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    Hi all,

    I'm new here and have a question regarding your TV collections,

    Do you find that must of the stuff you are interested in is available on VHS/DVD, if not how do you go about it?
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    Senior Member Country: Germany Wolfgang's Avatar
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    People on here primarily trade stuff that isn't commerically available. If you have nothing to trade people will probably sell you copies. There are specialist collectors sites that sell unavailable films too, and they sometimes pop on auction sites like ebay and ioffer. If you go to IMDB discussion boards, you will sometimes find people selling copies too.

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    Senior Member Country: UK CaptainWaggett's Avatar
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    Take part in the discussions, build up relationships with people and you'll soon be getting new shelving for your piles of blurry masterpieces

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    Hard Leisure and Dedication to a single purpose.

    Oh..... plus Google and ebay


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    Nobody's mentioned off-air recordings? That's still the vast majority of my vast collection

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainWaggett View Post
    Take part in the discussions, build up relationships with people and you'll soon be getting new shelving for your piles of blurry masterpieces
    Worth pointing out that the blurry bit isn't compulsory just very likely with some people

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    Senior Member Country: UK CaptainWaggett's Avatar
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    Apparently if you make the right contacts you can even acquire colour films but that's a far-distant dream for me

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    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainWaggett View Post
    Apparently if you make the right contacts you can even acquire colour films but that's a far-distant dream for me
    They keep promising that soon they'll have films with people talking in them

    Steve

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    Senior Member Country: UK CaptainWaggett's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Crook View Post
    They keep promising that soon they'll have films with people talking in them

    Steve
    Now, that's just crazy talk...

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    How did I build up my collection? Slowly...

    As the Captain said, get chatting to people and you'll soon find that they recommend stuff or say, "Oh, you've never seen!!?" and before you know it you'll be buying DVDs by the score and headed en-route to bankruptcy and/or divorce!

    Smudge

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    Senior Member Country: Europe Bernardo's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainWaggett View Post
    Take part in the discussions, build up relationships with people and you'll soon be getting new shelving for your piles of blurry masterpieces
    That written with feeling and so so true. The blurry and the shelving I mean.
    Our hobby is a good reason to 'work' the high street going from charity shop to charity shop particularly when it is cold as this Winter, a warmer way to get down to Boots.
    The internet in various ways, here in the forum there is tons of expertise available, just ask. Some sites have copyright free old programmes for download and the specialist sellers are always there. I read The Radio Times in minute detail, rare these days but sometimes a screen gem that I have missed comes along. The minor Channels on Sky broadcast rarely seen programmes check their websites then there are birthdays and Christmas plus I allocate to myself a once a month purchase, yes actually buying a pristine new retail remastered not blurred oldie from places such as Renown Pictures or BFI. Nearly forgot the newspaper freebies, particularly the documentaries, which can be interesting.
    That just leaves, as the Captain indicated, the not small problem of finding an agreed home for all of one's 'stuff'.
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    Senior Member Country: UK DB7's Avatar
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    I've now so many in the 'to be viewed' pile I'm starting to doubt I'll ever see them all. Most now come via the retro torrent or rapidshare sites.

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    I buy anything legit that I'm likely to be interested in, also buy on the grey market from ioffer/eBay. Occasionally trade and/or share. And have lots of off-airs. I don't really have a master plan - if I feel I am likely to enjoy something, I'll look for it. I don't torrent etc purely because my laptop doesn't have the capability of doing it so have probably bought stuff that others have got that way!

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    Senior Member Country: England jaycad's Avatar
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    contacts
    amazon.co.uk
    amazon.com
    network dvd
    ioffer
    ebay

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    Senior Member Country: United States TimR's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycad View Post
    contacts
    amazon.co.uk
    amazon.com
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    ebay
    Yes - and I would add library clearance sales. I also pester TCM to show films that are difficult to find through their vote system and sign up for 'alerts' on Amazon.

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    Senior Member Country: Vatican Sgt Sunshine's Avatar
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    As well as the standard Amazon/E-bay purchases I also trawl through the local charity shops (which seem to increase every month) and the occasional car-boot sale....
    Most of the items on my list are recommendations from here....I keep several lists running in parallel and hop between them in sequential order......Some lists run from a known start point and then work back to the beginning, others move forward to the present day.
    Cheers
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    The Captain and DB7 have IMHO hit on the two biggest problems with our hobby : storage and time to view

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    At least, the DVDs storage doesn't need temperature stabilization as wines or cigars

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    Senior Member Country: England jaycad's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by moonfleet View Post
    At least, the DVDs storage doesn't need temperature stabilization as wines or cigars
    moonfleet,please tell me that you don't drink cigars??

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaycad View Post
    moonfleet,please tell me that you don't drink cigars??
    Of course not I smoke wine, as everybody ...

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