Am I the only one with a DVD collection??

by | Jun 29, 2015 | All, Reviews

I moved recently. It’s a process that’s just as stressful as the statistics say. Canceling direct debits, setting up direct debits, closing the home phone and setting up and memorising a new number. Fighting with solicitors and making sure you have Sky come out and erect a new dish for you! So much to think about. I had an extra issue: my humongous DVD collection!

I’m the only of my friends and family to have a collection. They are all proudly displayed in this very room in a handy a-z order. I’ve assorted them into categories, comedy, documentary and drama.

When it came time to pack them into boxes for the journey to their new room I did genuinely consider throwing some away. Some did end up on the shelves of my nearest charity shop, but I kept the majority. If I enjoy something on TV then I have to add it to my collection. There are some I’ve watched countless times and others I’m conscious I’ve never touched but I wouldn’t want to be without just in case I ever felt in the mood to watch them. It’s a hobby, it’s damn near an obsession. When I make a trip to HMV I’m both happy and a little downhearted that I already own all the best telly DVDs.

I’m not sure anyone in my immediate family or friendship group owns a single DVD. I’m aware most people will watch something once, enjoy it and most likely forget all about it by the next week. But, am I really that unusual? I appreciate streaming services may slowly wipe out the DVD market, and I’m guilty of enjoying things on Netflix, but I don’t think it’s a substitute for the physical product.

I’m proud of my collection, I’ve never showed it off, but it’s mine. I own so many that it’s quite possible I could watch a new one a week for years. I sometimes worry that I’ve wasted a lot of money. Will these soon become as obsolete as the VHS tapes I held onto until 2010, or will I be adding to my collection for decades to come? Whatever happens, the next time I’m binging on a boxset I want it to be one I own!

Luke Knowles

Luke Knowles


Editor of the website and host of the podcast. A general TV obsessive. I've been running the site since 2008 and you can usually find me in front of the TV. My Favourite show of all time is Breaking Bad with Cracker coming a close second. I feel so passionately that television can change the world and I'm doing my little bit by running this site. You're Welcome!


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