If you’re like most movie collectors, you’ve probably made a “blind buy” (in which you purchase DVD or Blu-ray without having ever watched the movie before) or two in your day, perhaps even a lot of times. Do you make this a regular habit, or do you save your dollars only for movies that you’ve already seen?
According to the results of the poll we ran a couple weeks ago, many of our readers told us that they rarely pay to see movies in a theater anymore, preferring instead to just wait for Blu-ray. If that’s the case, it stands to reason that these people must blind buy a lot of Blu-rays for movies that they didn’t bother to see in a cinema. Then again, perhaps they rent first, or stream from Netflix, to ensure that they actually like the movie before committing to a purchase.
Back in the days when I had way more disposable income and free time, I used to blind buy quite a lot of movies. Unfortunately, this has left me with a huge collection of discs that I’ve never found time to watch. As a result, I’m much more selective now. I mainly purchase movies that I’ve seen and like. However, I may blind buy a movie that I feel is a safe bet, given my tastes and word-of-mouth for the film. What I’m much more likely to blind buy are Criterion Collection titles and collectible SteelBooks. (Some day, I’ll have to make a concerted effort to watch all of my Criterion discs.)
What about you? Do you buy movies you’ve never seen?