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#1 Post by Ze » 04 Jul 2003, 08:27

Do you often buy DVD's of movies you haven't seen yet ?
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#2 Post by luke_os » 04 Jul 2003, 08:32

ze424 wrote:Do you often buy DVD's of movies you haven't seen yet ?
I usually only ever do this if I have heard from someone that they are very good.

Ones that I can think of off the top of my head:
Usual Suspects (on the recommendation of you guys! :D )
Minority Report (only cos I missed it at the cinema and everyone else had seen it)
the Parole Officer (Just cos of Steve Coogan)
Fight Club (I'd only seen the first 20 minutes so I had to buy it!)

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#3 Post by luke_os » 04 Jul 2003, 08:33

ze424 wrote:Do you often buy DVD's of movies you haven't seen yet ?
What about you ze? :D

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#4 Post by Ze » 04 Jul 2003, 08:42

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ze424 wrote:Do you often buy DVD's of movies you haven't seen yet ?
What about you ze? :D
not really. I'm always afraid of the movie being really bad and a complete waste of money. I sometimes do, but only if I think I'll like it and if it's cheap.

So far, I only bought before seeing :

The Salton Sea (you were driving me nuts) :star::star::star::star:
Romper Stomper (it was at the price of a rental) :star::star::star:
Being John Malkovich (very cheap and very "liked") :star::star::star::star:
Annie Hall (not very cheap but I'm never afraid of something "Woody" and people said it was his best) :star::star::star::star::star:
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#5 Post by Gren » 04 Jul 2003, 09:03

I do it all the time and consequently own loads of crap films. I just can't help myself when I see a good deal like "3 for £20" or "5 for £30" and there's 1 that I want. I get 2 randoms just so i feel like i'm getting a good deal, then watch them once and leave them dust collecting in the draw. In some cases I still haven't got round to watching them. (Brother, Platoon, Born On The 4th Of July)
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#6 Post by Philip » 04 Jul 2003, 10:38

ze424 wrote:...I'm never afraid of something "Woody"...
Wouldn't this make a great sig line? :lol:

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#7 Post by Philip » 04 Jul 2003, 10:42

I've bought movies that I've never seen before, but only if they're cheap or things I need to add to a particular collection (e.g. 'Frenzy' for my Hitchcock collection).

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#8 Post by Ze » 04 Jul 2003, 10:51

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ze424 wrote:...I'm never afraid of something "Woody"...
Wouldn't this make a great sig line? :lol:

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#9 Post by Welwynrose » 04 Jul 2003, 12:08

I do it all the time - films are usually released R1 1st and a lot of the time is either b4 the cinema release or it didn't get a cinema release over here so I look for reviews and then make a decision - bought a few turkeys but not too many
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#10 Post by Nunis » 04 Jul 2003, 12:13

I buy "in the bag" sometimes...

a) If it's been recommended by a Filmwiser - e.g. Boondock Saints
b) If I know for a fact that it would be my cup of tea - e.g. Rushmore
c) If it's a classic that I've been dying to see, and there's no way it'll ever be in my video store or on telly - e.g. Lawrence of Arabia

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#11 Post by Gren » 04 Jul 2003, 12:39

But some classics I still count as a waste-of-money, ie Apocalypse Now Redux.
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#12 Post by Sheila1313 » 04 Jul 2003, 12:41

Occasionally...

Boondock Saints
Memento
Requiem for a Dream
The "Ringu" trilogy
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#13 Post by Ze » 05 Jul 2003, 03:44

Gren wrote:But some classics I still count as a waste-of-money, ie Apocalypse Now Redux.
thaaaaat's a great movie 8)
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#14 Post by AD2112 » 05 Jul 2003, 06:35

I actually buy quite a few this way. Mostly foreign films, because I usually don't get the opportunity to even see them on the big screen first.

And then there's the occaisonal movie I somwhow missed in the theater, but am pretty sure I'm going to love. Bought Fight Club this way. :D

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#15 Post by snotball » 05 Jul 2003, 11:05

I never buy DVDs that I haven't seen. The ones I own are of movies that I liked and I know I would like to see again.
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#16 Post by The Bear » 06 Jul 2003, 08:56

I would say 95% of the films I buy I haven't seen. I always read reviews and plot synopsis first though. If I like the concept or the sound of the film then I will order it. Also if it has a strong reputation I will usually check it out.

This is why I have a stack of 30+ DVD's that I haven't watched yet. :o
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#17 Post by fishn4 » 06 Jul 2003, 18:48

I'm about the same as Bear, 95% are blind buys for me. Mostly classics. I generally get classics based on the actors in them or the directors. I also have Leonard Maltin's Guide to the movies and I usually consult this when i'm buying the classics. As far as buying new stuff, I buy the stuff I wanted to see in theaters but didnt get around to it mostly. Stuff like "Gangs of New York" fall in this category and "Die Another Day".

In all my blind shopping I have to say I have only been dissapointed about 3% of the time. Off the top of my head "Citizen Kane" was the biggest dissapointment since it was like $27.

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#18 Post by Odd Todd » 06 Jul 2003, 22:44

I have a hard enough time buying DVD's of movies I liked let alone seen... I usually go by if I liked the movie, and if I just liked it, but didn't love it, are the features good enough to get me to buy it? there are a bunch of movies out there I really liked with no features on them theat I just can't justify owning.
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#19 Post by Greg the Guileful » 07 Jul 2003, 04:56

i have very few dvds...

i never 'blind buy'...too much of a gamble for me...i don't like a lot of movies...

i'm slowly collecting my favorite movies on dvd...but many do not have special editions...so i'm waiting...

i waited a long time for pulp fiction and reservoir dogs...and i guess i'll wait for the rest...

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#20 Post by knarf » 07 Jul 2003, 07:40

Mostly films I know, but a few blind buys on cheap ones that I can;t find for rent. It's easy enough to get rid of the crappy ones. I've sold some on half.com, and I just found a shop that let's you trade in 3 used dvds for 1 new one. So its not too much different than renting it.

And of course, they make great last minute birthday presents :D
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#21 Post by Ze » 12 Jul 2003, 07:18

I did it again...The Sting (it's Nunis' fault :wink: )
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#22 Post by Nunis » 12 Jul 2003, 07:36

ze424 wrote:I did it again...The Sting (it's Nunis' fault :wink: )

Ooooo!!! Let me know what you thought!

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#23 Post by The Bear » 12 Jul 2003, 14:58

Odd Todd wrote:there are a bunch of movies out there I really liked with no features on them theat I just can't justify owning.
I really don't get that. If you really like a film, then to not buy it because it doesn't have decent or any features is mad. Surely the film is the most important thing? In my experience most extras are fairly crap anyway.

What happens if you want to see the movie again? Do you wait years in the hope of a special edition to come out, or do you rent it?
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#24 Post by Odd Todd » 12 Jul 2003, 16:55

The Bear wrote:
Odd Todd wrote:there are a bunch of movies out there I really liked with no features on them theat I just can't justify owning.
I really don't get that. If you really like a film, then to not buy it because it doesn't have decent or any features is mad. Surely the film is the most important thing? In my experience most extras are fairly crap anyway.

What happens if you want to see the movie again? Do you wait years in the hope of a special edition to come out, or do you rent it?
They are movies I liked... but the movie alone isn't enough to get me to buy it... plus I really don't watch my DVDs as often as I bet everyone else does... it's more of a collection I guess...
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#25 Post by Philip » 12 Jul 2003, 17:47

knarf wrote:Mostly films I know, but a few blind buys on cheap ones that I can't find for rent. It's easy enough to get rid of the crappy ones. I've sold some on half.com, and I just found a shop that let's you trade in 3 used dvds for 1 new one. So its not too much different than renting it
The cost of admission to a movie theater is about $10 these days and you can pick up some DVDs for that price... and if the DVD sucks, you can at least get something in return.

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