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29th October 2006 2:03  #1

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Has DVD changed your taste in movies...?
Before DVD I didn't have much choice really, it was mostly a combination of big budget action movies and horror titles that I mostly watched.

After DVD arrived I got a multiregion player and could order from anywhere in the world. Started off just buying hollywood blockbusters, but then moved on to all sorts of unusual stuff...

So, has DVD changed your taste in movies...?

29th October 2006 2:59  #2

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,171 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
I watch a lot more Asian stuff now than I ever did or would have without DVD. I never really bought blockbusters when I was younger, and I had  very small VHS collection as I was waiting for a viable optical format. Only had stuff like the Star Wars/Star Trek movies, Pulp Fiction, Res Dogs, True Romance, Alien/Aliens, Trainspotting and a few things taped from the TV.

Now I simply have too much. I bought a lot of c**p when the format was new and so now I only get stuff I really want. I probably only bought a dozen DVDs this year, if that... There are a few things I want at the moment, but those are mostly replacements for old discs with poor tech specs or features. Oh, and that massive Superman set.

29th October 2006 3:02  #3

£ukasz D Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: Poland Posts: 859 Send a message via Skype to £ukasz D
By far !!!!
Before DVD, I was as regular film viewer (not fan) as any other man watching TV or going to cinema once a week.
The DVD brings you unique chance to watch every single movie in a very deep-in way. And, what is most important you can watch every movie as many times as you want, rewind it, stop etc.
So, no we can actulay make-up a real taste in movies.
I've made mine, and i'm quite sure that many DVD collectors had as well.
And the region mether you mentioned is important as well...now I have movies form around the world in my collection, nad started to love asian films more and more.

So..to answare your q shortly...big YES. Happy

29th October 2006 3:39  #4

Tony DeFrancisco Senior Member Join Date: July 2005 Location: United States Posts: 2,652
Hell, if it wasn't for DVDs, I probably would of never been interested in DVDs, since I haven't been a big movie fan since then. The only time I got VHS's would be kid tapes like Jingle All the Way or Hey Arnold (the good days...) Now that I have DVD, I've been watching classics and foreign flicks. This might make you guys laugh, but the first DVD I have ever watched was The Blair Witch Project, which got me interested in film a lot

29th October 2006 5:32  #5

Bob "the film man" Member Join Date: August 2005 Location: United States Posts: 258
Before DVD, it was a rare occurane that my family bought ANY movie. Now I get to see just about every release that even mildly appeals to me. So, it has opened me up to new types of films.

29th October 2006 6:39  #6

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Not really; I've always loved horror films from the 1960s through the 1980s from studios such as AIP and Hammer, and DVD has done nothing but improve their availability and their quality.

29th October 2006 6:52  #7

Worst Nightmare Senior Member Join Date: July 2002 Location: Australia Posts: 6,716 Send a message via AIM to Worst Nightmare Send a message via ICQ to Worst Nightmare Send a message via MSN to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Yahoo to Worst Nightmare Send a message via Google to Worst Nightmare
I agree with Matt - it has enhanced my experience when watching movies rather than changed my tastes...
The big question is what does the future hold? Where do we go beyond the world of HD-DVD and Blu-Ray?

29th October 2006 8:36  #8

Director7 Member Join Date: June 2006 Location: United States Posts: 290
I suffer the same fate, I purchased a multi-region player. After that, my collection flooded with ALL sorts of genres. Now I'm into movies I would've never gave a 2nd look to.

10th November 2006 21:43  #9

atomickong Member Join Date: July 2006 Location: United States Posts: 19
I'd say it's changed my movie viewing in various ways.

Before DVDs I used to go to the cinema on a weekly basis (on average - many times more than once). I saw one theatrical film in theatres last year (KING KONG). That's it.

I actually hate going to the movies now. It's overpriced (for a few bucks more than a ticket I can own the DVD), but the admission price is nothing compared to the obscenley overpriced consession stand! The seats are uncompforatable, my fellow moviegoers are often rude, load and obnoxious. I resent having to be siubjected to commercials before the feature. I love coming atraction trailers, but after the 10th one even I get a little antsy...I could go on and on. The point being I much prefer my home theatre experience.

As for DVD changing my viewing habits, my taste in films has always been varied, but I'd have to say thanks to NETFLIX I now have the opportunity to see a greater variety of films than ever before. Certainly much more than my local video store ever had to offer.

11th November 2006 15:39  #10

Jonny "Me You" Senior Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 2,863
Nah, I was a big movie fan before DVD. I still have hundreds of VHS videotapes and was considering a laserdisc player when something called DVD came along and I took a chance on it. I was praying it wasn't going to go the same route as phillips CD-i and other VCD players.

I actually used to feel like I was part of an exclusive club when I first got it. I was the only one in Blockbuster in the little DVD section and for the first 2 or 3 years it was available and I didn't know anyone willing to spend $600 on a player. Everyone used to crash at my place so we could watch high quality movies all day.

Ahhhh memories. Very Happy

11th November 2006 21:01  #11

Danny Storr Member Join Date: November 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 161
Oh yes it sure has ...
It got me really into Independant movies and it developed my love for 70`s cinema and the 70`s in general ,the golden age of cinema with soooo many classics..

These days I hardly ever get time to watch a DVD ,the joys of fatherhood I surpose and the wife doesn`t appreciate films like me or any of us do ...

12th November 2006 3:05  #12

Dustin Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 553 Send a message via AIM to Dustin
I would say absolutely. It's really opened my eyes to films I otherwise would have never even known existed.

13th November 2006 14:39  #13

luis talete Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: Portugal Posts: 7
After DVD my life changed completly. Now it's the real thing. I can watch foreigner movies, bring back memories from the past and discover some great movies that I didn't know exist. Like most of you, before DVD, I went to the movies, but did not owe a VHS tape, something was missing. I HATE VHS PLAYERS. UGGGH. My taste as also changed, for the better, and that's all due to DVD.

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