One day watching The Adventures of Mark Twain by Will Vinton I started to piece the puzzles of my childhood entertainment, and where it came from. In the world where corporations are merging, going through bankruptcy, being bought out, having assets sold (intellectual rights ) or all of the above or combination. In this case – even though the corporate end is worth knowing – I wanted to know the artist, and people that the legacy has lived beyond the life. After great thought and deliberation I have decided on four (five) individuals (No secrets, look at the title).
There were certain criterion when deciding on the top four (five), and that is placed at the bottom, so you the reader do not get completely bored while waiting for the list.
To the List:
Walt Disney, Jim Henson, Will Vinton, and Aurthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass have dominated my childhood cinematic and television existence more than anyone else. These are the producers, directors, thinkers, and tinkers of different worlds with each style is different, the mediums which they tell their stories varies from each other.
Walt Disney: The Patriarch of the Animated Movie
Walt Disney with all his flaws (only human) created some of the most beloved programing that will remain at the top of the mountain. The legacy that he created did not stop on December 15, 1966 when he passed away.
He and his group of imagineers helped prepare me for the future genre of horror. Movies such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty have some of the most terrifying scenes that one could watch (at any age). There are brilliant stories as well as the three listed, but also (my favorites) Robin Hood, and The Sword in the Stone which I would argue are the best two adaptions (adult or children) for their particular parent story (Robin Hood & King Aurthur) in the history of film. Other adaptations that I watched continuous as a child were from book to film were Winnie the Pooh, Marry Poppins, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks. The list can continue form the 90’s to the most recent revival.
Jim Henson: A legacy of the Muppet from Kermit the Frog, Big Bird to Yoda
Jim Henson is another one that his legacy inspired others way passed his passing away. The Muppets were the most awesome creature like beings of television and film for a child, and even today going to the theater with of child at age five or was it four the movie seemed more for me than for him. When Kermit is walking through his mansion he sings “Pictures in My Head,” and watching the still framed pictures of the other Muppets become living 3d hallucinations make me (almost) tear up.
Jim Henson has did not just rely on Kermit the Frog, but also he used Muppets in other ways such as Yoda in two of the three Star Wars movie (the only three worth mentioning). There were films such as the Dark Crystal, and the Labyrinth. Then there were televisions shows such as Fraggle Rock, and The Storyteller.
Will Vinton: Singing Raisins, Dinosaur Christmas, Satan, Adam & Eve, and Mark Twain
Will Vinton is the most obscure and the most alive out the four chosen. He pretty much lurks in the shadows, and unless you par take in a Google search or watch the extras in the The Adventures of Mark Twain most likely you will not know who he is. He is responsible for some of the best motion picture with the use of clay that one could possibly create. He even coined the term “claymation.”
He is the one responsible of the California Raisins, Christmas features that spotlighted dinosaurs, the claymation of Return to OZ, the M&M characters on the commercial (you know the sentient beings that will be eaten), a short version of Rip Van Winkle, and of course The Adventures of Mark Twain. There are other projects as well he worked on.
Vinton was not always the most child friendly production and creation team, but his claymation saturated at least two decades of fun TV shorts, TV movies, and commercials.
Aurthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass : Red Nose Reindeer, A Grumpy Santa, Big Bosomed Trees, Hobbits, and of Course B. Franklin
Aurthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass has produced or/and directed a good portion of the holiday classic cartoon, and stop motion animation that were born in the 70’s to the 80’s. They have not only gave life to those classic TV movies/shorts, but also gave life to tradition and current mythology. Aurthur Rankin Jr. recently passed away in the beginning of 2014, and according to IMDB he was a “consultant producer” of the latest Thundercats.
Did you notice in the movie, Miracle on 34th Street the 1947 version, that Kris Kingle walks down the street all jovial then notices the store worker is placing the reindeer in the wrong order there were no mention of Rudolph “the most famous” reindeer? Even though there has been references in the past, and even cartoon shorts before Rankin and Bass’s version that was aired in 1967 on NBC solidified Rudolph’s statue in the pantheon of as the “Savior of Christmas”.
They have re-told stories not only of the reindeer, but also colorful and extreme imaginative stories of Santa, Jack Frost, Biblical stories, the Easter Bunny, and Frosty. They were responsible to the best filmed version of the Hobbit (Peter Jackson has nothing), and of course created The Flight of the Dragons (Don McLean helped the soundtrack by performing “The Flight of the Dragons”), and of course The Last Unicorn.
- The introduction had to be at childhood. This means twelve or younger.
- The relationship had to exist well beyond childhood as well in the form of either watching the clips on the internet, purchasing a copy, or/and introduce the article in question to my children.
- Quality and Quantity
- Quality: This can be subjective, and some of these products of art might be despised by others. One (like myself) might love something that majority of the viewers want to tar and feather (Howard the Duck) the production and the people who say “wait a minute.” In this case the quality is based on the (subjective) on going relationship, and the memories as a child. There will not be comparing an adult liking something versus a seven year old.
- Quantity: The creative production has to be ten or more. This can be done by the individual or the legacy that was left behind. Adding distinct piece of works are up the author (me) of this list.
- There has to be one person that has dreamed up the foundation of the legacy.
- Corporations will be involved (this is unavoidable), but there will be some boundaries.
- For Example: Walt Disney will be part of the list (what a surprise) and certain movies production will count and some will not just because Disney bought Marvel Studios or Lucas films does not mean bought subsidiaries will count toward Walt’s legacy. There are films that has been created through Disney the main parent corporation such movies created after his death long into the 70’s through recent times that will count.
- Intellectual property rights do not decide the the creator, but only the owner such in the examples of Marvel. All Marvel by-products would fall under Stan Lee & Jack Kirby.
- I have referenced six producers/creators/directors/writers with the help of IMDB.
- I have reference to comic book artists (one was part of six), and the other was the help of Wikipedia.
- I have referenced one composer with the help of IMDB.
- I have listed 55 to 65 titles depending on how you count.
- I have four images. Each image as manipulate by me.
- Image one and two were from Wikipedia, and manipulated by myself.
- Image three are three separate images as a logo for Will Vinton’s Animation Art Collection, and I have merged them together. The image’s copyright is such © 2013, Vinton Entertainment All Rights Reserved. “Claymation®” is a registered Tradmark of Laika Inc..
- As far as having a works cited for this the majority of information was either discovered on IMDB or Wikipedia.
Buying DVDs at cheap prices or second hand for the littlest of potential is part of my experience. I also like searching for new movies using the power of the Internet. One technique that is commonly used in the library science world is berrypicking. The concept is to browse. Browse the stacks for books that did not come up, or browse the reference/notes sections of the source.
What Does the Timeline Mean?
Please, take notice there will not be CEO names, every acquisition, and there will not be references to movies/TV shows, people, etc… The dates mean nothing to me as well, but how do you have a timeline without the times. I have a hunch or a hypothesis that like things come in batches, so I go after the lists. IMDB can help out with the goal in mind, but I also like to check out the direct source when possible. Brands like “North Shore Studios” and “International Movie Group (IMG) do not even have a link on IMDB let alone a company website. This method of tracing a movie/TV show origins based on companies are not going after the big name movies that has happened in the last ten years. This method is an adventure for obscure, or older movies/TV shows that are just distant childhood memories.
I am starting with Lions Gate for a reason. I like their brand and their product. Once I started to research the history of Lions Gate I learned the complication of business, which I do not understand, and the different corporations that they have bought out since 1997. Also, I have already new they bought some of my favorite independent companies such as Artisan and Trimark.
Lions Gate also does not outsource to other companies when distribution is considered, which makes them a great case study.
This introduction also acts as a conclusion.
Trimark (Garrett, D. 2000), (Prange, S. 2001).
Sterling Home Entertainment LLC (2000-2005).
Artisan Entertainment (Wall Street Journal 2003, Oct 28).
Mandate Pictures, 2007, (The Gazette (Montreal) 2007 Sept, 11).
Roadside Attractions – 43 % Ownership, 2007 (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2010).
Grindstone Entertainment Group, 2014 (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2014).
Overall there are around 299 subsidiaries of Lions Gate Entertainment and not all listings are shown above (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2010) (Lions Gate 10-K Annual Report 2014), (Mergent Online 2014).
(1998, Jan 12). Independent film powerhouse cinepix films announces name change to lions gate films inc. PRNewswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/448012216?accountid=10559
(1998, Jun 03). Lions gate entertainment announces agreement to acquire international movie group. PRNewswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/448065498?accountid=10559
(1998, Sept 08). Lions gate media acquires assets of termite art productions. PR Newswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/449935309?accountid=10559
(2002, Feb 15). Lions gate posts 61% quarterly growth in revenue. PR Newswire Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/447719250?accountid=10559
(2003, Oct 28). Lion’s gate to acquire artisan entertainment. Wall Street Journal Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/398834806?accountid=10559
(2007 Sept, 11). Lionsgate devours Mandate Pictures. The Gazette (Montreal), Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/lnacademic
(2012, Feb 1). Lionsgate acquires summit entertainment for $412.5 million. Mergers & Acquisitions Week Retrieved from https://global-factiva-com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/ha/default.aspx#./!?&_suid=140571806202906285488562090339
(2014). Mergent Online – Company Detail: Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Mergent Online. Retrieved from http://www.mergentonline.com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/companydetail.php?compnumber=68938&pagetype=synopsis
Andrews, M. (2006, July 13). Film studio Lionsgate acquires television distributor: Debmar-Mercury deal will enable studio to syndicate its own shows, retrieved from https://global-factiva-com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/ga/default.aspx
Enchin, H. (1997, Sept 12), Former Yorkton head creates entertainment giant Lion’s Gate to be one of country’s biggest TV, film ventures, The Globe and Mail, retrieved from https://global-factiva-com.ezproxy2.library.drexel.edu/ga/default.aspx
Garrett, D. (2000). Trimark, lions gate mull merger. Video Business, 20(21), 5. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/223915426?accountid=10559
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (2010). 10-K Annual Report 2010. Retrieved from Mergent Online database http://www.mergentonline.com/
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (2014). 10-K Annual Report 2014. Retrieved from Mergent Online database http://www.mergentonline.com/
Prange, S. (2001). Lions gate restructures home entertainment. Video Store Magazine, 23(3), 11-11,20. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197588801?accountid=10559
- Image 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 intellectual property is owned by Lions Gate.
- Image 1 was obtained by AxG from Logopedia.
- Image 3 was obtained by Augi2000 from Logopedia.
- Image 4 was obtained by Bigvoice313 from Logopedia.
- Image 6 was obtained by Bigvoice313 from Logopedia.
- Image 7 was obtained by Proliwweled from Logopedia.
- Images 2 and 5 were created by me, and are mine.
- I have 14 sources that I have created in the reference section.
- I have not referenced any movies, people, TV shows, etc…
- I have referenced 29 to 32 (depending on which ones you count) movie/TV (production/distributing) companies.
- Some links are to IMDB, and some are to the corporations official site.
- Maybe, I will start breaking down some individual movies.
Children, the young ones, like to be helpful. I like to hand you the disk (throw it at you as hard as possible), or removing and forcing the disc into the player over and over. One time my youngest placed a “shoots and ladders” person piece (cardboard) into the PS3, and when turned on the disc that currently resided there had circle of scraping. Scratches, and love can make any DVD not useable.
Storage (See Last Blog)
Scratches, Smudges, and Fingerprints
The DVD or a CD are sturdy, especially the ones that you do not record, and most scratches will not screw up the laser that will read the DVD. The older the DVD player and poorly built players will have a harder time, so it’s not always the DVD, but the player as well.
There is an error-correcting coding system that is built-in to CD/DVD players that help when discs are scratched. This little device helps with minor scratches. When the disk is scratch data is not being hurt, but the access from the laser to the data. Fingerprints can be far worse in this respect because the dirt or smudge blocks the laser from reading the data, and the error-correcting coding system will not be-able to help (Byers 2003).
When to Clean?
Cleaning a disk can cause more problems than one wants (hence the disclaimer). When cleaning more scratches can appear, or the wrong type of liquid can cause irreversible damage, such as dissolving the polycarbonate protecting layer. Cleaning is necessary when the scratches, smudges, fingerprints, etc…. are visible or causing a problem such as the dreaded skip.
Inside to the Outside Vs. Circular Motion
When cleaning the DVD or CD it is critical to clean from inside to the outside. Information is not stored on the vertical, but held in a circle pattern that wraps around. Majority of the time there will not be extra damage even if the person cleans in a circular motion, but why take the risk. If a scratch happens in a circular motion more data will be damage than if done to inside to the outside.
There is no scientific study done on the cleaning of DVDs/CDs besides Byers majority of the information are blog based. Majority of the methods seem to get mixed results depending on the harshness in quality. There have been a chewing gum method, and saw that on YouTube, but another blogger has tried it and has not succeeded.
Also, keep in mind such as the more abrasive methods (Brasso, bought device, video store help, toothpaste) are used to sand a layer of the DVD/CD. This is important when a Blu-ray disc is come into question. There is a possibility of damaging the disc further stripping the first layer, which means the blue laser might not be able to read the disc.
The not so much abrasive methods still offer a chance at extra scratching as well, but not as much. The key idea with these items are too clear out any dirt or grime with in the larger scratches this will allow the error-correcting coding system do its work.
Which type of cloth type of device to use? A commonly found answer was a no lint, and microfiber cloth. This seems to be smart. The idea of the microfiber rag or cloth allows the max on cleaning the disc, and at the same time offers the least chance of scratches. Microfiber is used commonly when applying wax, and cleaning of a car. Microfiber picks up the dirt, and the grime where as a fiber like cotton only pushes it aside.
I have tried the car wax route, and had mixed results. That was with the spray bottle. The next step is to get the non-liquid wax. The results will be saved for a future time.
Extra Information & Sources
- Can You Fix a Scratched DVD with a Banana?
- Fix a Scratched DVD
- Remove Scratches from a CD/DVD with Vaseline (Petroleum Jelly)
- How to Fix a Scratched CD
Storage (See Last Blog)
- In this post no shows, people, or movies were referenced.
- Images 1, 5, and 6 were created by me, and I reserve the rights (even-though they are ugly).
- Image 2 was found, and used from Google Patent Search.
- Image 3 was found, and used from hardwareKHBO.
- Image 4 was found, and used from SuperUser.
- The next few posts will be a re-hash, getting more depth of DVD and movie collection, of the post “Searching, Collecting, and Maintaining DVDs!“
- “Information Technology: Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs —A Guide for Librarians and Archivists,” by
Fred R. Byers
- The results will not be the next blog, but when I obtain the tools needed.
The opened binder is designated for the Star Trek Universe. The full series of Enterprise, and “Star Trek Into Darkness” are the only two that I do not own. The other binders are divided by children’s movies, space & alien movies (that are not Star Trek), and other hodgepodge.
Temperature and humidity, well something like ” Discs kept in a cooler, less-humid environment and not subjected to extreme environmental changes should last longer (Byers 2003). ” What does this mean? The image below is a short response, a more in-depth chart can be found by clicking the Byers link.
Apparently there were studies done on DVDs, such as the temperature and humidity, but also ….
One other key factor about environment and temperature that Byers hinted on but said that there needs to be enough evidence that most likely DVDs being stored in room temperature that you are playing the DVD in will effect the quality in the direction of the good. He mentioned freezing DVDs and CDs, but warned against.
By the Numbers! (The reason is simple. The collections are mixed together, and so this is easier in the end of the day.)
- The count includes:
- My Collection
- The family Collection
- My Wife’s
- Children’s as well
The reason is simple. The collections are mixed together.
Each Movie counts as one.
For Example: Many years ago I wanted to own “Revenge of the Nerds,” but a problem was a foot. The consumer had to buy one of those double movie DVDS. On “side A” the movie that you want to purchase, and on “side B” the movie you do not want to purchase. I had to own ” Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.” This is not a problem usually since I have a chaos in my genre taste. Instead of being one movie, I count this as two even-though the physical copy only comes with one DVD.
Each Season counts as one.
For Example: One of the first TV Series that I have successfully own in full is “Star Trek: Deep Space 9.” DS9 has seven season, so each season purchased counts as one.
One Does not Equal One.
Keep in mind you can have a DVD wallet that stores 256 CDs/DVDs. You might own 256 DVDs. This will not mean that you will be able to hold every single DVD in that wallet. There are 48 DVDs in the entire DVD collection of DS9. The television series are not the lone corrupter of the numbers.
Movies can just be as guilty.
For Example: “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”
Peter Jackson, the director, came out with the “extended” and not so extend version by selling them in one collection. This would equal four DVDs along with the two other squeals having four DVDs each. By the end three movies became 12 physical DVDs.
Keep in mind that either DVDs of movies or TV shows might have an extra disc or two. Not just because of the “extended,” “unrated rated,” and/or “director’s cuts” but also because of the special features.
For Example: Robotech
There are many different choices when purchasing the Robotech Series. When I decided to place Robotech on the list of “I wanted TV/Movies” I had to visit the official Robotech website to figure out which set was the best. In 2011 Robotech: The Complete Original Series was sold. There are 18 discs, and four of them are special features.
Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital Copy (But Physical)
Some DVD sets will contain a Blu-Ray, regular DVD, and Digital Copy that you can download/upload into your computer. Also, the extended versions, and special feature discs could be part of this.
Emotional Attachment to In-Animated Objects:
I transferred from the cases to the binders a year and half ago. This was emotional. The space was getting tight, and since I am not a big fan of digital I had to give way.
I still have the cases in storage (blue plastic bins from target). I am not completely emotionally detached from the cases.
As I stated “Big Blue Plastic Bins” from Target for the cases. At one point I had each DVD displayed alphabetically, and that took a lot of space. Now, there are a couple “big blue plastic bins” extra, but are out of the way in the garage.
I decided to purchase the Memorex Travel Case Active CD & DVD Wallet 256-ct this can only purchased at Target. In the past I tried buying other brands, and they have fallen apart.
- In this post, four movies were referenced, three TV shows, and one film insider were referenced with the help of IMDB.
- Is this boring?
- The second image was
- One image was captured from Amazon, and then manipulated by myself.
- There are two images are part of my creations, and I reserve the rights to my intellectual property.
- There is one image that is part of my creation, and I obtained the information from Byers 2003
- The next few posts will be a re-hash, getting more depth of DVD and movie collection, of the post “Searching, Collecting, and Maintaining DVDs!“
- “Information Technology: Care and Handling of CDs and DVDs —A Guide for Librarians and Archivists,” by
Fred R. Byers
- The next post will cover maintenance.
The next few posts will be a re-hash, getting more depth of DVD and movie collection, of the post “Searching, Collecting, and Maintaining DVDs!”
VHS Vs. Betamax
I am not going to get into the nitty-gritty details of the rivalry between VHS and Betamax. Who really cares if Beta was better than VHS? We can complain about the outcome, but that won’t change a thing. What I do care about is the end result, and that the VHS was the product that changed the film industry. Evidently, VHS took the lead and did not look back with the help of the porn industry (according to the geeky character in Tropic Thunder played by the actor who caught pink eye from his cat (some episode of TMZ)).
The Laserdisk had to be the black sheep of the family. For every step forward there was a step backward having issues with compatibility between companies, being expensive, and quality was a blah (maybe, depending).
The laserdisc has a history spanning from 1967 until 2002/2009. did happen and the technology did get better, but the cost was insane, and the cheaper and more compact DVD ended up taking over the market. There is a whole lot of technology jargon, and I will not get into that (headachetastic). The one important “historical” outcome is the “extra feature.” This is a kin to the USFL introducing the “red flags” and instant replay.
Two Points about Special Features and the Laserdisc.
- In college, I started to purchase DVDs by the dozen (ok, maybe not that much) and Street Fighter was one those movies that subtly made its journey to my DVD player. One time the commentary by Steven E. de Souza, the director, had mention that other special features (mainly sketches) were developed for laserdisc.
- Apparently, a Lazerdisc copy of Return of the Jedi was sold on Ebay for 699 dollars. The reason because there is 30 minutes of extra footage that has not been seen since the creation of Laserdisc.
DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD
HD did not survive the market, but Blu-Rays did, enough said. The DVD beat out VHS and Laserdisc, and is evolving into the Blu-Ray. This does not matter since a customer can play a regular DVD on a Blu-Ray player.
- 1997 – The DVD arrived in the U.S.
- 2002/2003 – Retails started to pull VHS.
- 2003 – DVDs outsold VHS for the first time.
- 2005- Bo Andersen, president of the Video Software Dealers Association says 2006 will be the last time VHS will have major releases.
- Earlier 2000s to 2008 – HD DVD by Toshiba and Blu-Ray by Sony were developed to the public.
- 2008 – Blu-Ray wins. Regular DVDs still around.
Boooo to Digital. Maybe, not a hearty boo such as when fanatics take a look at the opposing team’s quarterback. Digital has been a trend lately, and will always be around. I am not against digital or streaming. I have an account with Netflix, Amazon Prime (before the digital streaming trend), and Full Moon Streaming. I have only purchased one movie in the digital format, The Nutcracker, for my son. The concern with digital is the ownership of the product. When a consumer purchases a physical copy that customer owns that copy. He or she can lend out that DVD to friends and family or sell it to a third party. With the digital format, I pay for the right to watch the movie within the particular cloud that I am using or stored in my computer. I do not pay for the full ownership of the product. What if Amazon goes or that music cloud website goes bankrupt? If the item is not stored on your computer, you no longer have that product. I will be waiting until the copyright laws are revamped for the digital times giving the consumer some rights.
Know your devices and your formats. I say this from experience. Not all movies are on DVDs (Here is a Laserdisc niche website), and retailers such as Amazon sell multiple formats. The main reason why we own The Nutcracker (1986, conceived by, Maurice Sendak) is the fact that this particular version is not sold on DVD, but digital and VHS. Of course, we do not own a VHS player anymore. Even though there is a part of me that does want to buy each device.
- In this segment I have referenced one television program, four movies, and four individuals in the cinema profession with the help of IMDB.
- The patent image was obtained from Google Patent Search.
- The Red Flag image was manipulated from public domain from Openclipart by the user ky1en1te.
- Two of the images were of my design and creation and I reserve the rights to my intellectual property.
- Part 2 will be by Region.
- Do you have the movie three lovers (I think that might be the title, or is it three loves)? I know the director’s first name, but that is about it.
- I want to clarify; I am not insulting or making fun of the patron for this question. I found the process very enjoyable and had great delight in searching for the answer.
- I would also point out, if I watched the movie that the patron was looking for, or a fan of the director than I might have been able to answer the question right away.
- Typing in three lovers does not get the results that I want in either the library’s results, but also IMDB.
Then I asked if he knew and actress or actor that stared in the movie. The patron said he could not remember a name, but could visualize an actress with blonde hair. The patron then said she recently or at one, point stared with Michael Douglas. I typed Michael Douglas into IMDBs searching mechanism, and that was an easy set of information to find. While browsing the list of movies Michael Douglas appeared, I read the patron the titles, until he heard the title, A Perfect Murder, and that was staring Gwyenth Paltrow, which led to Two Lovers.
Our copy was missing, but we could just request the DVD from another library within the branch system.
I like to collect stuff. I have a card collection (all sorts), lapel pin collection, and a DVD collection.
When in search of DVDs, I look for the rare, the vintage, the common, the interesting, the blockbuster, the “diamond in the rough”, and/or childhood/new memories.
Each person’s motive is different. This is just my personal account of how I research to add to my living collection.
Step One: Know the product.
What is the format?
An avid searcher for DVDS I came across out dated formats such as VHS, Beta, Laser Disk, and HD, of course I have also come across DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital.
What is the Region?
There are six regions (Go to Amazon for a full list) for a regular DVD, and three regions for blu-ray The standard DVD for the United States and Canada is region one (U.S., U.S. Territories, Canada, and Bermuda), and for blu-ray the region is A/1 (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia).
I once bought a region 6 of a season of Deep Space 9 through Amazon.
Some movies or TV shows can be released in one region and not another. A short live show from the 90s that I saw on Netflix, Space Rangers, is released for VHS, and Region 4 (only in Australia).
Amazon and other sites that sell used (or new) DVDs will primarily sell region 1, but one will find other regions, so be careful.
Step Two: Know, Store and Maintain the Existing Collection
CD & DVD Wallets
I have DVDs. I have a lot of DVDs. Within the last year and a half, I started to store DVDs in binders. Yes, a binder full of DVDs (Memorex Travel Case Active CD & DVD Wallet 256-ct). I like this one the best. I bought one with a fancy design for my audio CDs, and that fell apart.
The problem is that I can only find these at Target, and they are around 32 dollars. I have eight to ten of them.
Do not make the mistake that I did when transferring each DVD from the case to the binders. One movie might not mean one DVD. A TV series does not equal one DVD, more like for to seven discs. I easily own over three hundred to four hundred titles.
The majority of one binder will cover my Star Trek Collection alone. I have also kept space open, just in case I get the titles I do not have.
I find when going through my existing collection that I start thinking if there are holes to fill, and then I list them.
I found that some of the disks were thrown across the room by small children, and did not work as they should. I finally took the plunge and did some research online.
These were the two best articles that I found. Over vacation, I took a couple of my DVDs that did not work, bought some car wax, and they worked.
Step Three: Listing and Finding Part One
How to do what? Make a list? Just write down what you want. Is that simple? I don’t know, maybe? Or maybe not? This is up to your ambition.
I have too many family members. I don’t mind shopping for people. That is fun, and I do not care about the cost.
Because of the family (by birth and in-laws) a listed needed to be created any way This list has also other items, but mainly DVDs.
I have no idea what I want, so first I go through my binders and look at the franchises I own (Star Trek, Babylon 5, Wizard of Oz, Highlander…) and started to do some searches online to see if there were other versions or different stories.
There are many websites that will help in this process. Part of this is to remember what they are and their functions. Amazon is my go to, but they are not always the cheapest, nor do they have everything.
Netflix & Amazon Prime & The Internet Movie Database
Netflix and the Prime well they let me watch movies, and then I go “hey; I like this movie. I think I want this movie.”
Then I go online to IMDB to do a little, simple research on the movie, and maybe a Google search.
Amazon, Half.Com, & Albris
Of course, there are other sites as well, but these are the ones that I like for a mix of new and used.
Step Four: Listing and Finding Part Two
Going to Netflix, Amazon, Albris, Half.com, etc….. Even to Google for a movie, and to see if it is anywhere. That is one thing, and a basic search is of course a necessity.
Let us break the walk.
I had an epiphany one day.
I look at my one dollar DVDs, and I wondered why they are not around any more and why were they a dollar. I was in college when they first came out, and have obtained some of the Cartoon Craze, Warriors of the Wasteland and The Wonderful Galaxy of Oz.
The company is Digiview, and the movies they sold were all Public Domain movies. Digiview did go out of business, and that is a shame.
However, I use this technique to look for other publishers of DVDS, and producers.
There are so many other sites that sell their product, or list their product to give you ideas.