Ok, I know it's a DVD, Blu-Ray, Netflex, Digital Down Loading world out there. Don't for a moment get me wrong, I love the picture quality that a Digital Flat panel provides me when I'm watching a HD broadcast or when I've fired up my LG Blu-ray player and it's either spinning a disc ( The Remastered 4K transfer of "The Wizard of Oz on Blu-ray - WOW! ) or Streaming some Netflex HD content from over the net.
I mean, like Holy Cow! Right? Seriously. Streaming 720p over the net without a computer? I mean, HD video without a disc in the player!
Who would have dared dreamed of that 16 years ago when the 1st Big Screen CRT rear projection HDTV's from Hitachi first hit the market ?
Well, they don't, right?
Well, I was reading a response that some young adult posted
in regard to a picture that someone else had posted of their CD, record and old reel to reel tape collection over on Audioholics Facebook Page
In which he said:
“It's interesting how the notion of your own collection changes when you have it stored on an external hard drive. You tend to forget about the CD/DVD/LP object, as your relationship with it is through your screen; reading the scanned booklets, loading tracks to your player, ripping CDs, converting WAV to FLAC, etc.
The real change happens when you start purchasing online.
entire chain of buying an the product at the store, carrying it home,
opening it up and reading the booklet, while playing it on your DVD/
CD player or turntable, and then finding it a place among your
personal indexing system, is now - Forever Broken.
just a couple of mouse clicks, now you can, without converting,
embedding cover images, or even writing out track names when CD's have
no tags, etc. Now you can simply drag and drop the file into the rest of your
collection - where it finds it's own alphabetical order, while you sit
down and read a book, either on your phone or tablet, and sip your drink.
a while, you're no longer grabbing DVD's or CDs or LPs to play. You become
accustomed to your collection on a screen and the DVD/CD player and
the turntable have started collecting dust. Suddenly all you want is
a DAC that will do everything, and you end up getting a Macmini -
that exceeds the energy star requirements several times - to avoid
plugging in your laptop and putting it on top of the CD player every
time you want to jam.
the Macmini has now turned you into a believing minimalist, you buy a
super accurate pair of active studio monitors with DSP crossovers in
order to get the old Pre-Amps and Power Amps out of the way and to
make room for your new HD 3D 42" ( or larger) 1080p LED TV. And bang! --
Without noticing it much, you've gone from HiFi to computer.
you can even start to brag about doing your part to contribution to
helping to stop catastrophic climate change, and how small your
footprint has become- in both plastic and electronic components, not
to mention the electric bill.
Now you can finally enjoy the full size of
your living room, as your collection will never grow beyond the size
of your external drive, and you can comfortably select your track or
movie from the remote App on your tablet without letting your Latte
to the future.”
I thought about this for a while and I've come to this conclusion:
No, not at all.
The disc just starts playing.
It's like that moment when the needle 1st make contact with a record. Bliss. Another feature that seems to be going away with today's Blu-ray DVD discs, is the chapter listings in the paperwork. In some cases, like with the disc you will find in the Wal-mart / Dollar General $4 – 5 dollar bin, for example, all you get is the disc. Period! No booklet, or additional information comes with it. ( Yeah, I know, what can you expect for less than $5 bucks, right?)
or even the 4 disc collector's set of Pearl Harbor. However I'm not seeing these type of movie boxsets being produced anymore. Keep in mind I'm not discussing TV series box-sets here . Now it's the $5 – 12 dollar three to 4 pack of movies on DVD that are being offered, like with the Superman, Alien, and Arnold movies box sets, with all that extra stuff being left out in order to move a shit ton of back logged manufactured disc out of the vender's warehouses before it becomes out dated by the ever spiraling downward cost of the even more popular Blu-ray version, before the 4K Ultra HD BR Disc's debut in 2015 .
|Booklet insert T2 DVD|
Much like Vinyl, you can frame Laservideo Disc covers and display them on the wall. If you hang a couple of them close enough together, they can be displayed like mini movie posters.
@ my local Carmike Movie theatre during the late 80's,
I've really liked this.
That's why I own some of the disc in my collection.
those are the movies I have fond memories of,
the ones that we showed while I was working in all those different movie houses, from that little Carmike three – screen hole in the wall named The Astro III ( which really wasn't a real “job”
It was more like - party central) in a college town, to the Big AMC 10, 12, and 18 multi-plexes. From General Cinema to Fox to all the independents, once I had become certified to operate all the different gear, I then ran hundreds of films at dozens of locations.
Those frame disc jackets remind me of some great times I had screening those movies with some great friends on all those late Thursday nights.