Roundup #3, Apr 2017
Titles bought – 31
Total owned – 130

Ugh! My computer conked! Stupid thing wasn’t logging me in! For a moment I did think it was infected by Ransomware!! It wasn’t, though! Since the computer was down, I had to limit myself to simpler blogs (or rants!), those that I could type on the broken touch-screen of my Moto G4 Play! So, I spent the whole of yesterday night in re-imaging the OS on my Intel Compute Stick that’s plugged into my 40″ Full HD TV on which I also watch movies. (Now I’m showing off :D)

So April was the total opposite of March. The value of my purchases shot up! I was born in April (Read about that here…) So I had to spend a bomb on something. People purchase something new to wear – a shirt, a watch, some people host a party, I purchased movies! This month’s purchase was exclusive to Amazon India. Flipkart’s movie collection is not very impressive and I don’t trust Flipkart’s DVD/BD sellers yet! (I miss WS Retail, really!) That doesn’t mean Amazon is very reliable. I had almost experienced a  heart-attack when I saw scratched DVDs! More on that later..

The cheapest pick was a movie called Mirch for Rs 29/-. Seems like a low budget movie with Konkona Sen Sharma, Shreyas Talpade and Boman Irani among others. I also picked up a few Bolllywood timepass flicks because I was getting them for cheap rates. Among them are Holiday, Rowdy Rathore, Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, Paa, Son of Sardaar and Bangistan. Son of Sardaar happened to be a VCD and I had paid Rs 99/- for a DVD. I claimed a refund and got it.

I also lay my hands on some really interesting movies including some classics including Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi, Masoom, Parinda, Nil Battey Sannata, Parched, Pyasa, Andaz Apna Apna, Aar Paar, Awara, Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!, Dil Se.., Afsana, Kaagaz Ke Phool and Gol Maal. Pyasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool and Aar Paar are my first Guru Dutt picks and are making me want to finish a Guru Dutt collection as soon as possible.

I spotted a gem in Smita Patil starrer Manthan (The Churning), apart from adding a Punjabi movie (my first) to the Cinemas of India collection. Cinemas of India by NFDC happens to be another collection I would want to finish soon. I also opened up the Marathi collection by picking Court, Shwaas, Katyar Kaljat Ghusali, Natsamrat and Sairat. Wow!! Just wanna take a day off and watch all of these in a row!

Coming to the star pick of the month.. The award goes to Infernal Affairs Trilogy (or Triology the way they’ve put on the cover :D). The trilogy is a HongKong masterpiece and was the inspiration behind the Academy Award for Best Film winner The Departed. Yes, the Martin Scorsese winner is a remake, a good one at that! It was my brother who had brought the VCDs of the trilogy from HongKong back in 2008. I was swept off my feet by HongKong’s story-telling. Unfortunately (or Fortunately!), I lost those VCDs. I searched for the series a lot but always found English dubbed versions. It’s not fun to watch dubbed versions of any movie. So I waited. And the patience has paid out!

When I received my package from Amazon India, I was so excited that I ripped it apart to watch the movies immediately. When I opened the DVD covers, I found that 2 of the 3 discs were scratched. I immediately brought it to Amazon’s notice and they refunded the amount. I placed another order with a different vendor. But then, the new order would take 3 more days to reach! I couldn’t wait that long. I played the scratched discs on my Pioneer BDP-180 and they played like butter! So when my brother came to visit us that week, I handed over the scratched ones to him as a token of appreciation 😀

That’s all for April. May roundup around the corner!

Browse Cinema Originals for list of all titles owned.

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