To BUY or Not to Buy...

@anniepa (27238)
United States
January 26, 2010 4:50pm CST
I've never been one for purchasing movies, either in the "old days" of video cassettes or since the introduction of DVDs but I know I'm kind of in the minority since I know many who post here often write of owning movies and many of my own friends and relatives have quite the collection. However, I might just change my habits. I've been realizing there are a growing number of movies that I watch over and over again, they never get old. I'm thinking that instead of getting frustrated when I get "in the mood" to watch one of my favorites and it's not on TV and I don't feel like running to the video store I should just go ahead and buy it already! They're really not all that expensive right now either so it's not like wasting a bunch of money. You can DEFINITELY buy a DVD for less than what a trip to the cinema would cost and they're often even cheaper than the cost of a rental or PPV movie. Are you a buyer, a renter, a PPVer or none of the above? If you like to buy movies, what are some that you've bought and where do you usually buy them? Annie
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• United States
27 Jan 10
I have been in the theater watching a film and said to myself , " I 'm going to need my own copy." I usually wait until it comes on cable and I tape it. I'm a dinosaur I still have more VHS tapes than DVD's.Back in the day , I would see a film , fall in love and tape it the next time it aired. but in time there were less movies I wanted so my taping slowed down. Oncew there were 4 or 5 Must have films I taped , now it is a miracle if I see anything I want to tape. I love the idea of thinking of a film to see and walking over , finding it and watching it.it Really comes in handy when a new film reminds me of an older film and I can make a quick double feature.Or popping in a tape when you missed your favorite part when it aired. I have done that too.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
27 Jan 10
I still have my VCR hooked up but I haven't tried using it in ages. I'm not even sure if it will work since I have the digital cable box and the DVR. I Do have several VHS movies, some that I'd taped myself and a few that I'd bought. Annie
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• United States
27 Jan 10
I have my VHS hooked up to my digital cable and it works.
@amybrezik (2123)
• United States
27 Jan 10
I am most definitley buy movies. We have a store here called Movie Trading Company. It is cheaper to buy there then it is even to rent. (Unless you rent from Red Box) You can buy used movies at MTC for as little as 3.99. I even buy movies that I haven't seen because it ends up being cheaper. I absolutely love MTC!!! I don't have cable so my movies are all I have.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
27 Jan 10
They sell previously viewed movies at some of the video stores in my area and some of them are really cheap like that. My granddaughter has tons of them. Annie
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
27 Jan 10
We buy a lot of movies, Blu Ray actually. We probably have around 300 DVDs and Blu Rays combined. I also have a Netflix account and watch "instantly" and have the home delivered. I took my oldest son to the cinema last month (we had "free" tickets) and it was like $30 it was more to go to the movies than the last Blu Ray disc I bought LOL
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
27 Jan 10
Are the Blu Ray discs a lot better than regular DVDs? It's crazy, it's impossible to keep up with the technology these days! I remember when I thought VCRs were the greatest things there could ever be. You're sure right about going to the movies. It's sure not a cheap night out like it was when I was younger. The popcorn costs more than the cost of admission and I can't watch a movie in the theater without popcorn! Annie
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
27 Jan 10
Blu Ray is only better if you have a true HDTV (1080p) We have the 1080p and also the 720p we've hooked it up to both and I can actually tell the difference and honestly I'm not into technology that much (I have trouble with the CD player in my car LOL) One thing about Blu Ray is the picture is so clear you'll notice flaws in the movie scenes one example I can think of is we watched the movie Twilight on regular DVD and then we watched it on Blu Ray on the regular DVD you don't notice the vampires sweating on the Blu Ray you do LOL
• United States
27 Jan 10
I never buy movies or go to the video store. I get them from Netflix I love that service ...no late fees watch them send them back the next day and the next one on your queue will arrive in about two days. They always arrive on time and if their is movie that I want to watch immediately then I can "instant" watch on my computer I pay just under $10.00 a month and could watch instant movie 24/7 if I was so inclined. You can get a free trial and see how you like the service.
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
27 Jan 10
I do get them from Netflix but I've never done the "instant" method. I can't watch on my computer until I get my stupid speakers working! One of these days... Annie
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Hi Annie, I no longer purchase movies on DVDs. I subscribe to Netflix and not only get a couple a week through the mail. One of my sons bought me a Roku converter box that hooks directly into my router through a cable that goes into our TV and I can watch a large number of movies. It's great!!!
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
27 Jan 10
I was wondering how that worked with Netflix where you could get them instantly. What, do you hook it into your computer and then your TV? I have cable internet and cable TV if that matters. Annie
• United States
27 Jan 10
I buy DVDs all the time. I had quite a colection before I got married and my collection grew after my husban and I got married. We watch movies every Sunday night (it has been a tradition with us since we started dating). I like buying DVDs and usually buy them with my amazon gift cards or with my mylot earnings.
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• United States
27 Jan 10
I've never been one to buy movies on dvd either. For the past couple years we've subscribed to Netlix and gotten 2 or 3 movies at a time to fill our movie fix on the weekends. But we've been having more and more problems with the movies loading, or skipping etc, and I'm sure it's because they've been played so much and are scratched. We've decided to stop Netflix, so I may be buying some dvds in the future too.
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
27 Jan 10
My wife and I both have our own computers hooked up to the internet through a router. One the back of the router there are three places to plug cables into. From the router we have a cable going to the "roku" box and from there to one of the video and sound inputs on our HD flat screen TV. I've been watching the series named "Tudors" which is all about King Henry VIII and Anne Bolyn. It is very interesting and it was produced by "Showtime". You can learn more about using this system on the Netflix site. We pay less than $10 a month for the Netflix service and instant movies is included. I finished watching the "Friday Night Lights" series about a week ago on our TV. I think that series is supposed to start up again in February (I may be wrong). Regards to all and enjoy the movies!
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
27 Jan 10
Hi anniepa, I don't have much of a collection of movies. I used to have a huge collection of movies when the kids were younger as they were given to watching movies over and over. If there is a movie that I really love then I might buy it. There aren't that many that I'd watch repeatedly but I know what you mean. There are some that I watched years ago that I wouldn't mind seeing again now.
@gracie04 (4555)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
In this time of recession, i don't think buying DVDs are practical these days. if i want to see a movie, i would just go out and rent some dvd movies at video city or if i don't have time to go out, i would just turn my laptop on and visit the websites that offer free movies online.
@allknowing (69316)
• India
27 Jan 10
I never buy as I am not much of a movie watcher any way. There are so many channels on tv that show movies even the latest ones but I do not find time to sit for long hours and watch them. Nothing like watching a full length movie in a theatre with a big pepsi and popcorn to munch along with friends - cost notwithstanding. Once in a way it is good to spend.
@kyel_11 (1069)
• Philippines
27 Jan 10
i'm not a buyer anymore. i just stream movies from the internet. hehe:)
@hirumon (90)
• India
27 Jan 10
hi, I am a movie buyer..I go to cinemas to catch the movies and i buy those which i know i will see multiple times..Some movies i buy because i like owning them(little bragging rights).. I have bought Godfather complete collection and Lord of the Rings collection..I have many other movies but they are the crown jewels of the collection i belive..The latest one i got is a remastered print of Blade Runner..
@dedha04 (60)
• Indonesia
27 Jan 10
if you're happy with the movie,why not to buy?
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
27 Jan 10
I buy my movies used on amazon.