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often bankrupt myself on films on Blu Ray from Arrow, 88, Eureka and Vinegar Syndrome. Only really gone into overdrive since more of the UK companies started releasing kung fu films in HD. I can go into HMV soon if I want and buy a nice 4K scan of Seventh Curse full of extras and every imaginable language and subtitle option rather than having to send a cheque to an American with a five week turnaround for a DVD-R so it's been an expensive but good couple of years.

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51 minutes ago, wordsfromlee said:

I'm a vinyl collector but not one of those ones that has to have first pressings/limited colours/etc. As long as it has the tracks on it and is a decent pressing, I'll have it. I don't have many - about 400 or so plus a load more that are for sampling purposes which I don't count on my Discogs.

Speaking of Discogs, while it's fun cataloging your collection, seeing the average total it's worth can bring a tear to your eye.

Discogs also gets intense when you accidentally add the wrong variant out of a possible seventy of an album to your collection, and log back in to find five months worth of messages from someone in Wroclaw begging you to part with your studio demo pressing of Rotting Christ. 

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I’m big into my movie collecting, very rarely buy anything brand new though, I mostly wait for sales or cheap deals on Amazon/in HMV and browse CEX and charity shops

Just last week I used some CEX credit and got second hand copies of 2 of Indicator’s 3 Sinbad movie releases for less than a 3rd of the price of getting the box set of all 3 brand new

I do need to watch my space though, I re did my DVD and Blu Ray movie collection lists in Letterboxd last weekend and including multi feature sets, box sets and the odd double dip, I have over 400 movies on my shelves in one wardrobe 

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I'm still a sucker for physical media, and considering I used to pay over the odds for VHS special editions with deleted scenes at the end of the tape, DVDs with additional discs full of extras are a terrible mistress.

I used to have a wall full of shelves that ran the entire length of the room full of VHS, all grouped together by the company that released them, so all the spines looked nicely matched. I did get rid of a load, but I kept all the wrestling videos, and the unusual stuff that was unlikely to get a DVD release (or in some cases, would only be released in a different cut).

These days I do still peruse CEX every now and then, often picking up old Dr Who DVDs now that they aren't asking ridiculous money for them.

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I'm still very much in favour of physical media for films, TV & wrestling. I understand the convince of streaming but I like the knowledge that I have control of it, it can't be suddenly pulled from a platform for some reason by the owner or lost in copyright hell. 

I still buy CDs and vinyl where I can, not that I'm against downloading music but I've got a CD player and a record player but no ipod anymore, so it's just not convenient. I'll stream music, but again it's normally songs I've got on a shelf and it's just simpler while I'm in the greenhouse. 

I've still got every wrestling VHS & DVD I've ever bought, thousands of the fuckers. I generally watch what's available of them on the network via the network, because again it's simpler, but if something should happen to that I can always fall back on my old tapes. Kept all my tv & film dvds but most VHS went and were replaced on disc, just oop stuff I held onto. 

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Good topic.  I was a big vinyl, then CD purchaser and then embraced mp3 in a big way.   Then about 5 years ago I realised that I had a server with 100Gb of mp3s that I never listened to.  That and streaming, for me, don't work as a way to listen to and love music.

So I reversed course, got my decks out again and started buying vinyl.  Every 6 months or so I'll get all my latest purchases and make a 2 hour mix of tunes, make an mp3 of THAT and stick it on my iPhone.  So I listen to mixes when I'm in the car or whatever, but I can put a record on at home.  Laborious but it works, because the old habit of making mixtapes helps you listen more intently to what you buy and select the best bits.

So like most of you, I have a couple of shelves of CDs from the 90s that I rarely listen to,  as well as DVDs from the noughties.

Books are the problem though - I never stopped buying books and now we have them stacked everywhere, floor to ceiling.  About 5 years ago I got drunk on my birthday and ended up signing up to the 200AD Judge Dredd hardback collection and got send about 150 collections over the next few years.  They're amazing quality but take up SO much space.

I've tried to break the habit by now reading mainly books from the library but I think I might have to build a new room just to put all the books in!

 

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50 minutes ago, Tommy! said:

I'm still very much in favour of physical media for films, TV & wrestling. I understand the convince of streaming but I like the knowledge that I have control of it, it can't be suddenly pulled from a platform for some reason by the owner or lost in copyright hell. 

Never looked at it that way, that's a great reason to not abandon physical media completely. Especially if you want to retain original and unedited versions of things. 

Someone mentioned books earlier - my other half is a real bookworm and we have a ridiculous amount in the house. She also has multiple copies of the same book, either in special editions, or English and Portuguese language equivalents. I did my back in when we moved into our current residence a couple of years ago trying to lug them up and down the stairs. Never, ever again. I'll burn them before I carry another suitcase of unread fiction. 

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Am still a physical media or death kind of guy. Well, not strictly true, I have Spotify Premium because I travel a lot.

I've had to come up with rules though.

- Vinyl - only if I really really love the record and have some history with it. Nothing new. At the point where I am going to Discogs a few.
- CD - only if it isn't on streaming. There's still a world of weird 80s/90s/00s releases that never saw streaming or vinyl. Store these in a wallet.
- Books. Am starting to move books on after reading unless they're life-changing. I also buy a lot of books for work, but they sit in my office.
- DVDs. Again, can store a lot of these at work. My tastes are pretty eclectic and often the things I care for don't appear on streaming. But I'm a member of a couple of good torrent sites and libraries with extensive choice, so I don't have too many.

Not against streaming or cloud or digital files. My pal had a system where everything he downloaded could be accessed through his TV and I should sort that out.

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I'll have a look round in the shops for physical copies of games sometimes, particularly fighting games when they get a physical copy. Got an eye out for Tekken 5 on PS2, as it'll mean I can pick up the first 3 as well, in spite of them being the arcade versions. Copies of the first 3 on PlayStation are probably a touch pricy nowadays. 

Like the Baader-Meinhof effect this topic turns up as I was trying to see where to post about something I heard on the CU Podcast yesterday relating to WATA and other collectible companies starting to create a buzz around sealed VHS movies. Apparently Tom F Wilson sold his personal copy of Back To The Future at auction for $75,000, so there's obviously now a market for me to auction of my copy of DC Cab starring Mr T and taking early retirement. 

These headlines bury the lead horrifically, but here's an article. 

https://www.giantfreakinrobot.com/ent/back-to-the-future-vhs-thousands.html

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To me, something like Netflix is a replacement for Sky Movies, not for physical media. You get a variety of content to enjoy when you want, but only for as long as you're paying your subscription fee and their contract with the rights holder persists.

That undoubtedly works for some people, but I do wonder if others are just auto-renewing every month because they don't want to lose what they consider to be their collection of favourites on demand, which would be cheaper and more reliable to acquire on disc.

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4 minutes ago, Uncle Zeb said:

 

That undoubtedly works for some people, but I do wonder if others are just auto-renewing every month because they don't want to lose what they consider to be their collection of favourites on demand, which would be cheaper and more reliable to acquire on disc.

This is pretty much me with my 5 Netflix shows I constantly rewatch. If I'd just bought the boxsets 5 years ago I'd have saved money.

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I wish I had more.

I mostly gave up on buying DVDs because I never got round to watching half the ones I owned, but I used to spend a pretty significant chunk of my disposable income on CDs - I'd go to HMV ever Friday and pick out every new release that caught my eye, and usually some other stuff too. I worked in a record shop for a while, used to DJ, and used to do some low-level music journalism, so it was pretty steady intake. I had a few thousand at the height of my collection, can't remember exactly how many - I did count them up once, but soon exceeded that number as well. Three house moves later, I've gradually chipped away at it all, and when I moved to London last year I had to restrict myself to only taking a certain number of boxes - I had to get the book collection down from 5+ bookcases to just one, and CDs I made the decision to only keep things that had really significant emotional value, or that aren't on Spotify; as a result, a glimpse through my current CD collection would have you thinking that free jazz and Japanese noise are way more prominent in my tastes than they actually are.

The only thing that made me want a Kindle was lugging six or seven boxes full of books upstairs to my old flat. Again, got rid of the majority last year, but have started building up again, because I tend to go down research rabbit holes and read a lot on the same topic for a month or so. More than any other physical media (bar vinyl maybe), I just really like books as objects too; I'd sooner have a room full of books than ornaments or pictures on the wall or anything, they're a good decoration, and tell you a lot about a person. As a teenager, going to someone's flat, I'd always have a nose at their record collection, but I'd probably pay closer attention to their bookshelves now. 

I don't own much vinyl, but pick up the odd special edition or reissue of artists I especially like, and enjoy hunting for a bargain in small town record shops and carboot sales - I don't have much of a collection because, again, got rid of most of it, but a collection with some Bowie, Sparks, Tom Waits, Scott Walker, Martin Carthy and the first Slade record in it will do me fine.

Games are something I don't own as much of, but I keep an eye out in CEX every few weeks, and sometimes pick stuff up when I go over to Jersey; there's no VAT on games there, so it can tend to work out cheaper to buy a physical copy of a game there than it does to get a digital copy on the PS Store. The game industry has kind of pushed me out of buying physical games, though; I don't play many big AAA titles, so a lot of the sort of game I like rarely gets a physical release, and there's basically no such thing as a physical PC game any more (shame, I have major nostalgia for big cardboard boxy PC releases), so the days of stumbling across a weird little gem, like the time I bought Bishi Bashi Special for the PS1 because it was cheap in WH Smiths, are long gone.

 

Games and books are the main two I would love to have a more substantial collection of, though. Books because my dream home would have either a library or a dedicated study/writing room piled floor to ceiling with books, and games because I just regret so many that I got rid of. Again, if we're talking ideal homes, I'd have a decent set-up with every console I'd ever owned set up and ready to go. Every now and then I see some old consoles and games in CEX and get really tempted, but I can't really justify it at the moment.

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I wish I'd kept tapes of the original versions of the Star Wars trilogy, which have never made it to DVD and presumably will never make it to streaming unless they're painstakingly restored/un-"improved" as per that fan project.

That, and keeping my "taped off Sky" version of One Night Stand so I can hear Sandman come down to Enter Sandman, are the two best arguments I could make about being careful about junking your physical media. I'll never bin my VHS of WWF 1992 Year In Review either.

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