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domino harvey
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Re: DVD Library

#426 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:07 pm

David, I admire your commitment to saving space but part of me dies a little when I see all those blank disc holders! I even rescued all my roommate's CD cases out of the recycling bin after they decided to just keep 'em in giant CD binders, so this is probably some sort of deep psychological issue on my part

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Re: DVD Library

#427 Post by david hare » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:43 pm

I really had no choice when it came to the last two moves, 1999 and again 2011 and another one coming up internationally to New Zealand at the end of the year.
Although I've never been anal (he said) I crave near minimalist shabby post chic aging poof style at this stage of life, but even so far worse than discarding covers (and god knows the old time Warner and Fox cover art was fabulous) was the ultimate disposal of discs. I was unable to give things away, and when you're not located in the US it's a complete drag trying to sell discs. When I eventually finished burning god knows how many VHS tapes and over 300 laserdiscs around 2003 I was literally binning all this stuff. NO one wanted to buy it. It's still going on as I replace standard DVDs of variable quality and annoying PAL speedup with better quality BDs or HDTV 720 DLs
So I guess that's a tough yards first run for no-more-covers cold turkey. This is all like the two day a week fast diet I'm on. It aint for everyone. But I still have my nice red wine! And some covers and booklets.

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#428 Post by zedz » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:51 pm

Yes, Buster is Danish. There are some other great posters on the walls (e.g. the Metropolis one that plasters a whole wall in Spione, Irma Vep - not the sublime one-sheet, alas - and a wonderfully pulpy one for John O'Shea's Runaway) but they got covered up by encroaching bookcases! The other door (not visible) has Institut Benjamenta on it, so for a while we tried calling the room that, but it didn't stick.

It's not just Criterion and Second Run that are lumped together, but just about any series that I have a decent amount of, so the eagle-eyed may also be able to spot Edition Filmmuseum, MoC, BFI Blus & Flipside, Re:Voir, PWA, Index, Korean Film Archive, and the French Cinema periodical-with-disc. All those Slovakian discs are below the sightline. This is mainly to make the room look a little less incoherent and overwhelming to intruders.

The latest, and most adorable / ridiculous addition to the room is an antique tea trolley to store the kevyip.

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Re: DVD Library

#429 Post by david hare » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:54 pm

Just admit it why doncha! All that volume is designed to totally overwhelm the casual visitor with ultimate incoherence.

Tea trolley for kevyip! That's beyond camp!! I keep a fucking whole room for kevyip! I'm at the stage of having to watch it on a PC monitor.

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#430 Post by zedz » Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:58 pm

Now I feel like sticking some fucking doilies on it. You're a bad influence, David.

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#431 Post by martin » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:39 am

IKEA's Billy:

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#432 Post by Jonathan S » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:41 am

david hare wrote:now even discarding a lot of clumsy badly designed BD boxes...
I'm impressed you've managed to retain the packaging for the space-hogging Universal Laurel & Hardy DVD set (bottom right on your shelves) - far bigger than it ever needed to be, thanks to the inclusion of toe-curling colorized versions. Even as the author of Another Fine Dress*, I couldn't justify it and had to re-package the discs in 9mm double cases, so it now takes up less than 12cm of shelf. (For the Roach talkies, the recent R1 set has superseded the Universal anyway.)

My usual space-saving method is in fact to put related films - or different editions of the same film - which I'd store adjacently anyway, into normal-width 2, 3 or 4-way Amarays. The advantage is that I can store the original sleeves underneath each other so if I need to sell one, I just extract the sleeve and disc and put them in a normal case. It doesn't work for non-standard packaging or editions with thick booklets of course.

I can't display most of my discs anyway as they have to be stored floor-to-ceiling along a wall which is parallel with the projector beam. The reflections on the plastic cases would be very distracting, so most of the shelves are covered with a matte black cloth. To find a disc I have to go underneath this like a Victorian photographer...

*after nearly 20 years of public indifference, now receiving one-star reviews on Amazon.com and .uk, including one beginning ominously, "I certainly have nothing against any sexual deviance between consenting adults...."!

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#433 Post by bamwc2 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 7:28 am

zedz, that is gorgeous! My family currently owns a condo, so 95% of my collection is in storage at my parent's place. We hope to be able to purchase a house sometime in the next few years and I would love to put together a room half that awesome.

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#434 Post by Zot! » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:29 am

You guys need more swords and Batman statues and such. Seriously though, those are some impressive collections.

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#435 Post by jindianajonz » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:30 am

Out of curiosity, Zedz, are those upside down Eclipse boxes in the bottom left of the first picture?

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#436 Post by twicebilled » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:40 am

jindianajonz wrote:Out of curiosity, Zedz, are those upside down Eclipse boxes in the bottom left of the first picture?
Pretty sure those are Second Run releases.

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Re: DVD Library

#437 Post by david hare » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:57 pm

Jonathan S wrote:
david hare wrote:now even discarding a lot of clumsy badly designed BD boxes...
I'm impressed you've managed to retain the packaging for the space-hogging Universal Laurel & Hardy DVD set (bottom right on your shelves) - far bigger than it ever needed to be, thanks to the inclusion of toe-curling colorized versions. Even as the author of Another Fine Dress*, I couldn't justify it and had to re-package the discs in 9mm double cases, so it now takes up less than 12cm of shelf. (For the Roach talkies, the recent R1 set has superseded the Universal anyway.)

My usual space-saving method is in fact to put related films - or different editions of the same film - which I'd store adjacently anyway, into normal-width 2, 3 or 4-way Amarays. The advantage is that I can store the original sleeves underneath each other so if I need to sell one, I just extract the sleeve and disc and put them in a normal case. It doesn't work for non-standard packaging or editions with thick booklets of course.

I can't display most of my discs anyway as they have to be stored floor-to-ceiling along a wall which is parallel with the projector beam. The reflections on the plastic cases would be very distracting, so most of the shelves are covered with a matte black cloth. To find a disc I have to go underneath this like a Victorian photographer...

*after nearly 20 years of public indifference, now receiving one-star reviews on Amazon.com and .uk, including one beginning ominously, "I certainly have nothing against any sexual deviance between consenting adults...."!
The L&H was my first big dilemma. I really needed the cover notes for contents et al, as I had previously foolishly discarded shelving and cover art for things like the old R1 Harold LLoyd discs, and the Charley Chase discs, the Betty Boop precode Republic LDs, the Warner Vitaphone Swing Swing Swing sets and god knows what else. So I ended up just keeping the boxes for the last couple of years of purchases from the L&H onwards. THe Five boxes of Chans are all in a row too, because the directors vary. In casese like this I cheat and shove them all in under the most obvious director - the complete two boxes of Motos for instance are under "F" for Norman Foster, just as the Sherlock Holmes BDs are all under "Neill", Roy William.

So in total my collection is a (more or less) "strict" alpha by director, but that 90% of it is bookended with original boxsets and/or packaging for generic material like Avant Garde, Gaumont Cinema Premier vols 1 and 2, blah blah blah (Those covers and booklets are priceless anyway.) The bottom L&H end has no rhyme or reason and includes music, porn, Docos, Operas, and TV series

When it comes to alternate editions I have become a ruthless analist - if I get an HDTV 720 of a title I already have on (say) an original Warner or Fox or Universal disc with reasonable extras I keep the original (coverless of course) for the extras plus the 720 DL in the same double sided Unikeep sleeve. So I can relate the HD and SD Shanghai Express or Out of the Past say to the original extras commercial disc content.

AS for Blu Ray covers, some of them are so goddam awful I am now thinking of ditching a lot of those - Optimum or Universal UK or example. Their Near Dark (possibly the worst mastered BD I have ever seen) is almost not worth keeping but it's otherwise unavailable. But considering I was happy to junk the appalling Universal Hitchcock box with its non linguistic image based case hooks - total ball breakers all - I should be more ruthless.

And then there are things one can't live without like the Wildisde Red River box, and the gorgeous booklet with it.

Sigh. First world problems admittedly but still....

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Re: DVD Library

#438 Post by bugsy_pal » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:33 am

David, are you in Australia? - just noticed the book about Rockpool... I am in Oz and have a room that is exploding with discs - I keep rearranging them but then I get more and that just messes it all up again. I cannot get rid of the packaging - I am a packaging fool. I am starting to gather a few 720 rips of films to tide me over until they come out on bluray, and stand in for sub-par DVD versions. And I am wherever possible replacing daggy PAL versions of films with HD or even NTSC counterparts - don't like that PAL speedup!

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#439 Post by bdsweeney » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:02 am

domino harvey wrote:I'm not sure why but I never would have pegged zedz to be a Criterions All Together type. It's always fascinating to see people's shelves, isn't it? One more reason I'll always take physical media over a download-- how do show off a hard drive?
I often think that ... but then realise there's no-one to impress.

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#440 Post by Tombed Visions » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:54 am

New here. I've been obsessively collecting Criterion's for the past 5 months or so, I'm running out of storage space. I've used Ikea's BILLY range in the past, but like most people have stated, the shelves are far too deep for Blu's and DVD.

Has anyone had any experience using Ikea's BESTA range? The shelves are far less deep and look ideal to handle both Blu's and DVDs.

Thought I hit you guys up for some advice before I dispense with the hard earned! Cheers!

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Re: DVD Library

#441 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:48 pm

Sometimes I remember why I should never Google things: Some prominent Minimalists (who would not be a good fit with collectors anyways) have a message, seconded by Tony Robbins (!), for those who buy even their favorite films or watch the same film three or four times: "Get a life." Because the only life experiences that count are those that minimalists endorse, such as ephemeral pursuits of the "new." There's such a surprisingly strong anti-intellectual undercurrent to these kind of appeals to a return to only basic and social interactions, isn't there? "Don't think, just be!"

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#442 Post by matrixschmatrix » Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:56 pm

Ooh, an argument ab dictionary, the finest form of debate. I do hope they're similarly 'minimalist' with their collections of friends and family- if you've spent time with someone once, why do it again? Sheesh, get a life and find someone different.

There's something deeply irritating about people who cite their former "six figure" incomes in trying to convince you that the way of life they've found is better than yours, and that they're worth listening to- a combination of Trustafarian blind privilege and a sense that they're no less materialist than before, merely trading in gross excess for a slightly more refined gluttony of flaunting the things they can do with out, with a value system that implies their paucity of objects is worth more because they could have a lot of stuff.

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#443 Post by mistakaninja » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:05 pm

I'd probably give that DVD collection away too. Or build a cabin out of them in the woods. Turn them into a new experience.

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#444 Post by Jeff » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:51 pm

They're all over grabbing that dictionary for synonyms of "collection," but apparently can't be bothered to look up "insanity."
What’s worse, watching the same movie over and over and over is, by definition, insane.

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Re: DVD Library

#445 Post by mistakaninja » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:55 pm

Well, if they're expecting the endings to change each time...

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#446 Post by jindianajonz » Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:38 pm

Jeff wrote:They're all over grabbing that dictionary for synonyms of "collection," but apparently can't be bothered to look up "insanity."
What’s worse, watching the same movie over and over and over is, by definition, insane.
I wonder how they get around having to eat and breathe.

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#447 Post by Gregory » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:14 pm

So much of this "self-help" stuff, even when it's ostensibly about consuming less, is still about selling people things. And when it became clear that people had bought too much and clutter was a problem, that opened up a new avenue for selling easy answers: "clearing clutter" and "living simply." Those can both be good things, of course, but I've looked at a number of books on the topic, and they're as sanctimonious and badly written as the above link. The worst one I've seen is Give It Up! by Mary Carlomagno, in which the author's basis for writing the book was the experience of having given up a consumerist habit of the most wealthy in our society, like regular travel in taxis and social meetings for pricy cocktails, for a single month, to learn life lessons from the experience, and then return to those habits.
The "clear your clutter" books I hate most are those that advise boxing or bagging up "clutter" without paying much attention to what's in it. Then, if you haven't gone looking for anything you need in those boxes or bags within a few months, then you must not need it! So the solution is to simply get rid of the bags or boxes, unopened, because anything one doesn't use or miss within a few months is totally unnecessary and should be thrown out!
Some of the rare people I've known who live this way end up buying more stuff than anyone else, to replace what they've previously bought and got rid of impulsively.
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#448 Post by Kirkinson » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:18 pm


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#449 Post by essrog » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:32 pm

I'm assuming that, when their 2015 film on minimalism they're touting finishes its theatrical run, they'll have the decency to not put it out on DVD.

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Re: DVD Library

#450 Post by domino harvey » Mon Jun 23, 2014 9:37 pm

I think these guys might be psychopaths or the leaders of a cult or both
A few words about sentimental items

We all have sentimental items like pictures of loved ones, that plate your mom gave you for a special occasion, those little knickknacks that grandma gave us as kids, etc.

This might come as a shock to you, but throw them away.

Think about it. They don’t really have any value or meaning other than the meaning you give those items.

Hold on to your pictures for now, we’ll ask you to scan them and then throw them away in a few days.

But everything else can go. The past does not equal the future. The sentimental items are a reminder of the past and you don’t want to live there.

You want to live in the now.

You want to be on the mountain.

This might sound shocking to you, and you might be terribly afraid to throw out that box of trinkets that you never use, because they have sentimental value. But you are starting a new life, and you don’t need constant reminders of the past to have your new life. It’s counter-intuitive.

Click here to read an essay I wrote about getting rid of my mom’s sentimental items after her death.

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