(updated June 30 2017 - added THREE more collections: John Wayne Tribute Collection, 15 Martial Arts Movies, The Best Of Chaplin)
(updated June 11 2017 - added FIVE more collections: Iron Fist Frenzy, Samurai Warrior Collection, Crime Classics, Billy the Kid, and Frontier Justice)
(updated May 12 2017 - added EIGHT more collections: Combat Classics, Timeless Family Classics, The Legend Of Rin Tin Tin, Cowboy Legends, Gunslinger Classics, Gore House Greats Collection, Under Fire, and Kickin' It Shaolin Style)
(updated Apr 22 2017 - added THREE more collections: Musicals - 20 Movie Collection, Classic Sci-Fi TV, and The Best Of Spaghetti Westerns)
(updated Dec 10 2015 - added TWO more collections: The Swingin' Seventies, and Cowboys and Bandits)
(updated Jan 17 2015 - added THREE more collections: The Sensational Sixties, Alfred Hitchcock - A Legacy of Suspense (20 movies), and 1001 Commercials.)
(updated Jun 21 2014 - added EIGHT more collections: Sci-Fi Invasion, Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares, The Excellent Eighties, Dark Crimes, Martial Arts, Family Classics, Comedy Kings, and Pure Terror). The madness really needs to stop. Seriously. At the very least I can say I've watched at least one from each of the sets. I guess that's something.
(updated Jun 5 2012 - added five collections: Burnt Rubber, Hollywood Legends, Prime Time Crime, Warriors, and Spaghetti Westerns)
(updated May 13 2012 - added Ultimate TV Westerns)
(updated Mar 27 2012 - added two collections: The Way West and Mystery)
(updated Mar 24 2011 - added two collections: Legends of Horror and Western Legends)
I'm a fan of really bad movies. I don't know why... but I am. Honestly, it probably stems from the fact that my wife likes good movies. I didn't really watch many movies until I met my wife. And those that I did watch before I met her were suspect... like "The Stuff", "Pump Up the Volume", "Turk 182", "Looker" and "Son of the Blob".
At some point when I was a drummer in Devilcake, I purchased these two 10 movie collections for I think $10 each. 'Legends of Kung Fu' and 'Fists of Fire - Swords of Death'. I remember watching one of these horrible kung fu movies when M called me when we were dating. I started telling her what was happening on the screen in a MST3K style. The only thing I remember for certain is that one of the main characters was some female kung fu expert. I kept calling her the 'Hong Kong Hottie'. I was amusing myself and figured that this made me 'charming' somehow. I'm sure my future wife thought I was being a big dork.
I know where my 'passion' for bad movies really amped up. I had been let go from my first job of nearly 8 years. I had been looking for a month or so already, 8 - 10 hours a day and was starting to go a little stir crazy. I don't remember where I saw it... Amazon or eBay maybe... maybe in a online movie review? Maybe I was looking for more kung-fu movies. I don't know. But I saw it somewhere. The Sci-Fi Classics 50 Movie Pack. I told M about it and she said, 'Go ahead and get it. You'll drive yourself crazy if you look for jobs all day. You need to give yourself a break, even if it's for a few hours. You might as well have something to watch. So I found out that Best Buy was selling them, went down there and plunked down $30 bucks. I figured at less than a dollar a movie, it was freaking awesome. And I started watching them one by one. I even got the Mrs. to start watching them with me. It was fun to me to sit there and just cut up on them non-stop. Occasionally you'd even run into a good one that you just wanted to watch.
Then I found out that there were other sets: Action, Mystery, Comedy and Horror. The next one I was contemplating was the Horror box set. I happened to be at Odd Lots with Todd and happened to mention it to him, that I had seen other ones there but not the Horror one. And he looking in the bin thing and says 'you mean this one?'. Todd is the master of finding shit that you swear you'll never find. (You can read more about that evening at my old Live Journal blog here.)
Anyhoo... somehow... I think when I was working at AOL, I started looking for them for cheap on eBay. Then when MicroCenter started getting rid of their DVDs, I started buying them REALLY cheap.
Now I many, many sets of these things (actually, it's
The sad thing is, I still want the Martial Arts and Dark Crimes sets (edit 6-21-2014 - Finally got both!) and I don't even have time to watch the ones I have now. The Mrs. has kinda lost interest in watching them. She barely has time to see the movies she wants to see, so why would she want to waste an hour and a half to watch something she has no interest in and which probably sucks badly?
So... This is my admission of this is all of the sets I have and that I have an issue. All sets are either put out by a company called TreeLine or Mill Creek, who bought out TreeLine. I'll try to list them in the order I got them. The list is as follows:
Sci-Fi Classics (TreeLine, 50 movies, Run Time: 3912 minutes) Note: I paid full retail ($25 or $30) at Best Buy for this one.
Horror Classics (TreeLine, 50 movies, 3743 minutes) Note: I paid $20 (I believe) at Odd Lots for this collection. Right after mentioning that I was looking for this, my friend Todd pulled this out of the shelf and said 'This one?'
Chilling Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4423 minutes) Note: I paid $17.50 for this on eBay.
Drive-in Movie Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4399 minutes) Note: I got this one for $6 at Half Price Books. I was originally gonna pay $19.95 for it until as I thought it was new. However, when they pulled them out to put them into the sleeves, I could see that they were obviously scratched badly, so he said 'How about $6'. This is the set that broken the camel's back for my wife. We watched a movie called 'Black Hooker'. It was horrible and pointless and a bit disturbing with some black guy who was a church pastor who had a daughter who was a hooker but then he went and had sex with some young girl who was part of the church. Gross!
Classic Musicals (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3965 minutes) Note: I got this one for $8 at MicroCenter. I was excited for this one because one of my co-workers had given me a special coupon for 20% off any item and I was refusing to pay $9.99 for this collection.
All-Stars Collection (TreeLine, 50 movies, 4140 minutes) Note: I got this one for $4 at MicroCenter. I also got the War Classics and 100 TV Episodes at the same time for super cheap as well).
War Classics (TreeLine, 50 movies, 3594 minutes) Note: I got this one for $4 at MicroCenter.
TV Favorites MegaPack (TreeLine, 100 TV episodes, 2910 minutes) Note: I got this for $2 at MicroCenter
Action Classics (Mill Creek, _100_ movies, 8626 minutes) Note: I got this collection for $15 incl. shipping from eBay). This collection is actually the Action 50 and Suspense 50 movie packs put into one box.
Nightmare Worlds (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4135 minutes) Note: I got this for $12 on eBay.
Western Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3597 minutes) Note: I got this collection used for $5 from Half Price Books.
Comedy Classics (TreeLine / Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3900 minutes) Note: I paid $10 for this at Half Price Books, new. This one is interesting in that the box itself is TreeLine however they placed a slipcover over it which is from Mill Creek.
|Mill Creek slip cover|
Giant 600 Cartoon Collection (Mill Creek, _600_ cartoons, 3720 minutes) Note: I got this on eBay for $5 incl. shipping. I actually purchased the 100 Cartoon Collection from MicroCenter for $.99 first, but then I found out about the 600 cartoon collection and knew I just had to have it!
Legends of Horror (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3604 minutes) Note: Borders went out of sale and they had all DVDs at 40% + 10% off. They had the 50 movie packs already priced at a some-what decent price of $14.95, however after the 40% + 10% off, they were about $8.50. I blame Dan Martin (a co-worker of mine) for purchasing these because he was going to take me out to lunch, however he didn't tell me and I had an interview to go to and I saw Borders and thought I would stop in. If I had known about the possibility of free food, I would have skipped going to Borders.
Western Legends (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3042 minutes) Note: Another Borders going-out-of-business purchase. Again, cost after 40% + 10% was $8.50.
The Way West (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 2830 minutes) Note: I picked this up at Half Price Books for $6.39 along with the Suspense 50 Movie Pack which I actually already had (see Action 100 Movie Pack).
Mystery Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3768 minutes) Note: When I returned the Suspense movie pack to Half Price Books, I picked up the Mystery movie pack, new and still shrink-wrapped for $6.39.
Ultimate TV Westerns (Mill Creek, 150 episodes, 4117 minutes) Note: I picked this up at a Half Price Books in Cincinnati for $5.35, still sealed, originally priced at $19.99 from Best Buy.
Burnt Rubber (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1509 minutes) Note: I picked this up at Half Price Books in Beavercreek, OH (at Fairfield Commons) for $4.99.
Hollywood Legends (Tree Line, I believe, 50 movies, 4424 minutes) Note: I picked this up at the Beavercreek Half Price Books for $7.99.
Warriors (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4464 minutes) Note: I picked this up at Half Price Books in Hamilton, OH. I had spied this a couple of times but they had it priced at $9.99, however this particular day they had recently marked it down to $7.99. I had seen one of the Herc movies on the Sci Fi set, but wasn't thrilled with it, but the wife convinced me to pick it up.
Spaghetti Westerns (Mill Creek, 44 movies, 4168 minutes) Note: Another one I picked up at the Hamilton Half Price Books for a cool $5 from the discount bin (probably due to the busted plastic case)
Prime Time Crime - The Stephen J. Cannell Collection (Mill Creek, 54 episodes, 2595 minutes) Note: Yet another one picked up at the Hamilton Half Price Books. Being a movie pack connoisseur, I was amazed when I saw this one since I love most of Cannell's stuff and I had NEVER heard of this one (probably because I was always looking up 'movie pack'). At $7.99, this was a steal and should be awesome.
Comedy Kings (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3555 minutes) Note: I got this one on eBay for $6 a mere 6 days after I posted about my 5 movie packs in a weekend post. So sad.
Decrepit Crypt of Nightmares (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4053 minutes) Note: I picked this one up from the Bethel Rd Half Price books for $2 in 2012 sometime. It smells slightly of stale smoke. Most of the movies look like they were shot on a camcorder.
Dark Crimes (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3714 minutes) Note: I got this one from my wife for either my birthday or our anniversary. I think it was 2012. I know at the time Wal-Mart had this collection for $10 so I'm going with that price.
Sci-Fi Invasion (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4179 minutes) Note: I have no idea where I got this one, when I got this one, or how much I paid for it or if it was a gift. I think it was Christmas of 2012 from the wife. I'll call the price on this one $15 since I really have no idea.
Martial Arts (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4223 minutes) Note: I picked this one up online at Amazon for $14.50 in February of 2013. This really should have been the last set I picked up. As you will see, it was not.
The Excellent Eighties (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4842 minutes) Note: I picked this up at the Marysville Kmart in 2013 for $9.99. Now there is yet another series of movie packs that I want to get (Swinging 70s and Sensational 60s, not to mention the Nifty 50s and Fabulous 40s).
Pure Terror (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4252 minutes) Note: I picked this one up sometime in 2013 from (I believe) the Half Price Books on Bethel for $8.
Family Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3396 minutes) Note: I picked this one up at the Ollie's on Cleveland Ave for $6 in June of 2014. I had been eyeing this collection for a while since historically it had been one of the cheeper sets whether it was new or used. I think it has to do with the short running time.
Alfred Hitchcock - A Legacy Of Suspense (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1631 minutes) Note: I picked this one up sometime in the fall of 2014 from Half Price Books, though I'm not sure which one. Don't recall how much I paid for this, but we'll say $7.00.
1001 Commercials (Mill Creek, 1001 commercials, 972 minutes) Note: I picked this one up from Half Price Books on Bethel. I remember I had picked up... something... and was literally walking out the door when I spotted it in the clearance rack (which I had looked at earlier but must have overlooked it). I picked it up for $3.00.
The Sensational Sixties (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4427 minutes). Note: I got this one as a Christmas present in 2014 from my mother. Yay Mom! Did some research to see how much overlap there was and I think it worked out to be about 20% (10 films) which isn't too bad honestly considering the sheer number of these things I have. I'll stick a $15 price on this one since at the time that is what Amazon was selling it for.
The Swingin' Seventies (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4543 minutes) Note: I got this at Ollies in Westerville for $6.99 in Oct of 2015. I had seen the Sixies box set there previously, but this was the first time I saw the Seventies collection there. Yay!
Cowboys and Bandits (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3128 minutes) Note: I got this at Half Price Books on Rt 23 for $7.99 in Oct of 2015. A little bit on the expenseive side, but I knew that this one didn't have much overlap with the other western box sets that I already had.
Musicals - 20 Movie Collection (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1706 minutes) Note: I got this in April 2017 from Walmart for $12.18 using a Walmart eGift Card purchased from My Coke Rewards. All movies are from Columbia Pictures and some are even Oscar nominated. Sweet!
Classic Sci-Fi TV (Mill Creek, 150 episodes, 3886 minutes) Note: I got this in April 2017 from Ollie's in Sidney, OH for $5.99. I had been wanting to get this one for a while, but was refusing to pay $19.99 for it. Score!
The Best Of Spaghetti Westerns (In the Tradition of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) (Timeless Media Group, 20 movies, 1801 minutes) Note: I got this in April 2017 from Ollie's in Sidney, OH for $2.16. Awesome price and nice quality on the prints of the movies!
Combat Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4296 minutes) Note: Picked this up on eBay late April 2017 for $6.00. I wasn't quite sure what the overlap was going to be, but figured that it would be around 30%. After further analysis, it turned out to be 50%. Not my best bargain.
Timeless Family Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3708 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay on the same day as Combat Classics (late April). It had a price tag of $3.09 including shipping. It was too little for me to pass up. I was hoping for a 60 to 70% overlap. Alas, checking my collections there were 11 which I didn't already have. D'oh!
Cowboy Legends (old version) (Mill Creek, 50 Movies, 2941 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay on the same day as Combat Classics and Timeless Family Classics... and purchased with Rin Tin Tin. Cost was $8.75 (with shipping) after getting to take 20% off for ordering another item (ie, Rin Tin Tin). I knew that there was very little overlap. Also knew that Mill Creek had just released a 2017 box set with the same name which had over 50% overlap with my collection, so I knew I needed to pick this one up quickly before the waters got muddy.
The Legend of Rin Tin Tin (Mill Creek, 4 serials [48 total episodes], 881 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay for $3.50 along with Cowboy Legends in order to earn 20% off my order. This set is four serials with each serial having 12 episodes for a total of 48 episodes. Most of the episode run between 15 and 20 minutes each. Contains serials from both the original Rin Tin Tin as well as Rin Tin Tin Jr.
Gunslinger Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3909 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay on May 9th 2017 for $5.50 with shipping. This was the first time I had used the Best Offer option on eBay. The seller had it listed for 3.99 and 3.00 for shipping. I put in a best offer bid for $2.50 and it was accepted. By the time I purchased this, I had done a extreme checkup on my collection and knew that this collection had 40 movies that I didn't have yet. Glad I got this one for such a good price.
Gorehouse Greats (Mill Creek, 12 movies, 1030 minutes) Note: Purchased at the Half Price Book Clearance (Warehouse) Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center. Picked up for 2 bucks. Nine of the films were unique to my collection. Not bad, even though gore films really aren't my thing.
Under Fire (Mill Creek, 12 movies, 1145 min) Note: Purchased at the Half Price Book Clearance (Warehouse) Sale at the Sharonville Convention Center. Picked up for 1 dollar. I was hoping that since this was one of the new collections that the overlap wouldn't be too bad. Alas, only 5 of the movies were unique, but considering I only paid a dollar, I'm okay with that. It's better than the Timeless Family Classics error.
Kickin' It Shaolin Style
Iron Fist Frenzy (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 4226 minutes) Note: Purchased from eBay in May 2017 for $18 after figuring out it was going to cost me about that much just to get the other martial arts '12 movie' sets (like Kickin' It Shaolin Style) that make up Iron Fist Frenzy and still wouldn't have the 'bonus' 2 movies found on Iron Fist Frenzy.
Samurai Warriors Collection (TGG Direct, 12 movies, 1152 minutes) Note: Wife purchased this from Half Price Books in Hamilton for $6. Packaging is literally a folded piece of cardboard with slits for the DVDs to sit in. Needless to say, I put them in better sleeves so they don't get scratched before I watch them. Double Note: The Amazon link points to a 4 disc, 10 movie version of this collection. The one I have is a 5 disc, 12 movie collection containing two more movies ('The Body Guard' and 'Dragon Princess'.)
Crime Classics (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3415 minutes) Note: I picked this up in May 2017 on eBay for $9.50. Appears to be a sister set to the Dark Crimes 50 movie pack and possibly came first as it never got a plastic case release.
Billy The Kid (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1111 minutes) Note: Picked this up in May 2017 on eBay for $4 including shipping. Lots of Buster Crabbe and Bob Steele as Billy the Kid and, I believe, every movie has Al St. John as his sidekick Fuzzy.
Frontier Justice (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3049 minutes) Note: Picked this up in June 2017 on eBay for $9.50. This one took a bit of effort to get after the seller sent the wrong item. But ultimately the correct item was shipped.
John Wayne - The Tribute Collection (Mill Creek, 26 movies, 1919 minutes) Note: Picked this up one Father's Day June 2017 from Half Price Books in Hamilton for $5.
15 Martial Arts Movies (TGG Direct, 15 movies, 1352 minutes) Note: Picked this up one Father's Day June 2017 from Half Price Books in Hamilton also for $5. Amusingly enough, the discs are labeled Samurai Warriors with a pic of Jackie Chan, different from the other TGG collection which was named Samurai Collection.
The Best of Chaplin (Echo Bridge, 28 movies, 693 minutes) Note: Picked this up one Father's Day June 2017 from Half Price Books in Hamilton for $3.
Cult Classics (Mill Creek, 20 movies, 1397 minutes) Note: Picked this up from eBay at the end of July 2017 for $6 shipping included. This one contains what I consider to be some of the original cult classics: Reefer Madness, Cocaine Fiends, Sex Madness, Test Tube Babies, etc.
Drive-In Cult Classics (Mill Creek, 32 movies, 2763 minutes) Note: Picked this up from eBay at the end of July 2017 for $8.15 shipping included. I love the artwork on this collection. They also released this in 8 movie packs, each with awesome cover art.
Night Screams (Mill Creek, 50 movies, 3540 minutes) Note: Picked this up on eBay at the end of July 2017 for $9.50 shipping included. Based on the artwork, I thought this was going to be in a cardboard case, but amazingly it was in one of the sturdy plastic cases.
Total number of movies:
Total number of TV episodes:
Total spent of these silly things:
Total viewing time: 183,371 minutes = 3056 hours = 127.34 days straight
(or until the cows come home, or a little after)
How stupid is all this? I'm glad I did this 'exercise' as it proves that I am basically stupid and a 'collector' with unreasonable wants. I would have to watch 1 movie and one TV episode EVERY DAY for over