Which movie have you bought most often on home video?

Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by The Borgified Corpse, Aug 12, 2020.

  1. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
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    Over the long evolution from Betamax to VHS to LaserDisc to DVD to HD-DVD to Blu-Ray to 4K, there have been multiple opportunities to purchase films multiple times in a variety of formats. And that's not even counting special edition re-releases in the same format and other stuff like that. Which films have you bought the most often?

    I have 2 movies tied at 5 copies a piece:

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
    I started with the regular theatrical cut on VHS. Then a VHS copy of the Director's Edition when it first came out in 2001. Then I eventually upgraded to the 2-disc Director's Edition DVD. Then I got the 2009 DVD box set with a bunch of new bonus features. Then I upgraded to the Blu-Ray box set last year.

    Star Trek: First Contact.
    This one also gets a leg up because I bought it twice on VHS, first in fullscreen, then in widescreen. Then I followed the same pattern with the 2-disc Special Collector's Edition, the 2009 DVD box set, and the Blu-Ray box set.

    Most of the other Star Trek movies up through Insurrection have appeared in my collection 4 times. I kept upgrading and looking for new bonus features but only bought each of those on VHS once.

    Eventually, the Back to the Future trilogy will be entering the 4-timers club for me. I already got all 3 on VHS, the 2002 DVD release, the 30th Anniversary set from 2015, and now I'm planning on getting the Ultimate Trilogy when it comes out this October. (I absolutely can't resist the siren song of never-before-seen screen tests. And I'm cautiously optimistic about the upcoming musical.)

    Beyond that, the only other movies that went through my collection in all 3 major formats (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray) are Stargate and X-Men. I never owned that many movies on VHS and most of the ones that I did haven't made it past DVD, assuming that I even upgraded them at all, like Ghostbusters 1&2, Alice in Wonderland, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, The X-Files, the first 4 Star Wars movies, and the MST3K version of "Mitchell."

    What about you guys? Which movies have you double, triple, or even quintuple-dipped on?
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  2. Tosk

    Tosk Vice Admiral Admiral

    Jan 7, 2001
    On the run.
    The Terminator. (VHS x2, LaserDisc, DVD x3, Blu-ray x2)
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day. (VHS x3, LaserDisc x2, DVD x3, Blu-ray x3)
    Blade Runner. (VHS x2, LaserDisc, DVD x3, Blu-ray x2)
    The Thing. (VHS x2, LaserDisc, DVD x3, Blu-ray x3)
    Star Wars trilogy. (VHS x3 or 4, LaserDisc x2, DVD x2, Blu-ray x2)
    Back to the Future trilogy. (VHS x2, LaserDisc, DVD x3, Blu-ray x2)
    Buckaroo Banzai. (VHS x2, DVD, Blu-ray x3)
    ...and so many more. Any movie I love, I'll just keep upgrading over and over. No shame whatsoever.

    Edit. I forgot Tremors. VHS, LaserDisc, DVDx3, Blu-rayx3.
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  3. JohnChod

    JohnChod Captain Captain

    Sep 28, 2001
    Buffalo, NY (USA)
    ST:TMP at three - VHS special longer edition, 2-disc DE DVD, theatrical version BD. ST: First Contact also at three - pan and scan VHS, widescreen VHS, 2 disc collector's edition DVD.

    There are a number of others that I purchased twice - VHS to either DVD or BD - the rest of ST through ST IX, 2001, 2010 and the original Halloween are the only ones that I can think of.
  4. cardinal biggles

    cardinal biggles Patron Saint of Dangerous Driving Premium Member

    Sep 7, 2001
    There's a few that I've purchased three times, basically a VHS --> DVD --> Blu-ray upgrade over the years.

    Off the top of my head, there's only a few that I've done that for:

    Die Hard
    Tomorrow Never Dies
    (on Blu-ray as part of the 2015 James Bond Collection)

    I've also owned the original Star Wars trilogy four times:

    VHS (1995 "Last Chance" box set in pan & scan) --> VHS (1997 Special Edition box set in widescreen) --> DVD (2006 6-disc OT box set including the original theatrical versions poorly transferred over from LD) --> Blu-ray (part of the 9-disc 2011 "Complete Saga" box set)

    Everything else that I've purchased twice has either been a VHS --> DVD upgrade or a DVD --> Blu-ray upgrade.
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  5. Starbreaker

    Starbreaker Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Feb 19, 2001
    Birmingham, AL
    Star Wars trilogy. I have both VHS sets, DVD, and Blu-Ray
  6. John Clark

    John Clark Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Jul 4, 2008
    Probably Star Wars. (I had one or two of the films on VHS, then the PT and OT on DVD before upgrading to the Six film blu-ray pack.

    (Also, if I were to include tv shows, not the complete series, but a few seasons of Buffy, Stargate and Star Trek TNG/DS9/Voy on both VHS and Dvd)
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  7. J.T.B.

    J.T.B. Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 14, 2005
    Dr. Strangelove: VHS, DVD, BD, Criterion BD.
  8. Kai "the spy"

    Kai "the spy" Admiral Admiral

    Feb 7, 2011
    I'm not even supposed to be here today.
    Superman: The Movie, four times. Once on DVD when it first came out (on that medium) in the early 00s, then again as part of a DVD box set with the rest of the Reeve movies, Superman Returns and a ton of bonus material (all Fleischer Cartoons, "Superman & the Mole-Men", etc.), then as a single BluRay when I saw it for 5 Euros, then later on again in a BluRay set of Reeve + SR.

    The original 1954 Godzilla, I bought 3 times, and probably will buy at least once more. First, the German cut on VHS back in 1998, then in 2004 in a DVD set of the original Japanese cut, the US version, and the German cut. But when I found out about the German subtitles of the Japanese cut weren't translated properly, I bought the American Classic Media DVD with the original Japanese with properly translated subtitles. I'll propbably upgrade to BluRay at some point, but that German DVD has me still a bit cautious about "translation".
  9. Q2UnME

    Q2UnME Commodore Commodore

    Sep 3, 2003
    Inman, SC
    Like many in this thread, I've bought the original trilogy of Star Wars at least 4 times (VHS, widescreen VHS. DVD then Bulray). I think I've bought Fifth Element at least 3 times also (VHS, DVD then Bluray)... Can't think of any others at the moment.. Most remaining were DVD, then Bluray upgrade...
  10. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Commodore Commodore

    Dec 19, 2011
    1990 Dick Tracy - VHS, Video8, DVD, Blu-Ray, VCD (Turkish dub) & Betamax (Turkish dub, and it’s an official release, not a made-off-of-air-recording).

    X-Men (2000) - VHS, DVD (X-Men 1.5), Blu-Ray & D-VHS.

    Galaxy Quest - VHS, DVD, D-VHS

    The Passion of the Christ - Full Screen & widescreen DVD, Blu-Ray & D-VHS

    Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - VHS, 2006 2-disc DVD with both black & white and color editions (would that count as 2 different DVD’s? They were sold in one package!), Blu-Ray

    Miracle on 34th Street (1994) - VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray

    It’s A Wonderful Life - DVD, black & white/color DVD (again is this counted as 2 copies or one?) & black & white/color Blu-Ray.
  11. The Borgified Corpse

    The Borgified Corpse Admiral Admiral

    Jun 4, 2000
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    No, if multiple editions of the same movie are included in the same package, it still only counts as 1.

    Otherwise, it gives a ridiculously unfair advantage to movies with an excessive amount of alternate edits, like Blade Runner and Superman.
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  12. Oddish

    Oddish Commodore Fleet Captain

    Sep 7, 2020
    I buy one copy of a movie unless I lose the original or have it stolen.
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  13. The Wormhole

    The Wormhole Fleet Admiral Admiral

    Jul 23, 2001
    The Wormhole
    Probably the original Star Wars trilogy, which I have the original versions and the special editions both on VHS, plus the DVD and Blu-ray releases. Then again, the DVD version is the only one I actually bought, since all other versions were Christmas gifts.
  14. Forbin

    Forbin Admiral Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    I said out, dammit!
    I had a $200 edition of Star Wars (ANH) on laserdisc, at the slow hi-def speed (1/2 hour per side), which came with a nice thick book on Lucasfilm's history. Definitely wouldn't have bought that if I could have seen the future. :lol:
  15. Oddish

    Oddish Commodore Fleet Captain

    Sep 7, 2020
    My parents have 2 or 3 Princess Brides lying around. And that's after they gave me one.
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  16. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

    May 10, 2005
    The visitor's bullpen
    I'd have to say 2001: A Space Odyssey (my favorite movie of all time).

    I've owned like 2 or 3 different versions on laserdisc, then DVD, then BluRay, and now the 4K version from iTunes.
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  17. cardinal biggles

    cardinal biggles Patron Saint of Dangerous Driving Premium Member

    Sep 7, 2001
    I can't remember if I ever owned 2001 on VHS. If I did, that would be one I've bought three times (VHS, DVD, and the 2018 BR made off the 8K remaster).
  18. Starkers

    Starkers Admiral Admiral

    Apr 22, 2001
    There are loads I've bought twice (VHS and DVD) but probably fewer that I've gone to more than that.
    Several John Carpenter films count. I've definitely owned The Thing, Escape from New York and possibly They Live! on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray.
  19. Turd Ferguson

    Turd Ferguson Rear Admiral Rear Admiral

    Oct 8, 2003
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day - VHS, DVD, EXtreme DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray
    Star Wars Trilogy - THX Remaster VHS, Special Edition VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray
    Back to the Future Trilogy - VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray
    Die Hard - VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray
    Total Recall - VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray
    Batman/Returns/Forever/& Robin - VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray
    Halloween - VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, Scream Factory Blu-Ray, 4K Blu-Ray
  20. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    Has to be Forbidden Planet for me. I had it twice on VHS, then I got the bare-bones DVD, then I think there might have been a better DVD, then, of course, the one that came in the big tin.

    Number two would be Casablanca, at three.