I'd Buy That DVD for...Somewhere in the Neighborhood of $5

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There’s a “Cheap DVDs” thread, but it died four years ago, also a “Rolling I’d Buy That for a Dollar” thread from 2008, but I guess that one ran up against the dollar-records thread. The last two or three years has been a great time for buying discounted DVDs, as companies seemingly make the slow transition over to Blu-ray. (I’ve never really been clear on what’s going on there.) So if you find anything worthwhile for $5 or thereabouts, post about it here.

clemenza, Sunday, 20 March 2011 19:57 (eight years ago) link

All of these were $5 at a local flea market I scour once every few weeks:

The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (Phil Kaufman’s sort-of first film)
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Boyz n the Hood (two discs)
The Wicker Man (original, Anchor Bay)

Also bought the first season of Room 222 for $12. The less said about such abject nostalgia the better.

clemenza, Sunday, 20 March 2011 19:57 (eight years ago) link

I thought the Great Northfield Minnesota Raid was inferior to the Long Riders myself.

Fig On A Plate Cart (Alex in SF), Sunday, 20 March 2011 20:03 (eight years ago) link

Walmart has $3 bins that are so big that you almost have to climb into them to reach stuff. Considering much of Walmart's local demographic, it's like bringing dumpster-diving indoors. I've never seen anything in them I'd climb in for, though.

lowfat dry milquetoast (WmC), Sunday, 20 March 2011 20:04 (eight years ago) link

Northfield is the only one of the four I haven't yet seen. As the Room 222 purchase indicates, I'm much more inclined to buy second-tier stuff from the '70s than from any other decade.

Those Wal-Mart bins are ridiculous! I even spoke to someone there once, suggesting that it's not a great incentive to buy when you're afraid of causing a major catastrophe if you dislodge one DVD too many.

clemenza, Sunday, 20 March 2011 20:10 (eight years ago) link

I'm upset that Warner Bros. has put a moratorium on a large chunk of their catalog titles, probably so they can start selling them through the WB Store at a higher price in that piddly DVD-R format. I was having fun buying them in 3-packs for $5 at Big Lots.

Simpsons Christmas Boogie (MintIce), Sunday, 20 March 2011 20:20 (eight years ago) link

Recently acquired for $4 each from a local rental store going OOB:

Kicking and Screaming (Criterion)
3 Women (Criterion)
Paris is Burning
Eating Raoul
Showgirls (but it skips, boo)
All About Eve
something else I can't remember

Sheneneh et Caro (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 20 March 2011 20:30 (eight years ago) link

3 Women for $4? Wow--that's like just over a dollar per woman. Seriously, that's a great deal. All I have is an old VHS I taped off Bravo...which I've still never watched, for some reason.

clemenza, Sunday, 20 March 2011 20:37 (eight years ago) link

Got these for $5 each from a guy who always has a great table of still-sealed DVDs at Toronto record shows.

The Tomorrow Show: Punk & New Wave
The Tomorrow Show: John, Paul, Tom & Ringo
You Bet Your Life: The Lost Episodes
Woodstock (2-disc director's cut)
Big Brother & the Holding Co.: Nine Hundred Nights
Helter Skelter (have no idea how this will look today; I was right into it when it played on TV in the mid-'70s)
2001: A Space Odyssey (2 discs)

clemenza, Sunday, 27 March 2011 23:16 (eight years ago) link

King of Comedy ($5)
Targets ($5)

Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry ($0.99)

I already have the Kerry film, but I bought two copies for future gifts. It's not like one of those campaign books that are embarrassments a year later--it's actually a really good film.

clemenza, Sunday, 10 April 2011 23:10 (eight years ago) link

(Kenneth) Mars Attack today @ Big Lots w/Desperate Characters (I'm also still in possession of my Netflix copy) & What's Up Doc? for $3 apiece.

I've got a bag or two of similar Big Lots bargain discs acquired over the past several months. And if I had wanted to spend the money today, I could have also picked up Getting Straight (Elliot Gould/Candice Bergen college movie--anybody rep for it?), The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T and a bunch of Sony Pictures Classics titles for the same price.

Handjobs for a sport (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 April 2011 05:57 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

These were from a Blockbuster buy-2-get-1-free sale, so they cost $14 together:

The Beaches of Agnes
The Great Happiness Space
Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times/5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris

$5 each at a discount store:

Disclosure (for shame, for shame--one of my favourite pieces of unmitigated junk ever)
2010: The Year We Make Contact (not crazy about the original, so this makes a lot of sense)
Erin Brockovich (never seen it)
Anne Frank Remembered (should be useful in class)
The MLB Cubs box set--eight games, eight discs, including the wild 12-11 game from '84 where Sandberg won it in extras with his second home run of the day. I remember watching that game on Saturday afternoon.

clemenza, Saturday, 30 April 2011 23:38 (eight years ago) link

Just noticed C. Grissom's query about Getting Straight. I watched it a couple of years ago and thought it was the most hopelessly dated kind of early-'70s "New Hollywood" film. And I have a very high tolerance for almost anything in that vein.

clemenza, Saturday, 30 April 2011 23:46 (eight years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Canadian Blockbusters started liquidating on Friday. Didn't realize this had started till today, so I got a two-day late start. I hit the two close to home this afternoon; if I can remember where they all are, there are at least another six reasonably close. Everything's 30% off to start, so all of these were just under $5:

I'm Still Here (most acclaimed film since Otto Preminger's Skidoo!)
All the Real Girls (I saw this when it came out, sort of stayed in my mind ever since)
Please Give (I thought Lovely & Amazing was pretty good)
Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Strangely Creepy Old Man
Punch-Drunk Love (two discs)
When the Levees Broke (two discs, easily the best thing I found today)

I also bought The Social Network for $7--controversial, inspired a long ILX thread.

I passed on the 160-minute Carlos; having seen the full six hours, the abridged version doesn't hold much appeal for me. Sadly, someone beat me to the second Spike Lee Katrina film.

Felt sorry for the girl at the first store. She was the only person working (maybe someone was on a break). She had to handle cash, field questions, deal with people like me who brought a bunch of unpriced stuff up that had to be scanned before we made up our minds, manipulate all those unwieldy plastic cases, etc. When the guy in front of me commiserated, she mumbled a very terse "They don't pay me enought for this." I'm sure they never did--it's just much worse now.

clemenza, Sunday, 29 May 2011 17:51 (eight years ago) link

Blockbuster kind of mastered the art of understaffed stores--->shitty employee treatment. I've avoided their liquidations partially because of the scenario you've mentioned, and also because I'd be tempted into buying too much stuff. Well, and also the fact that I'm pretty sure the stuff I'd have no problem buying (IFC exclusives), probably have already headed out the back door and on to Amazon for $20 & rising.

Anyway, back to the thread topic. Half-Price Books is doing a extra 20% off sale this weekend. I picked up very gently used copies (still had all the inserts) of Our Man Flint, In Like Flint & Modesty Blaise for $4 each. While talking to a friend on the phone later, I checked the titles on Amazon and found out they were all now OOP (although the Flints are now exclusive to a in-print combo pack), with used copies of Modesty going for $20+ and new ones starting @ $30. My friend--a big Joseph Losey fan--commented that Modesty wasn't a film you spent that much for.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho! (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 29 May 2011 18:58 (eight years ago) link


The Song Remains The Same (2 DVD remastered) - concert footage better than I remembered. The playacting still sucks.
BBC Sherlock Holmes w/ Peter Cushing ( 4 "long lost" episodes - Cushing was a cool Holmes though played a little too sweet and understanding compared to J. Brett)

both $6 each.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 29 May 2011 23:49 (eight years ago) link

It sure didn't take long for those Blockbusters to get picked clean; the shelves are almost bare 10 days into the sale. They're down to 50% off, so these were $4 or $5:

Client #9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer[/i]
Casino Jack and the United States of Money (the Gibney documentary)
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
The Sweet Hereafter
Mean Creek

Mean Creek's the only one I haven't seen yet. I expect they'll go to 75% next week, as they try to clear out whatever's left--Police Academy 6, Christmas with the Kranks, The Godfather III, etc.

clemenza, Monday, 6 June 2011 12:32 (eight years ago) link

three weeks pass...

These ones were 4/$10:

Bulworth -- I cringed a lot when I saw it on release, but I realize that (sometimes, anyway) I was supposed to cringe. I'll give it another try one night.
Till the Clouds Roll By
Beat Street
Slaughter -- The Jim Brown film...Got home, discovered I already had it (with a bunch of other blaxploitation titles in the "Soul Cinema" series). This is the third time this has happened in the past couple of weeks; I also recently bought redundant sale copies of Mulholland Dr. and The Sweet Hereafter.

These were $5 each:

Act of God -- Jennifer Baichwal's documentary on people who've been struck by lightning. I didn't think it was as good as it could have been, but it's G-rated, so I might get some use out it in class.
Nerakhoon -- Looks good: http://www.villagevoice.com/2008-11-19/film/the-betrayal-nerakhoon-offers-a-phantasmagoria-of-wartime-indochina/.
High Art -- Doesn't look like my kind of thing, but a friend recently listed it as one of his 50 favourite films on a countdown we're doing.
The Rainmaker -- Aaargh...see Slaughter.
Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy
The Wild Child

clemenza, Sunday, 3 July 2011 23:44 (eight years ago) link

Spielberg's "War Of The Worlds" (Special edition/Widescreen) $3.75

"Renegade" (aka "Blueberry" - sort of fun and eyepopping yet sorta terrible Acid Western. Based on Moebius comics series. Starring Vincent Cassell, Eddie Izzard, Michael Madsen... Yep.) $3.00

Thank you, Half.com

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 4 July 2011 02:34 (eight years ago) link

Weekend before last, Big Lots-


Storefront Hitchcock
Prizzi's Honor
Macon County Line
Kentucky Fried Movie


John Wayne: The Franchise Collection (budget bundle from Universal; contains Seven Sinners (w/Dietrich), The Shepherd of The Hills (Wayne as a moonshiner), Pittsburgh (w/Dietrich & Randolph Scott), The Conqueror (oh yeah), & Jet Pilot (a semi-legendary nutso anti-commie feature helmed by Hughes/Von Sternberg, co-staring Janet Leigh as a comely Russian pilot/spy--Truffaut paraised it in The Films In My Life)).

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 4 July 2011 03:10 (eight years ago) link

"Renegade" (aka "Blueberry" - sort of fun and eyepopping yet sorta terrible Acid Western. Based on Moebius comics series. Starring Vincent Cassell, Eddie Izzard, Michael Madsen... Yep.) $3.00


death to ilx, long live the frogbs (strongo hulkington's ghost dad), Monday, 4 July 2011 03:12 (eight years ago) link

This Film Noir one is great if you can still find it. My local Target had them in its giant budget dvd bin a year ago:


Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 4 July 2011 15:34 (eight years ago) link

Not technically the same series, but definitely a good collection. I like The Strange Love of Martha Ivers a lot. Is the quality okay, though? With a collection like this--unlike the "Franchise" series, which is put out by Universal (or whoever owns the Universal catalogue)--you never know what the quality will be like.

clemenza, Monday, 4 July 2011 16:06 (eight years ago) link

Quality varies from film to film but "Detour" looks fantastic as do "The Stranger" and "The Hitchhiker". Well worth getting cheap.

Vendo Caramelos A Veces Sin Dinero (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 4 July 2011 16:12 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Sears outlet store by me put out a bunch of interesting stuff at 4/$10, and I kind of went crazy.

Didn't realize I had these already: My Kid Could Paint That, Hannah and Her Sisters, Novocaine, Cooley High

Bought these a second time intentionally: Coming Home, Cisco Pike (bought that one full price on Amazon a couple of years ago)

Woodypalooza: Broadway Danny Rose, Alice, The Purple Rose of Cairo, A Midsummer's Night Sex Comedy (like the first, will likely never watch the others; passed up Scoop)

Old Stuff: Casanova's Big Night, The Gay Divorcee, Cimarron, The Ugly American, He Walked by Night, Killer's Kiss, The Curse of Frankenstein/Taste the Blood of Dracula (Hammer), The Jackie Robinson Story, Suddenly, Pride of the Yankees, Storm Warning, Made for Each Other (the Jimmy Stewart one--wish it were Joseph Bologna/Renee Taylor instead)

Newer: Eight Men Out, Fired!, Married to the Mob, The Saddest Music in the World, She's Gotta Have It, Singles, Shakespeare Behind Bars, Vernon, Florida

Because I like the '70s: Two-Minute Warning

Because Madchen Amick's in it: Dream Lover

When I went back today to get The Love God with Don Knotts, it was gone. This broke my heart.

clemenza, Monday, 18 July 2011 19:37 (eight years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Same 4/$10 sale as above:

Reagan: Knute Rockne All American, The Winning Team, The Hasty Heart. The Winning Team, a bio of Grover Cleveland Alexander, is one of the first half-dozen films I can remember watching as a kid.

Other old stuff: Flying Down to Rio, The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle, Something to Sing About, Allegheny Uprising.

Plus: The Big Bounce (1970, Ryan O'Neal, Get Shorty before Get Shorty), Mr. Mike's Mondo Video, The Tomorrow Show: Tom Snyder's Electric Kool-Aid Talk Show (Kesey/Leary/Wolfe/Grateful Dead), Copycat.

At home, I far prefer watching junk I've already seen to anything that requires thought and attention, so the only thing I've (re)watched so far is Copycat. Was surprised to see Laszlo Kovacs did the cinematography.

clemenza, Friday, 5 August 2011 00:54 (eight years ago) link

I just learned Kovacs did Say Anything... Cinematographers have the most strangely diverse careers in the movie. Kovacs had a bunch of romcoms later on as did Sven Nyquivst.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 5 August 2011 02:19 (eight years ago) link

Big Lots, this afternoon, $3 apiece:

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (original)
A Man For All Seasons (Hello again, Mr. Shaw...)
Too Late The Hero

I limited myself to spending $20, so I had to put back Snow Angels (which was actually a resealed rental copy as opposed to a remaindered sealed edition normal for the chain), Sex and Death 101 (sorry Winona) and the 3rd season of Strangers With Candy, all which were also $3 a throw.

My friend hit up another location last week and found Petulia for $3, and the deluxe Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? for $5.

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 8 August 2011 02:26 (eight years ago) link



clemenza, Monday, 8 August 2011 13:52 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

More from the 4/$10 place last week:

Old -- Rancho Deluxe (wrote a bit about this on the Jeff Bridges thread), Let's Do It Again, Starman, Marooned, and Starting Over (watched this last night...sort of okay for a while, then awful; for Pakula to go from All the President's Men to this in the space of four years is as sad in its way as all the other '80s horrors stories)

Older -- Father of the Bride, The Fountainhead, Platinum Blonde (don't think I knew this was Capra), and a double Three Stooges: Gold Raiders and Meet the Baron

Junk -- Jennifer 8, Taking Lives, Blood and Wine (Bob Rafelson and Nicholson, undoubtedly bad)

Recent (more or less) -- Lust, Caution (Ang Lee, don't remember it), 2:37, The Sea Inside, Vera Drake, The Fountain (Darren Arnofsky, don't remember it), Anything Else, Wag the Dog

Documentary -- The Cutting Edge (about editing--not Visions of Light, but not bad)

clemenza, Sunday, 25 September 2011 04:15 (eight years ago) link

I just got back from an unfamilier supermarket, where I found a sealed copy of the Kino edition of Jamaica Inn mixed in w/a bunch mexican movies & direct-to-dvd indie stuff for $2.99.

The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 28 September 2011 05:23 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

4/$10 yet again:

They Died with Their Boots On, The Helen Morgan Story, The Princess and the Pirate, Cheaper by the Dozen, 3 Godfathers (presumably much better than Godfather III), White Heat (best film in the haul)

The Love God?, The McKenzie Break, A Little Romance, True Confessions (remember it as deadly dull the one time I saw it years ago), Streamers (probably the best find)

Family Business, Backbeat, Boiler Room, Gangster No. 1, Unprecedented (documentary on the 2000 election--never heard of it), Dick (a friend loves this; I liked Election much better), The Company (Altman), The Company (TV mini-series about the CIA)

Also a couple of MLB productions on the 2009 series and famous Red Sox moments.

clemenza, Saturday, 29 October 2011 23:27 (eight years ago) link

4/$10: King Kong (1933 original, two discs), King Kong ('70s remake--Kael liked it), The Out of Towners (original; must have seen this half-a-dozen times before I was 15), The Producers (original, two discs--have never seen it).

2/$10: The Shining and Twister, two discs each.

clemenza, Monday, 7 November 2011 02:06 (eight years ago) link

Haven't done much cheapo dvd shopping lately, but last week I got the two disc of Elvis: That's The Way It Is plus Waking Life (both sealed new copies) from Half-Price for about $5 each. Also scored $5 copies of Young Frankenstein, Halloween, Rocky Horror Picture Show and An American Werewolf In London (the last a two disc-er) from Wal Mart as part of a Halloween sale.

The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 November 2011 03:34 (eight years ago) link

Wow, was just checking on Amazon, and found another (albeit used) $5 item from my Half-Price trip, Lina Wertmuller's Love & Anarchy, is going from $19.97 used.

The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 7 November 2011 03:42 (eight years ago) link

dudes i have a billion dvds i want to get rid of, would anyone want me to list them here? lots in their original packaging too. was trying to figure out how to unload them

the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Monday, 7 November 2011 04:55 (eight years ago) link

List away. Be forewarned: my artistic standards go up a bit in a private sale, but I remain just as cheap.

clemenza, Monday, 7 November 2011 12:47 (eight years ago) link


Lawanda Pageboy (Capitaine Jay Vee), Monday, 7 November 2011 13:32 (eight years ago) link

k will do later today!

the jazz zinger (s1ocki), Monday, 7 November 2011 13:36 (eight years ago) link

I also have interest in ur day vay days

NO NUTRITIONAL CONTENT (kelpolaris), Monday, 7 November 2011 16:13 (eight years ago) link


Anyhoo, was out today and stopped by Big Lots, where amongst seemingly endless assortment of x-mas movies I emerged with:

$3 Each-

The Squid and the Whale
Up In Smoke (Collector's Edition)
An Almost Perfect Affair (MONICA VITTI)
Pink Cadillac


There Will Be Blood (2-disc)

The Man With The Flavored Toothpick (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 11 November 2011 00:19 (eight years ago) link

one month passes...

Forgot about this thread.

These ones were from the 4/$10 place: Electra Glide in Blue, Divided We Fall, Bitter Victory, Towelhead, Angel Unchained/Cycle Savages, A Day at the Races, Basket Case, Tarnation, The Limits of Control, The Tempest (Cassavetes), American Pimp (outtakes from the documentary, plus a CD of period music), The Cotton Club, Avalon, The Spirit of St. Louis.

$5 each: Cabaret, Brick, Black Gunn, A Clockwork Orange (two discs), City for Conquest/"G" Men/Each Dawn I Die/White Heat (TCM), An Unreasonable Man (Nader documentary--very good).

clemenza, Friday, 6 January 2012 03:11 (seven years ago) link

Towelhead sucks. Some interesting ideas all run into the ground via Alan Ball Overdrive.

I've got another bag from Big Lots around here somewhere. Ah, here it is! They had a bunch of MGM catalog stuff on for $1.88 Black Friday weekend. Got The Grissom Gang & The Indian Runner while combing the stacks the following Monday. I also picked up Career Opportunities, Safe Men A Fine Madness and Modern Romance for $3 apiece.

Picked up new copies of The Passing Show-The Life & Music of Ronnie Lane ($4) & "The Complete M-Squad w/Lee Marvin" (15 discs-$16) @ Half-Price during the year-end sale.

Got the 2-disc 70th anniversary Wizard of Oz for $4 @ Wal-Mart.

Finally, Discs found in Strange Places:

The President's Analyst-$4 @ Staples, the office supply store.
The Late Show-$3 @ Ross, the clothing & housewares store. I also got a pair of New Balance cleats in my size for 49 cents.

Lady Writer, Male Seether (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 6 January 2012 04:25 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, Towelhead was pretty crude (and I love American Beauty). I think we're finding things that fell off the back of the same truck: The Grissom Gang, Modern Romance, The President's Analyst, and the MGM stuff all turn up here, too.

clemenza, Friday, 6 January 2012 04:47 (seven years ago) link

two weeks pass...

What else? 4/$10: Ghost Dog, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, The Haunting (Robert Wise original), A New Kind of Love (Paul Newman--never heard of it), Adventures of Don Juan, For Your Consideration, The Fog ('70s). Also Ultimate Gretzky, even though I don't think I've watched a hockey game since 1994.

clemenza, Monday, 23 January 2012 00:45 (seven years ago) link

A different Big Lots:

$1.88- Vernon, Florida
$3.00- Lookin' To Get Out! "Extended Version"

There were some other things I passed on because they had multiples upon multiples. I think they got in a new shipment of MGM & Warner cast-offs.

Lady Writer, Male Seether (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 23 January 2012 03:26 (seven years ago) link

Definitely the same truck--the place I go to always has a couple of copies of Vernon, Florida. Keep an eye open for The King of Kong and My Kid Could Paint That.

clemenza, Monday, 23 January 2012 12:29 (seven years ago) link

$3 each: After Hours, The Statement, An Education, Half Nelson, Synecdoche New York, The Animation Show.

4/$10: Never So Few (Sinatra), Frost Nixon, Fail Safe (recent TV version), The Story of Seabiscuit, John Q., In America.

$1: The Bronx Is Burning. (Three episodes into this. Hard to get past John Turturro's pinned-back ears, but it's almost okay...or least the bits of real footage are great.)

clemenza, Monday, 6 February 2012 03:23 (seven years ago) link

$3 for The Brown Bunny from Goodwill some weeks back. Haven't watched it yet.

Diary of Anne Frank, Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen (scottfree), Monday, 6 February 2012 03:51 (seven years ago) link

For those with region-free players, the Brexit related US/UK exchange rate is facilitating some cheap deals for North Americans. Also key is that the US prestige labels like Criterion and Kino Lorber chose a luxury price point, whereas the UK (and for that matter, German) labels price art films like more mainstream fare, for the very same transfer. VAT is deducted for export orders, so ATM the price in $ comes close to the price in £. While I picked up a bunch more in the $8-$10 range (shipping over the pond will be about $8 from Amz.co.uk, so I made one big order), the most notable deals were blu-rays of Let the Sunshine In for about $5 and the Three Colours trilogy for about $13.

Sanpaku, Sunday, 13 January 2019 19:10 (ten months ago) link

Dollar Tree, $1 each (duh):

Just Shoot Me!: Seasons 1 & 2
The IT Crowd: Season 2
Cedar Rapids: The Super Awesome Edition
Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates

Infidels, Like Dylan In The Eighties (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 20:39 (ten months ago) link

Saw a Russian version of Zabriskie Point in a thrift store today for $5, didn't buy it because I wasn't sure it would play on my player. I didn't see NTSC anywhere. Also saw a Marx Bros set (6 or 7 movies) for $7 or 8 that I should have gotten, maybe I'll go back for it.

nickn, Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:00 (ten months ago) link

Friends of Library, $5:

Bruce Lee Ultimate Collection Box Set: The Big Boss; Fist of Fury; Way of The Dragon; Game of Death; and Game of Death II (sealed)

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 22:38 (ten months ago) link

Half-Price Books, $2.40 (used)

Come Drink With Me

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 17:50 (nine months ago) link

At my Friends of the Library charity bookstore, all lightly used:

North by Northwest, $2.
The Third Man, $2.
Stagecoach, $1.50.
The Eagle Huntress (documentary) $2.
I Am Not Your Negro (documentary), $1.50.
The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (documentary), $1.50.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 20 February 2019 18:52 (nine months ago) link

Big Lots clearance bin:

75¢: Martha Marcy May Marlene
$1.25: The Iron Giant "Special Edition"
$1.50: Boogie Nights 2-disc*

*Have this already, but it's in storage somewhere.

a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:10 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Thrift store today, manstrokewoman, both seasons on 2 disks, for $1.

nickn, Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:05 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Thrift store today (again), the Bogart / Bacall collection, unopened, for $7.

The Big Sleep
To Have and Have Not
Key Largo
Dark Passage

nickn, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 20:20 (eight months ago) link

one month passes...

Swap meet on Sunday, $1 each:

Pink Floyd at Pompeii - Says director's cut from 2003, but I think this has been re-released in a more elaborate form since.
Monty Python/Holy Grail 2-disk set - Probably don't need to see this again but I assume the commentaries are worth doing.

nickn, Monday, 6 May 2019 23:44 (seven months ago) link

oh my, the director's cut of Live at Pompeii is bad on a scale that transcends hilarity - the wonderful original footage intercut with eye-wateringly bad 90s home-computer "space" animations. If you got the same DVD as me, fortunately the original is on there and excellent quality.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 7 May 2019 02:20 (seven months ago) link

Ha, OK, I guess I'm in for a treat.

nickn, Tuesday, 7 May 2019 17:09 (seven months ago) link

Thrift store today, $1 each:

Jesus' Son
Valley Girl

nickn, Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:01 (six months ago) link

solid haul

Nhex, Thursday, 16 May 2019 22:20 (six months ago) link

one month passes...

Another thrift store find today, Respect Yourself, The Stax Records Story for $1.

nickn, Thursday, 20 June 2019 21:04 (five months ago) link

been picking up a heap of excellent films on dvd recently for 5 & under, but my big score is def:

columbia pictures film noir classics vols i & ii ($5)
warner bros film noir classic collection vols i, ii, iii, iv & v ($15)
warner bros gangsters collection vols i, ii, iii & iv ($10)

currently 3 films in with another 60 or so to go

no lime tangier, Sunday, 30 June 2019 09:42 (five months ago) link

great stuff!

adam the (abanana), Sunday, 30 June 2019 21:13 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Got the Foo Fighters Skin and Bones show for $2 at a thrift store on Friday.

nickn, Monday, 15 July 2019 04:45 (four months ago) link

Fry's, 99¢

Larry Sanders Seasons 1-2.

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:16 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Swap meet today, $1 each:
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Richard Pryor, Live In Concert (first filmed performance)

$2 each:
Mind The Gap
The Filth and the Fury (Sex Pistols doc)
The Three Geniuses, the Re-Death of Psychedelia (a Los Angeles public access TV collection, had never heard of it before)
Love Dolls Superstar: Fully Realized (director's cut)
Cut Shorts - David Markey collection of shorts and music videos.

nickn, Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:52 (four months ago) link

Thrift Store, $2 each:

Days of Wine and Roses
Where The Sidewalk Ends
Miller's Crossing
M*A*S*H Seasons 1 & 5 (sealed, the former still had a $35 price tag from Borders on the shrink)
The Dick Van Dyke Show Season 1 (sealed)

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:33 (three months ago) link

Thrift store about a week ago, $1.50.

Nine Inch Nails - Beside You In Time (live 2006, ~90 min)

nickn, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 21:37 (three months ago) link

Night and Fog (Criterion) [Goodwill, $2]

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 20 August 2019 22:12 (three months ago) link

Goodwill, $2.99

Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days (Box Set bonus disc documentary including a reconstruction of Something's Got To Give)

frustration and wonky passion (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 24 August 2019 23:33 (three months ago) link

Today, a double pack of FLESH FOR FRANKENSTEIN and BLOOD FOR DRACULA for $2.

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Sunday, 25 August 2019 04:52 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Stones "Some Girls Live in Texas 1978" on blu-ray for $4 at a thrift store.

nickn, Friday, 13 September 2019 20:32 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

4-disc Gone with the Wind box, sealed, $4.99.

Some of the DVDs I listed above, things I bought in duplicate, I've been giving away to friends the last few weeks in advance of a move. I'm trying to force myself not to buy new stuff as I try to get rid of old. But of course I continue to buy a few DVDs, books, CDs, and records. I'm a pathological accumulater.

clemenza, Sunday, 13 October 2019 18:03 (one month ago) link

I got Total Recall at the swap meet last week for $1. I've never seen it.

And yesterday I got a Sun Ra disk called Jazz Session new for $5.50.

nickn, Sunday, 13 October 2019 18:25 (one month ago) link

Total Recall would be the perfect DVD to buy cheap, then realize when you got home that you'd bought it before.

clemenza, Sunday, 13 October 2019 18:42 (one month ago) link

Some DVDs I bought in the mid-'00s (e.g., my cherished Val Lewton set) became unplayable over the years due to rot. Apparently Warner DVDs ca.2005 are particularly prone. I'm not sure how widespread the phenomenon is, but it sullied the whole idea of DVD collection as film library for me.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Sunday, 13 October 2019 19:43 (one month ago) link

I don't think I've ever had a DVD not play correctly because of age...I've had a few with problems the first time I played them, but not because of degradation.

clemenza, Sunday, 13 October 2019 20:25 (one month ago) link

i have a bunch that have been damaged by the sun, but luckily nothing irreplaceable. but i also have hundreds that i haven't looked at in 10 years so who knows what's unplayable.

backing up dvds is usually possible, at least.

as for bargains, the entire 21 disc set of Breaking Bad is now £15, less in some places.

koogs, Sunday, 13 October 2019 20:43 (one month ago) link

This probably says more about the limits of my imagination than anything else, but how were your DVDs exposed to the sun? (Some kind of portable player you take outside?)

clemenza, Sunday, 13 October 2019 20:50 (one month ago) link

I left them out of the cases and the sun shone onto them through the windows. They are noticeably discoloured.

koogs, Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:05 (one month ago) link

Kwaidan, for example. look at that discoloration on the top left edge. oni-baba had the same thing, as did one of the disks in the ozu melodrama box (was probably £20 in Fopp to replace them all)


koogs, Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:17 (one month ago) link

(the really dark bit is a reflection, the smokey dark bit is the sun-damage)

koogs, Sunday, 13 October 2019 21:18 (one month ago) link

good lord. i've never seen that on a dvd

Nhex, Sunday, 13 October 2019 22:11 (one month ago) link

Dvd-r and DVD-RW always had a 'no direct sunlight' thing on them, but, yes, was surprised when I saw this. They were Bfi and masters of cinema discs too, which you'd think would be good quality.

koogs, Monday, 14 October 2019 00:05 (one month ago) link

Goodwill just now, an 8-disk Mel Brooks collection for $4.

nickn, Monday, 14 October 2019 20:15 (one month ago) link

The first at a thrift store a couple weeks ago, for $2, the other two at a thrift store today for $1 each.

The Beach (w/DiCaprio)
Lost Highway
I, Tonya

nickn, Friday, 25 October 2019 04:00 (one month ago) link

Two-disc Help! reissue, $4 (used, but like new).

clemenza, Sunday, 27 October 2019 11:50 (one month ago) link

Thrift store today for $3 each.

Nude on the Moon (Doris Wishman)
Berlin, Symphony of a Great City, which also contains Opus 1, an earlier, more abstract film by Ruttman.

nickn, Saturday, 2 November 2019 22:12 (one month ago) link

Got the first four seasons of Boardwalk Empire for $5 each yesterday (used but perfect shape). I actually started watching a bootleg copy of the first season a while back, but only stuck around for three or four episodes before bailing. Too good to pass up, though, so I'll try again at some point.

clemenza, Sunday, 3 November 2019 04:51 (one month ago) link

Yesterday at CEX: Picnic at Hanging Rock for 4.50 euros and MacGruber for 50 cents

The World According To.... (Michael B), Sunday, 3 November 2019 10:16 (one month ago) link

Went nuts at the swap meet today, one seller said his stock was from a guy who was liquidating and it was "first time out." $2 each

Miracle Mile
Roger Corman Drive-In Collection (5 movies on 2 disks)
Tideland (2 disk version)
The Onion Movie Raw & Uncut
Southland Tales
Five Easy Pieces
Best of Tromadance , Vol 4 (short films from Troma)
It Might Get Loud
Too Cool For School (12 movies on 3 disks, trashy teen-oriented movies)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Apocalypse Now Redux

Many were still wrapped (bought at Big Lots or dept stores)

nickn, Monday, 4 November 2019 03:15 (one month ago) link

Thrift store yesterday, $3 each

Requiem for a Dream (director's cut)

nickn, Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:11 (three weeks ago) link

Miracle Mile is a good find!

Simon H., Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:12 (three weeks ago) link

It's been on my must-watch list for quite a while.

nickn, Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:47 (three weeks ago) link

Thrift store half price day, $1 each.

Monty Python - the Life of Python (BBC/A&E doc, 2 disks)
Bow Wow Wow - 1982 Live Compilation

nickn, Friday, 22 November 2019 06:16 (two weeks ago) link

At a thrift store (in Joshua Tree), $2

Hallelujah!, Ron Athey: A Story of Deliverance

nickn, Tuesday, 3 December 2019 07:23 (one week ago) link

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