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DVDs

Who still uses DVDs? I don’t think I’ve touched one in a while, although I keep my Eames films DVDs, just in case.

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by Anonymousreply 32211/24/2020

Haha. Excellent question.

Jus the other day I was thinking of hooking up my DVD player again because there are some movies I want to watch that I can’t find on any of the streaming services to which I subscribe. But I own them on DVD. So, yes, I suppose I still use DVDs.

by Anonymousreply 111/19/2020

i use dvds to watch movies and so on and use my dvd/vcr recorder to transfer videotapes to blank dvds...

and i'm still going to buy a blue ray dvd player very soon....

do not and will never want to watch anything on a computer screen or the whole hooking up my laptop to my tv to watch anything either....

and like books, i like actual dvd cases and bookcases to display my stuff...

by Anonymousreply 211/19/2020

What about Blurays? I still buy the occasional Bluray from time to time of good action flicks or "event" movies. I have an awesome sound system and enjoy blowing out the walls. All my DVDs are boxed up in storage somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 311/19/2020

[quote]whole hooking up my laptop to my tv to watch anything either....

Why not? It takes two seconds and the picture and audio are just as good as anything else.

DLers are so weird with their quirks.

by Anonymousreply 411/19/2020

I do. I'm the type of person who watches the same movies over and over again - and those few beloved classics I want to OWN; I want to know they're MINE forever. From some streaming service or cloud or whatever, they could disappear at any moment, or you could be unable to access them due to internet problems .....

Or do Netflix et al. offer a download option? I've never even tried one of those services tbh. If you can download stuff, I might give it a try ... one day.

by Anonymousreply 511/19/2020

I purchase movies from time to time on Amazon and watch them through my Apple TV. Super easy and no need to hook my computer up to anything, I don’t think I’ve watched a movie on or with a computer since 2003.

by Anonymousreply 611/19/2020

I use my DVD maybe once a week. DVD players are inexpensive. There's a New York Public Library four blocks from me and they have a terrific DVD collection, including many LGBTQ and foreign language films. Not everything can be found on a streaming service.

by Anonymousreply 711/19/2020

I still use them because I borrow movies from the library that Netflix and Amazon don’t have unless you purchase them.

by Anonymousreply 811/19/2020

Sometimes I do just to see what it was like living as my ancestors did. Kinda like using a butter churner or a typewriter.

by Anonymousreply 911/19/2020

I had hundreds. I threw away all of them. I never watched them anymore and they took up too much space. They also collected dust. Don't regret my decision.

by Anonymousreply 1011/19/2020

I have many foreign films on DVD. Most of these films are not streamable. Most of the DVDs are now out of print so they are considered to be "rare". Netflix streaming, for example, is rather awful in that it doesn't offer very many "classic" American films or GOOD foreign films.

by Anonymousreply 1111/19/2020

R7, try the Hoopla and Kanopy apps. They're through your local library and offer a great selection of gay and foreign language films. You can check out about ten titles a month, and stream them through apps on the Fire Stick (probably Roku and smart TVs, too). I use both to find a lot of hard to find titles that will never be available on Netflix or Prime.

Even with so many streaming options, I still not only watch DVDs, I still subscribe to Netflix. Not the streaming service people know it as now, the original service where you get DVDs in the mail.

by Anonymousreply 1211/19/2020

you never know what the streaming services will offer in the future... the profit appears to be producing and promoting their own content

all the marginal / niche titles from the studio's golden era seem more and more elusive. can't I keep my copy of The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend (1949) just one more year?

by Anonymousreply 1311/19/2020

I have been buying more and more blurays and DVD s over the past couple of years. I want to own a movie to watch when I want to, and not be subject to the whims of studios, who might decide one day just to make something unavailable, like Disney with their "Vault" bullshit. With Disney buying every studio up who knows what might just disappear all of a sudden. But I'm a movie obsessive, I guess if you are only a casual movie-watcher it doesn't matter.

by Anonymousreply 1411/19/2020

I can’t stream TCM or Criterion here in Australia and there are scores of movies that I have that aren’t available streaming, or get yanked off.

by Anonymousreply 1511/19/2020

No Criterion in Australia? WTF?

by Anonymousreply 1611/19/2020

So many movies aren't streaming anywhere, so I protect them at all costs. I do think that, one day, physical media will come back in a big way once people realize how many films have been lost to streaming. I also hate how a streaming site might take off a film with little to no notice whatsoever. There have been many things I've added to my watch list and come back to a few months later and they're gone.

by Anonymousreply 1711/19/2020

[quote] physical media will come back in a big way once people realize how many films have been lost to streaming

Huh?

by Anonymousreply 1811/19/2020

Also, it's rare to find director/actor commentary when you stream. I like all the extras you get with a bluray.

by Anonymousreply 1911/19/2020

I still watch and collect them. I'm glad to have actual copies instead of having to pay repeatedly to stream the movies I love.

by Anonymousreply 2011/19/2020

I have DVDs of Mildred Pierce and The Harvey Girls and I watch them all the time!

by Anonymousreply 2111/19/2020

Hubby is a techy so we haven't used DVDs in years. We shifted to BluRay early, and now we mainly do streaming.

We still have a ton of DVDs and BluRays which my hubby refuses to get rid of

by Anonymousreply 2211/19/2020

We have a free national TV channel called 'Talking Pictures' in the UK that remasters and broadcasts Movies and TV shows that are impossible to find on Streaming or DVD. There is a joke that it is run by a Father & Daughter from a garden shed, it's actually quite near to the truth.

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by Anonymousreply 2311/19/2020

[quote]Not everything can be found on a streaming service.

You can find anything on streaming services. You just have to go to the "off-brand" ones, if you know what I mean.

by Anonymousreply 2411/19/2020

I still buy blu-rays (and CDs and vinyl records). Came in handy over Halloween when I wanted to watch The Orphanage and couldn't find it streaming nor available for purchase (except in SD, as-if) anywhere.

by Anonymousreply 2511/19/2020

DVDs are almost unwatchable these days because on huge modern TV screens the picture quality is awful.

by Anonymousreply 2611/19/2020

If you torrent or use the bootleg streaming sites you can watch anything you want.

by Anonymousreply 2711/19/2020

R27 talk to us eldergays more about this Torrent and bootleg streaming sites.

by Anonymousreply 2811/19/2020

We usually don’t watch DVDs but a couple of weeks ago a storm caused our Internet to go out for three days so we couldn’t stream anything. I got the DVD player out of the closet and hooked it up and we watched a few Redbox movies.

by Anonymousreply 2911/19/2020

Gross, why would you touch DVDs in the age of COVID?

by Anonymousreply 3011/19/2020

R30 = Nervous Nellie

by Anonymousreply 3111/19/2020

R30 = Nervous Nellie

by Anonymousreply 3211/19/2020

Plenty of things were released on DVD, that you can't find anywhere online. I like to watch ballet, and I have all the DVDs.

by Anonymousreply 3311/19/2020

I have 10-15 DVDs and a few Blu-rays. These are some of my favorite movies. Physical media still provides better quality than streaming, no lag, no buffering, and none of the synchronization problems I have with Amazon Prime. I enjoy the extras that come with disks, interviews and commentary.

by Anonymousreply 3411/19/2020

I do occasionally. Whenever I buy a streaming movie I’m afraid it will be removed.

by Anonymousreply 3511/19/2020

R35, so when buying a streaming movie, you don't own that movie forever? Then why buy it?

by Anonymousreply 3611/19/2020

R15 SBS have some classics to stream - and they are free.

Also Stan has a small collection of older and foreign films. I believe they are planning to boost their library numbers up considerably over the coming months.

MUBI also has some old stuff.

Certainly nothing like the US has though.

by Anonymousreply 3711/19/2020

I love my fitness video DVDs

I'm old school like that

by Anonymousreply 3811/19/2020

R38 still watches Sweatin' to the Oldies!

by Anonymousreply 3911/19/2020

What was the bigger disaster for gay men: Richard Simmons or AIDS?

by Anonymousreply 4011/19/2020

The Barnes and Noble Criterion sale has been going on right now. I bought the Essential Fellini boxed set (which comes out next week, with 11 of his major films in the set) for half price--a $250 set I bought for $125.

by Anonymousreply 4111/19/2020

I still have many DVDs which I collected back in the '00s but I much prefer Blu-rays.

The difference in quality between DVDs and Blu-Rays is huge. Like r26 the quality is not very good when you play them on HD TVs. Maybe the upscaling DVD players make them look better but I would rather put in a Blu-ray.

Some films, though, have never been released on Blu-Ray or streaming. I watched The Big Easy a few months ago on my projector and the disc looked poor but I got used to the picture eventually.

by Anonymousreply 4211/19/2020

I didn't even know DVDs were still around.

by Anonymousreply 4311/19/2020

I have hundreds of movies on disc and will continue to buy them when a movie comes around that looks interesting or has received a lot of positive press. I buy Blu-ray discs and not DVD's, and much prefer a movie on Blu-ray 4K. You need a 4K player and TV for the upgraded discs, so I understand if you can't or won't invest in the technology.

I like the freedom to watch a movie, or part of one, without having to worry about a streaming service dropping something I want to watch. And then there's Criterion. Their discs are expensive, unless you take advantage of the twice-yearly sales at Barnes & Noble, or occasional 50% off sales at the Criterion websites. But there are so many extras offered on Criterion's Blu-rays that you can spend an entire afternoon just binging on the interviews and associated documentaries.

Having movies on disc is my one vice, so I don't make apologies. And now that theaters are mostly closed due to the pandemic, I find I can still easily get my movie fix.

by Anonymousreply 4411/19/2020

R2, if you have a smart TV, it probably has apps for Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, Youtube, and a bunch of other streaming sites already installed. You just log in directly on your TV. You don’t have to hook up your computer unless you’re watching on a site that isn’t installed on your TV. (And cleverer people than I probably know how to install new sites as well.)

R11, Amazon has a much better collection of old, foreign and obscure movies than Netflix. You do often have to pay for them, but especially the old American movies are often free with Prime. (So … not really free, I guess, but then neither are DVDs.)

R36, if you buy a streaming movie on Amazon, it should theoretically be yours forever. I have bought movies and could still watch them even when they were no longer available for new viewers. That said, it’s still being held by Amazon, not by you, so who knows what the future might bring. Also, some Amazon Prime movies are simply not available for purchase. You watch them free until Amazon stops offering them.

Despite all that, I still watch DVDs or Blu-Rays (if the latter is available – it is much better quality). Even today, Amazon carries some old films and TV shows in DVD/Blu-Ray only, and others simply aren't available. I also like horror movies, some of which are not available streaming, or they disappear from streaming after a year or so.

I watch streaming preferentially, if it’s available, but I’m not giving up my hundreds of DVDs and BluRays just yet. Maybe never.

by Anonymousreply 4511/19/2020

I still use my DVD player (never bought Blu-ray) and am still buying new DVDs. I can now buy entire series of shows like The Rockford Files for $20. I don't think the '70s stuff would look much better on Blu-ray than it does on DVD, and while I don't exclusively watch older stuff, even newer stuff looks fine to me on DVD. I'm not into effects-heavy movies like superhero franchises, etc, so DVD works just fine for me.

by Anonymousreply 4611/20/2020

What's an Eames film OP?

by Anonymousreply 4711/20/2020

DVDs don't need to take up a lot of space. I throw away the jewel case and put the disc into a plastic sleeve.

by Anonymousreply 4811/20/2020

[quote] And cleverer people than I

Oh, DEAR x2!

by Anonymousreply 4911/20/2020

[quote] I had hundreds. I threw away all of them.

Why the fuck wouldn’t you donate them?

Someone less fortunate than you may have enjoyed them instead of them sitting in a landfill.

by Anonymousreply 5011/20/2020

I hate physical media because it takes space in my house.

I stream. Mostly renting, but I've bought in the past.

I'm not afraid the copy I've bought will disappear from the cloud. I buy from Amazon Prime or Google Play. For the copy to disappear, it would take Amazon or Google to disappear. The risk is pretty much zero. And if they were going to disappear, they're offer the option to permanently download that copy. So not afraid.

by Anonymousreply 5111/20/2020

R48 I do the same. I had a shelf full of DVD's in no order and by buying blank albums with DVD/CD sleeves, I was able to save more room so guess what....I could buy MORE DVD's. I now have about 20 of those cases separated into categories/favorite actors. I even took my Golden Girls, Designing Women & Nanny collections and put them into one album. (I know...."Mary!")

I've even been copying things off of YouTube and other free sites because these sites may not last forever, but as long as I have a working DVD player and electricity, I am able to watch them when I want to. I even disconnected my TV antenna because I'm sick of broadcast television. Sometimes I have nightmares though that I'm busy copying movies from VHS to DVD that I used to tape off of "the late show" or 80's and 90's cable TV and tossing the videos away. I'm not at the mercy of broadcasters or streaming services, and I am never short of things to watch.

by Anonymousreply 5211/20/2020

Amazon/etc can easily remove content you've purchased before. Just because they're not doing it doesn't mean they won't. They're already sowing the seeds.

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by Anonymousreply 5311/20/2020

I prefer dvd. I like to watch lying on the couch. I don't like straming, I prefer physical media. Regarding the image quality, I am not demanding, even if the DVD is not in HD as long as it is not horrible.

by Anonymousreply 5411/20/2020

Dear DVDaholics,

A friend tells me another friend wanted to send him a DVD of the 2020 Netflix version of The Boys in the Band, but it does not seem to exist. I find this BluRay copy on eBay, but no DVD (my friend doesn't want to buy a BluRay player.

Does anyone know if a DVD version is about to be offered?

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by Anonymousreply 5511/20/2020

Why don't you bitches torrent or do the 'off-market' streaming sites?

by Anonymousreply 5611/20/2020

I keep DVD in plastic boxes. I keep everything, comics, CDs good to organize and move another house does not waste time on shelves.

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by Anonymousreply 5711/20/2020

Torrent is illegal, r56, isn't it? Or at least an open invitation to all manner of virii?

by Anonymousreply 5811/20/2020

I started buying some of those plastic storage boxes from Staples, r57, but they smell when you open them, so I stopped. Even years later, they emit a stink when opened. I wonder if it's possible to buy stackable plastic boxes for my CD collection (500-600 discs) that don't have an odor. They're currently in cardboard boxes that are heavy and clumsy and which I fear would break if I were ever to move them, so plastic boxes with lids that lock would be nice.

by Anonymousreply 5911/20/2020

Why are there so many packrat hoarders on DL?

by Anonymousreply 6011/20/2020

Read the thread.

by Anonymousreply 6111/20/2020

Rat pack did you say?

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by Anonymousreply 6211/20/2020

R61, thanks for checking in and letting us know you’ve read it, but you won’t get extra credit for it.

by Anonymousreply 6311/20/2020

I've been burned by changes in technology too many times in the past to keep spending money on physical media. It might be difficult to find a dvd player in ten years. You never know. I am not saying don't buy them but I wouldn't go crazy "collecting" them.

by Anonymousreply 6411/20/2020

Just like vinyl, DVDs and CDs are going to make a comeback in a few years for all the reasons stated by DVD lovers above. Also, there could be some sort of streaming catastrophe that will render the Netflix, Amazon etc lovers movieless and helpless.

I'm over 50 and I'm entitled to hang on to my DVDs, CDs and even old records. I have a few VHS tapes left too. I even have tons of books, you know the kind made with paper. They're biographies, photography and political books, most of which are out of print.

by Anonymousreply 6511/20/2020

R59, get binders for DVDs/CDs like these. Real space saver. Now all you have to do is get bookshelves.

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by Anonymousreply 6611/20/2020

It's the same with CDs. Sometimes shit disappears from Spotify but my trusty old iTunes library still has all my ripped CDs.

by Anonymousreply 6711/20/2020

Eames Films are films made by Charles Eames, and his wife, Ray Eames. They’re about a variety of subjects, mostly to educate, or show off their collection of items from around the world. Google it.

by Anonymousreply 6811/20/2020

Like their chairs?

by Anonymousreply 6911/20/2020

Saving dvds and physical things is a way of saving history, how many newspapers, magazines help to record history, sometimes I worry about leaving everything digital, on the internet.

by Anonymousreply 7011/20/2020

For those of you concerned that DVD/CD players are going to disappear, get a few cheap ones that can connect to HDMI from Target. They last a long time. The final ones manufactured when the format dies completely are usually vastly inferior, so the time to buy is now.

by Anonymousreply 7111/20/2020

Something I learned in college at a temp job, working the front desk at a CD duplication company...CDs and DVDs last 30 years. I’m sure some still work after 30, but that’s what you should allow.

by Anonymousreply 7211/20/2020

It is amazing how some DVD's go out of print very quickly and become very expensive. I wanted to get the two Glenn Close "Dalmations" and found that they were well over $50 each. Disney of course puts things out of print. The clamshell VHS tapes of certain titles are now considered collector's items, especially if they have the original shrink rap.

I've gone from Beta to VHS to DVD over the past 35 years, and my collection regardless of what format is valuable to me, especially during the Covid crisis. If we're forced to shut down society in NYC once again, I'm prepared, like a squirrel collecting nuts for the winter. In fact, now that we've got digital TV as opposed to analog, I find I'm watching more movies over and over because of how good they look.

by Anonymousreply 7311/20/2020

Seattle Public Library has a good inventory of DVDs which I can borrow for free. Through them I also stream Hoopla which features primarily British movies and TV shows. Due to Covid, I'm finally willing to pay for streaming services through Britbox. Also looking at MHZ for other foreign mystery shows.

by Anonymousreply 7411/20/2020

Getting CDs from the library is the most depressing thing I can think of. I worked at a movie studio where they had a huge library that anyone could borrow from, that was cool. They ended up donating it all to a school somewhere, because the movies were taking up too much space, and people could access them in other places.

by Anonymousreply 7511/20/2020

And I meant DVDs^....still working on my coffee

by Anonymousreply 7611/20/2020

[quote] Saving dvds and physical things is a way of saving history, how many newspapers, magazines help to record history, sometimes I worry about leaving everything digital, on the internet.

Oh fucking dear!

by Anonymousreply 7711/20/2020

Actually it was fun going to the library for DVDs and books. It was a nice walk through Seattle's neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Belltown and downtown, pre covid. I would cut through the parks which are now places where the homeless have set up tents, but that's another story.

by Anonymousreply 7811/20/2020

^9 out of 10 cats agree! The 10th cat is dead in the utility room so...

by Anonymousreply 7911/20/2020

I bought a Panasonic DVD Recorder many years ago, and most of the DVDs I've made of HD movies off TCM are better picture quality than the DVDs put out commercially. That's non-Blueray.

by Anonymousreply 8011/20/2020

I used to take advantage of dvds at the Philly public library for years but at the same time I questioned why funds were spent on buying dvds.

by Anonymousreply 8111/20/2020

I try to be cautious about what I save. I try to be realistic about what I am actually going to ever consume again, whether it's a book or movie , etc. It's all going to be left for someone else to deal with when I'm gone.

by Anonymousreply 8211/20/2020

Recording movies from TCM...yikes. People think that will only hurt rich executives, but employees on the bottom of the hierarchy are the ones that don’t get raises, or lose their jobs.

by Anonymousreply 8311/20/2020

[quote]Getting CDs from the library is the most depressing thing I can think of.

If the CD stores hadn't nearly completely shut down, I would never have had to take CDs out of the library. The condition most of them are in, it [italic]is[/italic] depressing.

by Anonymousreply 8411/20/2020

I have a great DVD collection. I get Netflix, Prime & HBO. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something and I can't find it anywhere.

by Anonymousreply 8511/20/2020

R83, it has nothing to do with "hurting" anyone, it has to do with being able to save a better quality product that's paid for - TCM + video recorder. I also record shows off PBS and other channels. The reason DVDs are on the outs has nothing to do with people who record off TV. If it were, the VCR would have put the whole thing out of business 30+ years ago.

by Anonymousreply 8611/20/2020

I work in the industry, and yes, you’re hurting people by stealing. You’re selfish and cheap.

by Anonymousreply 8711/20/2020

i bought a used copy of 2006 Ballet Russes documentary on DVD / i'll watch it again and send off to my sister since I doubt she's seen it. The whole notion of gifting music/ movies because you want to share a title you enjoy.........i miss that.

by Anonymousreply 8811/20/2020

YOu can order a lot od DVDs at Best Buy including some that even Amazon no longer carries. It's frustrating to subscribe to all these streaming services and you still can't find anything to watch. So my DVDs are always there for me. Plus, if there's a movie I know I love, and will want to watch it repeatedly, it makes no sense to rent it. I'd rather own it. Gotsford Park comes to mind. I can watch that two or three times a year. Love it.

by Anonymousreply 8911/20/2020

[quote] You can find anything on streaming services

No you can’t and furthermore, contracts expire and films and television shows aren’t offered forever, not to mention what happens when your internet service fucks up.

by Anonymousreply 9011/20/2020

You never actually "own" the movie, even if you buy the DVD. You are only just licensing it from whoever is the copyright owner. There are restrictions on what you can do. You can't make more copies and sell them; you can't play it and charge admission to watch, for 2 examples.

by Anonymousreply 9111/20/2020

[quote] Recording movies from TCM...yikes. People think that will only hurt rich executives, but employees on the bottom of the hierarchy are the ones that don’t get raises, or lose their jobs.

Under the law, it’s actually legal to record from television as long as it’s for private use. The Supreme Court ruled on this. It’s called time shifting.

by Anonymousreply 9211/20/2020

I don't trust streaming services to always have full seasons of shows I want to see, so that is why I still buy DVDs and boxsets. I also use handbrake to rip the DVDs to digital, so I can have a digital library.

by Anonymousreply 9311/20/2020

Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean you should do it.

by Anonymousreply 9411/20/2020

[quote]Also, there could be some sort of streaming catastrophe that will render the Netflix, Amazon etc lovers movieless and helpless.

You ancient old motherfuckers know that you can download all of your streamed shit to a hard drive, right?

by Anonymousreply 9511/20/2020

r90 you can find anything on the streaming services that are "off the books" so to speak. Everybody my age knows how to do this.

by Anonymousreply 9611/20/2020

My problem with DVD is that it's not HD, and Blu-Ray has always struck me as a clunky format. DVD was designed for a standard def world, and they were a huge upgrade. But in a 1080p world, not to mention 4K and above, DVDs just don't cut it, even upscaled.

by Anonymousreply 9711/20/2020

R38 Not Richard Simmons tho I do give him credit for helping the fraus.

Gilad "Bodies in motion" Janklowicz is my MAN!

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by Anonymousreply 9811/20/2020

[quote] Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean you should do it.

Oh, fuck off, you moron.

by Anonymousreply 9911/20/2020

^ sounds like someone is having some internal conflict.

by Anonymousreply 10011/20/2020

R66, but then you lose the box cover, which I often need to ID the film I’m looking for. I’m terrible at remembering names of movies.

by Anonymousreply 10111/20/2020

[quote]I don't trust streaming services to always have full seasons of shows I want to see

R93, true. Perry Mason is a good example. Amazon has only the first 5 seasons, and even those are increasingly incomplete as the seasons progress. Amazon’s Season 1 is complete, but Season 5 is missing 13 (!) episodes. I remember when I realized that those episodes were on the DVDs of S5 that I’d bought but had never watched because I started watching on Amazon. It was like finding a whole new season of new-to-me episodes. I was thrilled! (Yes, I lead a terribly exciting life. Why do you ask?)

by Anonymousreply 10211/20/2020

R95, so how do you download a movie from Amazon Prime or Netflix?

by Anonymousreply 10311/21/2020

If everything you want is available on streaming services, good for you.

by Anonymousreply 10411/21/2020

i know i've tried to record netflix and youtube off my tv onto a blank dvd with my dvd recorder and it DOES not work.. not sure why since i would think netflix is basically like having a different kind of "cable"?... don't know, maybe it's the way my dvd recorder is hooked up?

by Anonymousreply 10511/21/2020

In rural areas, internet service is poor & streaming is unreliable, if not impossible, at times. For people who can't afford cable or streaming services, DVDs are still a reliable form of entertainment.

by Anonymousreply 10611/21/2020

I burn youtube videos onto my laptop and use an external burner. Works just fine although some synchronization is off. There are other sites as well but I'm not going to jinx losing them by mentioning them here.

by Anonymousreply 10711/21/2020

I also check out a lot of the new releases and other movies from the library, and if there is a movie I know I will watch multiple times, I prefer DVD. I still find DVDs easier to navigate when fast-forwarding or rewinding of getting to a specific place.

by Anonymousreply 10811/21/2020

I will NEVER stop buying DVDs. The extras alone are justification enough. Exhibit A: the new Friday the 13th boxset from Scream Factory. And as others have stated, wanting to watch what I want, when I want and not suffer the disappointment that a streaming service has removed movies without notification.

by Anonymousreply 10911/21/2020

I’m with you, r109.

In fact, I just bought another one this morning just to spite OP.

by Anonymousreply 11011/21/2020

I own a couple hundred DVDs. Movies and shows I really enjoy and want to own. I also own books and hold onto to those I enjoy. Having the physical copy means I can turn to them when I'm mood to watch it again (or re-read in the case of books). If movies are just something to watch to pass the time and escape pressures of life, but it's something to forget afterwards, then by all means, no need to own. I do stream and watch TCM as well. And if I come across something I really enjoy and value in those viewings, I will then go ahead a purchase a physical copy.

by Anonymousreply 11111/21/2020

Another reason why I buy DVDs is for fear that streaming services, as we get more politically sensitive, will just stop airing certain old shows and movies all together. Let us not forget that they removed a couple of episodes from 30 Rock on streaming services because they thought the episodes were insensitive. And Gone With The Wind was paused until a disclaimer could be added to it.

I love the old Charlie Chan movies, not politically correct in the least, but they are fun and you never see them on TCM or any other places now. I fear that things like the old Norman Lear shows or anything produced in a certain time period may get sanitized at some point.

I have all the Looney Tunes and Tex Avery cartoons (like Droopy and Tom & Jerry) on DVD, talk about politically incorrect. On the cartoons, Whoopi provides a disclaimer, but the shorts are shown warts and all.

And I have most of the Crawford movies on DVD and every Sunday morning, I spend it in bed with Joan.

Just just can't get that kind of flexibility with streaming services.

by Anonymousreply 11211/21/2020

Excellent points, r112.

by Anonymousreply 11311/21/2020

I've never been a movie collector—I have DVDs of [italic]An Unmarried Woman[/italic], [italic]Call Me by Your Name[/italic], and some English movie that was a gift from a "film buff" friend—but I do still buy CDs when I can. I don't play them anymore. I rip them to iTunes and listen to them via computer, to which I have attached nice speakers.

I have an old integrated amp and SACD/CD player, for which I'm thinking of buying new speakers, so I can have something besides the radio in my bedroom. What I'd really like is to get a new amp and speakers that would allow me to listen to the music on my hard drive in my BR instead of using a CD player.

by Anonymousreply 11411/21/2020

I just checked my spreadsheet - I have 1244 movies on DVD or blu-ray, and that doesn't count the dozen binders of discs I once burned off of Netflix. I probably have a problem but I don't care, I will be prepared for the streaming-apocalypse! Someone will also one day find me dead buried underneath a pile of discs, for sure.

by Anonymousreply 11511/21/2020

I can only imagine what your houses/apartments look like. Cluttered, hoarded messes with antiques and masses of pop culture junk from decades of OCD 'collecting.'

by Anonymousreply 11611/21/2020

R115, beware of the "your hurting the workers" by stealing movies troll!

by Anonymousreply 11711/21/2020

I’ve changed my mind about how your activities are hurting workers. Looking at the replies, no one makes any money off of what you’re watching, like Perry Mason. Probably has minimal impact.

There’s nothing tackier than walking into someone’s house and seeing shelves of DVDs. Hoping you people put them in a cabinet or closet somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 11811/21/2020

"Everything" is not available to stream, certainly not safely (malware and virus free).

by Anonymousreply 11911/21/2020

R116, why would you think because people own DVDs their houses are a mess? Do you not think those DVDs could be organized and stored somewhere?

I’m assuming you’re a younger person. Was your parents house a cluttered and hoarded mess since streaming wasn’t available then? After all, their only choice was physical media. Did they not have records?

by Anonymousreply 12011/21/2020

I’ve seen how people display DVDs, R116 has a valid point. People who collect and archive rarely keep things neat and clean. For them, it’s about the comfort of objects, so aesthetics are thrown out the window. Or, maybe clutter is an aesthetic to them?

Growing up, the only thing on bookshelves were books, kept in our family room/library, mostly. VHS tapes and CDs were kept in cabinets. Everything was very modern and minimal. The only thing my parents displayed was art (paintings and a few objects.) I don’t understand people who find meaningless things at Ross, or wherever they buy that crap, and hang it on a wall.

by Anonymousreply 12111/21/2020

Exactly R112. I want to be able to watch Joey in blackface on Gimme A Break! and Gil Kesler on The Golden Girls whenever I damn please.

by Anonymousreply 12211/21/2020

R121, you say he has a valid point but then go on to relate your own experiences wherein your parents’ house was neat and tidy, in spite of having VHS tapes, thereby nullifying his assumption that if one has DVDs they must have a messy house or be hoarders.

by Anonymousreply 12311/21/2020

Ever noticed how LPs were more easy to store than CDs and DVDs? Of course, this question does not apply to the snotty youngsters here.

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by Anonymousreply 12411/21/2020

Boss phonograph, man.

by Anonymousreply 12511/21/2020

Torrenting in itself isn't illegal (or unsafe, don't download RAR files) there are plenty of legal sites for Public Domain Movies. If Charlie Chaplin is your thing you'll have a great time

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by Anonymousreply 12611/21/2020

[quote]There’s nothing tackier than walking into someone’s house and seeing shelves of DVDs.

I'm old enough to remember when people used to do this. I always thought it was very tacky.

by Anonymousreply 12711/21/2020

[quote]"Everything" is not available to stream, certainly not safely (malware and virus free).

How is life in 2005?

There are free sites to stream anything which includes pay cable, Netflix and Hulu content.

No Log VPN + Good Ad Blocker + don't click on weird stuff and you're ready to go, it's absolutely not that complicated at all. No one in my age group would even be confused by any of that.

by Anonymousreply 12811/21/2020

[quote] There’s nothing tackier than walking into someone’s house and seeing shelves of DVDs.

But glass menageries are fine? What a ridiculous statement. If anything, it's a conversation starter. I'm always curious about other people's music and movie collections.

by Anonymousreply 12911/21/2020

I love people who think whatever they don’t do in their house is “tacky.”

by Anonymousreply 13011/21/2020

The shut-in hoarders are NOT happy right now!

You keep all your DVDs (those of you who still have DVDs) in a cabinet or drawer or something where they're not on public display.

by Anonymousreply 13111/21/2020

Who the fuck died and made you Nate Berkus.

by Anonymousreply 13211/21/2020

R76 referring to "working on my coffee" is the most depressing thing I can think of

by Anonymousreply 13311/21/2020

I'll stick with my physical media, thanks

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by Anonymousreply 13411/21/2020

R87 anyone who says they "work in the industry" deserves to be hurt

by Anonymousreply 13511/21/2020

R128 No one in your age group matters

by Anonymousreply 13611/21/2020

R116 luckily for all of us, you will never be invited over

by Anonymousreply 13711/21/2020

r136 exemplifies the weird disconnect with the modern world that a number of DLers have. It's like the world stopped turning circa 1990.

by Anonymousreply 13811/21/2020

r137 I would probably need a hazmat suit, so no thanks anyway.

by Anonymousreply 13911/21/2020

R139 you would need to not be an insufferable bottom, so you're welcome

by Anonymousreply 14011/21/2020

[quote] anyone who says they "work in the industry" deserves to be hurt

It beats the hell out of

“I’m in the biz, Chicky Baby.”

by Anonymousreply 14111/21/2020

I started a similar thread about personal photos and how you all store them, back them up, etc. Tell us!

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by Anonymousreply 14211/21/2020

R141 does it?

by Anonymousreply 14311/21/2020

Touché, r143.

by Anonymousreply 14411/21/2020

I would never cast an actor with a bookshelf full of DVDs on display in their personal abode. Even if that DVD collection includes all of my shitty movies.

by Anonymousreply 14511/21/2020

[quote] There are free sites to stream anything which includes pay cable, Netflix and Hulu content.

If you're interested in watching all the recent popular TV series its fine, but the films are all mainstream Blockbuster-type crap, kids stuff and movies specifically made for Hulu, etc. Between Netflix and Hulu I probably found about 5 movies worth watching that I hadn't already seen and that was it.

by Anonymousreply 14611/21/2020

r146 you can also find anything else you're looking for.

by Anonymousreply 14711/21/2020

Streaming services have to regularly renew their rights to stream based on views, so obviously anything which isn't well-known or popular is not going to be renewed or available at all.

by Anonymousreply 14811/21/2020

r148 we're talking about the "unofficial" streaming sites, such as this one...

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by Anonymousreply 14911/21/2020

Talking to DLers about tech is like talking to all of my uncles.

by Anonymousreply 15011/21/2020

Hey! I can set the clock on my VCR!

by Anonymousreply 15111/21/2020

R150 and they probably want nothing to do with you either

by Anonymousreply 15211/21/2020

2020 has proven that it's unfortunate to have been born after 1990

by Anonymousreply 15311/21/2020

"There’s nothing tackier than walking into someone’s house and seeing shelves of DVDs."

It depends how they're arranged. I keep titles like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Verdict, The Misfits, Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Moonlighting, Ric Burns documentary New York, All About Eve, Goodfellas, As Good as it Gets, The Shining - in FRONT. I keep The Golden Girls and stuff like that in the BACK.

by Anonymousreply 15411/21/2020

R149 Still, I don't see anything there but current TV series. Please show me a streaming service that shows early John Waters movies and obscure films from the 60s and maybe I'll reconsider.

by Anonymousreply 15511/21/2020

[quote] There’s nothing tackier than walking into someone’s house and seeing shelves of DVDs.

and there's nothing more boring than a home with no books, DVDs or music.

by Anonymousreply 15611/21/2020

r155 there's a search bar at the top. And categories on the left hand side. JFC.

by Anonymousreply 15711/21/2020

[quote]and there's nothing more boring than a home with no books, DVDs or music.

Nobody said that.

by Anonymousreply 15811/21/2020

R157 Yeah, a search bar that just took me to an untrusted page full of malware. No thanks.

by Anonymousreply 15911/21/2020

Fucking hell you need a good adblocker like UBlock Origin.

Who the fuck uses a PC without something like that these days?

by Anonymousreply 16011/21/2020

Nano is another good one.

by Anonymousreply 16111/21/2020

I give up, you ancient old fucks are hopeless.

by Anonymousreply 16211/21/2020

R160 I do. That's how I got a warning, dipshit.

by Anonymousreply 16311/21/2020

r163 your software is outdated. Switch to Ublock with a Nano backup.

by Anonymousreply 16411/21/2020

Maybe those that like to display their tacky DVD collection can just have their 50 cats sit in front of it. That would look much better.

Not sure why you guys are so worried about what people think about your prominently displayed DVDs, it’s not like people are visiting you.

by Anonymousreply 16511/21/2020

I bet rescue-chick has a huge DVD collection, displayed on open shelving.

by Anonymousreply 16611/21/2020

This is a strange to me. DL has some strange obsessions, but how and where someone stores their media is a new one. It's like being upset at how old ladies display their china in those China Cabinet things.

by Anonymousreply 16711/21/2020

R167 It amazes me that so many of them sound like the nagging wife all bitter over their husband's baseball card collection.

by Anonymousreply 16811/21/2020

Most of your DVD's will join all those AOL discs that are NOT deteriorating in landfills.

by Anonymousreply 16911/21/2020

Or end up as a drag queen’s found objects dress.

by Anonymousreply 17011/21/2020

Or earrings.

by Anonymousreply 17111/21/2020

I find that the A/V quality on blu-ray and 4K surpasses anything I watch on streaming. I just ordered the newly-remastered Fellini box set from Criterion.

by Anonymousreply 17211/21/2020

Hell, I still have my Atari 2600 and about 50 game cartridges!

by Anonymousreply 17311/21/2020

[quote] Most of your DVD's will join all those AOL discs that are NOT deteriorating in landfills.

Don't forget the ET Atari cartridges in a New Mexico field.

by Anonymousreply 17411/21/2020

Criterion Collection DVDs are 50% off at BarnesandNoble.com. I just bought some of my foreign film faves!

by Anonymousreply 17511/21/2020

I mean I own that Criterion of Come and See too but that's a weird choice to single out when talking re-watchability r175 - I watched it once and am not sure I could ever watch it again, it's so fucking disturbing

by Anonymousreply 17611/21/2020

R175 Amazon has them 50% off as well. Just got Moonstruck and Ghost Dog this week.

by Anonymousreply 17711/21/2020

R177, compare the two sites. Amazon matches some of B&N's prices for Criterion films, but I found a few DVDs on B&N for half price but NOT on Amazon.

by Anonymousreply 17811/21/2020

Nothing like a thread about someone else's habits to bring out the weirdos

by Anonymousreply 17911/22/2020

I will never get rid of my DVDs because I prefer to watch the uncensored originals, e.g. of Fawlty Towers. And the Simpsons boxes are pieces of art.

by Anonymousreply 18011/22/2020

OP, the answer to your question is: old people. But not all of us. I have siblings like this, but I made it to the 21st century and I know how to stream to my TV. After years of CD and DVD clutter in my youth, I'm grateful for the new technology.

by Anonymousreply 18111/22/2020

[quote]Getting CDs from the library is the most depressing thing I can think of. I worked at a movie studio where they had a huge library that anyone could borrow from, that was cool. They ended up donating it all to a school somewhere, because the movies were taking up too much space, and people could access them in other places. And I meant DVDs^....still working on my coffee.

Why is it the most depressing thing you can think of? Are you a mental case?

I work in a library. Even in lockdown we're doing substantial curbside pickup. People still get DVDs and CDs. If they're depressed by it, they didn't tell me. They also get books. Those don't seem to make anyone suicidal either. I just ordered several TV series on DVD and they went our as soon as they were put into our system.

by Anonymousreply 18211/22/2020

*went out (on loan)

by Anonymousreply 18311/22/2020

[quote]Getting CDs from the library is the most depressing thing I can think of.

[quote]Why is it the most depressing thing you can think of?

I'm not the person you're questioning, and pre-pandemic, I did take CDs out of the library, but I do find the condition the CDs are in to be, well, depressing. Not, in my case, the most depressing thing I can think of, but sad, nonetheless.

by Anonymousreply 18411/22/2020

[quote]Getting CDs from the library is the most depressing thing I can think of.

[quote]Why is it the most depressing thing you can think of?

I'm not the person you're questioning, and pre-pandemic, I did take CDs out of the library, but I do find the condition the CDs are in to be, well, depressing. Not, in my case, the most depressing thing I can think of, but sad, nonetheless.

by Anonymousreply 18511/22/2020

We used to subscribe to both Netflix streaming and the Blu-ray by mail to get the latest movies. We finally just canceled the mail part because mostly everything shows up on Netflix or other such services within months of release nowadays

by Anonymousreply 18611/22/2020

[quote]I'm not the person you're questioning, and pre-pandemic, I did take CDs out of the library, but I do find the condition the CDs are in to be, well, depressing. Not, in my case, the most depressing thing I can think of, but sad, nonetheless.

Then your library sucks. We discard or replace CDs and DVDs all the time. If your library is lending CDs that aren't playable they don't do their jobs.

by Anonymousreply 18711/22/2020

I report as many of the ones that no longer play every chance I get, r187. I don't really know if the library pays attention.

by Anonymousreply 18811/22/2020

R188 They suck, seriously.

by Anonymousreply 18911/22/2020

I still work full time so maybe things will change if/when I retire, but I simply don't have time to rewatch movies. I am still trying to catch up on all the terrific series that are on streaming services and cable. Right now watching The Crown, Queen's Gambit, and the latest season of Fargo.

by Anonymousreply 19011/22/2020

The trick is to watch them at work

by Anonymousreply 19111/22/2020

For those of you who work at libraries, do you use donated DVDs/CDs? Or do you need to order for your library through some official means?

I have a lot of DVDs I'd like to donate somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 19211/22/2020

I continue to be amazed at how out of touch with the times so many DLers are. My parents, aunts and uncles are all the same age as DL elders and they're all doing streaming, they all have Smartphones, they don't sit around watching marathons of tv shows from 40 years ago, and on and on. It's odd because I would think gay men would be up with the times and current culture and NOT stuck in a time warp, but I guess not. I'm curious as to why.

by Anonymousreply 19311/22/2020

This has nothing to do with age.

DVDs and DVD Boxsets of TV Shows can come with the following:

1) In most cases full, uncut seasons (there are exceptions)

2) Extras like cut scenes, blooper reels, commentary, cast interviews, writer and director interviews

3) The flexibility of watching the movies/shows you want without being constrained to licensing agreements

4) There are some older/obscure shows and movies that just aren't worth it for streaming services.

I'm late 40s, so I guess I'm old by the standards of this thread and I have Netflix, Hula, Prime, HBO Max and CBS All Access and I still get the DVDS and TV show boxsets because it makes sense to me. I can watch Madmen on Amazon Prime, but Amazon Prime isn't going to have all the extras that the DVDs have. I also like to watch things commercial free. So I have to commercial frees versions of Hulu and CBS All Access.

And sometimes watching an old TV show or an old movie is like listening to an old song.

I'm not sure what's so hard to grasp about that and why you're saying this is age thing. Aren't you all the fools that have gone back to vinyl music? Stop being silly and fuck you and your parents and aunts and uncles.

by Anonymousreply 19411/22/2020

DVDs are obsolete tech. r194 it is odd how so many posters here are stuck in the past. The obsession with old tv shows from decades ago, the odd disconnect that society hasn't changed much in decades ("I know all about this city because I was there 35 years ago.") it's like time stopped. I was merely commenting that my straight, fairly conservative, senior citizen relatives are more tech savvy and in tune with the times than a lot of gay men on here. It's kind of shocking, gay men are supposedly at the forefront of things like this.

BTW you can find all the extras on torrents or whatever if you want to.

by Anonymousreply 19511/22/2020

Who isn't tech savvy? I've forgotten more about tech than you will ever know R195. And you torrent what you want, and don't worry about what I'm doing over here.

by Anonymousreply 19611/22/2020

[quote]DVDs are obsolete tech.

And? Who gives a fuck? Maybe some people who have a library full of DVD's think there's no point in ditching them to spending more money on streaming services that they don't want or need? To access the same shit they already paid for.

Technology is constantly changing. So what you're bragging about now in five years down the road will be obsolete as well. But you do you and keep chasing all the trends you want. Some of us got off that merry go around years back and see it for the sham it is. You don't need to constantly update the same shit you bought twenty years ago because you want to be viewed as being cool.

by Anonymousreply 19711/22/2020

After twenty years, the shit you bought would not really play anymore anyway.

I think the thing here is that many older DLers are virtual shut-ins who have just given up on life.

by Anonymousreply 19811/22/2020

And there are those who desperately have to be validated as being "Cool" by the same "virtual shut-ins".

Get a blog on how you're on the cutting edge of technology.

by Anonymousreply 19911/22/2020

It's about people shutting themselves off, r199. It's very sad.

by Anonymousreply 20011/22/2020

Addressing why I find checking DVDs out from the library depressing. I really should start a new thread about this subject. Sadly, many libraries have become community centers for weirdos. Many people are there to use the computers, print something, or use the restrooms. Few people go to check out books. As a result, libraries have become a sad shared basement den, rather than a place to learn.

by Anonymousreply 20111/22/2020

[quote] DVDs are obsolete tech.

Talk about being not being in tune.

by Anonymousreply 20211/22/2020

IMO most of the new movies suck, I'm not going to pay for a service that delivers 95% trash by streaming.

"I have a lot of DVDs I'd like to donate somewhere"

Last year I de-cluttered by donating several boxes of DVDs, CDs and books to Big Brothers Big Sisters. They picked it up. They've suspended pick-up service this years because of Covid, but it will come back in 2021 at some time. Tax deductible, and I've saved my favorites.

by Anonymousreply 20311/22/2020

[quote] BTW you can find all the extras on torrents or whatever if you want to.

I've used torrents for years but have never come across this. could you be so kind as to steer me in the right direction?

by Anonymousreply 20411/22/2020

This thread is full of millennials without expendable income who are mooching Netflix with their parents' credentials. Some of us even work in tech and knew how to download from usenet before you were even out of diapers, and we still prefer physical media.

by Anonymousreply 20511/22/2020

My sister, who's a real film and geek, told me that specialty media companies (Criterion, Rhino, Kino) are thriving because the only people who buy physical media, are, well, the nerds like her.

by Anonymousreply 20611/22/2020

Time is putting out amazing DVD retrospectives on Cher and Dolly Parton that you can definitely not find on streaming services.

by Anonymousreply 20711/22/2020

Why do so many millennials care if someone collects physical media or listen to music and watch films from before their time? Half of you crybabies don't even know how to drive a car or properly address an envelope yet you stick your noses up at the interests of anyone older than you. Seriously, fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 20811/22/2020

Be careful, R208, millennials are very defensive and get hurt over comments like yours!

by Anonymousreply 20911/22/2020

R209 I know. One of them went apeshit over someone with an outdated ad blocker (see above).

by Anonymousreply 21011/22/2020

[quote]This thread is full of millennials without expendable income who are mooching Netflix with their parents' credentials. Some of us even work in tech and knew how to download from usenet before you were even out of diapers, and we still prefer physical media.

I'm Gen X and I'm quite well-off.

Honestly, I don't know anyone who still has shelves and shelves of DVDs anymore. DL is often a weird time warp

by Anonymousreply 21111/22/2020

Youtube also has a lot of the DVD extras.

by Anonymousreply 21211/22/2020

Millennials are about to hit middle age, but on DL they're college student-age.

by Anonymousreply 21311/22/2020

Perceptions like this exist on DL, because, like a scratched up DVD from the public library, their lives are stuck on the main menu, and hasn’t played in years.

by Anonymousreply 21411/22/2020

I have a large collection of DVDs and blu-rays I watch quite often, but I have them stored away in boxes. I do agree that a shelf full of DVDs (as well as CDs) looks tacky. I just keep my books and vinyl on the shelves. There's just something pleasing and unexplainable about having the physical media in my hand and being able to enjoy the artwork, booklet etc. I feel the same way about books. Much rather have an actual book in my hands than read off a Kindle.

by Anonymousreply 21511/22/2020

Some of you guys/gals have DVDs you want to donate? Well, donate 'em to me! Tell me what foreign films you have. Cinema Paradiso? Mediterraneo? The Sea Inside? Babette's Feast? Seven Beauties? The Tin Drum? Truffaut? Fellini? Kurosawa?

by Anonymousreply 21611/22/2020

R215... hear hear!....i will ALWAYS prefer a book in my hands and a book in a bookcase than a kindle....

PERHAPS off topic, but how does everyone feel about framed movie posters on their walls?

i have a number in my "entertainment room"..

by Anonymousreply 21711/22/2020

[quote] how does everyone feel about framed movie posters on their walls?

I used to hang movie posters on my wall, but now it has gotten very trendy. Seems like every other gay guy (with similar interests) has a "Carrie" one-sheet hanging on their wall.

by Anonymousreply 21811/22/2020

If my DVDs were stored away in boxes, I'd forget I have them. Confucius said something like - if I can't see the damned thing, it doesn't exist.

by Anonymousreply 21911/22/2020

R219 I've got them all catalogued on bluray.com so I'm good.

by Anonymousreply 22011/22/2020

I am loving this thread.

Yes, I have DVDs. A lot of them. On a nice bookcase in my living room. Along with lots of books. Real books. With paper pages.

And yes, I sometimes get DVDs out of the library. My library is part of a large system and most of the time, I can find old less well known DVDs through the system. Lots of the movie threads on DL have led me to check out a movie from the library.

You guys crack me up.

Carry on.

by Anonymousreply 22111/22/2020

I guess if you have a media room having DVDs out in the open isn't too bad but in your main living room? Tacky tacky.

by Anonymousreply 22211/22/2020

I have several streaming services, but for the stuff I love/good deals, physical all the way. The PQ/AV is better, no buffering, no worrying about a license going out.

by Anonymousreply 22311/22/2020

I hate the idea that someone can cut me off content I paid for with the flip of a switch. The ultimate censorship.

by Anonymousreply 22411/22/2020

That's not what censorship means

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by Anonymousreply 22511/22/2020

Of course I still watch DVDs!

Many, many years ago, a nice young man in an electronics repair shop transferred my well-used Jazzercise video tapes to DVD. I could not be happy without them.

by Anonymousreply 22611/22/2020

In 50 year every media content will be digital and all financial transactions too. There will be no printed books and money. Whoever is in power will be able to continuously survey and totally control you.

by Anonymousreply 22711/22/2020

R227, Barron Trump will be POTUS in 2070.

by Anonymousreply 22811/22/2020

[quote]And? Who gives a fuck?

Switch to decaf, hon. You're all worked up over nothing.

by Anonymousreply 22911/22/2020

R215 My sister displays her Criterions in her living room in a small bookcase with a poster for The Umbrellas of Cherbourg above it. It looks great. I have no idea where she keeps the rest.

by Anonymousreply 23011/22/2020

R227

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The idea of displaying one’s “Criterions” has so many layers of tackiness, it’s unbelievable. Sounds like something from apartment therapy, ew.

by Anonymousreply 23211/22/2020

[quote]Addressing why I find checking DVDs out from the library depressing. I really should start a new thread about this subject. Sadly, many libraries have become community centers for weirdos. Many people are there to use the computers, print something, or use the restrooms. Few people go to check out books. As a result, libraries have become a sad shared basement den, rather than a place to learn.

R201 "Many libraries" - how many do you actually go to? I'm guessing one, in your shithole of a community. Almost all the people who come to the library where I work come to check out books. Right now we are closed to the public and doing curbside pickup 9 to 5 every day. Books, magazines, CDs, DVDs. Many people also go to the library (in normal times) for ESL classes, reference assistance, town/city records, microfilm/microfiche of old newspapers. We have Ancestry.com for free, you can access it from home. Several streaming services, e-books. Two book clubs that meet weekly, visiting lecturers including many famous authors, and yeah, people who make Xeroxes and use the computers. This is a suburban library. We have a large interlibrary loan system and a larger inter-consortium system. We send out and unload about 7 or 8 bins of materials a day.

by Anonymousreply 23311/22/2020

I'd love to watch an episode of Homes of the Digital Disc Free. Their places must be palaces.

by Anonymousreply 23411/22/2020

PS we're on all social media, we're on Twitch, we have online readings, yoga classes, video games online 3 nights a week. I could probably think of more.

by Anonymousreply 23511/22/2020

Right before the pandemic, I visited libraries in West Hollywood (home), Huntington Beach, San Juan Capistrano, CA and Boulder, CO. None of these are “shithole communities”, and are quite wealthy. I find it hard to believe that most people come to your library to check out books. Maybe you should try taking a walk around your library and see what’s really going on. Or, maybe you’re idealizing things to cope with the pandemic. As an Architect, I’m skilled at observing behavior and the use of buildings, so you should take my word for it.

by Anonymousreply 23611/22/2020

Seriously r232.

"Oh they're Criterion DVDs! Well that's CLASSY, then!"

by Anonymousreply 23711/22/2020

DLers keep their DVDs on shelves next to their "Gene" dolls, which are in glass cases. Backlit, of course.

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[quote]I'd love to watch an episode of Homes of the Digital Disc Free. Their places must be palaces.

No, their homes look like most 21st century homes.

by Anonymousreply 23911/22/2020

[quote]No, their homes look like most 21st century homes.

And you being proud of that is the icing on the cake. Did Chippy and Joanna influence the design as well?

So cutting edge.

by Anonymousreply 24011/22/2020

[quote]I'd love to watch an episode of Homes of the Digital Disc Free. Their places must be palaces.

Open concept mingled with HGTV influenced designs.

Poor dears are just running in the lockstep with the middle class fraus.

Humor them.

by Anonymousreply 24111/22/2020

[quote] The idea of displaying one’s “Criterions” has so many layers of tackiness, i

So I’m guessing displaying my caftans is out of the question?

To be fair, I only display the clean ones.

by Anonymousreply 24211/22/2020

I love how r240 andr241 immediately jump to those tacky design shows that they think is what the houses of people who don't display DVDs out in the open look like.

by Anonymousreply 24311/22/2020

[quote]I'd love to watch an episode of Homes of the Digital Disc Free. Their places must be palaces.

They're neat and organized. Nice furniture, none of those tacky shelving units/racks with DVDs or (god forbid) CDs hoarded all over the place, out in the open.

by Anonymousreply 24411/22/2020

Pardon me, but your Criterions are showing!

by Anonymousreply 24511/22/2020

I still have all my music CDs from the 90s and early 2000s.

Thousands of them. I can’t let them go.

by Anonymousreply 24611/22/2020

Do you keep them in those folder things r246?

by Anonymousreply 24711/22/2020

I still have my cassettes from the '80s...including Milli Vanilli.

by Anonymousreply 24811/22/2020

2030: youngsters are paying now $35 a pop for DVD movies! Seems they are tired of paying over and over for the same titles, and disappointed when Netflix-Amazon doesn't have what they want.

Booyah!

by Anonymousreply 24911/22/2020

R249 That's about how much they're spending now on new vinyl. Remember when that went away?

by Anonymousreply 25011/22/2020

R247, I moved over a year ago and most are still in boxes, but I confess to missing seeing them on shelves.

I also still have thousands of vinyl LPs. Those are unpacked.

Still, I stream almost everything.

I guess the collector in me can’t let go.

by Anonymousreply 25111/22/2020

off topic perhaps, but i have a dvd recorder/vcr player and i bet i could make a good side gig advertising to people who have videotapes and them paying me to transfer them onto dvds?...

i mean most everyone over the age of what 30 have videotapes of family events, weddings, parties, birthdays, whatever they want to keep and know their videotapes are getting old! ... charge them 20 bucks for each transfer?...

all cash under the table profit..otherwise you would have to take your videotapes to a actual store/business and they would charge a small fortune to do this, so either go that route or buy yourself a dvd recorder player/vcr player..

by Anonymousreply 25211/22/2020

I don't miss physical media like DVDs and CDs. No matter how well you take care of them they sometimes get scratched and then become unplayable.

by Anonymousreply 25311/22/2020

You can't be a movie-lover, not a real movie-lover, and rely on just streaming. The quality of streaming is shite, the selection on streaming is shite, the reliability of streaming is shite. Go on and on all you want about it only being out-of-touch people who own DVDs and blu-rays but all that does is make you seem like an u-nserious and thoughtless person who doesn't actually have a horse int his race because you clearly don't actually love the movies.

by Anonymousreply 25411/22/2020

True r53. Remember how fast CDs used to get scratched and skip when you played them? Pieces of shit, they were. I love digital.

by Anonymousreply 25511/22/2020

r254 you can get pretty much anything on streaming. And a 1080p HDTV has flawless video quality.

by Anonymousreply 25611/22/2020

[quote]Remember how fast CDs used to get scratched and skip when you played them? Pieces of shit, they were. I love digital.

Mine are all in great shape. Not hard to do if you're careful. I remember when CDs were "digital."

by Anonymousreply 25711/22/2020

My advice to anyone who has physical media (DVD, Bluray, CD, Cassette) would be to spend some time teaching yourself how to back them up onto a good hard drive or cloud service, just in case.

If you have a fairly decent computer it doesn't take long and HEVC/x265 produces a smallish file with at least Bluray resolution, FLAC/ALAC produce perfect audio.

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by Anonymousreply 25811/23/2020

Wow. Thanks for that advice, r258!

Seriously.

by Anonymousreply 25911/23/2020

When going to a new man's house, looking through his CD/DVD racks was one of the best indicators of whether things had a chance of working out beyond a hookup. "Ooh he even has the Jap. version of 'Double Eclipse' with the bonus track!"

by Anonymousreply 26011/23/2020

R255, I have LPs that are over 50 years old, CDs that are over 30 and DVDs over 20. NONE of them skip or don't work, that's because they are taken care of. You can play them a million times. If you are one who is compelled to step on them, eat meals on them and toss them across the room, physical media is not for you.

by Anonymousreply 26111/23/2020

What about those big laser discs with movies on them? Have any of those? In college I had to watch a movie on one of those, and had to watch it at the library because I didn’t have a player for those.

by Anonymousreply 26211/23/2020

Laser discs peaked in the early 1990s. Now there are many for sale on ebay. I wonder who would buy them now.

by Anonymousreply 26311/23/2020

Everyone on Datalounge would buy them, if this thread is any indication. They would also prominently display them in their living room.

by Anonymousreply 26411/23/2020

[quote] What about those big laser discs with movies on them? Have any of those? In college I had to watch a movie on one of those, and had to watch it at the library because I didn’t have a player for those.

Is "those" the word of the day?

by Anonymousreply 26511/23/2020

Laser Discs never really caught on.

by Anonymousreply 26611/23/2020

r261 I used to keep CDs in good condition and they would still skip. Not that I've had CDs since 2000ish when digital came in, maybe they improved after that.

by Anonymousreply 26711/23/2020

Yes, “those” is the word of the day because I don’t know what to call those weird things.

by Anonymousreply 26811/23/2020

They're called simply "laser discs." Not "those big laser discs with movies on them."

by Anonymousreply 26911/23/2020

r269 laser discs were thirty or more years ago, and they never caught on. Who gives a fuck what they were really called.

by Anonymousreply 27011/23/2020

A lot of you dusty ole queens love to tell people what to display in their own houses. If you want that kind of control, then fork over some cash for the mortgage.

by Anonymousreply 27111/23/2020

Can’t, r271. The rent on the trailer is due. And I love my mobile made from Pabst Blue Ribbon cans.

by Anonymousreply 27211/23/2020

It's not old queens talking about tacky DVD displays.

by Anonymousreply 27311/23/2020

I went to B&N today because I saw that the Essential Fellini blu-ray box set was shown as "in stock" in their store. When I went there the cunt working there said the release day is tomorrow and refused to sell me one.

by Anonymousreply 27411/23/2020

But how are you going to display it R274?

by Anonymousreply 27511/23/2020

She’s not being a cunt. In high school, I worked at a B. Dalton, owned by B & N, and there were strict rules about this. I remember not being able to not open this box of Anne Rice books until the date specified on the outside of the box. Opening them sooner would mean BIG trouble.

by Anonymousreply 27611/23/2020

"A lot of you dusty ole queens love to tell people what to display in their own houses."

No, darling, we are merely describing our houses. It the youngsters here who are judgmental, sweetheart.

by Anonymousreply 27711/23/2020

r277 - spending the night dusting his Madame Alexander dolls, which belonged to Mother.

by Anonymousreply 27811/23/2020

[quote]For those of you concerned that DVD/CD players are going to disappear, get a few cheap ones that can connect to HDMI from Target. They last a long time. The final ones manufactured when the format dies completely are usually vastly inferior, so the time to buy is now.

Just FYI for shoe who are unaware, Blu-Ray players also play DVDs AND CDs. But I suppose some people skipped Blu-Ray entirely and went right to streaming or whatever.

[quote]Getting CDs from the library is the most depressing thing I can think of.

Umm...why, exactly?

[quote]You never actually "own" the movie, even if you buy the DVD. You are only just licensing it from whoever is the copyright owner. There are restrictions on what you can do. You can't make more copies and sell them; you can't play it and charge admission to watch, for 2 examples.

Everyone knows that, and that's not what anyone mean by "own." What a useless post.

[quote]I will NEVER stop buying DVDs. The extras alone are justification enough. Exhibit A: the new Friday the 13th boxset from Scream Factory. And as others have stated, wanting to watch what I want, when I want and not suffer the disappointment that a streaming service has removed movies without notification.

But, assuming you have an HD TV, I would advise you to get a Blu-Ray player, which also plays DVDs and CDs. Then you can get anything new you buy in HD, but your large collection of DVDs will still play and will look as as good or better than ever.

[quote]I’ve seen how people display DVDs, [R116] has a valid point. People who collect and archive rarely keep things neat and clean.

Why do you speak with such authority on this? I have had exactly the opposite experience. All of the people I know who collect and archive want to be able to find specific items immediately, so they organize their collections very well.

[quote]Ever noticed how LPs were more easy to store than CDs and DVDs?

They're not "more easy to store." I have all three, and all are easy to store if you have the right type of shelving or other storage device. Who are you people with all these weird comments and misinformation?

[quote]I do agree that a shelf full of DVDs (as well as CDs) looks tacky. I just keep my books and vinyl on the shelves.

I don't suppose you would want to try to explain the difference, would you? you Why shelves of books and vinyl look good but shelves of DVDS and/or CDs are tacky? Wouldn't it partly depend on the content? Wouldn't you agree that a shelf full of romance novels and Michael Jackson LPs would look tackier than a shelf full of classic films on DVD? Maybe not, I don't know your taste....

by Anonymousreply 27911/24/2020

[quote] Just FYI for shoe who are unaware

For who?

by Anonymousreply 28011/24/2020

As an Architect, I think some of these people are missing the point in how displaying DVDs could be tacky. It doesn’t matter what they are, the gesture of a discordant rainbow of boxes creates a hideous effect. My guess is that displaying hundreds of DVDs is appealing to people who grew up poor, because it’s like going to a shop where everything is free.

by Anonymousreply 28111/24/2020

Is it worth concerting to 4K?

by Anonymousreply 28211/24/2020

DVDs are a pain if your player is glitchy or the discs are a bit scratched...

...but honestly, I don't want to pay for streaming services. How annoying. I have a wide range of interests - am I seriously going to pay 10$ X four or five streaming services just in case I want to watch something?

I'd rather OWN the movies I know I'll happily rewatch than pay to maaaaaybe watch them.

by Anonymousreply 28311/24/2020

[quote] Is it worth concerting to 4K?

It depends on what band is playing at the concert.

by Anonymousreply 28411/24/2020

What are you people doing to your DVD where they glitchy and scratched?

by Anonymousreply 28511/24/2020

The worse is when you don't open and try to play a dvd until it's way past the return date and it's defective.

by Anonymousreply 28611/24/2020

An article about disc rot....

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by Anonymousreply 28711/24/2020

[quote] I don't suppose you would want to try to explain the difference, would you? you Why shelves of books and vinyl look good but shelves of DVDS and/or CDs are tacky?

Aesthetics. Both the DVDs and CDs have reflective casing which will make any room look chaotic if there is an entire collection of them displayed on the wall. Books and records give the room a more refined look. R281 gets it.

by Anonymousreply 28811/24/2020

OP ain't bullshittin'. DVDs are almost as lame as buying an audio cassette from the 1980s. Although for quite awhile they have sold DVDs along with the Blu Ray so then people stuck watching only DVDs are stuck with a worthless Blu Ray copy. My sister still has a ridiculous DVD player from 20 years ago and her TV about the same. I have bought about 7 Blu Ray players in the past 10 or so years.

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by Anonymousreply 28911/24/2020

There's a site called Bluray.com and they were discussing about how Lionsgate's Blu Ray version of Basic Instinct no longer plays. Not because of disc rot but because they have made them unusable on purpose. I tried my old Lionsgate copy recently and sure enough it won't go beyond the menu. All Lionsgate movies might be like this.

by Anonymousreply 29011/24/2020

[quote] My sister still has a ridiculous DVD player from 20 years ago and her TV about the same. I have bought about 7 Blu Ray players in the past 10 or so years.

So your sister's DVD player from 20 years ago outlasted your several blu-ray players?

by Anonymousreply 29111/24/2020

R258 has the best article.

by Anonymousreply 29211/24/2020

R291 No. I gave a few of them away. Every year or two they (used to) come out with new models and new features. I still have three I use, I switch them every few months so they all wear out about the same. I don't plan on converting to 4k UHD. It's a gimmick and only about 5% of the pop. has bought into it.

by Anonymousreply 29311/24/2020

R291 I bought a VHS player in 1989 that broke down finally about 5 years ago. Made of metal.

by Anonymousreply 29411/24/2020

[quote] Both the DVDs and CDs have reflective casing which will make any room look chaotic

The NYSE trading floor is chaotic. A bunch of DVD or CDs on a shelf?! You gotta be fucking KIDDING me!!!

by Anonymousreply 29511/24/2020

Okay, it had never occurred to me that casings were so unpleasant for some people to see. My main concern has been being able to find the specific item quickly without creating an untidy display.

Back when armoires were first being adapted for media cabinets, I saw set-ups that housed the media as well as the equipment. I was interested because it hid all the cords, but I suppose that was a good set-up for people who just can't bear the sight of disc casings.

by Anonymousreply 29611/24/2020

I agree that displaying CD cases or DVD/Blu Ray cases is tacky and déclassé. Years ago I bought about ten of those CD/DVD case books that hold about 200 discs. Compare those tiny books to having to store 200 jewel or DVD/Blu Ray cases. In my case multiply that by 10. Jesus. Stop the Insanity!

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by Anonymousreply 29711/24/2020

I have my DVDs stored in the TV room in the console that sits underneath the TV. They are tastefully put away and in order by TV show and then movie, alphabetically. I get nothing but complements on my home, so fuck y'all.

by Anonymousreply 29811/24/2020

[quote] Although for quite awhile they have sold DVDs along with the Blu Ray so then people stuck watching only DVDs are stuck with a worthless Blu Ray copy.

DVDs NEVER came with BluRays unless you bought the BluRay. You have it reversed: if you buy the BluRay (more money) it usually comes with a DVD; if you buy the DVD (less money) a BluRay never came with it.

by Anonymousreply 29911/24/2020

[quote] I don't plan on converting to 4k UHD. It's a gimmick and only about 5% of the pop. has bought into it.

You really have no idea what you’re missing. The difference between 4k and HD is as big of a visual difference as standard to HD was. It’s absolutely stunning.

by Anonymousreply 30011/24/2020

I thought I read an article that said that the normal human eye can't distinguish between 1080 p and 4k or maybe it was anything above 4K. I can't remember.

by Anonymousreply 30111/24/2020

R299 No one's saying that every DVD in history comes with a Blu Ray attached, moron. For the last 10 years or so, movie studios stopped selling DVDs and Blu Rays separately. So, they bundle them together. Then people who only want the DVD are stuck with a worthless Blu Ray, moron.

by Anonymousreply 30211/24/2020

Why are people so angry in this thread? Jesus Christ, some of you are really nasty for no reason.

by Anonymousreply 30311/24/2020

Totally, completely, patently false, r302.

You can still buy the DVD or the BluRay (and not all of those come with DVDs).

by Anonymousreply 30411/24/2020

I’m shocked that this thread is still going. I didn’t realize that there were so many DVD related issues. Or did I?

by Anonymousreply 30511/24/2020

R304 Wrong. Wrong Wrong. Now, fuck off.

by Anonymousreply 30611/24/2020

r304 is completely right. You can still buy a new movie on DVD by itself or Blu Ray (sometimes with a DVD, but BR/4k/digital are starting to be more popular)

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by Anonymousreply 30711/24/2020

I think we should have a thread merge, this and the thread on New York retail cash transactions. Do You Buy DVDs with Cash in New York?

by Anonymousreply 30811/24/2020

This man has the biggest collection in the world.

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by Anonymousreply 30911/24/2020

"My sister still has a ridiculous DVD player from 20 years ago"

I am currently using my 20+ years old bulking DVD player as a CD player because the old carousel CD player stopped working. The old DVD player still works wonderfully for both CDs and DVDS. It even plays DVRs, even though the instructions say it couldn't

R285, see R261.

by Anonymousreply 31011/24/2020

BTW, I just looked at the date of two CDs I played recently:

Stan Getz - Serenity. Date of CD,1991

The Challengers - Surfbeat. Date of CD, 1994

I've had these since they came out. One is from a major label, one is not. Both over 25 years old, both play great.

by Anonymousreply 31111/24/2020

"disc rot" is real, but happens very, very rarely unless you don't take care of your stuff.

by Anonymousreply 31211/24/2020

I think some of these people have “disc rot”, in their heads!

by Anonymousreply 31311/24/2020

R208 so random and so true about the envelope addressing. A couple of envelopes I saw recently had the name of recipient in the middle as it should have been, but the address was written low and flush right on the bottom of the envelope. Like why?

Anyhow, on topic I have every streamer, the sticks Roku and Fire, Hoopla and smart tvs plus the Blu Ray part of Netflix's service and I still love physical media. It's definitely nice to have as back-up, and is true on demand.

Although, I haven't bought a DVD/Blu Ray in awhile I do have 300 or so and at the rate of causing certain posters distress some are displayed in the open, spine out. The rest are in a tasteful mid century cabinet, of course. I also have some in cloud storage.

And to help with the head explosions, I also still have a terrestrial antenna hooked up to my tvs which came in handy when my internet service went out while I was watching something in real time on PBS, and I was able to switch to continue watching on regular tv. Why rely on one type of entertainment delivery when we don't control any of it.

by Anonymousreply 31411/24/2020

R36 Not necessarily. I know a woman who bought a bunch of streaming/digital media on Amazon while she lived in America but when she moved out of the country none of it worked in the country she moved to. She was pissed. Has she had physical media, she wouldn’t have had that problem as long as she has a region-free Blu-ray player (and most of the ones today are region free).

by Anonymousreply 31511/24/2020

It's amusing to me that threads take off into the stratosphere and which ones dont.

by Anonymousreply 31611/24/2020

I was thinking the same thing R316. Maybe this one is so passionate because so many of us have been spending more time at home this year. I also missed this thread on the first go round.

by Anonymousreply 31711/24/2020

[quote]I had hundreds. I threw away all of them. I never watched them anymore and they took up too much space. They also collected dust. Don't regret my decision.

That was just plain stupid. You could have thrown out the cases and just keep the discs and put up to 400 of them into a small DVD binder like this.

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by Anonymousreply 31811/24/2020

I forgot that one DVD that I still have is my Showgirls DVD. It seems very appropriate to watch it on a DVD, and I get excited when the menu pops up.

by Anonymousreply 31911/24/2020

[quote] and I get excited when the menu pops up.

Is that what you kids are calling it nowadays?

We used to just call it a boner.

by Anonymousreply 32011/24/2020

Drunk^

by Anonymousreply 32111/24/2020

I bought my first Blu player in 2011. Replaced it last Christmas with a region free so I can import (I love Arrow and Second Sight). It still worked fine, might try and sell it.

by Anonymousreply 32211/24/2020
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