Roundup #6, Jul 2017
Titles bought – 21
Total owned – 185
Amazon is winning the race. I’ve found some trusted sellers on Amazon who have been sending original discs although there was one situation when I received multiple scratched discs. Still, Flipkart has a lot of catch-up to do in their movie collection as well as in identifying trusted sellers for movies. Both Amazon and Flipkart do lack in terms of having a large catalogue, but there’s enough for a beginner like me.
I can’t believe it’s been six months since I started collecting movies. These days I can’t wait to plunder money to buy movies every month, but like I’ve mentioned in my earlier posts this is quite an expensive affair.
I was able to add 21 titles to my collection including 8 blu-ray discs. Before that, I’m happy to share that my “Cinemas of India” collection is growing. 11 of the 21 titles belong to the official “Cinemas of India” collection published by NFDC. I’m just loving it. The titles include classics like Om Puri starrer Dharavi, Naseeruddin Shah starrer Paar apart from other famous arthouse movies like Kamla Kit Maut, Dattak, Suraj Ka Satvaan Ghoda and more.
I also added two more arthouse movies that aren’t part of the NFDC’s collection – Mrinal Sen’s Bhuvan Shome (my first Bengali title) and Sparsh starring Naseerudding Shah and Shabana Azmi.
My blu-ray collections saw 4 English titles being added – Brad Pitt’s Moneyball, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Guy Ritchie’s Rock N Rolla and Russel Crowe starrer Ridley Scott’s Gladiator. The Gladiator disc turned out to be stamped with “Universal’s 100th Anniversary Edition” label.
Despite such massive Hollywood flicks added to the list, I’m proud of the other movies that I picked up. Adding to a “in-the-making Yash Chopra collection” was a blu-ray version of Darr. Daawat-E-Ishq is another favorite pick – a movie that has simplicity built into it, although not as beautifully as Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana.
Imtiaz Ali’s Highway was a disc I had been wanting to buy for an extremely long time. So when it finally happened I couldn’t wait to watch it. The moment the disc arrived I unpacked the thing, pushed it into my player and watched the movie last weekend. Such a gorgeous movie with such stellar performances. It’ll surely be regarded as a classic a decade or two down the lane.
Speaking about classics, my pick of the month happens to be another Yash Chopra movie – a cult classic now, it had flopped miserably in 1991. Yes, I’m talking about the Sridevi-Anil Kapoor starrer Lamhe. Another movie I had been wanting to watch for a long time but never could. Unlike Highway, I didn’t rush to watch Lamhe. I waited patiently for another weekend to arrive. The movie turned out to be the best I’ve watched from Yash Chopra – so good, so beautiful that I ended up watching it three times in five days.
That said, I want to make an appeal to my readers. If you or any of your friends have hardly-used DVDs / Blu-Rays that they don’t use, I’d be ready to pay a half-price to get them. Also, I’d want to know if there’s a trusted store in Kolkata from where I can source some Bengali movies I have my eyes on. Leave your comments below.
That’s all for July folks!
Browse Cinema Originals for list of all titles owned.