Originally Posted by ccfixx
First of all, I don't buy any films based on technical merit, alone. I'm definitely not one of those "gonna buy this movie to show off my home theater"-type guys, ya know? As a matter of fact, my home theater doesn't even exist. Unfortunately, I've never had any type of surround sound system in any home that I've ever lived in, and my televisions could always be bigger than what they are. It's obvious that I'm a big supporter of Criterion and their output, and now that I'm old enough (32) and financially secure enough, I'd like to stay on top of their blu-ray releases. When DVDs first came around in 1998, I was 19 or 20 years old and couldn't possibly keep up with their releases at that time... nor, was I even into foreign and classic films then as I am now. I'm also a 'collector' of films, as well, so take that for what it is. Back at the dawn of mid- to late-90's widespread internet service, I was buying VHS tapes that were out-of-print just for the sake that they were OOP. If someone told me it wasn't available, I was gonna make sure that I found myself a copy. That was then, though, and I'm obviously not as crazy about it these days, and I am more selective with my purchases, but I still have no problems dropping the money for any Criterion blu-rays that come out. I'll find something in every single one of their releases that I can appreciate... that, I can count on. It doesn't mean I'm gonna fall in love with every release, but I'll definitely find something to appreciate about it. Crazy? Maybe. But, it's my thing, ya know?
Hell yeah! How could anyone only enjoy films that are released by Criterion on laser disc, DVD, or blu-ray? I am by no means some type of film elitist. I'm just a lover of film, in general. I try to educate myself enough before I ever offer an opinion on anything. One of my biggest pet peeves with film is reading lots of uneducated opinions on forums from people who have no clue what they're talking about 'cause they haven't done their homework... the same thing happens when I'm in a theater and I overhear people talking about movies they have no clue about. I just like to educate and inform people when I can.
But, back to your original question, if you just look at my 'collection' list, you'll see that I own many types of films on blu-ray. Hell, my favorite director is John Waters, who's directed some of my favorite films like "Cry-Baby," "Pink Flamingos," "Desperate Living," "Pecker," etc. My favorite film of all-time is the original 1961 version of "The Parent Trap" with Hayley Mills. I've love that film since elementary school, and that's never gonna change, ya know? Do I own Michael Bay's "Transformers" on blu-ray? Of course, I do. I also saw it in the theater... along with the 1986 animated "Transformers" film in the theater when it was released, but that's another story. :) And, of course, some film elitists think it's total rubbish, but I find entertainment value out of it. Obviously, not everyone's tastes are the same, and some people think other peoples' tastes are crap, but at the end of the day it all comes down to being personal opinions that don't mean anything in the real world.
Yes. Obviously, we all want the best transfer available, I'd like to think, but it's just not possible. For some blu-rays, though, I could care less about what some reviewer says about PQ & AQ 'cause I know I'm gonna get it no matter what. However, sometimes I will take into consideration the opinions of reviewers that I have come to respect, and from that I will make a decision on whether or not I want to make the purchase or not. I'm not gonna rely on just one or two reviews, though... I'm looking all across the internet at different sites and forums for reviews. And, at the end of the day, it's my money and my choice to purchase something or not. Obviously, the three films in Criterion's recent release of Roberto Rossellini's "War Trilogy" on DVD aren't in the best of shape film-wise, but that didn't stop me from laying down $45 for it. :)
So, I hope all that rambling of mine gives you a bit of insight into, at least, one movie lover on here, JediFonger.