Last night I watched George Lucas’s first box office hit, American Graffiti (1973). It was a last-minute choice; I originally planned to watch the 1994 miniseries The Stand, the first adaptation of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic novel about a government-engineered “super flu” that kills 99% of humanity and sets up the survivors for an “end of days” battle between good and evil.
I don’t know why I changed my mind. This version of The Stand only has four parts and at 366 minutes, it’s shorter than the 2020-2021 remake, which has nine parts and a running time of 510 minutes, and my plan was to watch the first miniseries (which was a May 1994 “ratings sweeps” event) before the newer version arrives on Friday.
I don’t know for sure. Either it was the fact that none of the others in the house are Stephen King fans, or I needed to watch lighter, warm-and-fuzzy fare instead.
In any event, I watched American Graffiti from 9:30 to 11 PM, then went to sleep around 11:30 PM.
Today I looked at my Collection page on Blu-ray.com and saw that my Blu-ray library (2K and 4K combined) is a bit over twice as large as my DVD collection.
According to my statistics, including titles I pre-ordered but have not shipped yet, my Blu-ray collection now consists of 376 movies and fifty-eight seasons’ worth of TV series content. Because I have quite a few box sets, I have “only” 281 Stock Keeping Units (SKUs), and quite a few of those SKUs are either upgrades from 2K to 4K discs or “insurance” extras that I buy of favorite movies in case a disc gets lost or badly scratched.
My DVD collection, which I began assembling in 1998 (even before I bought a DVD player and compatible analog TV set in 2000) “only” has 160 movies and 78 TV seasons. It, too, includes quite a few box sets and “insurance” duplicates, though I have far fewer of the latter than I did back in Miami. Today, I own 239 DVDs in 190 SKUs.
In case you’re wondering what titles I have on order besides the new version of The Stand, here’s my list:
- A Little Romance (1979)
- Ragtime (1981)
- No Time to Die (2021)
Well, that’s it for today’s installment of A Certain Point of View, Too. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the brighter side of things.