I figured it was about time to start another little feature on the blog to get some good conversations flowing. Thus, in place of Follow Friday, I will be doing a weekly Friday Discussion, now called Katz Korner, where I pose a question (or two) to all of you readers relating to movies and what not. Shall we begin?
When it comes to DVDs and Blu-rays, how big is your collection? Is it something you’re proud of or ashamed of?
My own collection is at about 1,000 right now, but I’m really wanting to downsize. There’s simply too many films in the library that I picked up here and there (usually dirt cheap) and have since regretted owning them or have grown tired of their presence, like an old toy that’s past its use. Yeah, I just got a little depressing.
However, it’s still something I’m really proud of. In college, I was known as the movie guy and would rent out DVDs and be the go to for a recommendation or two. Sadly, lending out so many resulted in me losing a few of my favorites (Criterions went missing, not cool!). Regardless, my movie library has become my baby and I’m proud to show it off when I can. Now I just need a sexy apartment or something, with a badass way to display them.
Have you found yourself buying the same films you own on DVD on Blu-ray, in hopes of upgrading your collecting?
Perhaps the biggest issue I have with my collection is the DVD to Blu-ray ratio. I demand high definition, dammit! With the advent of Blu-rays and high definition, I’ve realize how spoiled I have gotten. So many DVDs I have now just look terrible in comparison and I now only want the best. Which of course, means trading in DVDs for scraps, selling stuff for cash, or finding other ways to upgrade the collection. Again, this doesn’t come easy. There are a few sites (like Music Magpie) that let you trade stuff in for other movies, CDs, and games, and I think it’s about time I crack down on my collection and decide which of my babies need to get “adopted” by someone else.
In this digital age, have you come to prefer digital content over hard-copies, or is still owning a physical version of the film your biggest preference?
Netflix. Hulu. Amazon. UltraViolet. Flixster. There are thousands and thousands of movies available for digital download and streaming all thanks to the wonderful internet. While it’s a convenience, I personally am worried that my physical collection will slowly become irrelevant as the digital age takes over. I’d much rather own actual copies of movies when I shuck out cash. I don’t want to throw down $100 and have eight movies sitting in an account online that I can access whenever I want. I want to pull that beautiful Blu-ray, in it’s slip cover, off of the shelf and pop it in the player instead. Why spend money on something you can’t show off, right?