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Does anyone still buy physical DVD collections?
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I love owning the physical copy of anything. I love Crunchyroll because it allows me to watch a show and if I enjoy it enough I can buy the DVD, Blu ray when it comes out. I mean I'm a huge collector, I have a little more than 235 games, 300 sum books, 50 sum guides and a crap ton of comics. I've always been into anime just havn't started a real collection, which I have started as of now.
The whole digital downloading just doesn't seem right to me, I never feel like I own it.
Oh and nothing is better than buying collectors edition or a special edition of a series or game you love, you gotta love all of the goodies that accompany them.
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Posted 12/3/12

Shrapnel893 wrote:


hpulley wrote:


mimosa_usagi wrote:

I still buy DVDs but i am makeing the switch to blu-ray, but i only buy the shows that i really love now. Back in the day there was nothing worse then putting down a ton of money on a show you ended up not likeing.


For imported discs I always buy BDs if available as the DVD price is almost the same now. I have to play region 2 DVDs on computers mostly as proper players refuse to play them. BD quality is amazing, so good! At import prices I have to be careful but so far, just love them and all the accompanying goodies, audio CDs, booklets and such are just great, I know I am a sucker for that sort of stuff but it makes me happy :)


As long as it makes you happy that's all that matters





mimosa_usagi wrote:


hpulley wrote:


mimosa_usagi wrote:

I still buy DVDs but i am makeing the switch to blu-ray, but i only buy the shows that i really love now. Back in the day there was nothing worse then putting down a ton of money on a show you ended up not likeing.


For imported discs I always buy BDs if available as the DVD price is almost the same now. I have to play region 2 DVDs on computers mostly as proper players refuse to play them. BD quality is amazing, so good! At import prices I have to be careful but so far, just love them and all the accompanying goodies, audio CDs, booklets and such are just great, I know I am a sucker for that sort of stuff but it makes me happy :)


Thats great. i know how you feel. As long as you are happy i hope you keep up with it ^_^


Happiness is what this is all about. The feeling you get watching your favorite shows, sometimes just hearing the theme songs is enough.

DVD vs. BD for really visually stunning stuff it has to be BD. But for some the BD is too much, ef a tale of memories the BD box set was ¥50000 while it is on sale for ¥5300 in DVD, a tenth the price!

And for all the goodies, the individual discs have more than the set that comes out at the end. First special edition stuff, fun!

My old stuff is VHS but I still watch it... You don't always need 1080p... As long as it makes you happy, it need not always be perfect.
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hmm no, don't get me wrong i'd love to but i find it only worth it to buy complete series, buying 1 or 2 volumes at a time is hard on the wallet.,does it count if i buy a pack of dvds and burn my anime on them
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Posted 12/3/12

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hmm no, don't get me wrong i'd love to but i find it only worth it to buy complete series, buying 1 or 2 volumes at a time is hard on the wallet.,does it count if i buy a pack of dvds and burn my anime on them


No, burning illegal copies does NOT count...
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I haven't really bought any DVD of anime at all, like ever. I want to start though, there's something about having a physical copy in high quality over finding something random over the internet where you can barely read the subtitles. It's probably the only reason I've put off watching Code Geass, because I can't find it in decent quality.

So far, my anime collection is Soul Eater, an Evangelion movie and that's it. I haven't even seen the Evangelion movie lol. It's more of a money problem for me. I don't currently have a job, so money's a bit tight for me when I want to buy other things like food which take precedence over anime. I know the next thing I plan on buying hopefully next week is Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magicka, and I might look into buying Code Geass if I can find it.

Not sure on how big the anime buying scene is here in Australia. I only know of one place here which sells anime and manga of the sorts.
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redcookie wrote:

hmm no, don't get me wrong i'd love to but i find it only worth it to buy complete series, buying 1 or 2 volumes at a time is hard on the wallet.,does it count if i buy a pack of dvds and burn my anime on them



I dont't think burning downloaded anime to dvds count. You should probably purchase your anime.
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Although I've been a fan of anime for almost 10 years, in most of that time I have simply downloaded what I wanted or watched it on some illegal streaming site. In the past two years, I have almost completely stopped downloading anime and have begun purchasing what I enjoy, buying more and more as time goes on. My collection is small, but it will only continue to grow from this point on as my hard drive gains more and more free space. Also since the creation of legal streaming thanks to websites such as Crunchyroll, Hulu and the streaming anime on Funimation's website I have been able to further reduce my usage of illegal downloads.

I think there will always be people who will want to purchase the physical copy of the anime they enjoy. The more anime I buy, the more and more I want the physical copy over the digital copy. I think as fans become older they will also want to have physical copies more and more.

Here is a photo of my collection, its small, but I am incredibly proud of it.

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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.


Pretty much gave away all my VHS.
Have had to move a few times in the last fifeteen years and though I invariably decimate my book library. so far my DVDs have survived the packing day purge.

But in the age of digital access it's hard to beat streaming for stuff you'll only watch once. Heck even for stuff I own. I have a few series that own that still have the cellophane on. but that I've watched repeatedly. physical copies are nice. comforting eve. 'It's Mine!' but... honestly space in the small apartments that I can afford or sparing my aging back when I move tend to trump that sentiment.

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I've got a pretty sizeable collection. These days I tend to select Blu-rays, but if I don't expect such a release I will happily plunk money down for a good DVD set.
Early on I made art boxes a priority, but currently I have only about 60% of my collection in such cases given the death knell of the art box some years back. (Oh yeah, I started buying anime right as the anime market contracted in on itself...many of my early buys were panic buys from Geneon...gotta have that favorite series.)
I vehemently depise the S.a.v.e. line from Funimation and will pay significantly more to get packaging without that awful green bar.
Recently I was busy gathering up a last ditch selection of Bandai titles I didn't want to go without.
I started after VHS was dead, but I'm currently keeping my eye on DNA Sights 999, The Cockpit, Robot Carnival, and One Pound Gospel...I might double back for those if I feel like it one day.

As for streaming yes I do that. I'm posting on Crunchyroll after all...but it's merely to keep a lookout for future disc releases I want.

I do think the physical format is being supplanted by digital...but this only means that physical releases will become more expensive, swank collections purchased by adoring fans... Soon we will be saying goodbye to the Wal-mart 5 dollar bin as we see more gift sets and limited editions. Digital is killing off the casual curious buyers...not the dedicated collectors.
Posted 12/4/12
Not interested.

Internet is IT.
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I still buy Blu-Rays and DVDs.

It's not like Hollywood gets its profit primarily by streaming....

A bigger question is anime
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Only tend to buy them if they come with something extra.
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Posted 12/5/12 , edited 12/5/12
I own over 100 series and movies on Blu ray and DVD and my collection is still growing almost every week.
I just like to have the actual disks in my hands knowing that I've given the makers a little contribution for their work.
(Incomplete) List: http://www.anime-planet.com/users/Yumei/lists/33549
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Posted 12/5/12

George_z wrote:

I own over 100 series and movies on Blu ray and DVD and my collection is still growing almost every week.
I just like to have the actual disks in my hands knowing that I've given the makers a little contribution for their work.
(Incomplete) List: http://www.anime-planet.com/users/Yumei/lists/33549


Impressive, I salute you! I had been thinking I was single handedly trying to support the anime industry but now I see you have been buying so much, wow! Great collection.
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I don't buy the DVD unless I REALLY REALLY like it and I am sure I will appreciate it forever. I have Studio Ghibli's movies on DVD, but that's about it. I've yet to get DVD sets for other animes.
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