Okay, first of all, I know the title to this thread potentially sounds dirty. Trusts me, it’s nothing of the sort.
That said, I wanted to ask my auteurs comrades if anyone else does this: recently, when I’ve bought Criterion DVDs, I’ve insisted on keeping them shrinkwrapped — not because I want to re-sell them at some point when they go OOP or whatever, but just because I want them to remain in truly pristine condition. If I haven’t seen the movie, then I will rent it.
Am I going too far?
What is the point of buying it if you are not going to use it?
You should put them in baggies to protect the shrinkwrap.
Yeah, that seems “too far” to say the least. You may as well buy a shrinkwrap machine, open the DVDs and watch them, and then re-shrinkwrap them (and repeat as needed)… at least that way they served some sort of purpose during their poor little DVD lives.
Wow. Yes, you’re going to far.
“You should put them in baggies to protect the shrinkwrap.”
Hahaha – okay there seems to be enough consensus here to make me re-think. In a way it will be nice, cause I have like 20 unopened Criterions in my library, and it will be satisfying to finally crack them open.
Yes, but If you have the money, and that is what you want to do, do it. Whatever floats your boat. The sky is the limit. You would not be any different than an action figure collector. But with action figures you can still see the “content” of your purchase even if the package is not open. With movies you have to play the DVDs to see the content. In this case I think its more like books, you can buy a book and read it and if later on it becomes rare or especial for some reason it won’t be considered less valuable because you’ve read it. Instead of obssesing about the shrinkwarp make rules and don’t let anyone borrow your DVDs spacially if you paid Criterion prices. Also make sure you keep then in a dust free area.
For some reason this reminds me of George Carlin’s Stuff Speech
lol…should I tell Ganselmi what I do with my Criterions or does someone else want to?
“at least that way they served some sort of purpose during their poor little DVD lives.”
Yeah, many of them are getting fired and replaced by Blu-Rays. Show them some love.
Furthermore, you could eventually open them to find that a disc is missing, like the copy of INLAND EMPIRE I had to exchange. And at that point, it would be too late to get a rightful replacement in place of your essentially worthless case.
Now I’m curious Rumplesink…
Here’s a thread I started about a month ago Ganselmi….better take a deep breath before you start reading…lol
If you find yourself washing your hands repeatedly, I’d be worried.
Yikes, Rumplesink, just imagining you throwing away brand new covers and inserts is stressing me out.
Well…if you really wanted to preserve them, you could bag/board them like comicbooks. That way, they are sealed but still usable.
weirdest weirdest thread ever.
Your life, your choice. However if you care about the opinions of others, be wary. You’ve presented the idea to a forum of people whose lives are film, and they think its strange. On the other hand, what do they know?
If you must go down the road (much) less travelled, why don’t you just buy two copies of each film? That way you can use one and keep one unopened in a box in the dark until the day you can make a million on your resales (I’ll leave it to you to determine whether you feel that is a joke or not.)
Collectors’ items don’t need to be in ‘like new’ condition to have value. Okay fine, it could mean the difference between something being worth $150 as opposed to $95, but still…
Books, DVDs, CDs, and whatever else aren’t meant to be treated like collectors’ items. They’re meant to be handled and consumed, which inevitably leads to them appearing second-hand, even if they still remain presentable. I’m not saying one shouldn’t take care of their belongings, but just like a watch you wear everyday will inevitably appear used overtime a DVD that’s watched numerous times is destined to show signs of wear and tear, such as minor but visible scratched on the playing surface even if the DVD plays perfectly. It’s simply part of life. Stop trying to counter reality. I know I haven’t really expressed myself clearly, but whatever. I’m not saying take a knife to your DVD or blu-ray but just accept it’s not going to remain in ‘like new’ condition if it’s something you watch frequently. The same goes for a book you refer to or read frequnetly. Sure, take care of it, but just accept it won’t last forever in its original state unless you of course keep it in shrink wrap, which in itself I feel to be a narcissistic habit. Sorry, but that’s how I feel.
Once heard about a guy who brought a big industrial walk in flower shop refrigerator to keep his comic book collection.
Damage is a sign of love. Also, writing/making notes inside Criterion booklets is not a bad idea.