What with Netflix, SHOME, and other inexpensive online and cable movie packages available now, the prices of many DVDs are dropping dramatically, especially on older movies and TV series. This is a good time to take advantage and check off names on your Christmas list or build your own DVD Library.
I’ve been organizing all my DVDs on two new media cabinets I purchased in the summer. There are two columns of 6 shelves each in each cabinet, so I’ve created a little file in FileMaker Pro (I love that app) numbering the columns from left to right and the shelves from top to bottom. I’m sorting them by genre on the shelves (Mystery – Lawyer, Mystery – Police, Christmas, Political, Romance, Adventure, War, Comedy, Spy, etc.) but with FMP, I can also sort by title or, in a separate expanded layout, by lead actor or actress.
While doing this, I realized I had a small number of videos in amongst the DVDs and since they take up more space, I’m replacing them and picking up a few extra DVDs that I may or may not have seen before. The Diary of Anne Frank is one I had only in video, as well as the Legend of the Lone Ranger. I ran across a reasonably priced set of 40 of the original Lone Ranger episodes on DVD, so have ordered that, too, along with another Lone Ranger movie not in my collection.
I found All the President’s Men which I did not have and felt my political shelf was not complete without, as well as two other Robert Redford movies, Havana, which I’m sure I’ve never seen, and 3 Days of the Condor with Faye Dunaway, which I saw once on TV and am happy to add to my collection.
Three other videos to replace are Mary of Scotland starring Katharine Hepburn (for my Hepburn shelf; from the 1930s in classic black and white), Name of the Rose starring Sean Connery, and Kevin Costner‘s Robin Hood Prince of Thieves for my Robin Hood Collection.
At the neighbourhood Walmart, I picked up the first two seasons of Game of Thrones (which I’ve never seen and am very excited about watching one of these days when I can do a marathon); I thought they were reasonably priced but when I got to the checkout, they were even less — bonus!
I realized that I even have a couple of movies on my shelves that I haven’t watched yet, so I’ll be doing that over the next couple of weeks and reporting back. In the meantime, whether you go to the theatre, or pick up some inexpensive DVDs, enjoy your Saturday Night at the Movies!