From: Dallas, Texas, USA
I get all my movies off the tube, why do you people rush out and buy a dvd or cd retail version? I recently got all three of the Lord of the Rings series they had a weekend showing of it special and it only cost me like a $1 for the TAPE. Yeah I still use VCR ;) I haven't been to a movie house since like 1986 or 85 when Aliens II I believe it was came out. That was the last picture show I ever went to. They just got too expensive when it costs you like $20 for one show (popcorn, drink, candy and getting in). Saving that money and applying it to cable tv gets me lots more picture shows for the value. ;)
I have a clue for you rh. I have a dvd player on my computer, and it's a good thing I do too, because often the cd player doesn't work with various programs (Civ etc). I was all against dvd's because the VCR was superior in my estimates. I mean you couldn't record on dvd's for a start, but when it was on my computer that all changed. The one outstanding quality about dvd, other than the more obvious ones, such as somewhat better resolution (plus you can't play vcr tapes on computers), is the very department of bargains and space. Take for example a dvd sword and sandal collection I bought. It has 50 movies on it. The cost was either $20 or $30. Can you beat that? I had always liked S&S as a kid, and the old S&S is the best, and here I get to watch slews of them I never saw, able to save photos or clips of it to my computer and am able to play them at work if I so choose, and it takes up the space of a small book (12 dvd's I think). You would NEVER get such a deal with tapes even if you do have overwhelming space, to say nothing of anybody willing to package those movies together even in the heyday of vcr's. Now I'm no fool in regards to vcr's, because they still have that recording aspect that most dvd's today do not have (neither dvd player I have does that), so I have at least a couple vcr's. Even if I don't want to buy any more vcr tapes for movies, they're at least still useable for recording and playing back my once blank tapes.
Give you more examples of dvd deals. I got a Ozzie and Harriet set that had 100 episodes and costed I think $20. Actually I didn't think I liked O&H before I bought that, as seeing them well over 20 years ago in just bit pieces didn't impress me. I then found out that they had been running for 14 years. I figured if they ran that long they couldn't be too bad. Turns out I was right. Now every dvd deal isn't that cheap, but it opens up all sorts of multi-episode or multi-movie deals you will never see elsewhere. I got like 134 episodes of Get Smart for I think $190. The one takes up more space than my O&H set, but though it's somewhat expensive, it's a a top notch job on a show I would otherwise never see again. I got all the episodes of Droopy (17 IIRC) on one dvd, for like $18.
I wouldn't say that necessarily that dvd's have a lot of unnecessary junk on them. My S&S collection has no frills at all. The O&H set has commercials thrown in for the most part, but since they're commercials largely from the 50's before in-your-face commercials was the common lot; it's often rather pleasant to see them. I was especially pleased to see a young Pamela Britton (Lora Lei from My Favoite Martian) pushing Sylvania camera bulbs on one of them.
I also got the entire first season of The Outer Limits for either $20-$30 (though two of the episodes were unwatchable due to poor workmanship).
You might be more prone to have bad workmanship with dvd's than with vcr tapes, but I would had never thought of buying any of the sets I have, or could have, had it not been for the combination of them being so compact and also considerably more cost effective than tapes. I think the two Outer Limit episodes are the first portion of a dvd I have had that were bad.