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Old 07-29-2013, 08:28 AM   #21
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If you ever plan to come back to the US, isnít going to be difficult to get all of your movies back home? Will there be some type of customs issues? Honestly I donít know how that works, but that thought popped into my head.

If you donít mind telling us, what part of the US are you from, and where are you now?
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If you ever plan to come back to the US, isn’t going to be difficult to get all of your movies back home? Will there be some type of customs issues? Honestly I don’t know how that works, but that thought popped into my head.

If you don’t mind telling us, what part of the US are you from, and where are you now?
I'm originally from St. Louis, but lived in Chicago for nearly 10 years (I can really hear my Chicago accent in the video - LOL).

I'm now living in Vienna, Austria. My wife is Austrian and I do humanitarian work over here (today is my day off). I also do some freelance writing and have a small business that I started way back in high school - so all of that keeps me busy and out of trouble.

I first moved to Vienna in 2000 when my wife and I were married. A few years later we moved back to the states - and then another few years later back to Vienna - so I've been lugging this stuff around and around.

Freight charges are a b!tch when relocating overseas, but customs on personal property is not that bad.

A little over a year ago, there was an opportunity that would have taken us to Los Angeles, but the apartment that we're in now became available at the same time at an incredible price (with a guarantee that it was ours as long as we wanted to keep renting it), so we decided to dig our heels in and stay in Vienna. I always liked "The Third Man", so it is neat to live here.

Who knows what the future holds, but I'm probably staying put at this point.

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Old 07-29-2013, 09:56 AM   #23
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Finally one more with the same timezone as me in here. No more guessing if it's AM/PM.
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:40 AM   #24
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Thatís a cool story there Mr. Hot and Serious!!

Wow, way over there in Austria, it seems bluray.com really get around. Iíve been to St. Louis once and a few times to Chicago, but I really love it here in Michigan. Although we are having it really ruff, I still love it. I live just outside of Detroit where I grew up.
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Finally one more with the same timezone as me in here. No more guessing if it's AM/PM.
I just we wish we were in the same town, so I could invite you over to watch some of these Hammer flicks!


I was in Denmark just once - and only for a night. I'd love to make it back there one of these days.

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Old 07-29-2013, 12:22 PM   #26
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Thatís a cool story there Mr. Hot and Serious!!

Wow, way over there in Austria, it seems bluray.com really get around. Iíve been to St. Louis once and a few times to Chicago, but I really love it here in Michigan. Although we are having it really ruff, I still love it. I live just outside of Detroit where I grew up.
I never made it to Detroit, but have been to Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti and had a great time.

I was just reading yet another doom and gloom article on the top 10 cities to avoid - and our beloved Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago took the 1,2 and 3 spots.

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I never made it to Detroit, but have been to Ann Arbor / Ypsilanti and had a great time.

I was just reading yet another doom and gloom article on the top 10 cities to avoid - and our beloved Detroit, St. Louis and Chicago took the 1,2 and 3 spots.

I'm surprised to read Chicago on a list like that. Ann Arbor & Ypsi are college towns and nice area of Michigan.
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:06 PM   #28
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I'm surprised to read Chicago on a list like that. Ann Arbor & Ypsi are college towns and nice area of Michigan.
Whoops - I mis-remebered.
Detroit and St. Louis were at 1&2 respectively, but Chicago came in fifth.

It was the "10 worst cities to visit in the USA" list:
http://www.escapehere.com/destinatio...united-states/

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Old 07-29-2013, 01:46 PM   #29
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I just we wish we were in the same town, so I could invite you over to watch some of these Hammer flicks!


I was in Denmark just once - and only for a night. I'd love to make it back there one of these days.
Well the best places in Denmark is not the big cities imo but the green and fertile nature. I've never been to Austria but i have lots of places that i still would like to visit in Europe.

You properly already know this site for dvd/bluray comparisons but here goes. Hehe.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com

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Old 07-29-2013, 05:18 PM   #30
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Well the best places in Denmark is not the big cities imo but the green and fertile nature. I've never been to Austria but i have lots of places that i still would like to visit in Europe.

You properly already know this site for dvd/bluray comparisons but here goes. Hehe.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com
Sounds similar to Austria, outside of the Vienna, the country is a site to behold.

And I love dvdbeaver.com
- It's one of my favorite sites on the entire internet!
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:56 PM   #31
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Sounds similar to Austria, outside of the Vienna, the country is a site to behold.

And I love dvdbeaver.com
- It's one of my favorite sites on the entire internet!
I would imagine Austria being even more beautiful.

Im glad you already know of dvdbeaver. I've used it to find out about older films like Nosferatu. Other films i would like one day as well are some by F.W. Murnau, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the original King Kong, The Lost World and most Harryhausen and Fritz Lang films.

Digging into the roots of movie history is exciting imo. but i've only scratched the surface. I have only round 300 blus at this time and most are recent or well known classics. I would like at sometime to have a pretty large film library from 1920~35, 1950's and 1980's which in my opinion is the most interesting decades (at least for Horror and Sci-Fi).

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Old 07-29-2013, 07:57 PM   #32
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Most impressive. Your organizational skills blows my mind. Well done, sir.
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Very impressive I like the spinning towers, mass storage, little space taken, great pieces!
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Thanks Everybody!

If you are interested in the rotating towers, these are the spinners I have (Venture Horizon 2393):
http://www.amazon.com/Venture-Horizo.../dp/B000RK53RI

I did find them cheaper than this amazon listing, so it may be worth shopping around.

[Show spoiler]After I lived with them for a while, I made two modifications to the towers:

1) The actual boards that act as shelves are a bit thin. I found that they started to bow in the center after a few months and that drove me nuts. The boards just slide in and out of the unit, so I had new interior shelves cut that were thicker.

2) When loaded up, the spinner shelf is heavy - and over time, the little plastic spinner wheel that rotates on the base board started digging in to the wood base - bits of saw dust started emanating from the bottom of the tower! I had a thin metal plate cut to size and placed it right under the spinner wheel so it would spin on the metal rather than the wood. That solved the problem.


They are really quite nice. The space savings you get out of just one is amazing.
Great video, great use of space & as I just posted in your YouTube video, while I Love the idea of having one rack to hold up to 1000 ( ) blu-rays, with my having 2 cats, cat hair can be an (annoying) issue. --- So I have the majority of my discs in a bookcase style enclosure that holds between 500-600 blurays. I Need another but that isn't happening anytime soon. Still, major kudos to your innovative management of a simply MASSIVE Collection.
Do you know how many Blu-rays you have, & how many DVDs (roughly)?


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I'm surprised to read Chicago on a list like that. Ann Arbor & Ypsi are college towns and nice area of Michigan.
You do know there's a Serious problem with guns/gangs/Murders in Chi-town, don't you Hamp? I'm sure St. Louis/Detroit can have some similar issues, as well as parts of L.A. prob


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Most impressive. Your organizational skills blows my mind. Well done, sir.
What he said.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:06 PM   #34
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I would imagine Austria being even more beautiful.

Im glad you already know of dvdbeaver. I've used it to find out about older films like Nosferatu. Other films i would like one day as well are some by F.W. Murnau, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the original King Kong, The Lost World and most Harryhausen and Fritz Lang films.

Digging into the roots of movie history is exciting imo. but i've only scratched the surface. I have only round 300 blus at this time and most are recent or well known classics. I would like at sometime to have a pretty large film library from 1920~35, 1950's and 1980's which in my opinion is the most interesting decades (at least for Horror and Sci-Fi).
Yes! I totally agree the eighties were a golden age for horror and sci-fi - there were some great movies made during that period.

The original King Kong is such an amazing movie. Technically it is flat-out incredible. I had the opportunity to do some stop-motion animation work in college, so I was able to come away with a real appreciation for the skill involved in making that stuff come to life. Every single time I watch that movie, I always tear up at the end. It's so sad.

BTW - my great, great uncle played the bad guy in the direct sequel "Son Of Kong" and gets eaten by a sea monster!

My favorite era is 1920-1935. The German film industry was turning out spectacular stuff. I really love early sound films and Hollywood pre-code stuff in particular. I can't get enough of the art deco sets in MGM's films of the period and the overall "feel" of Warner Bros pictures during that time.

- and the whole "flapper" look was cute too.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:49 PM   #35
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Very impressive collection, hotandserious! I've got around 3,500 DVDs (mostly) and Blu-rays, constantly increasing and I'm always looking for additional storage ideas. Thankfully I have plenty of space right now but if I ever had to relocate to a smaller space I'd definitely take advantage of the disc-sox idea as I would hate to cut up the artwork on my DVD/BDs.

Of the 6,000+ movies you own, how many have you seen at least once? I tried to watch everything when I bought them, but at one time I had a massive backlog of around 1000 titles. I've been trying to catch up on viewing and slow down on buying this year, and think I officially have seen 95% of everything at least once.

BTW, I loved what you said at the end of your video "...hey, it beats Netflix." I tried a that rent-by-mail service once and the turnaround time was unbearable, plus I found myself not being able to watch something specific when I wanted to watch it with them sending random titles off my queue out of order...
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Great video, great use of space & as I just posted in your YouTube video, while I Love the idea of having one rack to hold up to 1000 ( ) blu-rays, with my having 2 cats, cat hair can be an (annoying) issue. --- So I have the majority of my discs in a bookcase style enclosure that holds between 500-600 blurays. I Need another but that isn't happening anytime soon. Still, major kudos to your innovative management of a simply MASSIVE Collection.

Do you know how many Blu-rays you have, & how many DVDs (roughly)?
Thanks Aerodude - - - DVDpedia puts me at about 4200 DVD and 1500 Blu- but most box sets and multidiscs that I have are counted as one, so it is a fair bit more than that.

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Yes! I totally agree the eighties were a golden age for horror and sci-fi - there were some great movies made during that period.

The original King Kong is such an amazing movie. Technically it is flat-out incredible. I had the opportunity to do some stop-motion animation work in college, so I was able to come away with a real appreciation for the skill involved in making that stuff come to life. Every single time I watch that movie, I always tear up at the end. It's so sad.

BTW - my great, great uncle played the bad guy in the direct sequel "Son Of Kong" and gets eaten by a sea monster!

My favorite era is 1920-1935. The German film industry was turning out spectacular stuff. I really love early sound films and Hollywood pre-code stuff in particular. I can't get enough of the art deco sets in MGM's films of the period and the overall "feel" of Warner Bros pictures during that time.

- and the whole "flapper" look was cute too.
That's very cool man. Funny thing is i actually have the original King Kong poster in my home theater room. Link

Yes some great stuff came out around that time. The 20's was also the time that most of the major movie labels started out.

Right now im mostly into equipment and room acoustics but once im done with that i'll certainly begin stacking up on films again.
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Holy Toledo - my video just got plugged by DVDSavant...!
http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/
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Thanks Aerodude - - - DVDpedia puts me at about 4200 DVD and 1500 Blu- but most box sets and multidiscs that I have are counted as one, so it is a fair bit more than that.

Wow, 4200 DVD's. When/IF those become avail on Blu', I assume you'll be upgrading to them?


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http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/
I didn't see it - where should I look? Either way, congrats!
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Wow, 4200 DVD's. When/IF those become avail on Blu', I assume you'll be upgrading to them?
I've been upgrading some of my favorites as I go along, but (fortunately- LOL) I don't see any sense or need to upgrade en masse.

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I didn't see it - where should I look? Either way, congrats!
It's at the bottom of today's update:
"Finally, correspondent Mark Fischer sends along this link to his home video about organizing his home video collection. He offers a number of ideas about storage solutions. Any way one looks at it, that's a lot of discs on a lot of shelves!"
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