Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New Additions to the Collection

DVDs have done what CDs have not; respond to the market. Below is the Holiday haul in the dawg haus of movies. 29 movies at $14.99 each is a pretty extravagant waste of money. Harry Potter and a few others were $15-$17 but 5-6 were $1.99-$2.99 and 12-15 $3.99-$4.99 and most of the rest were $5.99-$8.99. I'd guesstimate the average price at $5.

There's even an insidious parent motive. No commercials working on my children. No editing for content based on someone else's twisted opinion that a bare bottom or flash of nipple (think Shakespere In Love) is more objectionable than an evil ghost slicing a lawyer in half axi-longitudinally.

Robin Hood - Men in Tights
Bones - The Complete First Season
Talladega Nights - The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Bones - The Complete Second Season
Casino Royale
The Majestic
The Dark Crystal
The Abyss
Practical Magic
Mystic River
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Shrek the Third (Full Screen Version) (US Version)
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
High School Musical 2
The Shawshank Redemption
Transformers (DVD) (US Version)
Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
Big Fish
Knocked Up
Good Night, and Good Luck
The Producers
French Kiss
The Firm
And Now For Something Completely Different
Bend It Like Beckham


Tyrone said...

First, for the most part, I've stopped collecting DVDs.

Legion said...

I have over 1000 dvd's, they line the wall behind my 37 inch 1080p computer monitor.

I also have the xbox 360 hddvd so I am starting to load up on that too...since I didn;t get a ps3 or blu ray drive for my comp this christmas..guess I'll just ahve to go out and buy one:-)

Rob Dawg said...

Ummm... we got a Wii. Santa was nice. Santa stood in effin' line for an hour and an effin' half waitin' to get into the effin' store for the 'package.' Five, count em five hundred effin dollars later Santa has kids that beam at him and are so impressed. Mrs Claus and Santa have even shared the game. Very cool.
As to the topic. I'm at about 400 dvds. Legion, if you'd share some faves I'd appreciate it.

Lou Minatti said...

My son calls it "Shrek the Turd."

Legion said...

Got a Wii huh Dawg? Man I think that was THE hardest christmas gift to get this year. Nice going. I like it because from what I have hear, you actually get some kind of a a workout playing the games.

Fave movies huh, well, I was in the japanese horror phase for a while, have like 30 of "one last call" coming out in February, I have japanese versions 1 and 2.
I really like leonardo decaprio in blood diamond and the departed (a remake of a 3 part japanese series originally called infernal affairs)

Suspect Zero, Ben Kingsley was awesome in that one

The Kingdom, go that one in HD and watched it twice in one night

Get the Illusionist, keeps you guessing until the end..kind fo like the Prestige but better.

Deja Vu, another sleeper hit that was awesome, but I am into that alternate reality stuff.

Best series that I have besides MArried with children would have to be "Supernatural"

And if you and the missus feel like crying after every episode, get the series "ghost whisperer" reminds you each day how important it is to tell the people around you that you love them..while you can.

ha ha knocked up, I thought it was a chick flick but I ended up loving it, I recently got the 40 year old virgin and superbad because of that film.

I can see by your list that some of the movies are for the kids:-)

If you have a Hastings near you that is one of the best places to get dvd's cheap, like less than 10 dollars, even better if you ahve it are pawn shops, I get most of the 5 dollar ones there:-) So no, I didn't spend about 20K on my video collection...

Oh and let's not forget the entire new battlestar galactica series!!!!!

tk said...

Are we keeping score? Ok, I have about 8 DVDs, all received as gifts, and they all sit in the cupboard. I don't get why people collect them. I can't watch a movie more than twice and you can just add it to your Netflix queue if you really want to see it again.

Wait, I lied. We did watch A Christmas Story again this year, and I've seen that one, like, five times.

Peripheral Visionary said...

My guesstimate is that the correct cost of CDs and DVDs is around $5 each. At that price point, most people--excepting college students and the extremely house-poor--will be willing to fork over the money rather than waste time looking it up in the file-sharing "services", downloading it, screening it to make sure it isn't a junk copy, etc.

Entertainment distributors really, really need to get out of the mindset of "how much can we get away with charging" and need to start thinking along the lines of "how much can we sell it for before people will simply pirate it online."

Of course, that doesn't leave much money to be handed out to all of the people in the distribution chain. Once you've paid the artists, and once you've paid for shipping and handling, there isn't much left for the promoters, distributors, managers, producers, marketers, salesmen, agents, and various other blood-sucking life forms that exist in the entertainment industry. What a pity.

H Simpson said...

No commericals Dawg?

I got my little one the Simpsons movie. Bad enough to see 15 minutes of advertisements for upcoming movies (eg any disney dvd) but these tools are shilling for Fox tv shows.
Give me a break.

I too stood in line for 2 hours to get my little one a Wii. Only it was 19 degrees out. At least the temps had gone up 10 degrees and wind was down 20 mph from the prior 2 days. Back was killing me for 6 hours afterwards anyways.

The stuff we do to make little ones happy.


ps the simpsons on 1080 on a plasma is just AWESOME. More colors than a bad acid trip...

w said...

No commercials. Sounds like us. We got rid of cable before the first child and they all are growing up without it. We have a lot (200+?) of kids DVDs. Lots of season series.

10 seasons of Simpsons is definitely the highlight of the kids shows.

Instead of paying cable we just buy movies every month. Half of them are used and the rest were bought on sale.

Also I buy good westerns and war movies. Especially, to watch with the kids. These movies are interesting because they deal with raw emotions and motivations in a way that most films don't.


Ghost in the Shell Laughing Man (incredible story done in anime that is better than most feature films.)
Eyes Wide Shut
X-Files Mythology (80 episodes of the real plot line, you can watch this and skip the rest of the series)
The Wild Bunch
Black Hawk Down