The news coverage would have you believe that physical media is already dead, and sometimes it feels like the whole world has moved to streaming. Yet movies – a lot of them – keep getting released on DVD, Blu-ray, and 4k Ultra HD every week. Are you still an active buyer, or have you slowed or stopped your purchasing?
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t buy as many Blu-rays as I used to. Barely a few years ago, I would reliably buy a couple of movies on disc pretty much every week. Now I can go months between purchases. Titles that I would have scooped up right away in the past will linger on my ever-growing wish list until I catch them at an appealing enough sale.
That has little to do with streaming, though I’m not opposed to it. Streaming has taken over as my rental medium of choice for movies I’m not confident I need to own. Honestly, streaming quality has hit the point that it’s “good enough” for that need, and you can’t argue with the convenience of it. However, if I do wish to add a movie to my permanent collection, it will be on disc, not a digital copy. Blu-ray still offers a sizeable improvement in both picture and sound quality, with no risk of movies I’ve purchased suddenly vanishing because a streaming service goes under or a studio loses the rights to a certain title.
Nevertheless, over time the size of my movie collection has become a burden. A significant percentage of the discs on my shelves have gone unwatched since I bought them. Between raising my kids, other life responsibilities, and the explosion of quality television shows in the Peak TV era that I struggle to keep up with, I just don’t have time to watch as many movies as I used to. It seems irresponsible to keep spending money on movies I’m not going to watch anytime soon.
These days, most of my disc purchases are restricted to either titles that are important to me personally, some SteelBook collectibles that I don’t want to miss out on (because SteelBooks are often limited in availability), and the occasional impulse purchase that I get at a good sale price.