Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by Vanyel, Dec 20, 2016.
I organize mine by color so that they look pretty on the shelf.
Style over substance, baby.
We have--dvd, blu-ray, digital--easily 500 films.
This is a document listing, not a physical organization. I have pulled a few out, like Disney animation & live-action (~40), Marvel, DC (with "Batman" or "Superman" prefixing those series, and prefixing "James Bond" films. Or those beginning with a digit. All the rest are alphabetical. After each title, there may be a combination of "Season #," "blu-ray," "dig[ital]," "iTunes," "[whatever online sources]". Collections include the subtitles of the various films.
Physically, we use an armoire. Disney animation/live-action take up a drawer. The various martial arts films (whether Chinese or Japanese, movie or tv) are grouped, as are sf/fan, etc. Just too many movies.
I tend to keep mine in several cupboards (with doors) so they're not in view.
I love the bookcase that came with our new apartment. It's filled with my textbooks, travel/camping guides. I always regretted we never found a way to save a ton of books we used to have in the prior moves, as we didn't have room. Not to mention one huge box of textbooks from my undergrad days got lost in the mail during my move from Arizona to Cincinnati...too many years ago.
I promised myself not to get rid of too many books in the next change of residence- I'm hoping to rent a house in a couple years or so.
Movies, and TV series separate.
Movies by original release date, with movie continuities in movie order. (X-Men before LOTR/The Hobbit. Within the MCU - Thor-->Avengers-->Tark World)
TV similarly (Doctor Who before Star Trek,)
I keep my physical copies grouped by subject matter (Star Trek TV shows & films in one group, Firefly based in another, Space 1999 etc,etc..)-then by year released or broadcast (so the TOS Blurays come first, TAS second followed by TOS movies, TNG episodes/movies then Abramsverse ) and so on...in terms of single films, it's often in year released order..from my oldest (Metropolis Bluray followed by Things to Come and Then the Flash Gordon serials in my collection to my newest in the collection..it keeps it easy for me to look up films in that way than any other..IOW if I want to watch Godzilla movies, I go to the Godzilla section in my library and pick out a specific one (except for that 1998 travesty--I'll never own that one!) plunk it in and enjoy... often I'll be in a 50s Sci-Fi mood and so I can watch several from that period in a row, rather than hunting them up ...
ST for Star Trek to SU for Superhero.
Mine are a crazy system. The blu-rays are kinder in alphabetic order, except it's kinder mixed up. Need to fix it up.
The fricking format is changing AGAIN!
I have a lot of DVDs, but I switched over to 3tb hard drives a few years back... The new phase of 3tb hard drives are about the same price, look/seem identical, even while they are missing a powercord...
The new (multi terabyte) external hard drives are a 1/4 the size they were a couple months ago.
A cigar box has turned into a match box.
It's not so much a question of display like back when my DVDs and VHS taps tried to share shelf space, this is about Tetris.
Tetris is the universal smallest denominator.
(Or my problem might relate more to Jenga?)
I can't keep my media appropriately organized (genre vs. date/decade), if I can't stack a new tiny 3tb hard drive underneath an old huge 3tb hard drive... Without my (expensive) terabyte towers tumbling, and bouncing down the hall.
By title, with some exceptions. Series films are in chronological order under the series title. The Bond films are in chronological order under "Bond" and the Hobbit is with the LOTR films. Christmas films have their own shelf.
Do you have Die Hard in with the Christmas films?
I do not have it anywhere. Enjoyed them in the theatre, but not ones I want to own.
All you really need is help from THIS gentleman..
On paper, I have them alphabetized with an Excel sheet. Crude, but effective.
On my shelves... oh lord, what a nightmare. I generally have them organized by genre, then by year of release. I say "generally" because, for instance, I have the Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, Alien/Prometheus, and Indiana Jones films shelved separately from the rest of sci-fi/fantasy. There's so much Disney that I keep it separate from the other family movies, and even the Disney films I have split between Disney and Pixar. I am probably the only person who could find where anything is in my collection.
My DVD's are in chronological order.
Maybe that why it's so difficult to find stuff at times.
I type/speak the name of the movie into a search box on my streaming device
My wife has a strict alphabetised system, except in cases of a series (such as Marvel films, which are set aside in chronological order) and if I dare place a B by an N, I risk castration.
I have a far more sensible system that allows me to find what I need perfectly. Comic book movies all go in a row, with Blade at the end which them leads to vampire films, which ends in Blackula and leads perfectly into Pam Grier films. That ends on Jackie Brown, which takes me to films made by Tarantino, which takes you to films with Samuel L Jackson and that system, goes on until we get to "films from the 80's" which also includes Wedding Singer, set in the 80's, followed by musicals.
Then there's the Star Trek shelf, which is also where we keep Galaxy Quest and Trek related documentaries, which leads to sci fi, ending in British sci fi (well, just Red Dwarf really) which then takes us to British comedy, ending in spaced which naturally leads to Doctor Who (because Simon Pegg's in an episode), which then feeds into Bill & Ted and miscellaneous time travel films.
It's just far more logical that way.
I have organized my collection by box width. My Blade Runner Collection box sort of acts has bookshelf holder. After the box sets the collection is followed by the Alien and Star Trek movie special editions. After that I put my regular DVDs.
The part of the collection I am not so keen on sit on a separate shelf. Over the last few years I got most of them away by selling them on the internet leaving just a few. That leaves my regular collection of about 50 DVDs (including aforementioned)
I do numbers first, then letters and I do actually put the "the" titles in the T's section so sort everything that way.
Separate names with a comma.