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I`m all for physical. No need to rely on netconnection or having pc connected to tv. Plus for collectible stuff( Shaw, other kung fu, heroic bloodshed, spaghetti, eurohorror) really want physical instead of file.

However if one just want to watch and not own specially hollywood products I guess digital is better for them. And definitely cheaper.

Now I have to wait ages for prices to drop for hollywood products as not wanting to pay 15€ for movie probably going to view just one time or 20-35€ for serie season.

Tho what I have checked there seems to be ok selection of cult content in amazon available on digital and I guess need to do at least one purchase as given up hope Shaw Shaolin Temple will ever see release with dub(it`s rare case dub has smarter dialogue) on physical format.

 

 

 

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I was a big fan of dvds. But nowadays, with high speed internet, I'm all for digital, because it allows unlimited access and unrestrained quality, with the codecs of your choice. The problem with discs nowadays, especially for bluray is that it's locked in an overcomplicated format. Nowadays, you can have a free personal media center like kodi and watch your movies anywhere inside or outside your home.

The main problem of discs is that after a few years they run out of stock and the price becomes crazy. So I switched to full digital, and I will not look back. But if I can choose, film 35 or 70 mm is the best viewing experience, digital is just a convenient way to watch 35mm films.

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Concerning my thoughts on collecting physical music. Basically of how pointless it is now that music has become to widely accessible online. Will it only be a matter of time until this is also the case with film?

As of now there are very valid accessibility related reasons to collect physical motion pictures. But is it inevitable that streaming services will give access to almost all titles to users indefinitely the way spotify, youtube, soundcloud, bandcamp, etc does? If so it probably wouldnt be for a great deal of time though.

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I've been selling DVDs for five or six years, but I'm all about film. Blu-ray, DVD, VHS--that stuff is disposable. I'm just not convinced with digital. It will come and go. Film hasn't changed in 120 years. It's organic. HDD can't even begin to give you a similar quality, and probably won't for a very long time.

 

Fuck Digital - Vice (Article)

Link- https://www.vice.com/en_au/article/gqdaem/fuck-digital

 

 

Is that a Warriors Two(1978) theatrical poster I can see on the wall at the back?

 

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6 hours ago, DragonClaws said:

Is that a Warriors Two(1978) theatrical poster I can see on the wall at the back?

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I dont get the point of the debate, unlike for music, there is no analog video « home » media. Streaming, downloading or physical, that’s exactly the SAME digital data, except when an additional encoding is made. The blu-ray is even worse because of the way it’s assembled and protected, which stops you to use the movie the way you want. A regular matroska or any container is the most simple and popular option.

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21 minutes ago, Rodolphe Dux said:

I dont get the point of the debate, unlike for music, there is no analog video « home » media. Streaming, downloading or physical, that’s exactly the SAME digital data, except when an additional encoding is made. The blu-ray is even worse because of the way it’s assembled and protected, which stops you to use the movie the way you want. A regular matroska or any container is the most simple and popular option.

But no one is selling Matroska files. By that, I mean Amazon and iTues have a very specific way of selling media. I think the argument is whether these services are better than physical media. We can only dream about getting the formats we most desire.

Side note: It's weird that if Amazon goes tits up (it won't), we'll lose any media we've purchased through them because we're not actually given a download. 

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13 minutes ago, Drunken Monk said:

But no one is selling Matroska files. By that, I mean Amazon and iTues have a very specific way of selling media. I think the argument is whether these services are better than physical media. We can only dream about getting the formats we most desire.

Side note: It's weird that if Amazon goes tits up (it won't), we'll lose any media we've purchased through them because we're not actually given a download. 

There are drm free streaming and download offers on the market, mainly for very obscure or indie movie whose rights don’t belong to a big company. The container is not very important, the thing is to have the data inside any container. The problem is Drm, which you can remove if purchased, and maybe convert to matroska if needed. Itunes works the same. It would be nice to have a digital shop drm free for classic kung fu though.

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2 hours ago, Drunken Monk said:

Side note: It's weird that if Amazon goes tits up (it won't), we'll lose any media we've purchased through them because we're not actually given a download.

The trick is thing to do is have a Movies Anywhere account and link your accounts.

I have my Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and Microsoft Movies & TV accounts linked on Movies Anywhere. Movies I purchased on Amazon or any of the other services are showing across each services - but that is for the movie studios that are participating (Paramount, Lionsgate & a few other smaller studio are not participating). 

Depending on where I am at, I can choose which service to watch a linked movie (example watch on iTunes even though it was purchased on Amazon or google).

I haven't done much downloading as I do not really need it but I have downloaded a few movies to watch offline when I will be at a place where I will have no internet.

 

Edit: forgot to add that some of my movies purchased from the other services are also showing in my YouTube account under purchases.

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