DVDs I Own

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  • About a Boy (2002)*
  • About Last Night... (1986)
  • Amadeus (1984)*
  • Analyze This (1999)
  • Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
  • Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)**
  • L'avventura (1960)*
  • Barbershop (2002)**
  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1988)
  • The Birth of a Nation (1915)
  • Brazil (1985)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (1963)*
  • The Captain's Paradise (1953)*
  • Casino Royale (1967)**
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • Clerks (1994)
  • Das Boot (1981)*
  • Deathtrap (1982)
  • The Deer Hunter (1978)*
  • Desperately Seeking Susan (1986)
  • The End (1978)
  • The 400 Blows (1959)
  • Friends: The Complete Second Season (1995-1996)
  • Friends: The Complete Third Season (1996-1997)
  • Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Go (1999)
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966)*
  • A Hard Day's Night (1964)*
  • The Hidden Fortress (1958)*
  • High Fidelity (2000)
  • Hollywood Shuffle (1987)*
  • Jaws (1975)*
  • JFK (1991)
  • Juliet of the Spirits (1965)*
  • The Killing (1956)*
  • Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)*
  • L. A. Story (1991)
  • L.A. Confidential (1997)
  • The Ladykillers (1955)*
  • Last Year at Marienbad (1961)*
  • Lavender Hill Mob (1951)
  • Mafia! (1998)
  • The Magnificent Seven (1960)**
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  • The Man in the White Suit (1951)
  • The Man With Two Brains (1983)
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  • Married to the Mob (1988)
  • Men in Black (1997)**
  • Metropolis (1927)* (crappy version)
  • Monkey Business (1931)
  • My Life to Live (1962)
  • The Naked Gun (1988)
  • The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
  • The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
  • Our Man Flint (1966)*
  • Patton (1970)
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
  • Rat Race (2001)**
  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955)*
  • Rififi (1956)*
  • Road to Singapore (1940)
  • Run Lola Run (1998)
  • Sanjuro (1962)*
  • The Seven Samurai (1954)*
  • The Simpsons: The Complete First Season (1989-1990)
  • The Simpsons: The Complete Second Season (1990-1991)
  • Sleuth (1972)
  • Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)**
  • Tom Jones (1963)*
  • 12 Angry Men (1957)**
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • UHF (1989)
  • Unforgiven (1992)*
  • Waiting for Guffman (1996)
  • Weekend at Bernie's (1989)
  • The Wild Bunch (1969)*
  • Woodstock (1970)
  • Yellow Submarine (1964)
  • Yojimbo (1961)
Author Comments: 

In alphabetical order.

I might do reviews of all these movies at some point, but don't hold your breath. You can assume that I would recommend almost all of these movies, since I own them on DVD.

See also my "Movies I Have on VHS" list. Sometime I might get around to making a "Movies I Have Taped Off the Television" list, but that would have hundreds of entries.

The ones with an asterisk are ones I haven't watched yet, most likely because I just bought them recently.

The ones with two asterisks are actually technically my brother's, but I watch them too (note that I did not include a few DVDs of my brother's that I didn't like, such as "Double Take" or "Big Momma's House.)

I will try to keep this list updated, as I'm sure you're all simply fascinated about the topic of which DVDs I own.

Last update: 6/18/02 - Yes, I realize I haven't gotten around to watching an obscene amount of my own DVDs.

Hey, AJ! Do you think Monkey Business is worth seeing on the big screen?

I dunno, I've never seen it on the big screen. However, its aspect ratio is the same as that of a normal television, so you'll be able to see the whole shot without those annoying black bars (although, I admit the annoying black bars are preferable to pan-n-scan). I don't think the effect would be any greater by seeing it on the big screen as compared to a television, unless you like a large crowd of people laughing along with you.

I am fairly fascinated, actually. :-) I think it's very interesting to compare someone's professed "favorite movies" with those that he/she actually chooses to lay down cold hard cash for.

Did you prefer Austin Powers 2 over the first one?

Well, keep in mind that some of these DVDs I bought without having seen them previously (Weekend at Bernie's, Sleuth, etc.) and some I bought because the price was right (The Birth of a Nation, The Man With Two Brains, etc.). Note also that my house is still dominated by VCRs, so I don't buy very many DVDs that don't have something special over the videos.

You may wonder why there aren't as many classics here. There are two reasons, mainly:

1. Since the aspect ratio of all (?) films before 1951 was the same as a normal TV, I don't need to see the widescreen version, so I am usually content to have them on video.
2. I tape a TON of movies off of TCM.

The DVD for "2001: A Space Odyssey" just arrived in the mail, so I'll have to update the list.

Oh, and as for "Austin Powers", I slightly preferred the first but we already had the first on video when my brother bought "Spy Who Shagged Me." The DVD for SWSM actually had a lot of half-decent deleted scenes, which was nice. I also liked a lot of the deleted scenes for "Waiting for Guffman."

P.S. Does anyone know why pan-n-scan was the accepted standard for all VHS, while the majority of DVDs are in widescreen only? Is it just that the executives have come to their senses?

Regarding the pan-and-scan question, here's my guess (and it is just a guess): laserdiscs were targetted towards true film buffs and were therefore widescreen. When DVDs rolled out I'm guessing execs thought they'd have to win that crowd over. Although this seems an odd theory, because you'd think they'd want to ensure success with the masses rather than a handful of zealots. So I really don't know. I've often wondered about this myself, but have been grateful for the reality of it.

Yes, I think Jim's pretty much right. As an early follower of DVD, the perception was that it might evolve into a film freak medium, much like laserdiscs. Thus widescreen, the favored formant of film freaks everywhere, was usually used. When video hit the public, few even realized the difference, and I believe the desire was to allow the mass public to watch movies on their television set just like they always had, just on demand. Thus, full screen reigned.

Of course, around the introduction of DVD, the studios were already trying to figure out a way to sell us all our old movies again, so, as an experiment and as a way to get the medium off the ground (especially since convincing laser disc owners to buy DVDs now instead looked to be a challenging feat) the discs were priced rather low (as compared to laserdiscs). As a result, DVD spread beyond the realm of the fanatics, but the format was already fairly standardized. There is always the scary chance they may go back to pan and scan, but since most discs can hold both version, I suspect this won't happen.

I'm a bit long-winded today; forgive me. That's how I understand what happened, at least...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

A lot of the DVDs that I own have the Widescreen version on one side and the "Fullscreen" (aka pan and scan) on the other side. Also, if you ever look at Amazon's Best Selling DVDs list you can see that many big films are released in separate Widescreen and Fullscreen versions.

Well. I haven't updated this in 6 months. I'll work on that right now.

theres alot of classic 50's / 60's movies there.
great list

hey Aj mate, what are those Friends DVDS like because over where i am in the UK we dont have very good "DVD" collections of friends (by that i mean NO Extras. What are those dvds you have like (picture,Extras Ect.) cus im thinking of getting them off of import?

i will be greatful for any help-thx in advance

The Friends DVDs over here are pretty skimpy with extras as well. The only extras which aren't incredibly lame are the episode commentaries, which are generally for 3-4 episodes per season, and feature the voices of Marta Kauffman, David Crane, and Kevin S. Bright. But honestly, I don't mind the lack of extras, because it keeps the Friends DVDs relatively cheap (at least compared to so many other TV-on-DVD-sets).

P.S. to whom it may concern: This list is woefully outdated, and I don't really feel like updating it.

cool, thankyou mate.