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Physical Movie Media Enthusiasts - DVD, Blu-Ray, LaserDisc, VHS, etc


By ForceFlow

14 days ago



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  • Latest reply 6 days ago by Rdoyle1978
  • Topic is favorited by 5 Pinsiders

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“What physical movie media do you have?”

  • Film Reels 4 votes
    2%
  • Cassettes 18 votes
    7%
  • VHS 42 votes
    17%
  • Betamax 4 votes
    2%
  • DVD 55 votes
    23%
  • LaserDisc 19 votes
    8%
  • CED 3 votes
    1%
  • HD DVD 16 votes
    7%
  • Blu-Ray 52 votes
    21%
  • 4k UHD 22 votes
    9%
  • Other 7 votes
    3%

(Multiple choice - 242 votes by 60 Pinsiders)

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#51 13 days ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

I think the 4K digital editions of Lord of the Rings and Hobbit extended trilogies are worth the upgrade over the Blu Ray's. The picture does look sharper versus the Blu Ray's but does lose some of the film grain look, almost as if digital noise reduction was applied. The color palette has also changed which I think makes the LOTR films look more vivid and not as washed out in some scenes. The big upgrade I like over the Blu Ray's is the additional of Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. I recently setup a Dolby Atmos 5.2.1 setup in my basement and have been very impressed by it. It's also nice to never have to swap disks for the second half of the films and special features. The Lord of the Rings 4K trilogy was $25 on sale from Apple Movies and same with the Hobbit trilogy this past Christmas.

This all tracks with my expectations - the original LOTR trilogy was color timed chemically (aka old-school) and I know from standing there that the effects were only rendered in 1080p since that’s what “cutting edge theaters” could support (PJ wised up later on about that with Hobbit, shooting everything in 48fps, although he missed the resolution revolution). So the changes you note make perfect sense. I wanted to wait until summer for the big ultimatum OMGERRRD LOTR!! box set, but if I can find a good deal I’ll just go ahead now. Hell, I’ve bought these movies (and books!) about 10 times now between the EE and Rankin/Bass versions.

#52 13 days ago

Do it. Hank is good people, and those LDs need a good home.

#53 13 days ago
Quoted from Methos:

Anybody collect original 16mm or 35mm prints? I knew a few people who did and that shit was expensive even back in the day. I thought of going into and picking up some trailers, but then realized it wasn't worth it.

Still is. The few meagre prints you can find are pretty pitiful - unless you “know a guy”. I’d pay big money for a Jaws print on 16mm, and more for 35, but it’s still a back-room-deal type scenario.b and really with what you’d pay for a print - unless it was your ultimate grail film, or Cigarette Burns... you’re better off spending the dough on a GINORMOUS TV or projector and an outstanding digital version.

Unless it’s a Terry Gilliam film. He might come to your house and personally murder you.

#54 9 days ago

So does anyone have a recommendation for a 4k player ? I’ve got one that’s “fine” but loading times are getting on my nerves.

I’m also in the market for a new CD player - thinking going Oppo but wanted to see what else is out there

#55 9 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

So does anyone have a recommendation for a 4k player ? I’ve got one that’s “fine” but loading times are getting on my nerves.
I’m also in the market for a new CD player - thinking going Oppo but wanted to see what else is out there

I'd suggest looking at what Panasonic has, followed by LG.

Personally, I avoid Sony products when possible because of all the shenanigans they tend to pull.

#56 9 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

So does anyone have a recommendation for a 4k player ? I’ve got one that’s “fine” but loading times are getting on my nerves.
I’m also in the market for a new CD player - thinking going Oppo but wanted to see what else is out there

It's a bummer that Oppo stopped making physical media players last year. Many of their players are now selling for 2-3x their original price on Ebay. I have an Oppp 103-D Blu Ray player and it's been great, wish I had bought the Ultra HD version when it was still available at $550 versus $1k+ on the secondary market.

#57 9 days ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

It's a bummer that Oppo stopped making physical media players last year. Many of their players are now selling for 2-3x their original price on Ebay. I have an Oppp 103-D Blu Ray player and it's been great, wish I had bought the Ultra HD version when it was still available at $550 versus $1k+ on the secondary market.

I'm actually looking at one of their DVD players someone has for sale around here, but as a transport (to a DAC) for playing CDs. The consumer Bluray players have been REALLY disappointing. They take forever to load, and that is my main pet peeve.

#58 9 days ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

It's a bummer that Oppo stopped making physical media players last year. Many of their players are now selling for 2-3x their original price on Ebay. I have an Oppp 103-D Blu Ray player and it's been great, wish I had bought the Ultra HD version when it was still available at $550 versus $1k+ on the secondary market.

I grabbed the 203 when it was released and still have it mounted in my rack. It’s a great player.

I’ve been tempted to sell it since I rip everything since they go for $1,500-$2,000 used.

#59 8 days ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Yep, I collect certain blu rays. Some of which are limited runs.

I just went through your collection more closely and it's amazing how much overlap we have...

The Other Hell
Savage Dawn
Horror Express
Ninja III - The Domination
Ninja Scroll
PATRICK
Phenomena
Pieces
Prince of Darkness
Rabid
Return of the Living Dead
Lone Wolf McQuade
The Hearse
Fando Y Lis
El Topo
The Holy Mountain
Escape from the Bronx
Escape from NY
The Fog
City of the Living Dead
House by the Cemetery
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Halloween III
Hardware
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
LifeForce
Miami Connection
Samurai Cop
Creepshow
Creepshow 2
Dead End Drive In
Death Wish collection
Deathstalker
Deathstalker II
Deep Red
Delirium
Demons
Dungeonmaster
Eliminators
Nightmare Castle

A lot of the rest of it is stuff that I would love to have if my budget was bigger, but you even have a handful I have never heard of before. Most impressive. I've been collecting horror movies since I was in high school, and have also been adding a lot of 'so bad it's good' flicks over the last decade.

I have nearly 2,000 movies on disc. I have a lot of the more rare ones backed up to digital, but still display the discs. I just love the covers and they make great conversation pieces while people are waiting for their turn on a pin.

#60 8 days ago

I’ve got lots of “legacy formats”!
I have a few hundred each of Dvd’s, laserdiscs and Blu-ray’s. Also 1600 cassette tapes and 400 DAT’s. Most are live recordings. Mostly A-Z Rock and Blues with some bluegrass and jazz mixed in too.
Have a few thousand Cd’s and another couple thousand live “ bootleg” discs. I’ve got almost all of it in a big walk in closet in my basement that’s next to my home theater/main stereo system. The rest of the basement is my game room/bar.

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#61 8 days ago
Quoted from Betelgeuse:

I just went through your collection more closely and it's amazing how much overlap we have...
The Other Hell
Savage Dawn
Horror Express
Ninja III - The Domination
Ninja Scroll
PATRICK
Phenomena
Pieces
Prince of Darkness
Rabid
Return of the Living Dead
Lone Wolf McQuade
The Hearse
Fando Y Lis
El Topo
The Holy Mountain
Escape from the Bronx
Escape from NY
The Fog
City of the Living Dead
House by the Cemetery
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Halloween III
Hardware
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
LifeForce
Miami Connection
Samurai Cop
Creepshow
Creepshow 2
Dead End Drive In
Death Wish collection
Deathstalker
Deathstalker II
Deep Red
Delirium
Demons
Dungeonmaster
Eliminators
Nightmare Castle
A lot of the rest of it is stuff that I would love to have if my budget was bigger, but you even have a handful I have never heard of before. Most impressive. I've been collecting horror movies since I was in high school, and have also been adding a lot of 'so bad it's good' flicks over the last decade.
I have nearly 2,000 movies on disc. I have a lot of the more rare ones backed up to digital, but still display the discs. I just love the covers and they make great conversation pieces while people are waiting for their turn on a pin.

Yeah those are some great ones and you know it! I've had some VHS and DVD over the years from working at record stores in the past but I didnt get heavy into collecting until the blu ray releases started getting really good, like around when Scream Factory first got things rolling.

I have lots of oddball stuff and find myself buying very selectively lately. Really digging Italian 70s cop movies lately. Anything Euro-horror/Gialli. Spaghetti Westerns. Cannon Films/80s typical action stuff. I think I have more Lucio Fulci movies than any other director.

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#62 7 days ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Yeah those are some great ones and you know it! I've had some VHS and DVD over the years from working at record stores in the past but I didnt get heavy into collecting until the blu ray releases started getting really good, like around when Scream Factory first got things rolling.

I have lots of oddball stuff and find myself buying very selectively lately. Really digging Italian 70s cop movies lately. Anything Euro-horror/Gialli. Spaghetti Westerns. Cannon Films/80s typical action stuff. I think I have more Lucio Fulci movies than any other director.

Even more overlap there! "I can see you are a man of good... taste." I have a lot of cheaper shit, but a lot of good/rare stuff too. I went and took some close-ups of my horror and action movies. I have quite a bit more on multipacks.

Euro horror tends to be last frontier where I am still discovering new gems. I'm a long time Argento Fan, with Suspiria and Deep Red being my favs. Fulci is hit or miss for me, but I love a lot of his work too (have The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, Zombi, House by the Cemetery, etc). There's still a few of his flicks I haven't seen, mostly because they haven't been well distributed over the years. I really dig the Spaghetti Westerns too. I have all of the 'man with no name' movies, but would have to say Once Upon a Time in the West with Charles Bronson is my favorite there (though , 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' gives it a run for it's money).

If you like cheesy 80s action flicks like Samurai Cop and Miami Connection, here's a few others that may interest you...

Deadly Prey - An over the top, mullet haired re-imagining of The Most Dangerous Game
Hard Ticket to Hawaii - Busty blondes packing heat foil a smuggling operation.
Never Too Young to Die - John Stamos vs a cross dressing Gene Simmons
Empire of the Dark - A modern day swordmaster with a beer gut must enter a portal to hell to rescue his girl.
No Retreat, No Surrender - A bullied teen channels the ghost of Bruce Lee to win a karate tournament
Dangerous Men - I... honestly have next to no idea what's going on in this one, but it is awesome.
Gymkata - Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas must use all of his acrobatic skills to take down an evil army of ninjas in a contest to the death.

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#63 7 days ago
Quoted from Betelgeuse:

Even more overlap there! "I can see you are a man of good... taste." I have a lot of cheaper shit, but a lot of good/rare stuff too. I went and took some close-ups of my horror and action movies. I have quite a bit more on multipacks.
Euro horror tends to be last frontier where I am still discovering new gems. I'm a long time Argento Fan, with Suspiria and Deep Red being my favs. Fulci is hit or miss for me, but I love a lot of his work too (have The Beyond, City of the Living Dead, Zombi, House by the Cemetery, etc). There's still a few of his flicks I haven't seen, mostly because they haven't been well distributed over the years. I really dig the Spaghetti Westerns too. I have all of the 'man with no name' movies, but would have to say Once Upon a Time in the West with Charles Bronson is my favorite there (though , 'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' gives it a run for it's money).
If you like cheesy 80s action flicks like Samurai Cop and Miami Connection, here's a few others that may interest you...
Deadly Prey - An over the top, mullet haired re-imagining of The Most Dangerous Game
Hard Ticket to Hawaii - Busty blondes packing heat foil a smuggling operation.
Never Too Young to Die - John Stamos vs a cross dressing Gene Simmons
Empire of the Dark - A modern day swordmaster with a beer gut must enter a portal to hell to rescue his girl.
No Retreat, No Surrender - A bullied teen channels the ghost of Bruce Lee to win a karate tournament
Dangerous Men - I... honestly have next to no idea what's going on in this one, but it is awesome.
Gymkata - Olympic gymnast Kurt Thomas must use all of his acrobatic skills to take down an evil army of ninjas in a contest to the death.
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I know Hard Ticket to Hawaii, I still need to pick it up. I think the same guy did one called Malibu Express, which I also need to get.

I got Deadly Prey and Deadliest Prey on order from Diabolik already!

#64 7 days ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

I know Hard Ticket to Hawaii, I still need to pick it up. I think the same guy did one called Malibu Express, which I also need to get.

I got Deadly Prey and Deadliest Prey on order from Diabolik already!

Yes! Andy Sidaris did both Malibu Express and Hard Ticket to Hawaii and they are both great. He has a crazy life story and gave up a lucrative career in sports journalism and invested his fortune in making sleazy action movies. He made about 20 movies with very similar plots and themes, using people from the same pool of actors... Most of them revolve around 2 women with big... guns... bringing down a criminal organization in a tropical location. There are 2 large box sets that have been released that I know of; 'Bullets, Bombs and Babes', and 'Girls, Guns and G-Strings', but just recently they have been coming out individually on blu ray.

And congrats on Deadly Prey! That one is just mind blowing. Deadliest Prey was a bit of a letdown for me, but still worth checking out.

Curious, what are your top Fulci flicks? I like his style and am always on the lookout for some buried treasures.

#65 7 days ago
Quoted from Betelgeuse:

Yes! Andy Sidaris did both Malibu Express and Hard Ticket to Hawaii and they are both great. He has a crazy life story and gave up a lucrative career in sports journalism and invested his fortune in making sleazy action movies. He made about 20 movies with very similar plots and themes, using people from the same pool of actors... Most of them revolve around 2 women with big... guns... bringing down a criminal organization in a tropical location. There are 2 large box sets that have been released that I know of; 'Bullets, Bombs and Babes', and 'Girls, Guns and G-Strings', but just recently they have been coming out individually on blu ray.
And congrats on Deadly Prey! That one is just mind blowing. Deadliest Prey was a bit of a letdown for me, but still worth checking out.
Curious, what are your top Fulci flicks? I like his style and am always on the lookout for some buried treasures.

The Psychic! Non-giallo, but awesome

#66 7 days ago
Quoted from Betelgeuse:

Yes! Andy Sidaris did both Malibu Express and Hard Ticket to Hawaii and they are both great. He has a crazy life story and gave up a lucrative career in sports journalism and invested his fortune in making sleazy action movies. He made about 20 movies with very similar plots and themes, using people from the same pool of actors... Most of them revolve around 2 women with big... guns... bringing down a criminal organization in a tropical location. There are 2 large box sets that have been released that I know of; 'Bullets, Bombs and Babes', and 'Girls, Guns and G-Strings', but just recently they have been coming out individually on blu ray.
And congrats on Deadly Prey! That one is just mind blowing. Deadliest Prey was a bit of a letdown for me, but still worth checking out.
Curious, what are your top Fulci flicks? I like his style and am always on the lookout for some buried treasures.

Not sure if you have any of these but they're excellent in different ways. Murderock is a good 80s giallo with some fantastic 'talent' and a great Keith Emerson score. Conquest is a fantasy movie he did also in the 80s worth checking out. Typical sci fi/fantasy of the time, but with some scenes of gore and wonderful overdubs, plus one of the main villains is topless the entire movie. Touch of Death a bit of an odd film. It's a dark comedy Fulci style.

Here's the IMDB for Touch of Death: "A moody, middle-aged gigolo kills off women after he gets bored with dating them and uses their body parts for trophies and for consumption."

Aenigma I havent seen in awhile, its 80s supernatural horror I need to revisit. "Carrie", Fulci style. I have the 88 Films release (another great label) but decided to double dip and get the Severin release. Zombi 3 is credited to Fulci, but it was taken over by Bruno Mattei when Fulci became ill on set. It's still amazing and I love his movies too. Perversion Story is another early giallo with Marisa Mell in it...and, well, I love Marisa Mell.

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#67 7 days ago

And I have these that I still need to watch. Lizard in a Woman's Skin is regarded by some as one of his greatest films, if not his best. The rest are a mixed bag but i'm sure I will dig them.

I was mistaken about the most directed movies I have by a person. It's actually Umberto Lenzi. I have the most movies of his of any director. Don't even get me started on him!

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#68 7 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

The Psychic! Non-giallo, but awesome

I still need to pick that one up.

#69 7 days ago
Quoted from PanzerFreak:

I enjoy physical media and have a ton of DVD's and Blu Ray's. An uncle of mine got me into film, especially foreign films, and after he passed away my aunt gave me his collection of Criterion DVD's, probably 150 + films. I have those proudly being displayed on a shelf and will never get rid of them.
With that being said for 4K and beyond I'm going digital through Apple Movies. I never thought I would say that as I've been a die hard physical media forever guy for years but the quality, convenience, and price of digital movies on Apple Movies won me over. Apples bitrate is highest in the industry and their compression technology is probably the best. Apple is offering a peak bit rate of around 30Mb/s for movies and 40Mb/s for Apple TV + shows while Amazon Prime peaks around 15 Mb/s and about the same with Netflix which is disappointing. Disney + isn't much better, around 15 Mb/s but I've read some reports of it being a bit higher.
I just can't stomach buying the same movies on yet another physical format, I mean how many copies of Back to the Future can one own? lol. Bought it on VHS, then DVD, and finally Blu Ray. I passed on the physical 4K versions and bought them on Apple Movies in 4K for $15 during a sale. Pricing on Apple Movies, especially during sales as mentioned, is really good. I picked up the entire Lord of the Rings and Hobbit extended 4K trilogies for $50 this past Christmas. The 4k Blu Ray's would have been over $200 at the time, even $160 now on sale. I just can't do it.
The video below is a professional comparison between 4K Ultra Blu Ray vs streaming on Apple TV 4K. The results are surprisingly close. The 4K Ultra Blu Ray looks slightly better in some parts but its not very noticeable, not enough personally to sway me. For my setup I have an Apple TV 4K wired to my router with a 500Mbps internet connection and movies (plus Apple TV + shows which run at an even higher bit rate) look amazing.

The biggest downside to streaming is (a) can have lack of HDR and (b) lossy audio / Atmos using Dolby Digital. If you have a good rig, you have to feed it a good diet! If I ever dump physical, I'll be going direct to Kaleidescape.

#70 7 days ago

If you’re into horror movies you collect old video formats.

Not that I would know

#71 6 days ago
Quoted from SunnRAT:

Not sure if you have any of these but they're excellent in different ways. Murderock is a good 80s giallo with some fantastic 'talent' and a great Keith Emerson score. Conquest is a fantasy movie he did also in the 80s worth checking out. Typical sci fi/fantasy of the time, but with some scenes of gore and wonderful overdubs, plus one of the main villains is topless the entire movie. Touch of Death a bit of an odd film. It's a dark comedy Fulci style.

Here's the IMDB for Touch of Death: "A moody, middle-aged gigolo kills off women after he gets bored with dating them and uses their body parts for trophies and for consumption."

Aenigma I havent seen in awhile, its 80s supernatural horror I need to revisit. "Carrie", Fulci style. I have the 88 Films release (another great label) but decided to double dip and get the Severin release. Zombi 3 is credited to Fulci, but it was taken over by Bruno Mattei when Fulci became ill on set. It's still amazing and I love his movies too. Perversion Story is another early giallo with Marisa Mell in it...and, well, I love Marisa Mell.

Good stuff, thanks! I have at least heard of most of those, except for Murderock and Perversion Story. I have Zombi 3 (and 4) and really enjoyed that one. From what I heard, Fulci did most of the A story, and Mattei added in all of the scenes with the squad of guys in white hazmat suits. It's like a colorful live action zombie comic. Some fantastic cover art on all of these too. I would love to see a modern day horror pin with artwork in this style! You can see where the artist for Zaccaria Spooky got their influences from. I actually had the covers for Aenigma and Cat in the Brain set as my Windows wallpaper for a long time, but have never got a chance to see them. What's great about this hobby is that there is somehow still new 70s and 80s movies to discover and share, even after all this time. It's the gift that keeps on giving.

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#73 6 days ago
Quoted from Rezdog:

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If anybody has leads on 16mm or 35mm prints, I'm in the market...

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