Wednesday, 4 April 2018

DVD 2018

As a movie lover, a film watcher and a fan of acting; I own movies on DVDs.
I sold a lot in the large 2014 clear out but when I counted them in 2015 , I still had 150. 

I know I said I was going to do DVDs in January when I counted my CDs.
I didn't - but I have now. I still own 158 DVDs.
Only three of them are sport, yoga, training related.
Consequently 155 proper movies in my possession. The difference is surprising as I have not bought, been given or otherwise acquired any DVDs since then. (Except one about the Nordic Secretaries of the United Nations).
Still,  158 DVDs are what I own.

The man looked through his and within ten minutes had culled about half of them. One quarter were stripped of their plastic cases and put into a DVD holder. The rest were dusted and straightened up on their shelf. It was a quick job because he was in the right mood

I looked at mine and thought: "that is good, that is important, this can never be replaced, that has a sad cover but the story is important, that is another good one, those go together, these are all made by the same director and oh, look at this one, I want to see this immediately..."
Tentatively I hovered a finger over one and think "this could possibly go but only if I truly dislike it when I watch it again."

But then on the other hand, if I don't want to get rid of them, I don't have to get rid of them.
I am not a minimalist.
I am a frugalist.
When (not if) the content on the internet becomes available only to the rich, I will need to own physical movies and music just to have access to artistic expressions I have already paid for and invested in.

I promise myself to do a new inventory of DVDs every year and only keep what I like.
The target is to own 150 DVDs or less by next year... or at least not more.

We have started watching movies again and I have placed one or two that I have no interest in seeing again, in the on-the-way-out-box. The ambition is to watch all of them again. We'll see about that.

How many DVDs do you have?
John, Deb, are you ready with the updated numbers from 2015?

6 comments:

  1. I need to clear out my DVDs too. I'll do it along with my CDs but I haven't gotten around to that yet. Now that streaming is here, I haven't bought a new DVD in ages. My DVD player is on the fritz so I need to get that fixed too. What a tale of woe, eh?

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    1. Sounds as if you are in a golden position. Maybe you don't have go get rid of them; maybe you only need to appreciate having them? A tale of new beginnings, possibly.

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  2. I don't collect movies, but I still have and collect vinyl records. I only buy a handful per year and have about 200.

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    1. If you play them; keep them, love them. But collecting for the purpose of owning, I struggle with that concept.

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  3. DVDs
    2015 = 0
    2018 = 0

    Streamed movies 2018 = 0
    Movie theater 2018 = 1

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    1. Cool! The differences in interests! Which film did you see?

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