Recently, I found myself contemplating a purchase of the ‘Jurassic Park Trilogy‘ on Blu-ray. Many retailers, including Amazon, have marked the box set down to less than half of its original MSRP. This seems like a good deal, except for one problem. I have no desire to own or ever watch the two sequels in the set, even at a reduced price. I have the same problem with the ‘Lethal Weapon Collection‘ (I only want the remastered transfers for the first two films) and other franchise sets. What do you do when you face this dilemma?
This decision will of course come up again later in the year with the releases of the ‘Indiana Jones Collection‘ and the ‘Bond 50‘ box sets. In both cases, the only way to obtain previously-unavailable titles in the respective series is to purchase a complete collection, even though I already own some of the titles. I really want the first three ‘Indiana Jones’ movies, but I’m not happy about having to rebuy another copy of ‘Crystal Skull’. (Isn’t it bad enough that I already have one?) Likewise, as a dedicated James Bond fan, I dutifully collected all 13 of the Blu-rays that were released in 2008 and 2009. Then MGM ran out of money and halted the line with nine movies still to go. If I want those remaining nine titles, I’ll have to get the 50th Anniversary box set that contains all 22 films.
Or I can wait, and hope that the individual movies will be broken out and released separately later. The danger in this, unfortunately, is that sometimes studios don’t split up the titles in a box set. It’s been nearly two years since the ‘Back to the Future Trilogy‘ box came out, and Universal has shown no interest in breaking up the set. Likewise, while some of the ‘Star Trek’ movies are available individually, others can still only be obtained in box set form.
I decided to wait it out for separate releases of the original ‘Jurassic Park’ and the first two ‘Lethal Weapon’ movies. I’m not such a die-hard fan of either of those franchises that I desperately need to own them right away. ‘Indiana Jones’ and especially James Bond will be much harder to resist.
How do you handle situations like this?