|Still waiting for my Amazon order|
I do have a reasonable collection of discs, and think I know the secret to buying movies that you can keep for the rest of your life and watch whenever you want. It’s to become more knowledgeable about all of the films that weren’t say, only released on DVD last week thereby minimising your purchase of new releases, that is if you have to buy them at all. This of course points to my obvious bias toward my own tastes and my opinion that what gets released these days is frankly, of inferior quality. I am a nostalgist at heart, and leave it to the Roger Ebert’s of the world to convert the philistine masses to watching movies by virtue of the fact that they have been recently released and have no bearing on what has come before them. To me, films earn their stature within a context of a wider canon which places them in their proper place with the great movies of the past.
Very few of the DVDs that I own have I ever bought as new releases, if any. Always, if I want to see a movie that’s been recently released to the cinemas, I wait for the price of the DVD to go down and then I buy it at the reduced price. I refuse to pay $30 or more for a title when in six to twelve months it may be available for $15 or even less. What I refer to as ‘classic titles’ are those older films that have come and gone, whether its been only relatively recently, or ‘a long time ago.’ Classic titles on first release are in my experience never as expensive in the retail stores as recent films that have just been released on DVD after recently being withdrawn from release in the cinemas.
|Joe Kane's superior movie guide for those in the know|
There are also plenty of film guides available and the one I like the best is the Virgin Film Guide. It’s reviews are detailed and well-written and updated every couple of years to include new films. The bible for hard core critics is the Time Out Guide which is a bit too trendy for me but I believe contains good reviews of cult films not endorsed by Leonard Maltin and other mainstream critics. My personal favourite is The Phantom of the Movies Videoscope by Joe Kane, which I found in a second hand bookstore, so it may sadly be hard to find.