There’s a shift going on in movie and video watching. DVDs are facing heavy competition from places like Hulu, Amazon and Netflix, who are streaming content and there’s also movies On Demand – all of which mean people are deciding between paying $20 a month to watch nearly all the new movies that are also out on DVD with a much wider range of content or paying $20-$99 a piece for a single-DVD or box set. But these are five of the ones that we have kept;
The Muppets/Sesame Street
As the parent of a young child, I have around 30 or more of these that my wife and I have kept to play in heavy rotation. Fortunately, they are much less expensive than movie DVDs – costing around $5 as opposed to costing $20. Since my child loves nearly everything Jim Henson-related (alas, I cannot get him into Fraggle Rock), I also own plenty of Muppet movies and The Muppet Show. The Pros: I keep my son occupied while working and also relive my younger days when I watched Sesame Street too. These include the Sesame Street Old School DVDs which have episodes from the ’70s, when I was growing up. Cons: If I hear “Can You Tell Me How To Get…” ONE MORE TIME, I may plunge something sharp into my eardrums. We may or may not also be seeing the Wiggles in concert in October.
All Six Star Wars Movies
Yes, I even own The Phantom Menace because I’m such a completionist. Of course, I’m a sucker for the original trilogy – I saw A New Hope when it first came out in the theater. (We called it Star Wars then because…well…The Empire Strikes Back hadn’t come out yet.) We forget how groundbreaking they were in this day and age of super special effects. These movies are ones that I can watch over and over and over. I’m saving room for when the seventh movie comes out.
The Indiana Jones Trilogy + 1
Like I said in a previous piece, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull NEVER HAPPENED. Just to prove my point I bought that one on DVD at a deep discount during a store chain going out of business. The rest I got in a box set. I can watch any of them at any time. Yes, even Temple of Doom, though I do tend to mute the Kate Capshaw parts. Harrison Ford is lucky that he’s getting my DVD income in both Star Wars and this.
I own nearly every Scrubs set. I just don’t have the final season, the one where Zach Braff had left the show and not even John C. McGinley and Donald Faison could save it. It was one of the best-written and funny shows that I have ever seen, with some of the most human characters too. Dr. Perry Cox is one of my favorite characters of all time.
The Princess Bride
This is a case of saving the best for last. In my mind, it’s the greatest movie of all time – the funniest and most quotable movie of all time with the greatest characters too. C’mon. Don’t lie. You know that if you’re flipping through the channels and you see that it’s on, you’re going to sit down and re-visit with Westley, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, Fezzik and Vizzini all over again. It’s inconceivable that you wouldn’t.