Monday, April 2, 2018

800 movies

I now own 800 movies.

Actually, I think I own more than that, but I've converted everything I've got to digital and my digital library is now at 800 movies.

Now, to be fair, there are things counted as movies that aren't really movies. At least, I don't think of them as movies. Disney short films, such as those featuring Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and such are included in this. Buster Keaton shorts are included in this. All of he Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes (up to the new series, which I own but haven't ripped the DVDs yet) are in this also, as are some of their shorts. There are 39 short films in all, plus a few short film compilation collections. But I'm counting all of them. The compilations are a single entry, but the stand-alone shorts (not in a compilation) are each an entry. And the total is 800.

Is that a lot? I think it's a lot. It seems like a lot.

It's nice, though, being able to pick up the remote and pick any one of 800 films to watch.

Some, though, I won't watch. The Beast of Yucca Flats isn't a good movie, and I doubt I'll watch it. I'm not talking about the MST3K version, which I have, but the actual Coleman Francis "classic."

I doubt I'll watch How Green Was My Valley again. I didn't like it when I watched it the first time, so I doubt I'll watch it again.

Zontar: The Things From Venus? Doubt I'll watch that again.

Blazing Saddles? 2001: A Space Odyssey? Yep, I'll watch those again. Although that 25 minute segment at the end where the astronaut is traveling inside the monolith is boring. (It's actually only 9:21, but seems longer.)

Anyway, there are movies I'll never watch again, and there are movies I'll watch over and over. The bottom line is, I can watch them, any time I want. I can put any of them (but not all at one time) on my iPad and take them with me, if I so wish.

What was movie number 800? Training Day. I finally ripped the DVD out last week.

What will be number 801? Well, I've been meaning to get Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Yes, that'll be the next one.

Hold on a minute, will you?

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Okay, I'm back. I now have 801 movies. I need to go watch that new Star Wars movie some time. Maybe this weekend.


  1. I've visited your blog a few times in the past, but damn, 800? I envy you!

    (Had 400+ at one point, but lost a 4TB HD due to humidity, so I'm trying to rebuild the library again.)

    1. Of the movies I have, 559 are iTunes purchases, so I can re-download them at any time. There are 428 on Amazon. 314 on VUDU. That seems to add up to more than 800, but at least 288 of on each of those services are duplicates because of MoviesAnywhere. Buying a MoviesAnywhere eligible movie on any one of those services also adds it to the library of the other services, so that runs the number up above the actual number of different movies. But, it allows me a lot of freedom in how I want to watch those movies.

      Anyway, having them in digital format from online services makes it easy to rebuild my library if need be. And when I upgraded my hard drive from 3TB to 6 TB, I needed.

      Also, Disc To Digital (supported on Mac, PC, and Android) from VUDU has allowed me to turn my DVDs into digital movies.

      I'm livin' the good life, I tell ya.

    2. lol

      I think the worst thing about digital libraries (other than what you pay for) is that it takes so much more effort to reclaim when an issue happens, such as a hard drive failure. If all of your titles are in the cloud, it's not so much an issue. But when everything is local, you're at the mercy of humidity, temperature, and gremlins. Humidity and gremlins have been the bane of my existence for the last 10 years. :(


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