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Does anyone still buy physical DVD collections?
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Am I just old fashioned that I don't like downloading stuff off the internet?

I think there's still something to be said for having a physical copy of a DVD, Blu-ray, or VHS in my hot little hand over other methods of viewing...

DVDs and Blu-rays [nearly] always come with the original language version with subtitles which is one of the number one draws for me... The higher quality and availability to just pop them in any player in my house and watch them instead of being tied to a computer is also important for me, not to mention when you get a box set that's well-made and/or has extra goodies included inside!!

I think streaming sites like Crunchyroll are brilliant and amazing in that they allow you to legally watch something /before/ you buy it... Back in my day (pass ol' Momma her slippers and her pipe, you're getting dragged back into the 19s), most of the time you just had to go out on a limb and buy something on VHS or DVD to find out if it was worth buying... which got really, really expensive with the advent of DVDs, $35 dollars a disc... A DVD box set would run you around $200. O___O

Before that, all we had were the re-re-re-re-recorded passed on tapes that someone got from a friend who got from a cousin who got from a guy at a comic book shop somewhere once in a state that they're not even sure is in the Union, which I still have and I'd bet dollars to donuts (I like chocolate glazed) they still work!

I'm wondering because I just started to pull out all of anime to see what I have... and it's a wee bit more than I remembered it being...
VHS

DVD


I had more but a jerk took about half of my collection (still mad over my NGE box set, by far the biggest loss!!!) about 8 years back. A lot of these are so old and I haven't seen them in so long I don't even remember what they are about. (Re-watch time!!!)

So are there any others out there who still enjoy and collect animes?? Particularly anyone with an older collection that possibly even includes this this old lady has heard of??

Even more importantly, tell me something new I might enjoy.
Posted 3/12/12
I have a rather small collection due to the easy access of torrents but the things I do have are:

Basilisk Complete Collection BD
Speed Grapher S.A.V.E. Edition
Evangelion Holiday Special Platinum Collection
Gantz Complete
Ga-Rei-Zero BD/DVD bundle
Persona 3 ~Trinity Soul~ Complete Collection (includes artbooks)
Love Hina Complete

Then I have two DVDs I bought from China when I visited there:

Death Note Vol. 5
Ghost in The Shell

I plan to buy a bit more after I save up money but buying too much drains my wallet. Then there are figurines that I want to buy...
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Every collection has to start somewhere! :)

I plan to buy Evangelion again, all of them, they're pretty high on my must buy priority list, but a cracked molar kinda ate my anime fund for the whole year.

Luckily, I've slowly introduced the husband to anime and I bet I can get him to buy me at least a few things--Bummed the Moribito Deal of the Day box set was sold out, it's his favorite!

I can't believe I have so much girly anime!!! >.< I never thought I was the girly type pokemon... apparently, I was wrong...
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I haven't bought a DVD in a long time, but that's because I'm broke. I am planning on buying the set of Evangelion when the movies finish up, and most likely the original anime when I get some money.
As much as I like downloading/streaming online, I prefer having the physical one, as I can watch it anywhere whether or not I bring my laptop.
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I still buy DVD's if it is really cheap. But usually I go with Blu-Ray. Streaming is nice but it is hard to stream a 1080P video reliably. I currently have over 1000's DVD's, Blu-Ray and even some old Laser disks (if any one remembers them) of movies that were never re-released on DVD. I just like having the physical media and not having to worry if the internet or my computer is down.
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Yeah, I still buy complete collections. Mainly, so I can have a hard copy so that if for some reason the streaming or DVD rights expire I'll still be able to watch it properly. That doesn't mean I don't watch unofficial streams of an anime, I just like to support and own the series I enjoy. Secondly, if I want to let someone watch a series, it's easier to just lend them a DVD collection.
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You're darn tootin'. And I never say that in real life, so I wonder why I typed it, but whatever. DVD collections are beast.
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the photo is sideways, but i don't feel like adjusting. i own and have paid for all of these dvd's.
all of them are anime
you can een see part of my manga collection on the other bookshelf.

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Your shelf is awesome!!! ^_^ The only thing I don't like about shelves like that is everything gets so dusty!! I dust so rarely!!

And I do remember Laser discs!!! I only ever saw those in like high school biology class!!!!! They were HUMONGOUS!!!!

And we do have hundreds of dvds... but 90% of them are my son's... If we didn't buy him so much, we could have more anime! haha

Well I'm glad to see I'm not the only person who likes to collect anime... My husband doesn't quite understand it because he finds it hard to believe that they'd get watched more than once... Now I try to watch them streaming and if I LOVE them and know I will watch them over and over, I will buy them!
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I still buy DVDs (and blurays). Actually, I prefer having hard copies so I can hold them in my hand and enjoy easily on my TV. Not to mention, I'm a huge fan of box art. I love it when series' are released in nice packaging. I haven't bought any of the series' that NIS licensed, but their premium packaging tempts me every time... I'm just waiting for a series I really want. ^^;; I also really like the boxes Nozomi does. I bought the Utena and Ninja Nonsense boxsets and they're probably among my favorites, art box wise, in my collection.
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The Sailor Moon DVDs actually have reversible covers, one of my personal favorites!! The first couple of Bleach box sets came with awesome posters and postcards--I really like stuff like that.

I have not yet bought an anime Blu-ray!!! I'm fairly positive my first anime Blu-Ray purchase will be the Evangelion reboots.

Sometimes I wonder what would be the point of buying an anime on Blu-Ray versus DVD?? If it wasn't made in 1080p, is there any advantage to buying it Blu-Ray?

I had REALLY hoped that Gundam 00 was going to be released on Blu-Ray considering it was at least /made/ in high def, but alas, they only came out on DVD, but as long as I've waited to watch that one in Japanese, I don't care, and I'll graciously accept the DVDs!!! >.< I bought both seasons the week they came out, drove over an hour to get them... I wasn't playin any games on that one... Non-negotiable!!! I bought my first large LED flat panel television to watch that anime in Japanese in high def... only to discover only half of each season's DVDs had been released!!!! >.< I may complain, but I do know how truly great a thing it is to even be able to get so many great animes on DVD, streaming, etc...

Honestly I'm happy I only had to wait a year for the full seasons to come out, and I'm even happier they were only $30 each. Gotta finish watching Gundam Wing from Netflix, then I'm moving on to my beloved 00. ♥
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I plan to add to my super tiny collection soon but exam re-sits cut that budget down I prefer actually having hard copies than digital copies, but I don't mind streaming or downloading a series if they haven't yet been released on DVD/Blu-ray, this is also the same view I have on manga.
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forever yes i need to switch to bluray but I will always buy anime dvd's for series I love.

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^ Good stuff man. I like the neatness and organization of your shelves!!! But I still hate dust!!! >.< My dresser has a wooden swing shut door set to the left of the cabinets, I think the part I love most is I never have to dust inside of it... But it does get very messy and abyss-like because I usually don't see inside of it!!! haha

See this is making me feel so much better-- I don't even know another person with an anime collection in real life!!



Large anime collection holders: What's the one go-to anime you will watch over and over again??

Gotta be Lodoss War #1 for me, NGE would easily be second, except it was pilfered many a moon ago.
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Hmm, as for watching a series in bluray that wasn't made in high def... I bought the LE Baccano bluray set, despite it just being a 'made for TV' series that was never meant for bluray, and I still thought it was worth it(besides the awesome boxart of course! ). The lines were made crisper and the colors more vivid. I just liked the overall cleaner look, even if it didn't come anywhere near some of the quality in series actually made in high def.

As for my go-to anime... I seem to go back to the Tenchi series quite a bit. It's one of the anime I first watched on Toonami and still love, even more than a decade later. I even marathoned Muyo through Universe with my nephew about a year ago. lol But out of more recent shows, I keep going back to The World God Only Knows. I first watched it here on CR, found out it was licensed, instantly placed a preorder on it, then rewatched it as soon as I got it... then rewatched it again a few weeks later. ^^;; Solty Rei is another series that's highly rewatchable for me... been meaning to watch it again for a few weeks now.
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