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Old 07-17-09, 11:25 AM   #1
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Buy or Rent Movies?

I read something about this and it got me thinking: do people really buy DVDs, or just rent them?

For me, I own three DVDs, but I bought none of them--they were all gifts. And I haven't watched any of them, even though they are movies I enjoyed when I saw them the first time.

My wife and I rent DVDs like crazy, online. Most of the flicks are for her, but sometimes I will watch a movie with her now and then.

My brother-in-law is the opposite: he has never rented a movie in his life. He just buys the movie if he wants to see it. He has, literally, just over 300 DVDs in his living room that he has purchased. He loans them out to people for free but charges "interest" if they don't get returned.

Don't get me started on seeing movies in the theater. My wife and I haven't been to a movie theater in over 3 years, but we are actually going with a large group this weekend to see a movie. And we are going to be part of the annoying rowdy crowd that we avoid by not going to theaters in the first place.
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Old 07-17-09, 11:32 AM   #2
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I used to get annoyed with my mom years ago (she's dead now) about buying movies. She just started buying every movie she wanted to see (VHS then). She had HUNDREDS of them. Somebody told her a movie was good, so she'd just go buy it for $15.99 or whatever.

I didn't "want" to own a lot, but I have found myself with more than I expected. I try to make a point only to buy ones I plan to watch once in a while or ones that are a bit more rare and could easily be impossible to find sometime down the road. A good number of them are sets of TV shows or movie collections (Red Dwarf, Sherlock Holmes Mysteries, Matrix, LOTR, etc..)

All that being said, though, I probably still own at least twice what I thought I ever would. I probably have about 50-75 DVDs. My big weakness is seeing a movie I thought was good on a shell for $4.99 or something. I say to myself, "how can I pass that up for just $5".
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Old 07-17-09, 11:41 AM   #3
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I have 150 or so, and about a third are multi-disc box sets (either television series or movie collections), so probably 3-400 discs, not including movies with extra content discs. I haven't rented a movie since Blockbuster completed its slide into pointless irrelevancy a few years ago, after having put all the others out of business.

In the VHS era, it was the other way around. Even in its heyday, it never seemed to be worth purchasing movies in such a fragile format. I had a handful (Now I only have a few copies of the original Star Wars trilogy, since there's no equivalent DVD), and rented all the time. A few summers, Blockbuster had a special where you could rent up to seven non-new releases at a time for a buck each, and I was all over that.
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Old 07-17-09, 11:46 AM   #4
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We buy a few, the ones the kids like to watch over and over and over and over. Now I'm finding that the kids scratch them up so I have to make a backup and let them watch the backup with the original stored away then make a new copy every so often.
Anything else we rent or get from the library, I haven't seen any movies in years that I actaully wanted to buy, maybe someday when the content makes it worth it.
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I buy the ones I feel like I won't get tired of watching.
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I have a couple hundred movies on DVD. Most of them I get for $3 at the Hollywood previously viewed box or Big Lots.

Occasionally I'll spring for an $8 movie at Freddy's or Target.

I'm a massive RedBox and Netflix addict, too.
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Old 07-17-09, 12:38 PM   #7
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Mostly RedBox and the public library for me.
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I like to own DVDs because I tend to randomly want to watch them on a whim.
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Mostly RedBox and the public library for me.
Red box for Black box, eh?
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heh, I have about 8000

a guy has to have hobbies
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We just get them from the library. Free movies rock.
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We just get them from the library. Free movies rock.
I do that sometimes, but have had mixed results. Movies are soooo used that they are often very, very scratched. I've had more than one movie from library that I got halfway through and it got so bad I couldn't finish it because of the bad quality.
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Red box for Black box, eh?
Also uses a blue box to make free phone calls, and programs in Yellow Box.
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Most of the time, i rent DVDs for not wasting money, but for those good ones like Freaks and Geeks, i will buy it and watch over and over again.

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Old 07-20-09, 06:24 AM   #16
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because it's so ridiculously expensive to rent over here (4€ for one day), and i invariably give them back late, i end up buying from the 5€ bin every now and then.
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There are a lot of movies one can pick up either used, or new in the bargain bins. I end up just shelling out the $10 for something out of a bargain bin and tossing it in the DVD shelf when watched. For newer flicks, there is always Blockbuster which is about 1500 feet away from where I live.

I have had a Netflix subscription on and off, but when I feel like a movie, I like renting something asap, not waiting a business day for it to drop in the mail.
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Old 07-20-09, 08:07 AM   #18
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I've been buying HD DVD now that it's dead (averaging $6/movie), but as for SD DVD content I normally rent.
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I hit up the redbox if I'm just looking for something to do to kill some time- for $1 it doesn't matter if the movie is crap or not.

If I can buy them for about what I'd pay to rent at a standard vid store ($5 give or take) I'll buy them. I have obscure taste in movies, and find a lot in the cheapo rack. I also buy a lot of movies on half.com (try to find several movies by the same seller, cuts the shipping by a lot).

Its nice to have movies on-hand for a rainy day. I probably don't own more than 30-40 dvds, though. By the time I get around to watching a movie again, I probably forgot how it ended anyway, so its like a brand-new one every time!
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Usually rent, but lately the bargain bin at Blockbuster ends up being the same are renting, so I have been buying more lately (I just picked up Brokeback Mtn, Milk, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, and Rachel's Getting Married for the grand total of $15!!!)
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We watch them in the theater, if we like them we buy them, if we didn't get a chance to watch them in the theater we rent them, if we like them we buy them, and yes we will watch certain movies over and over, not daily, but we will. Like "The Patriot." We own about 160 DVD's, which really isn't a lot compared to some people I know.
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Movies I like, I sometimes pick up on the $5 rack at Target. If I really like them, I might (hasn't happened yet) spring for the $10 rack if I can't borrow it easily from someone else.

Otherwise...Netflix.
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Oh, and while we're on the topic, have the original 3 Star Wars movies, in their original form, been released on DVD yet?
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Oh, and while we're on the topic, have the original 3 Star Wars movies, in their original form, been released on DVD yet?
you mean where han shoots first? i'm not sure...
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Oh, and while we're on the topic, have the original 3 Star Wars movies, in their original form, been released on DVD yet?
I think there was a limited edition (as in actually limited) of the final edition special edition 1999 edition of the original trilogy that included the real originals as b-sides. Mono sound (hell, I bet Lucasfilm invented a special "half-mono" just as an extra middle finger to fans), and no doubt taken from the poorest quality prints they could find to underscore their "the originals are gone, the special editions are the originals now" Jedi mind trick.

So if you want the best quality of the original films, you're still looking at the THX non-special editions on VHS and Laserdisc.
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