With the economy in such a dreadful state and looking to continue, it’s not easy for a DVD collector when the movies you want are foreign or non-mainstream ones you have to get imported, especially if you live in New Zealand. However, twice a year I manage to pool enough money that’s not being used to pay bills and etc. and spend it on DVDs! Last time I did it was in February, and now I’m doing it again. Here are the DVDs I’ve either bought or are planning to buy:
The Big Players:
Though this can’t really be classified as one movie (thus its absence from my Top 100 movies list), altogether in its ten-part 10 hour glory it has to be one of the greatest cinematic achievements of all time. Sure it wasn’t revolutionary, or influential, but as a study of humanity it is 100% perfect, and it is a film/films I can happily return to any time and soak in the raw power of Kieslowski’s amazing vision. The best purchase I’ve made this year, undoubtedly, and one of the best DVD purchases I will ever hope to make. At a time before his death, Stanley Kubrick was asked to name as many masterpieces in his lifetime as he could. He could only think of one, and now I’m holding it in my hands. God bless you, Krzysztof Kieslowski. Note: Region 4 DVD also features the biographic documentary about Kieslowski, “I’m So-So.”
The Fire Within (1963)
I’d like to say my film tastes are unique, but I seem to share a lot of film preferences with John over at TDYLF. Indeed it was him who named this his favourite film of all time, and I’m waiting for its delivery in a few weeks. I don’t often take risks like this, but not only do I trust John and his tastes (his other favourite film of all time is Ingmar Bergman’s Winter Light (1963), which is also in my Top 10 of all time), it also sounds like a damn good movie, even though there is relatively little critical acclaim. Plus my recent initiation into Louis Malle has proved so far very fruitful, so I trust this will continue the streak of Malle films I’ve been diving into. Note: the reason I had to buy this from Amazon is because no Region 4 copy seems to exist! God damn you, whoever you are that makes Region 4 DVDs!
The Michael Haneke Collection
I have been looking forward to buying this for over a year, and it’s bloody expensive. Seven of Michael Haneke’s greatest films available in one box set. Naturally, I had to have it, and with the price (plus shipping to New Zealand, remember!), you can see why I only do this every six months. The set features his “Glaciation” trilogy, plus Funny Games (1997), The Castle, Code Unknown and The Piano Teacher. Works considerably well when you take into account I own Cache and The White Ribbon, which really only leaves one film left, Time of the Wolf, which wasn’t THAT great anyway. All the Haneke fanboys in the house, say Fick ja Haneke!
The Smaller Players:
Cheap DVDs I bought from New Zealand stores:
Dogville/Manderlay double feature:
Two of Lars von Trier’s best films in a twin-pack DVD. Brilliant!
Blood Simple. (1984)
A Coen film I’ve been waiting a long time to own.
I got this for two bucks in a bargain bin! For fuck’s sake!
Jackie Brown (1997)
The Tarantino that got away.
Seeing the cash just jump out of my hand when I made these purchases was rather daunting, but I’m very happy with it. They’re all great DVDs I’m proud to own.
How often do you buy DVDs? What are some rare or semi-rare DVDs you own? What’s the cheapest you’ve paid for a brilliant film? Let me know your thoughts on these and anything else relevant in the comments below.