Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Almost There . . . Almost There . . .

When do you buy a DVD of a film you really want to own? For many people, it's when it's released. But I am cheap. And I don't buy DVDs often - for the few I really want, I typically wait and put them on a birthday or Christmas list. But there are many films I really want to own, but assume that a fancier edition, with many more extras, commentaries, etc. will be released eventually. And in those cases, we enter the waiting game. (I hate the waiting game! Let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos!)

I have been waiting to buy U2's Rattle and Hum on DVD for ten years (roughly). After all, they filmed several concerts. And lots of backstage stuff. And so for ten years I've been assuming that a big 2-disc special edition would be forthcoming. And none has. And I still do not own Rattle and Hum.

On the other hand, I just may break down and buy Sweeney Todd. Even though this edition, while 2-disc, seems light. No commentaries - and Sondheim has done commentaries on DVDs of his stage productions - Passion and Sunday in the Park with George for sure. If Sondheim does a commentary on an edition of Sweeney Todd a few years down the pike, I will have to buy that version. And I hate buying two versions of the same movie. Don't think I've done it yet on DVD. So - do I wait? I may not be able to, in this case. But for something like Children of Men I have been waiting - over a year now. I keep almost pulling the trigger, but there has to be a more deluxe edition coming. Right?

Anyone else play the waiting game with DVDs?

Until Whenever


R.A. Porter said...

I find I play it more with TV than with movies. I want BSG, but I'm waiting for the series finale and the inevitable boxset. I just don't want to buy the 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, etc. small sets.

Tosy And Cosh said...

My TV on DVD watching is almost entirely rental-based, so it's not as much of an issue for me.

Roger Green said...

Not as much an issue for me; almost everything is borrowed from the library; owning it doesn't seem to make sense, except for Lydia's, which she watches over and over (and over and over). Since we have bit one DVD player, this makes it simple.