does no one organize their dvds in regular alphabetical order?
If I had the time I’d organize them autobiographically.
Alphabetical by director’s name and chronological within director.
Mine is just alphabetical.
Alphabetical by title – Criterions and Non-Criterions mixed. Beverly Hills Cop and Bicycle Thieves living peacefully next door to one another. Last Year at Marienbad right next to The Lawnmower Man. Mystery Men and Naked Lunch side by side. Rules of the Game shoulder to shoulder with The Running Man. I catalog them on my computer with MediMan and keep up with them online at bigwatermelon.com.
Shadiqu: But wouldn’t that be a bit boring? ;)
I thought I had an unhealthy addiction to films… People who fidget about how to organize their personal film collection need a life or a therapist (or both)…
>>does no one organize their dvds in regular alphabetical order?<<
I do. All these other sytems make my head ache.
mine are all vertical, haphazard, except the music Dvds which are over by the Cds and the boxsets which are on the bookshelf. Dvd-Rs are separated out and stacked in paper sleeves.
Me to. Or at least I intended to.
Funny thread…. High Fidelity anyone?
6000 plus DVD’s poses some problems.
prefer by director, if significant enough, and grouped by era’s.
the rest by genre….. works okay for me but anyone else looking for a film at my house struggles!
i have a very simple way of doing it: my Criterions are in order by number. Then I have the three “kids” films that Criterion released (white mane, red balloon and paddle to the sea) and then Eclipse (of which i only have one series). if i should happen to pick up more Eclipse series they will be put in order by series number. my other dvds are in alphabetical order.
i’ve been thinking about rearranging the order of my Criterions, though,. not by director, but by ones i’ve seen all parts (film, special features, etc), those i’ve just seen the film, but not the special features, and another section for those that i haven’t seen the film or the special features, yet. but that seems like an awful lot of work. besides, i like the continuity of the numbering on the shelves. it also helps me keep track of what i have and don’t have.
i have them all in one bookcase. someone should start a thread called “put pictures of your collection here.” hmm, maybe i will… tomorrow.
My DVDs are organized chronologically but grouped by auteur as well, so my early pre-code hollywood stuff goes before a grouping of Orson Welles which leads into a film noir section and then back to chronological order. It’s esoteric, but I like it.
I keep the adult titles in the back.
I organize mine by genre with my Criterions in a separate section
My non-Criterion are on a shelf broken into country of origin, then within there alphabetically by director’s last name.
Criterion are all by spine #, takes up two complete bookshelves with the re-releases, box sets and Eclipse
I need an extra bedroom asap
Loathe as I am to admit it, I’ve arranged my films by the two most influential entities that jump started my love of movies – the original AFI list (published when I was fifteen – 1997 or 98?) and the Great Movies of Roger Ebert; as laughable as that may seem – and as little stock that I have in the list now or later AFI lists, they have both led me to films that I could not live without (Lawrence of Arabia, Some Like It Hot, Vertigo, Rules of the Game, Paris, Texas; the films of Kurosawa, Ozu, Bergman and countless others), so I feel somewhat indebted to them both – that and its been that way for so long that I don’t have the energy to sit and try and organize them any other way. (65 AFI – arranged by rank; 64 of Ebert’s Great Movies (most of them being Criterion), each on small seperate racks in my bedroom – the rest are in drawers in my TV armoir.)
by studio…. yup I’m serious.
Peter – Hahahahaha. I did that for a little while, but grew tired of it and went back to my alphabetical system.
Alphabetical except for foreign language films. Those are by director, beginning with his early work to his later work. I have silnet films followed by foreign films in their own section.
Alphabetically by Best Boy Grip’s last name.
Caz – “I think film as an artistic medium will convince naysayers, not where I put my DVD’s.”
I already replied to this but i wanted to clarify that when I spoke semi-jokingly about naysayers I was referring to those who either don’t take the auteur theory seriously or who don’t even think about it. My point was that if you arrange everything alphabetically then that’s just your thing. If you arrange your books, music, whatever by the creator, but separate your films into alphabetical, chronological, studio, actor based, or any other system that ignores the auteur then you are devaluing the auteur, somewhat.
I will now abstain from further judgement on your private abodes.
I used to alphabetize my DVDs, but I don’t do that anymore. I also used to type out a list. Instead, I put the boxsets next to each other in a bookcase and I put the same director’s films together basically from earliest period to latest period. Some I put together based on genre and since I have so many, sometimes I have to stack them horizontally above other DVDs or in front of other DVDs. A lot of my tapes are in alphabetical order, but the ones I have bought recently, ( I got them for a dollar or two ), I have not managed to organize in any certain way.
Here’s a conundrum. Now that I bought the Complete Monterey Pop on BD, I have to decide where I put it. I have these sections:
Currently I’ve been putting my Criterion BDs with my other BDs. But I’m thinking now that I have this box set, maybe I should make things easy and just put all my Criterions together, whether it’s SD or BD.
Ohhh, the decisions…
I say start mixing your box sets in with your other DVDs.
I currently have it split into….
Once I get more Blu Rays (I currently only have 12) I will split the Criterion ones off from the group.
By year of release and then alphabetical within that year.
I put it on top of the TV.
Hope this helps !