Friday, 8 February 2013
So, what should I do with my DVD collection?
When I was 14 years old I started to build-up my DVD collection - firstly with chick flicks and films starring Christopher Walken, but once my obsession with old films from the 1930s-60s took hold of me, my collection increased enormously. At its peak, my collection was at around 350 titles, including box sets, Disney, and other genres I had begun to branch out into. Then this Summer I needed to make a little extra money and sold about 40 of my films that I didn't want to watch again in the future. Six months later and again I am having a clear out of films that I don't want in my collection anymore. But whilst I look at the films I have chosen to keep, I am wondering whether it would be worth getting rid of the entire lot. I like having a collection, I am proud of what I have built up, and I like having the option of picking out a film myself. But is it worth all that, especially when one day I may have to replace them all with Blu Ray or whatever else comes after that.
Today we are seeing that the future is all digital. Services which combine television with internet channels like YouTube and 4oD have been invented and are slowly, but very surely, finding their ways into our homes. This is all great, I think having the option to watch iPlayer and other things on my television would be very convenient, especially when I am in a full-time job. But does that mean that having your a film collection will be nothing more than a thing of the past? I really hope that it doesn't. If I'm staying in on a Friday night I don't want to be enjoying a film on television but have to endure the annoyance of adverts and silly commercials every 20minutes. And even more so, I don't want to have to wait for a film to buffer online. Both of these alternatives aren't enjoyable - they make you compromise on at least one of the following things - sound quality, picture quality, interruptions, the film experience. Isn't it better to step up to your shelves of films and pick one out, knowing that it'll give you the best picture and sound quality, without a commercial in sight once you've pressed play and no reliance on internet connection or the fact that you've found a good copy of the film online?
But I am not going to give in to technology at the moment. I refuse to buy a Kindle or e-reader until I am older and my eyesight is poorer, and if I want an album I will purchase it and place it on my shelf with the rest of my music. The same applies for my films. Will I give in to BluRay? Possibly. I have never owned The Lord of the Rings Trilogy since my family have had the copies. But if I am to move out soon I will want my own set, and I've heard it's pretty spectacular in Blu Ray. As for the rest of my films, I don't want to replace them, I don't see the need - yet.
Somebody a while back said, you remember the first album that you bought, but you don't remember your first download. Whoever said that has a point. There's no sense of value in what we buy anymore, everything is a quick fix to satisfy our consumerism. The same applies to books and films, the beauty of how we view it has gone. What does it mean for some of us who are into more specialist areas of cinema - not just the latest film releases? Are Netflix, LoveFilm, and other companies going to invest in making an equal amount films from across the world available to their customers? And what about people with DVD collections that include a thousand or more titles? Online there are so many people posing with photos of their collection, how they have stored their collection, what titles are in their collection - a lot of money went into those - are they just going to have to replace it all?
Soon I will live in my own home, and one thing I look forward to is decorating it how I want, and having my possessions stored and displayed as I wish. Displaying my favourite books, albums, and films on nice shelves is something that will give my home identity and mirror my likes/personality. Until the day my DVD player goes bust and there isn't another one to be found in the world, I will keep my DVDs for as long as I can. I will even invest in a Blu-Ray/DVD combined appliance so that I can enjoy both. Technology is advancing so rapidly and people are saying that it's good because we will have less clutter and more convenience in our lives, but I do wonder if we will all realise soon that maybe downloading films, books, and albums isn't the best way forward. I was too young when DVD replaced the VHS cassette - if I remembered perhaps I would know that this was just the same thing happening all over again, of which I have to accept.