Current Streaming is making a big difference , and has even made me doubt my long-term collecting . But with quite a bit of mental agonising about it , I think I will still try and collect the latest formats !
10-15 years ago, I was frequently buying VHS tapes from flea markets and thrift stores. I never really bought them from the net, because the postage cost made it too expensive. I picked up some great stuff back then. I carried on doing that for a while and adding to the ones that I'd been purchasing when VHS was mainstream, I have many 100's of tapes now. But over time they started disappearing from the flea markets and second hand stores. I've been repairing VHS players since I was kid, (it's surprisingly easy to fix the common problems with them), but it was just getting too hard to find the tapes cheap enough. I noticed that on eBay the pricing+postage was not that far from Laserdisc so I took the plunge and bought an entry-level LD player. VHS and LD are both watched on my Trinitron, because analog video looks so much better than on my LCD...
I more or less buy 1 LD every month, but I don't like using the player much because I don't want to put too much wear on it... In terms of DVD, I purchase those quite frequently now, they've kind of taken place of VHS because they're so cheap now. Although the quality of some releases (particularly the 2000 release of Final Destination - one I've noticed recently) look really bad on LCD, but much better on CRT. MPEG-2 is quite old now and digital artifacts are annoying to watch, but some DVD's (e.g. Saw 2) look very watchable. I watch my DVD's on my Trinitron via RGB. I also buy all my TV shows on DVD - amazing value for money IMO.
I only own a handful of Blu-Rays. Netflix is what I spend most of my time watching though, convenient, and for the money, really good quality IMO. Although I only really use Netflix for TV shows, serious movie fans will have either seen or must be willing to drop standards to get through Netflix's catalogue of movies.
I lost my old dvd collection when i moved somehow, so i have been taking my time with getting new stuff. Though recently i have been pretty lucky finding lots of oldies that i used to have at thrift stores in my area.
If something new is good enough to buy, i will wait until the price has gone down, or i can find it second hand. No point in spending all your hard earned money on things that can wait.
I have all of my FAVORITE stuff on DVD or Blu-Ray in the event the internet goes down forever (which actually can happen). People rely too much on digital properties. Netflix is diddly squat without an internet connection. I periodically buy stuff on eBay when the prices are decent. I haven't bought anything new in ages, unless it's to support the brand.
Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Feb 16, 2017 23:33:21 GMT
Yes, I still buy DVDs. A lot of the films and TV series I enjoy are not being repeated on TV, and they usually aren't on the streaming services here in Australia. Heck, I've even digitised some of my old VHS tapes, since some of them contain content that isn't available on any modern format.
due to money and lack of storage I havent been buying movies. + I have about 12+ tbs of movies and tv to watch and a few hundred dvds/bluray still in plastic so dont really see the point. If I had unlimited money and space I would probably still buy though not from amazon.
I started out, like most film enthusiasts did I imagine, with hundreds of VHS tapes back in the day, both bought and recorded off TV, using high grade tape only. Then when the digital revolution came I spent a good year or so transferring much (especially the rarer stuff) to DVD discs. In the present new world I am currently ripping stuff to external hard drives, reaching 8TB plus the same again in back up drives at present. I am also downloading a fair bit, especially stuff like euro-horror/crime Asian cinema, cult items, silents etc which can be very hard/expensive to source, or see, by any other means. I don't like steaming much since I like to own stuff off-line. Some discs I retain even when backed up, since the commentary can be unique or interesting. I still buy the occasional disc (usually second hand), to add to a small Blu-ray collection - at least when I think a film justifies the slightly clearer image. Don't care for 3-D at all.