On Movies & Movie Collecting: A Mid-Month Update for January 18, 2023

If The Fabelmans had done well at the box office, Universal Pictures would have waited till the Academy Awards ceremony is held in March to release it on disc. As it happens, the movie earned lots of praise but only $20 million in ticket sales. So, we are getting the 4K UHD/2K Blu-ray/digital copy on February 14 instead. (C) 2022, 2023 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment & Amblin Entertainment

If you’re a regular visitor to A Certain Point of View, Too, you know that I love to collect (and watch) movies – and a few select TV series – on home media. Most of my collection consists of high-definition Blu-ray discs (BDs); per my Collection page on Blu-ray.com (which serves as my personal catalog of the various titles I own in DVDs, BDs, and 4K ultra-high definition Blu-ray discs (4K UHD BDs), I possess 525 BDs in 345 Stock Keeping Units or SKUs, with three additional titles in pre-order status (Black Sunday, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and The Fabelmans) but not shipped or owned yet.

My 4K UHD collection still fits on one page in my Blu-ray.com Collection section. Oddly, the 4K section does not show pending orders unless a title is only sold in 4K UHD and not “multi-format” sets.

My collection also includes over 247 standard-definition (SD) DVDs. I don’t know how many I have exactly, since some of my titles do not appear in the Blu-ray.com database and adding them is a time-consuming task. Most of them have either BD or 4K UHD BD “upgrades” or duplicates (“dupes”), especially those in the Star Trek, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones franchises, although I’ve noticed that my Samsung 4K UHD Blu-ray player has a variety of playback issues with a few of those. I think that I own close to 260 DVDs, give or take a few, but that’s half of what I own on 2K HD Blu-rays.

A screenshot of the first page (of seven pages!) of my Collection on Blu-ray.com. This is the Blu-ray section, organized A-Z, and you can see that it’s a cross-section of my collection and the various genres I tend to watch often. Note that some titles are “dupes” as a result of upgrading from 2K HD Blu-ray discs (BDs) to 4K UHD BDs.

Since no one has said otherwise, I am still moving to a house in Brandon sometime between now and spring. As a result, I’ve already started cutting back on “for fun” purchases and canceled at least one pre-order (Young Sherlock Holmes) that is scheduled to be released in two weeks. (I briefly considered canceling Groundhog Day, but I changed my mind and now I have it on 4K UHD, 2K BD, DVD, and digital copy.)

According to the upcoming release notes to The Fabelmans’ entry on Blu-ray.com, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is “dropping” the multiformat 4K UHD set in two weeks. As with 2021’s West Side Story, this is a Steven Spielberg film I wanted to see in theaters, but the combination of the COVID pandemic and not having anyone to see it with put the kibosh on that. A fictionalized version of Spielberg’s adolescence and the dissolution of his parents’ marriage in the late 1950s and early ‘60s, The Fabelmans earned mostly good reviews (Time hailed it as the best movie of 2022) and won Best Picture and Best Director at the 80th Golden Globe Awards last week.

However, because The Fabelmans only earned $20 million at the box office (on a $40 million budget), it is considered to be a “bomb,” so Universal Pictures is releasing it on various streaming services now, and it comes out on disc on February 14 (Valentine’s Day) instead of March.

So unless I change my mind and decide to order Young Sherlock Holmes by paying for most of my order with Amazon Shop With Points, The Fabelmans will be the next addition to my growing collection of 4K UHD titles (106 owned or ordered) and 527 BDs.

Well, that brings us to the end of this installment of On Movies & Movie Collections. I’m still not feeling well; in fact, I had a hard time falling asleep due to a coughing fit around 2:30 AM. It eventually ended, and I slept for five hours straight afterwards. Still, I’m tired and don’t feel like tackling that review of Code-Name: Downfall today. So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, healthy, and warm; I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.  


Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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