kill the video store. Death by neglect.

  50. English Patient

    Pretty sad that I've gotten so lazy that I can't even be bothered to make a trip to the nearest Redbox or video store. I guess I'm one of the people who helped kill the video store. Death by neglect.

    No. Death by obsolescence. It may be sad from a nostalgic perspective but, ultimately, it's just progress. With the traffic in my area, I'm not happy to venture out for entertainment fare either. Generally, I would much rather have it come to me but [for the time being anyway] there are exceptions.

  51. It's funny, but I always held a huge garage sale at my place whenever I decided to invest in a new format. So, in the mid-80's I said goodbye to just under a thousand video tapes in favor of switching wholesale to LaserDisc. When DVD came along, my LD collection only totaled 256 – as LD's were decidedly far more expensive than tapes to own (I had to be selective in my purchases). But then along came price-point conscious DVD and finally, Blu-ray and 4K. I never part with anything, even if I haven't revisited it since my initial purchase.

    So, what were once small cabinets bought from an online distributor have given way to a custom-built book shelf styled carousel, in which several rows can be stored in front of one another, with easy access, by raising and lowering the shelves from within. When my DVD/Blu-ray collection topped out at just over 6000 (I worked for a movie company, some freebees, but mostly I bought) my boss said, "Gee, that's kind of an obsession," to which I replied, "Actually, it's more like mental illness, but I've decided to find it charming!"

    To date, my collection tops out at 7,364 titles, spanning virtually every decade in film and TV. Percentage wise: Blu-ray makes up a little more than half this catalog; DVD's the rest, with maybe 2% or less in 4K. Hopefully, 4K will continue to grow.

    As someone else already pointed out – it's very gratifying to collect. It's hard to explain, but it's different than hoarding, and, as long as everything is alphabetized and classified according to year and genre, I have no trouble finding this stuff when I just want to kick back and relax. And Netflix, Hula and the rest be damned!

  52. Cameron Yee

    It kind of gets out of hand when you're a reviewer, too. I have dozens of middling to awful screeners from Well Go that will just need to donate to Goodwill. I don't think the public library would take them, but maybe I should start there and let them make the donation call.

    I've only got a year under my belt so not as many duds so far, but last year's reviewing filled up a row and a half on one of my shelves, and I know that probably 50% of the titles I reviewed I'm not likely to revisit, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do with those long term. I am proud to have reviewed them and for the moment I'm happy to have the object as a reminder of the time I spent working on each project. I also don't mind having them for now in case someone asks a question down the road about a disc I reviewed; then I can at least pull the disc and try to reference it to answer.

  53. Josh Steinberg

    and I know that probably 50% of the titles I reviewed I'm not likely to revisit, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do with those long term

    It's odd that a [seemingly] simple problem should be so difficult to deal with in the modern world. As the idiom goes, one man's [or woman's] trash is another one's treasure, yet the logistics are likely prohibitive in this case.

  54. Dave Moritz

    Could very well be adding the following DVD's to my dump list by the end of the year!

    Batman Anthology
    Demolition Man
    Star Trek 2
    Air Force One
    Tombstone
    Mimic
    Bad Boy 1 & 2
    War Of The Worlds

    Some of these [actually most of them – don't judge me 🙂 ] are among my classic favorites. In my case, because of that, I already own them. If I didn't, however, and wanted to purchase yours I doubt there is an economically feasible way to do that on a small scale. I do think there might be an opportunity available for anyone willing to warehouse such titles on a larger scale until permanent homes could be found.

  55. After my The Great Purge of 2019, I managed to clear out one entire storage box (around 130 titles). There are other titles on my short list if space gets tight, but I'm holding onto them for now. Mostly DVD box sets that I'm keeping for sentimental reason (e.g. the Star Wars OT DVDs I picked up on my first HTF meet), but also TV series I'm kind of ambivalent about now (Supernatural, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, to name a few).

  56. Cameron Yee

    After my The Great Purge of 2019, I managed to clear out one entire storage box (around 130 titles). There are other titles on my short list if space gets tight, but I'm holding onto them for now. Mostly DVD box sets that I'm keeping for sentimental reason (e.g. the Star Wars OT DVDs I picked up on my first HTF meet), but also TV series I'm kind of ambivalent about now (Supernatural, Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, to name a few).

    I really have gone with five year rule.
    There’s a lot of movies that I just had to have or collect and then I find myself never watching them. Also many that I bought that I watched one and that was it.

    I did buy 2 titles this week though!!!! : )

  57. Went to the used shop to drop off some discs today and made a discovery there that made my day – and saved me shelf space.

    I remember seeing “Grindhouse” in theaters – it was one of the great moviegoing memories I have. My then roommate and I had tickets to a Red Sox day game in the spring, and had taken the day off from work to attend. Day came and it was crappy out from the start of the day, and they decided to postpone the game long before anyone would have left for the park. But we had taken the day already, so we went to the local theater and saw Grindhouse and had a great time. Right movie for the right moment, the crowd there was great and totally into it, and I loved it.

    Unfortunately, they split up Grindhouse into two individual DVD releases rather than the intended double feature. You couldn’t buy it as a single film. Each of the two films was extended on DVD, and frankly, not for the better. So I wound up having to buy two discs to get a crappier version of what I saw with one ticket in theaters.

    Used shop had a Blu-ray of the theatrical version of Grindhouse which I didn’t even know existed. Got rid of the DVD versions I didn’t like, and got the BD of the version I do like. That’s a win.

  58. Josh Steinberg

    Went to the used shop to drop off some discs today and made a discovery there that made my day – and saved me shelf space.

    I remember seeing “Grindhouse” in theaters – it was one of the great moviegoing memories I have. My then roommate and I had tickets to a Red Sox day game in the spring, and had taken the day off from work to attend. Day came and it was crappy out from the start of the day, and they decided to postpone the game long before anyone would have left for the park. But we had taken the day already, so we went to the local theater and saw Grindhouse and had a great time. Right movie for the right moment, the crowd there was great and totally into it, and I loved it.

    Unfortunately, they split up Grindhouse into two individual DVD releases rather than the intended double feature. You couldn’t buy it as a single film. Each of the two films was extended on DVD, and frankly, not for the better. So I wound up having to buy two discs to get a crappier version of what I saw with one ticket in theaters.

    Used shop had a Blu-ray of the theatrical version of Grindhouse which I didn’t even know existed. Got rid of the DVD versions I didn’t like, and got the BD of the version I do like. That’s a win.

    Great find!! Used shops can always have some great finds!

    I picked up mission impossible fallout for $10. Was debating holding out for the UHD disc but decided the Blu Ray was just fine.
    Second film is the Roger Moore Gold film. Directed by Peter Hunt. I have an old crappy pan and scan dvd of the film. A seller on amazon had the new kino Blu Ray for $9! So I went for it.

    Not sure either film will get watched a ton, but I really like Roger Moore’s films and I have enjoyed the last 3 Mission Impossible films too.

    I sold 2 titles this week as well. Batman anthology Blu Ray set. Getting the UHd discs which also include the new transfers on Blu Ray. Also the big country which I never watched.

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