If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that one of my hobbies – albeit an expensive one – is collecting movies on home media. I have been doing this since late 1983 when I bought my first VHS cassettes – even before I owned a VCR – and as one medium makes way for a new one (VHS to DVD, DVD to Blu-ray, and Blu-ray to 4K UHD Blu-ray – my library of movies has grown.
I no longer have a VCR or VHS tapes; my personal player died sometime in 1997 after 13 years of careful but constant use. I still kept my tapes till around 2005 because Mom’s VCR – a gift from me – still worked, but when that player was no longer available, I focused exclusively on DVDs until 2009.
That year was when the U.S. officially transitioned from analog TV broadcasts to digital, so that’s when I bought my first HDTV and Blu-ray player. I still bought DVD titles because they were cheaper and still the dominant home video format, and studios were not releasing Blu-ray reissues as frequently as they do now. Eventually, when Blu-ray discs (BDs) became the go-to format as more consumers bought digital TVs, I started buying more titles in the newer format and less of the older.
As of today, according to my Collection page in my Blu-ray.com profile, my collection consists of:
- DVD: 240, including 67 seasons’ worth of TV shows
- Blu-ray (2K): 487. Including 419 feature films and 69 TV seasons
- 4K Blu-ray: 84 Movies – 0 TV Seasons
This total includes two pre-orders, one 2K BD, and one 4K BD.
This week I will receive Paramount Home Media Distribution’s The Untouchables Steelbook edition, which comes out tomorrow. It’s the 4K edition; I have the 2K BD edition from 2007, but the video and audio quality are only so-so, so I am upgrading the title to the 4K UHD version.
The other pre-order I have in the pipeline is Season 2 of Star Trek: Lower Decks, but it won’t be out till July.