Why collect DVDs?

Discussion in 'The Green Dragon' started by Violanthe, Jan 31, 2006.

  1. Violanthe

    Violanthe Guest

    The current trend seems to be collecting DVDs. Do you buy them? If so, why? Do you get them just to have a large collection? Do you own just your favorites in film and tv that you would watch again? What have DVDs added to the film industry? Are they an improvement over VHS, or just another marketing ploy?
     
  2. Corvis

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    DVDs are incredible! Whoever created them is a genius and they're loads better than VHS. I collect loads (I'm probably up to 100 by now) because I just love movies (all kinds), I wouldn't mind having a big collection, and I have them if other people need them to watch as well.
     

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    Hammersmith Irresistible Ork Child

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    I buy DVDs used from Amazon, and it's usually either the same price or cheaper as renting. Thus, if there's a movie I want to see, buying it can often be the most financially viable, with the added bonus that I can cater to the packrat side of myself. I'm also a sucker for bonus footage and limited editions. :eek:
     
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    I'm the same Hammersmith. :)
     

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    I grew up without TV, not for religious reasons or educational reasons or anything like that. I simply live in a valley where you can't get regular signals and with parents who could never afford satalite. Therefore, growing up we amassed a large collection of movies (at the time VHS) which we still have. Our grandparents bought us a DVD player last year, and we have been buying more DVD's than VHS.

    Plus we also do netflicks . . .

    Anyway, DVD's to me have a few technical advantages, but for me it is simply an issue that they are phasing out VHS the way CD's phased out cassettes. Sure, you can still buy cassettes, but with CD players more common and everything available on CD, why bother?
     
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    DVDs are great, so much better than VHS (which I also used to buy but are now replacing with DVD instead). The point in actually owning films is the same as collecting books; you probably want to see the films more than once.
    I buy some films that I have already seen and some that I think I might enjoy, it seldom fails. And if you buy a film that isn't very good, there is a second-hand market for them.
    A large collection of DVDs give me an enormous sense of well being.
     
  7. Halasían

    Halasían Dunedain Ranger

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    Netflix is a good deal as I've found myself watching LOTS of movies I get through them.

    As for DVDs.. I buy ones of movies I like watching again. They are usually classics like Kelly's Heroes or The Big Sleep...
     
  8. Violanthe

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    I'm not a big movie fan, so I love that tv shows are getting equal treatment now from DVDs. I love to check out new TV shows at my leisure by renting or borrowing them on DVD, rather than scheduling my life around the tube
     
  9. Barliman Butterbur

    Barliman Butterbur Worthy Keeper/Bree Roué

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    Years ago I had a HUGE collection of LP records, and spent hours typing up 3x5 cards in a gigantic cross-index file — would that I had had a computer for that chore then! But that was back in the late 50s/early 60s.

    Much later CDs came to the fore, supplanting vinyl recordings, and by that time my hearing had deterioriated to the point where listening to classical music by the hour just wasn't fun any more. Besides, I had many other things which demanded my time and attention. So I let my LP collection gather dust and sit around letting the vinyl microbes eat them up until the resultant snap-crackle-pop made them all but unlistenable. I refused to even consider trying to duplicate the collection in CD or buy a CD player.

    Then came videotapes, and I started collecting again, and this time I had a computer and a database to keep track of everything! But a funny thing happened — DVDs! It was at that point that I gave up on serious collecting — it's just too damned expensive. We're giving away hundreds of videotapes to the local library because the quality at best — compared to hi-def TV — is just ridiculous.

    Now we're at the point where HDTV is supplanting standard-broadacast TV, and at some point in the future hi-def DVDs will supplant standard DVDs — it's just a matter of time. And I have decided, with companies around such as NetFlix, Blockbuster, etc., simply to rent them (although we'll always buy those special ones we consider "keepers"). We already have almost $2,000 worth of DVD movies, and rarely watch most of them. So my plans are to get a hi-def DVD player, once the industry settles down to a world standard format, and then rent for the most part.

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    It's been a long time since I posted anything about DVDs and hi-def TV because there wasn’t much movement. But now comes an article from BusinessWeek which may be of interest:

    HIGH-TECH TV
    By David H. Holtzman

    The DVD War Against Consumers
    Makers of new DVD players are going too far in copyright protection efforts, but buyers needn't take it lying down

    Having grown tired of one war, we're on the eve of another, complete with alliances, secret codes, and laser beams. No, not Iran -- it's the fight over the next generation of DVD devices. The real battle isn't between Sony (SNE ) and Microsoft (MSFT ) and their chosen formats, it's between the manufacturers and us -- the consumers, the ones who ultimately pay for it all. And the battle is over Digital Rights Management (DRM), because in addition to increased storage, these new disks are packed full of copy-protection functions, some of which impair our ability to use the content we pay for, the way we like and are legally entitled to.

    Sony is championing a standard called Blu-ray, Microsoft is pushing HD-DVD. Both formats have plenty of corporate backers. The upcoming PlayStation 3 will support Blu-ray, the Xbox 360 will get an add-on drive that uses HD-DVD.

    Both standards incorporate sophisticated DRM technology. The current crop of DVDs uses a copy protection scheme that encrypts the disk, but that scheme was broken several years ago and the hack was widely incorporated in innumerable freeware DVD decryption programs. The movie studios have vowed not to let that happen to them again.

    Full article here

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    Barley
     
  10. Varokhâr

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    I am quite happy thus far with DVDs. They wear out less than VHS do, and the movies I like, I watch back to back to back. I've worn out many VHS tapes in such fashion. Now, the player wears out before the media does.
     
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    Just bought a DVD of SUPERSIZE ME. If any of you out there are addicted to McDonald's fast food — God help you. You are committing a slow, horrible suicide. I kid you not. :eek:

    Barley
     
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    All the way from the dawn of personally-owned music on phonograms and early moving-camera film reels, copying media has been difficult and time consuming. Then came the cassette and VHS tape. At the cost of quality, we were delivered an easily duplicated medium.

    Then we entered the digital age of CD's and DVD's, and came the CD and DVD burners. Corporations hit back with encryption and gems such as "rootkit", to try and stop people from taking media and altering or copying it.

    The same technology that these corporations have deployed, however, is its own noose, and we are the hangmen. They can make a completely secure media that only plays on a device that (supposedly) cannot be used to copy it (which means it cannot be interfaced with computers), but EVEN then: A) nobody would buy it and B) someone would make a way to copy it.

    Blu-ray, HD-DVD, the name doesn't matter. Heck, even I am fully capable of stripping off the protective encoding of (legally) downloaded music with absolutely no loss of quality. And I am using crude methods. There's nothing to stop a professional coder/decoder from building a program that will decrypt just about anything out there one way or another. In the end, the corporations are going to lose, just because consumers have easy access to tools that defeat corporate measures. People like their freedom, and as long as that stays true, people will continue to beat corporations while STILL remaining within their legal rights.

    EDIT: Oh, and I only buy those DVD's that I've watched and enjoy. I have quite a collection of Clint Eastwood Westerns, war movies, Harrison Ford action movies, and assorted cultish classics :D
     
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    COOL IT! The NSA...:eek:

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  14. Violanthe

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    I just skip the encodings altogether and just borrow CDs from friends or the library to download music. Until CDs are obsolete, there's no way that companies can prohibit copying and still be viable in the market. No one will want to buy a CD anymore if they can't put the songs on their Ipod.
     
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    (Thirteen years later...)

    I do have quite a collection of DVDs and some Blu-Ray. My wife asks me why I keep them as I don't usually find time to watchmost of them. Still, they stay, like my CD collection. I did weed through the CDs when we recently moved and donated them to a used media store.

    As for tech... DVD was supplanted by Blu-Ray, which was enhanced by 4K, and now there is 8K. Granted the quality is quite good when paired to a UHD TV, but the tech is always updating. I had to replace my 1st HDTV because of the broadcast channels tech changed and the tuner would not receive th enew stations. That and it was a Plasma watt-Hog that weighed 60kg. I now have a 55" Samsung Series 9 curved-screen which so far has been forward compatible with 8K (not that I have any). That said, I still have my old VHS VCR for old home movies that I am working on digitizing onto DVD.

    And I've digressed this old topic of Vio's into a tech talk. My 2019 answer is... yes, I still do collect discs, be they CD, DVD, Blu Ray, etc. As a side... when I buy music on Bancamp I always pay for the download and the CD. I like having something physical in my hands... I think that is what this topic is about.