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PostSubject: Is this a 'bloke' thing?   Thu Mar 31, 2011 5:54 am

It seems that laserdisc collecting is very much oriented towards fellas. Why should this be so? Does anyone know of any women who have got into it seriously?

I remember once going to a Laserdisc Fair - a weekend sale held by one of the specialist dealers in the 90s - and it was great to see so many other chaps rummaging through the boxes. I didn't feel then as if I was the only collector in Britain! BUT - all the men were about the same age, and all the wives and girlfriends were simply gathered in the corners, making coffee and nattering.

Now, watching movies is not just for guys, and there were plenty of so-called chick flicks and rom-coms issued on Laserdisc, but did any females buy them? Or was it a case of the husbands buying them just to show how much they lurrrrved the missus?
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PostSubject: Re: Is this a 'bloke' thing?   Thu Mar 31, 2011 7:10 am

Too be honest I think collecting in general is more of a male thing, not just when it comes to laserdiscs. I've met very few women who actively collect anything, even when it comes to shoes most women I know aren't that bad.

No idea why but men are just more inclined to horde than women.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this a 'bloke' thing?   Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:25 am

Maybe I might be the only girl on the forum... I am a collector of 3 years and tons of disc that I watch and love.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this a 'bloke' thing?   Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:04 am

Great to have you among us, LDH, and no patronising comments from me, you can rest assured! I think it's wonderful that you use the term "girl", but I admit that I wouldn't dare use it! Why, I've even got into trouble by calling women "ladies", as I was taught to do when young, and one woman really laid into me for holding a door open for her! What a strange world we live in.

Mind you, I'm still curious to know what your favourite LDs are - surely not just STAR WARS and action movies like so many others here? (I was pleased to note that the guy from Sweden was raving over Ingmar Bergman, and I'm sure it wasn't just patriotic duty.)

Now that it's established that this not totally an all-male forum, the next thing is to find out if there's anyone OLDER than me. I think I may be the only GRANDAD of the group, and therefore entitled to a little bit of "respect for the elderly". No? OK, it was a worth a try though.

Got the big SIX-OH coming up next month, and feel like treating myself to another laserdisc or two. What does anyone recommend to a collector with one foot in the grave? What is absolutely essential viewing before I shuffle off to the great movie theatre in the sky?
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PostSubject: Re: Is this a 'bloke' thing?   Mon Apr 11, 2011 11:54 pm

Well girl is with me... As for my favorite discs, I enjoy the widescreen presentations of the james bond movies in the gatefold covers. I do love star wars, got my box set of those. Jaws box set is cool also.
I collect right now are disney (because I love their animation), criterions for my girlfriend, and I want to get into collection 80s horror.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this a 'bloke' thing?   Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:03 am

My wife loves to read and rarely admits to wanting to watch any of the films that I choose to watch , from time to time there will be a film that she really wants to see but for the most part she will sit and read a book that I always seem to catch her peeping over the top of , maybe she does watch them as she always seems to know whats happening but then they do say that women can multitask much better than men. Last night I watched Them and when I told her it was about giant ants she quickly picked up her latest book but I could see that she was peeping and waiting in anticipation of catching a glimpse of the giant ants. I think in my relationship that if I suddenly started to read books she would have a sudden increase in interest in my laserdiscs as she does like films but she likes to watch what she wants to watch as she has preconceived ideas of the films she likes , but there is no way I will be swapping my love of films for her martina cole books. Today whilst shopping I had to remove an In the name of the father dvd that she had put in the basket as I have it on laserddisc so she does like films and tonight she will have her choice of film that we are both more than happy to watch together.
I will look forwad to watching In the name of the father starring the late great pete postlethwaite as I havent seen it in a long time.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this a 'bloke' thing?   Wed Apr 13, 2011 11:16 am

I can not multitask worth a crap. If I try to surf the net or even twitter, I will be lost in the movie. Now, my girlfriend can.
I have gotten my girlfriend to appreciate the laserdisc and will even got hunt with me, even has surprised me by buying some for me. But her format is blu-ray.

We both are movie nuts though.
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PostSubject: Re: Is this a 'bloke' thing?   Thu Apr 14, 2011 4:34 am

I was intrigued to read that you were watching THEM. This is a true classic of its type. It's full of atmosphere and tension, and in its silly hokum way is still quite believable.

I used to own a laserdisc copy of THEM but I've since replaced it with a DVD (which I now regret).

This got me wondering what it must be like watching some of these vintage films for the first time. You see, I grew up with these monster movies in the 50s and 60s and they are ingrained into my psyche. I feel I've seen some of them so many times I cannot now view them with what you might call "fresh eyes". I'd love to watch these films in the company of a younger person (I'm not being patronising here) just to watch their reaction.

My son met a guy recently who was raving about the Peter Jackson KING KONG - this guy did not know it was a remake! He'd never heard of the 1976 remake and had no idea that the original was from 1933!

I suppose this is why so many classic movies (and some less-than-classic ones) are being remade. I understand that many under 25s won't watch an "old" movie, still less one in black-and-white. And as for a foreign film with subtitles, you can forget it. (As Cartman says in SOUTH PARK: "It's a foreign film - from Canada!")

I can recall seeing lots of retro classics the first time round on their cinema release - all before laserdiscs, videos and multi-channel TVs. I'm not old enough to have been around for the Golden Age of Horror in the 30s and 40s, but I can remember some of the sci-fi classics during the 50s even though I was only a kid. More memorably, I remember watching all the great Hammer movies (the colour ones) when they used to come as glorious double bills at my local ABC Cinema. (Ah, those were the days - only one screen, normal sized refreshments and, unfortunately, everybody smoking, but that was how you were able to see the projector beam in the auditorium above you, flickering and flashing with the image. It was part of the magic. You just don't get that now - and I miss it!)

BTW, if you're interested in ant-themed movies, avoid EMPIRE OF THE ANTS at all costs, but track down PHASE IV (unfortunately only on DVD) - it's a stunning thoughtful piece of science-fiction, closer to 2001 than THEM but wonderful all the same.
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