Why DVDs can make your life better
With streaming content taking over our screens, DVDs can seem a little old hat. But for the true movie buff, they’re still the best option for some home entertainment. This is why you’d be smart to build your very own DVD collection.
DVDs, those round discs of viewing delight, have plenty of life in them yet.
Yes, we’ve all heard of streaming, and millions of us are making the most of services like Netflix. No doubt, it’s awesome. So why bother with your very own, personalised DVD collection? Here are plenty of reasons why.
Behind the scenes and ‘making of’ videos, director commentaries, hilarious outtakes and deleted scenes, cast and crew interviews – for the serious movie buff, you can’t beat a DVD or Blu-ray for extras.
Ease of use
Just drop the disc into the tray and press play. No scrolling through, searching to find the name, no issues if the Wi-Fi is down. DVDs are champions for little kids and the technologically challenged.
No data downloads needed
Why pay big bucks for a fast internet connection and large download limit, and then the streaming services go over the limit anyway. Pocket your savings and spend them on DVD goodies that you actually want to watch.
With some people being short-sighted enough to offload their DVDs now that the streaming age has arrived, make the most of it. You can pick up second-hand DVDs and Blu-ray discs for as little as $2 each – a lot less than the monthly subscription fees to the two or three streaming services you subscribe to, trying get all the different movies and TV shows you want to watch.
Image and audio quality
Like vinyl versus CD, streaming services just don’t have the picture and sound quality of Blu-rays. If you love a sharp, clean image and immersive surround sound, Blu-rays are for you.
A genuine collector likes to see and enjoy their passion. If you’re a true movie buff, owning physical copies of your favourite films and TV series is the only way, especially for box sets and special editions. You can’t put your streaming service on a shelf, can you?
Speaking of collectors…
Young up-and-coming filmmaker Nicholas Cleary loves all things film, and with his friends has a production company called Fury Fingers Films, which specialises in action, comedy and visual FX. Fury Fingers’ latest venture is a web-based series that they’re currently writing, with funding from LA.
Even though Cleary is working in the ‘streaming’ industry, he remains a big fan of the humble DVD. “When we put DVDs on, it’s an event,” says Cleary. “The lights go out, the popcorn appears and silence is upheld. TV or programs through your computer can’t often hold a room or create that kind of atmosphere.’
How big is your collection?
“I have about two hundred DVDs myself, but I live with two other filmmakers and between us we have close to two thousand DVDs!”
How do you keep it stocked?
“My housemate Dave used to work in a video store, so we were always the first to know about bargains and giveaways. We are proud of our collections, they are part of us and we keep them on shelves on display.”
What are your top 10 DVDs of all time?
1. The Indiana Jones original trilogy box set.
2. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – it came with heaps of stickers and cards.
3. The Cowboy Bebop box set.
4. Edge of Tomorrow – it gets a lot of play.
5. Brick – director Rian Johnson’s (Looper, Star Wars: Episode VIII) first feature. The dog has eaten part of the cover, but the disc is still intact!
6. Miami Vice – the original TV series collection.
7. Fawlty Towers.
8. Ghostbusters 1 and 2 set.
9. The Dirty Harry box set – it came with a wallet and police badge!
10 Jumanji – a classic.
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