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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (eleven 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten years ago) link



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


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

k will do later today!

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

I also have interest in ur day vay days

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


the most recent edition has gone crazy with the packaging


wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 23 March 2020 07:58 (two years ago) link

I had been holding out, because I really didn't think I'd ever re-watch it, but for $7 I figured I couldn't go wrong

nickn, Monday, 23 March 2020 17:26 (two years ago) link

three months pass...

Thrift store, $3 each (they've been open a couple weeks now, it's good to be back browsing).

Inside Llewyn Davis
Pixies - a collection from 2004, some live, some videos

Also found the Aline and R Crumb book Drawn Together for $5.

nickn, Thursday, 2 July 2020 01:03 (two years ago) link

I'm glad this thread has survived the pandemic.

clemenza, Thursday, 2 July 2020 01:18 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

$2 each today at Salvation Army.

Dead Man (the Jarmusch film)
The Saddest Music in the World

nickn, Saturday, 1 August 2020 03:07 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

$2 each today at Salvation Army.

Va Savoir (the Rivette film, sometimes there are surprises)
Tenacious D - The Complete Masterworks. I had looked at this and put it back because I'm not a huge fan, but then I found the above and decided since I'm gonna stand in line anyway I may as well get it too.

They also had a copy of Gerwig's Lady Bird, but it was just outside my scratched-ness threshold.

nickn, Monday, 17 August 2020 20:14 (one year ago) link

Went back to the same SA and got the Lady Bird, also This Is 40, and SLC Punk, for $2 ea (but they charged me $4 total because of an in-store coupon).

Also got Rushmore for $1 a week ago.

nickn, Saturday, 29 August 2020 04:29 (one year ago) link

Thrif store today, 3 for $5.

Midnight In Paris
Thoroughly Modern Millie
His Girl Friday

nickn, Saturday, 29 August 2020 23:04 (one year ago) link

I envy your nabbing such a cheap copy of His Girl Friday.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Sunday, 30 August 2020 03:38 (one year ago) link

It appears to be a low-budget affair (Digiview Productions, 2004), but is in good condition. Found them at at an Out of the Closet thrift store.

nickn, Sunday, 30 August 2020 03:45 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Today at Salvation Army, $2 each

Roy Orbison live at Austin City Limits, 1982
12 Monkeys
Birth of a Nation

nickn, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 21:13 (one year ago) link

That copy of Lady Bird mentioned above wouldn't play on my DVD player or PC, but it did play on my work PC.

nickn, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 21:15 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Thrift store today:

Manhattan, $2.25
Elevation 2001/U2 Live from Boston, $1.50

I'm not really a fan of U2, but it seems like an interesting package, on 2 disks. And so cheap.

nickn, Sunday, 25 October 2020 01:48 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

Thursday at a thrift store, $1 each
The Tenant (Polansky)

nickn, Saturday, 14 November 2020 08:11 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Thrift store today, $2 each.
Inherent Vice
30 Years of Maximum R&B Live (The Who)

nickn, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 21:32 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Thrift store today, $2

My Architect (Louis Kahn's illegitimate son's documentary)

nickn, Wednesday, 13 January 2021 21:24 (one year ago) link

I liked that when I saw it a few years ago.

Whenever I dream about the apocalypse these days, nickn is always in there (masked, of course) combing through discount DVD bins.

clemenza, Thursday, 14 January 2021 20:54 (one year ago) link

Life . . . finds a way.

nickn, Thursday, 14 January 2021 21:25 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

Thrift store today, $1.

King Kong (original) - a 2-disk version with lots of extras.

nickn, Friday, 5 February 2021 01:37 (one year ago) link

Re-watching Altered States tonight. Bought it at a Rite Aid that's now a Walgreen's for $5 several years ago.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 5 February 2021 01:41 (one year ago) link

Went to another store today and found the Criterion Taste of Cherry. Was excited at first but when I opened it saw that it was very scratched. It was marked as being from the Torrance library and I figured if a library was getting rid of a (likely) popular film it must be unplayable.

nickn, Friday, 5 February 2021 22:41 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Yesterday at a thrift store, $2 each.

Foo Fighters - Back and Forth (2011 documentary)
Rope Ladder To The Moon (a biog of Jack Bruce, from 1969 apparently)
The Avett Brothers - Live, Volume 3

nickn, Friday, 12 March 2021 05:06 (one year ago) link

Today at a thrift store, $2 each.

Breezy (William Holden, Kay Lenz in "hippie girl meets uptight businessman," 1973)
Bruce Springsteen Live in Barcelona - (2002, a 2-disk set but the second disk is cracked from outer edge to the center hole, which I knew when I bought it)

nickn, Friday, 26 March 2021 04:39 (one year ago) link

Breezy: A Clint Eastwood Joint! He even has a Hitchcock-esque cameo.

"what are you DOING to fleetwood mac??" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 26 March 2021 04:43 (one year ago) link

seven months pass...

Several months ago, at a thrift store going out of business sale, $1 each:
Survivor, season 1
The Real World season 1
The Others (Nicole Kidman, 2-disk set)
The Loved One

Today, different thrift store, $1 each:
News Radio seasons 1 & 2
Queen & Slim
Eating Raoul
24 Hour Party People

nickn, Friday, 12 November 2021 05:58 (seven months ago) link

one month passes...

A couple weeks ago at my local swap meet, $20 for all:
New Wave Theatre, vols 1 & 2 (7 disks)
Captain Beefheart collection, various performances from 1968-80 (DVD-R)

Today at a thrift store, $1 each:
Russian Ark (also a DVD-R, it's been on the shelves there for months)
The Best of Sid Caesar
The Sid Caesar Collection (3 disks)

nickn, Friday, 17 December 2021 06:48 (six months ago) link

three months pass...

$2 each at a thrift store.

Weather Underground (doc, looks like from 2003)
The Bad Seed.

nickn, Thursday, 31 March 2022 20:27 (three months ago) link

The Weather Underground's a good one.

clemenza, Thursday, 31 March 2022 20:29 (three months ago) link

The Bad Seed has a hilarious end-credits sequence.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Thursday, 31 March 2022 20:41 (three months ago) link

Thrift store today, $1 each

Tom Lehrer Live in Copenhagen 1967
Reno 911 first season (2 disks)

Clockwatchers has been there for months, and I like the movie but it was a bit more scratched than I like, but I decided to go for it. And I have some Reno 911 but not sure if that includes season 1.

nickn, Thursday, 7 April 2022 22:04 (two months ago) link

There was a flea market CD/DVD/records place I mentioned in the second post on this thread; used to go there regularly before I left Toronto. On the way to my sister's this morning, I dropped in for the first time in two years. Wasn't sure they'd still be in business; they are, but the owner is 72 now and he said they'd be closing up for good at the end of July. Besides his age, he said he had shutdowns of four and five months because of COVID (and this is a weekend-only business). Felt bad for him--probably the last record store I'll ever frequent with some regularity. (Bought a five-film Martin & Lewis DVD box for $13 today, plus a few albums.)

clemenza, Monday, 18 April 2022 04:42 (two months ago) link

$3 at a thrift store today, Harold and Maude.

nickn, Wednesday, 27 April 2022 20:53 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

$3 at a thrift store yesterday, Louie, Season 1 (2 disks). No money went to LCK!

nickn, Thursday, 19 May 2022 22:17 (one month ago) link

Did anyone try to stop you as you left the store?

clemenza, Thursday, 19 May 2022 22:26 (one month ago) link

There were some disapproving looks. And a little head shaking.

nickn, Thursday, 19 May 2022 22:37 (one month ago) link

Hah. Sad but fair. I only saw the first two seasons of Louie, but they were great.

Nhex, Thursday, 19 May 2022 22:39 (one month ago) link

Today at a thrift store (it's last day before moving to the other side of town, so 50 cents each this time).

Gosford Park
Who Killed Teddy Bear (w/ a short - LSD: Insight or Insanity)

nickn, Thursday, 2 June 2022 20:07 (one month ago) link

And it contains an episode of the TV series Court Martial, which, along with the LSD doc, has Sal Mineo in it. It's also a Blue Ray, so I guess I'll have to get a player.

nickn, Thursday, 2 June 2022 20:12 (one month ago) link

Velvet Goldmine.

$3 each

― nickn, Monday, November 17, 2014

A couple weeks later I found Velvet Goldmine at a thrift store for 25 cents.

― nickn, Friday, March 4, 2016

Guess what I bought today ($2 this time)!

nickn, Saturday, 4 June 2022 23:37 (four weeks ago) link

Time for a list on my phone, I think.

nickn, Saturday, 4 June 2022 23:37 (four weeks ago) link

I'm laughing...I've done that numerous times: with DVDs, with books, and (not as often--maybe only a handful of times) with albums. Because they're alphabetized on shelves, I'll catch the mistake right away with DVDs and albums. With books, which are all over the place, I might never know for sure.

clemenza, Saturday, 4 June 2022 23:48 (four weeks ago) link

Yeah, not my first time either, and I am glad my last buy of it wasn't like 6 months ago.

nickn, Sunday, 5 June 2022 00:13 (three weeks ago) link


Noel Emits, Sunday, 5 June 2022 10:04 (three weeks ago) link

Paid about £3 for that (yes a little on the high side for such a common title.)

Is that cover a thing? I assume it's homemade, what's notahle it's obviously "funny" but well done and completely deadpan, there's no sign of a joke in the text. I wonder who the artist is!

Noel Emits, Monday, 6 June 2022 11:28 (three weeks ago) link

Is the proportion of "worthwhile" DVDs in thrift / charity shops / car boots going down IYO? Maybe I've just got a lot of the usual stuff I'd be interested in or maybe it's people hanging on to them as they move away from streaming again? Still find stuff but it has seemed thinner on the ground than usual for a few months.

Noel Emits, Wednesday, 15 June 2022 12:09 (two weeks ago) link

Seems so to me too. I think as more people do streaming they buy fewer disks, and so the supply stream to the thrift stores is reduced, especially for newer titles.

nickn, Wednesday, 15 June 2022 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

That would be my guess too. Libraries buy less, retail stores sell less, etc...

Nhex, Friday, 17 June 2022 23:58 (two weeks ago) link

Been slowly becoming more scarce for at least the past five years, for all the reasons cited, plus I came along and bought most of them, then nickn bought the rest.

clemenza, Saturday, 18 June 2022 18:25 (two weeks ago) link

I suppose it would be a delayed effect but streaming isn't that new and there has remained a steady torrent of DVD collections being offloaded over the last few years. It's really only more recently that I've noticed a significant apparent slow down. I was actually tieing it to a slight reversal in trends regarding streaming* so these are some very different takes.

For chazzers / thrifts I suppose the fact that average DVD prices have dropped well below £1 means they're not worth making so much shelf space for and they could be selling in bulk to Music Magpie etc., which frankly is sad and unethical but probably economics.

Blu-Rays of anything interesting have really dried up (just as I finally got a player), so I think that's definitely about people hanging on to them more.

* https://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/apr/20/netflix-shares-fall-losing-subscribers

Noel Emits, Tuesday, 21 June 2022 13:59 (one week ago) link

Thrift store today, $2.

Paul McCartney - Back In The US (live show from 2002)

nickn, Wednesday, 22 June 2022 21:06 (one week ago) link

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