I mentioned that I had one pass left in order to consider the DVD hoard purged:
and guess what? It's done!
What used to be a shockingly-huge collection of movies on DVD is now reduced to a functionally-invisible and easily-accessed collection. ALL of the movies are now living in the jukebox, except for:
- El Mariachi/Desperado double feature, in which one movie is on each side of the disc (and the jukebox only plays one side);
- the "Castle" series, which lives in one of my bookcases;
- an autographed Coppola 5-movie collection, which I will never watch (the Godfather movies are in the jukebox, I assure you!) but which Mr. P picked up at the winery; and
- three Star Trek special editions, which are in the bookcase with my Star Trek books. I keep these not for the movies, which we could stream, but for the special features. Because NEWS FLASH nerd.
There are also, I'd guess, a couple dozen nonfiction titles which live behind the doors of one of the cubbies in our media bench. These will get whittled down over time. The stray movies are in there too.
There are NO movies in my closet anymore!
What remains to really polish off this project: hook up a keyboard to the jukebox and type in the title list. I have a printed index created in Word, but if the title list on the machine is accurate we won't need to use it all the time.
What was involved:
- first, going through the index and marking the titles I was ready to let go of
- going through the jukebox and pulling out those "retiring" discs to make room for the ones that were in my overflow box
- then, going through again and pulling out things I wanted to rationalize (like putting all the Shakespeare-related stuff in one section, I missed one so need to tweak things)
- moving some stuff around to make large enough gaps where I needed them, or to fill in gaps
- integrating the formerly-overflow discs in roughly-alphabetical order while re-integrating the stuff to be rationalized
- putting the discs to be donated (30-ish) in cases salvaged from this and previous operations
- scanning the cover art that was particularly good (Indiana Jones, Star Wars, etc), or other material I wanted to save (like the inserts from the Astaire & Rogers collection)
- pitching out a large kitchen trash bag full of packaging
- hauling the discarded discs to the library for their Friends store or for circulation, who knows.
We just watched "Seven Samurai," finally, so that disc will be coming out before I do the titles. It's embarrassing how long we've had that, but it's 3.5 hours long and subtitled, which is quite a commitment. It was worth it, though.
How long did this take? Well, the entire purge was done over the course of several operations, but this last one was about three hours.
How did I determine what could go? I looked at what was on the list that we had watched on TV rather than queueing up the discs, and at what is available from Prime. I ranked certain things by "how much of this was worth watching" and if the proportion was too low, out it went. There are a lot of movies that have one or two really great scenes, but the rest of the movie is meh (e.g. "Mission Impossible," which went long ago, and quite a few dance movies).
One takeaway from this whole thing? I have watched, probably, something like 1000 movies. In fact I'll say "at least 1000," because I went to more movies as a teenager than I remembered, before scanning my high-school scrapbooks, and I've watched a lot of movies on TV, and of course I watch some movies over and over again.
I like movies. But I don't need to own them all. I needed to get away from "too many" and back to "enough."