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9 Reasons I Still Buy Physical Media

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Commando (1999)
The Comfort of Ownership

If you rely on Netflix or iTunes or another digital movie centre for your collection, it's not a tangible thing. It exists on a screen. And I feel a personal sense of satisfaction buying a tangible disc, in a case, with a lovingly designed cover. It's MINE. I don't trust the cloud, or streaming services. Movies will disappear from them. If I want to watch Commando and go to watch it on Netflix for the hundredth time only to find that it's gone, then my movie night is screwed up. I'd have to go and pirate the sucker just to fulfil my craving. Waste of time, and of course piracy is still frowned upon.

Added to this, hard drives do fail. I've lost an entire 1TB hard-drive full of movies. But DVD and Blu-ray discs, they're with you for life. Any time you can look over at your shelf and know it's YOURS on a shiny disc. If you maintain your discs and don't leave them knocking about outside the case, they will last for decades. A hard-drive fails after two or three years in my experience.

I love looking over my some 1500-unit collection which lives in my bedroom with me. Hell, sometimes I look at the breadth of my library in the middle of masturbating, just to marvel at the beauty of it.

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It's All In One Place

I subscribe to Netflix, Quickflix, and Stan, not to mention I use PlayStation video to rent movies, and I like to go to the local video shop too. Due to licensing, you can't have every movie you want online via just one streaming service. You need to subscribe to ALL of them, and of course they can still disappear from the services after some time. But with a library of physical media, everything you want is in one place. You paid a flat fee to own it, and now you have it.

People may like the convenience of scrolling through a page of movies and picking one, but I like getting up from the couch, picking a movie from my library of awesome, and whacking it on. It requires effort, yeah, but getting up for a little bit is better for you than constantly sitting. And I feel a nice sense of satisfaction and arousal from removing a disc from its case.

And of course, you can show off your collection to anybody who will look.

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Fancy Packaging & Collector's Items

Collecting physical media is a hobby. It's like collecting stamps. If somebody gets excited over some stamp from the 1950s, good for them. Wine lovers may get giddy over a bottle that's 40 years old and a limited edition. All the more power to them. Point is, everybody gets excited over something that they like collecting. For me, if someone says they have the fancy limited edition DVD set of The Fellowship of the Ring with the Argonath bookends, I will geek the fuck out.

I do not always like to grab the bells & whistles editions; it depends on what it is. If it's an exclusive slip-cover, I won't bother. If it's a nice limited edition steelbook case, yeah I'll bite. If it's a special limited edition case like the Man of Steel collector's edition, then yeah I'll definitely bite. The Hobbit movies are getting statues in their extended edition releases, and you can bet your sweet ass I'm grabbing those while they're still available. Hell, I still have a nifty Crystal Skull from the DVD set of that Indiana Jones film.

It adds flavour to your collection and your movie shelf. It's fun to show off your latest limited edition. Hell, I was one of a very limited few who got the 1966 Batman TV show set on BD with all the bells and whistles, and that's a huge point of pride. I was one of 1000 people to get the UK-released Titanic set, and I can't stop showing that to people. You don't get that excitement from a digital collection. I have never pulled my brother into my bedroom to look at my iTunes collection, for whatever reason.

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Superior Presentation

Netflix and other streaming services offer basic compressed video presentations, but they aren't a patch on Blu-ray disc. Usually it's 720p and 2.0 audio on Netflix, as opposed to full 1080p video and 5.1 or 7.1 HD sound on a disc. A single second of a Blu-ray can be up to 20 or 30mb. That means your internet connection would need to be up to 30mb/s. Fuck, mine struggles to get to 5mb/s. And that's without factoring in the sound. Suffice it to say, a lossless HD soundtrack would require some extra oomph in internet speed.

As for downloaded movies, well, most movie files on Blu-ray are between 20 and 40GB, depending on the compression, the length, etc. Wouldn't be able to get many of those big cunts on your monthly data allowance. I'm happy if you have unlimited, trust me I am, but it's not a viable option for everybody. Also, only way to get files that big would be piracy, and it's a massive fuckaround to find the right file, let alone watch a bastard that big on your tele. I run a Mac, and can only transfer files up to 4GB to a hard-drive that can be accessible on my TV. You know what is simple? Buying a fucking disc and loading it into my PS4.

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Bonus Features

Bonus features are a niche thing, I get that, but goodness they are fun. I'm a tremendous consumer of special features, and oftentimes I will hold off buying a certain release if I do not deem the extra content sufficient enough to warrant the price. I'm hesitant to buy a barebones release as I usually like to wait and see if a special edition comes out further down the track.

Getting invaluable insight into a production is exciting. The extensive documentaries and featurettes delving into the making of Peter Jackson's Middle-earth saga are incredible. And sometimes, the story behind the making of a motion picture can be almost as interesting as the movie itself. Watch the infamous Hearts of Darkness doc on the Apocalypse Now release for proof.

Even my parents, who aren't big film buffs, enjoy browsing through the special features content.

iTunes and even PlayStation have started offering special feature content when you buy a digital version, but it's still not a patch on discs.

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No Buffering!

I still love Netflix, but Christ it annoys me when I'm watching a great movie and a good part comes up, and the quality suddenly declines, or it starts and stops, skips frames, etc.

No such issues exist on a physical disc. The entire movie is there, on a disc, and there aren't any playback issues (unless you're an imbecile who leaves his discs around and lets them get scratched). It's wonderful.

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Completeness

Nothing is more annoying than finding a show on Netflix, only to realise it's only streaming the first two seasons. Great, how am I supposed to see the others? And what about the handful of Christmas specials? Even torrents can be incomplete since they are not moderated, and you'd be left trying to download each episode individually. Fuck that.

So I go out and buy the complete collection. Every episode, every special, no confusion. Of course you will get separate seasons and occasionally separate volumes, but if you do your homework, you will often find a complete set with everything you need, plus extras. It's marvellous.

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You Are Introduced To New Movies

I like going up and down the aisles at my local movie shop, and finding obscure titles I've never seen or even heard of before. Sifting through the specials, you may stumble upon a title that piques your interest, and you Google it on your smartphone and decide it's worth blind buying. It's that type of spontaneity that I love about physical media. Yeah, Netflix makes recommendations, but it ain't gonna have everything, and there are still those little hidden gems you'll never find unless you dig through the $5 bin at your local supermarket.

Likewise, if you find a title you want in a box-set with a few other movies you haven't seen, sometimes it's nice to take the plunge and take a chance on the other titles. I've purchased Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris and Van Damme sets, and never walked away disappointed. It's a nice way to be introduced to new movies. Oh yeah, and a lot of these little gems aren't even available on streaming services. DVD and Blu-ray all the way!

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Easier To Watch

People seem to favour an iTunes or Ultraviolet digital copy because it can be watched "anywhere," but I call bullshit on this one. Anywhere except...your television. Unless you have Apple TV or a Chromecast dongle, you ain't watching your digital copies on any TV. That's an unnecessary expense when you can just buy a fucking disc. And though you might have a movie on your hard drive, I can't tell you how many times I've gone to watch a file only to get "Audio Format not supported" or "This video cannot be played." You know what? You get none of that with a good ol' DVD or Blu-ray.

More pertinently, if you want to swing by a mate's house and watch a movie with them, or with a bunch of people, it's super easy to bring a disc over. You know what's a mad fuckaround? Bringing a Chromecast dongle or your Apple TV to your mate's place and spending ages getting it set up. Or putting your hard drive in only to get an error.

Also, if you wanted to use Netflix or the like, and your mate doesn't have Netflix, you'll be dragging your console over and setting that shit up. Or using your Chromecast dongle. Unnecessary!

Also, you know what's cool? Being able to lend a movie to a mate. None of this "You gotta download this movie!", instead it's "Here, take my DVD!" Less hassle. Easier.

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I have a huge collection of DVD and Blu-ray discs, and people still wonder why. They ask why would I bother buying something when I can download it for free or watch it online. Beyond the reason that I feel better by paying for my entertainment and supporting the industry, physical media is generally better. And there are many reasons why.

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Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 15 23:29
Could not agree more. I still buy physical media and music. I love my DVDs and CDs.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 15 23:53
i'm with you with this because i'm still buying some cds, blu ray, dvds and games on disc and i'm still amazed to buy some cd boxed set with a booklet or a new blu ray disc.
i've bought over 800 cds (47 boxed sets) 600 movies, 70 games and i'm proud that in 25 years i've almost bought all the cds that i've wanted and about 60% of my fav films. :)
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 16 10:05
One of the best lists I have seen recently.

Pretty much everyday, I get some comments about the fact that I still don't want to download movies as if I'm some kind of weirdo...
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 16 12:08
Great list. I will never stop collecting movies.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 16 15:47
Thank you. Physical media all the way. Netflix/streaming is fine. Fuck pirates.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 16 17:38
I do have to agree with you completely on this. However, as a librarian, I have to point out DVD's do have a shelf life as well. While bought DVD's have a stronger recording then personally burned DVD's, they will eventually "go bad." It is a problem I am wondering how to solve myself. But that isn't to say digital are better, for all the wonderful reasons you pointed out. Yes, physical copies all the way.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 17 21:49
I completely agree with you on every single point. Awesome list, my friend!
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 18 2:29
Love this list. Don't know how old you are but I am thrilled to know that there are people out there that love having physical copies.
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 18 17:06
Damn right! Nothing beats buying a CD and actually listening to it. I always rip. the ones I buy, but I always buy. Long live HMV, FNAC and other record shops
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 18 18:15
I completely agree with you about every aspect of physical discs. I had and still have an extensive VHS collection and hundreds of DVD's that I still admire in several bookcases in the bedroom. I only have about 20-25 Blu-rays and I'm fine with that. I have mainly only bought my favorite movies. I used to love watching Commando as a kid and had fun with it one time. I counted how many times Matrix is SEEN killing/wounding someone on screen. I have a total number, can you or anyone come up with one?
Posted: 2 years, 7 months ago at Apr 18 18:19
Also, ever try going to the library for movies? You get it for at least a week, they have most of the new releases and you never pay a cent for them unless you're late returning them. I haven't rented a movie (physical or online) since early 2000 and this is why.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 29 9:41
I own a collection of movies and TV shows on DVD too, as I have been buying them till recently for the same reasons you gave. I had one more reason: DVDs include the original language soundtrack, which in my country (Italy) is not always available in theaters and on TV.

BUT THEN, I must say I have not been buying DVDs any longer in the last year or two, for a number of other reasons.

First off, I have subscribed to an on demand TV/movie service, no commercials, including original language, and it's probably cheaper than buying the discs.

Second, now I can record movies and shows from any TV channel and watch them later, skipping the ads.

Third, I moved to another apartment, slightly smaller than the one where I lived before, so I suddenly realized how much room a DVD collection actually takes!

Reason #4: I still watch some movies on the big screen, in a proper cinema theater, that's even better!

Reason #5 (a minor one, but still...), DVDs sometimes have, or grow in time, flaws that make them unreadable. Some have annoying, non-skippable, "anti-piracy" trailers before the DVD menu. And other annoyances, like the "Region" settings that won't let you watch American (Region1) DVDs on a player set to "Europe" (Region2), and the other way round, unless you know the work around...
It is surprising how they can make life hard for the few who still pay for legit physical media! :(
Edit: 2 years, 6 months ago
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 29 9:56
First off, I have subscribed to an on demand TV/movie service, no commercials, including original language, and it's probably cheaper than buying the discs.

But can you honestly tell me that EVERY movie ever made is on there? And will stay there for good? Dude it's not going to happen, the licensing will eventually expire, whether it's 2 years or 10.
Third, I moved to another apartment, slightly smaller than the one where I lived before, so I just realized how much room a DVD collection actually takes!

Of course it takes up space, but my collection is just part of the furniture. My bedroom is absolutely jam-packed with nerd memorabilia that I seldom have space for much else. And I don't really mind it. But then again, that's just me. I'm actually living somewhere else temporarily, and I took maybe 20% of my collection with me, and even such a small amount is killing me, lol.
Reason #4 (a minor one, but still...), DVDs sometimes have, or grow in time, flaws that make them unreadable, annoying "anti-piracy" trailers before the DVD menu, annoying "Region" settings that won't let you watch an American DVD in Europe and the other way round unless you know the work around... It's surprising how they can make life difficult for the few who still pay for legit physical media! :(

That is all true, absolutely. But scratching up discs doesn't happen unless you're careless, and believe me, with my collection, I have to handle them because I don't trust people. And I can usually skip a lot of the annoying trailers. And as for region coding, I mainly buy Blu-ray, and a lot of titles are region free. And even if there aren't, there are only 3 BD regions as opposed to the 6 DVD regions.

All valid points dude, and trust me I don't believe that any physical collection will be perfect. My collection is a combo of digital and physical. But physical wins any day over a purely digital collection because it's so unreliable.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 30 12:53
i've found a way to reduce my dvd / blu ray collection by doing like at the video store... 1- by putting my disc in a plastic sleeve with a little tagged with the title and the genre 2 - by putting the tags of each dvd / blu ray in a transparent plastic sleeve with a page that includes all the important info of the film : year - director - story - cast -.
there's another reason why blu ray disc are better then on demand TV / Movie service... the sound and the image is better and if you have a 4k laser disc you can see the difference even wider.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 30 14:12
Awesome list, I still buy DVDs from time to time. Just recently, one of the last rental stores (a real labor of love place focusing more on indie, obscure and foreign titles) in my area closed and sold off it's extensive inventory. Ended up dropping close to 200 dollars on DVDs.

The only real annoyance I've encountered is when DVDs are not properly formatted for widescreen tvs. You end up with a small picture window of the movie in the middle of your tv screen. The zoom feature usually takes care of this but I feel part of the picture is still cut off.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 30 17:00
I buy Blu rays pretty much every week, dvds for older movies that haven't gotten a blu ray release but i also do like to encode my blu rays and put them on my external hard drives for back up purposes.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Apr 30 19:39
i only started my collection about a year ago of both dvds and blurays, my main reason is just because i like having the physical thing in my hand my true love of cinema started awakening fairly recently so that also brought me to build a personal collection, i actually think that pure digital media is a little overrated and i dont think its any better than physical at all, in some cases its even worse.
Posted: 2 years, 4 months ago at Jul 4 1:59
Great list. I also buy (when I have money) or burn to disc films I want - 8300 movies, shorts and tv shows and growing. I also buy or burn to disc all music.
A couple years ago, I had an external hard drive with loads of music and dj sets that I can no longer get fail on me. Thereby losing all the music I had spent years collecting on that drive. I also came close to losing everything I had on my computer when both hard drives failed. Luckily, the guy working on my computer at the time was able to recover all my music, pics and books that were stored on them.
Posted: 8 months, 3 weeks ago at Mar 3 23:28
Excellent list. I agree with all 9 points. Though I do occasionally buy DVD/BR combo packs, I mostly buy DVDs.

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