Hey, I bought Zardoz! It was very cheap, and very bad.
I thought my collection took shape when I got all of Kubrick’s movies, and a good Hitchcock collection makes you look classy (although a Bergman collection would be better, but I don’t like them so much).
I stuck to a lot of movies I knew I’d want to see again. Pulp Fiction, Silence of the Lambs, a bunch of cartoons (Simpsons and Futurama) - that sort of stuff.
And get some good shelf space - they take up a lot of room (I eventually moved mine to a folder, which is very handy, but hard to organise as you add to it).
I realize how High Fidelity-sounding this is, but I tend to organize my DVDs thematically. So, for example, the horror section is organized left-to-right in accordance with how plasible the monster or plot device is. Jaws goes first, because hey, sharks are real. Then Alien, because there is probably alien life in the universe (although admittedly not ones designed to look like H.R. Giger’s penis). Then 28 Days Later because they ain’t zombies, then Dawn of the Dead because they are zombies, then American Werewolf In London, Near Dark, etc. finally ending with The Ninth Gate because in my opinion a werewolf is more plausible than Satan.
My entire collection is like this, with different criteria. Musicals are organized by ratio of plot to music, so Singin’ In The Rain goes before Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. My noirs are organized by how purely evil the femme fatale is. And so on.
I’m not buying any more DVDs, because HDDVDs/Bluray are so much better.
I won’t replace any (well, maybe a couple) of my expansive existing collection of DVDs, but it seems like a waste to buy any new DVDS for movies that will ultimately be released in higher definition format.
I’m holding off on buying anything at this point. I figure I can rent from Netflix/BB and get any DVD/HDDVD I want right now. In 5 years I fully expect to be paying that same monthly fee to Netflix or whoever and being able to watch whatever movie I want, whenever. In Super-ultra-Hi-def, 37.1 sound, smell-o-vision, etc.