Over the past year and a half, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the film industry, especially when it comes to how films have come out. These days, one way or another, most of the movies that hit theaters are also accompanied by a digital output at about the same time. But long before the pandemic, the way people watched movies at home had changed dramatically. Instead of watching movies from their personal DVD collection or renting movies from video stores like Blockbuster, people are now renting them for $ 6 on Amazon or watching them on a streaming site they subscribe to like Netflix or HBO Max. However, despite all of these changes and direct access to all of these streaming services, I still choose to physically buy the movies that I enjoy.
Since high school, cinema has been an integral part of my life. In fact, before I came to St. John’s, I first wanted to be a filmmaker. But even though my career goals have changed, my love for movies has only grown. These days, I enjoy many different types of movies, ranging from Marvel blockbusters to low budget independent and foreign movies. I even work as a projectionist in my local independent cinema, where I can watch films for free when I’m not working!
Whenever I see a movie that I really enjoy, I want to be able to physically own it on Blu-ray ASAP. For me, there is no better feeling in the world than owning physical copies of the movies you love and cherish. I never have to worry about not being able to watch these movies when they leave Netflix or having to pay money to rent the title every time I want to watch it. Every time I add one of my cherished movies to my collection, I feel like this movie is really mine, a feeling I certainly don’t have every time I access this movie digitally. I also really like the idea of having my own library of movies to show other people. For me, my collection represents not only my love of films but also who I am as a movie buff.
Now, obviously, with the popularity of streaming, sales of physical media for movies have sadly descended in recent years. While I personally use streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime to watch movies that I don’t physically own, I fully intend to purchase the movies that I like in a physical format to permanently own. . However, based on current trends, buying DVD or Blu-ray movies will likely not be an option one day. But no matter what, I’m grateful to have my own personal collection where I can watch the movies I love and cherish whenever I want.