Shelf Abuse - Or How To Organise Your DVDs
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 16:54 by Dan Jolin in Empire States
Earth-shattering news! I’ve recently moved house. Which, aside from the usual acute stresses, has brought up a rather important issue: how do I arrange my DVD collection in my new front room? In Old House, there was no order. One section was vaguely assigned ‘favourites’, although if I’m honest, that was the most visible element and I wanted it filled with the coolest-looking titles (the Region 1 limited edition wooden box version of The (original) Wicker Man; all three extended editions of The Lord Of The Rings; the Dollars trilogy set; the vanilla disc of Commando), which would best say to visitors: “Behold My Discs Ye Mighty And Be Slightly Impressed”. The rest was a random pile gradually built up over years of blagging and raiding the Reviews Editor’s post.
I did make an effort to resolve this unseemly chaos about a year ago. On the advice of Nick “Triple G” De Semlyen, I bought a digital library which files all your titles for you by using your computer to scan the barcodes of your discs. This has the added advantage of me having a fully recorded library just in case I’m burgled by somone who has impeccable film taste and a big lorry, for my insurance claim. For a while, I became worryingly obsessed with scanning my discs and watching the covers magically appear on a virtual shelf. But after about 300 entries the novelty faded and my annoyance at the less-than-reliable scanning device (more often than not I was finding myself keying in the barcode number like a sullen teen at a Somerfield checkout) led to the abortion of the digital library project with less than half my collection recorded.
But I digress. We’re talking here about the analogue library. How best to arrange it? The first instinct is to follow the example of my music library, kick it old-school, and go A-Z. But then, if you go alphabetically by title, you split up works by the same director. It’s just not right to have Fargo, The Big Lebowski and Miller’s Crossing all stacked separately from each other. You could upset anti-auteur theorists and go alphabetically by director. But then what about franchises? A New Hope would be under ‘L’, Empire under ‘K’ and Jedi under ‘M’. Sure, they’d be near each other, but not even in the right order. Even worse, director A-Z would mess up my various ‘sets’ — for example, the Studio Ghibli ‘set’; they all look so good together, so I’d hate to split the Miyazakis from the non-Miyazakis.
What else? I once, on a particularly rainy day, rearranged my CDs by genre. But that became a headache of arbitrary pigeonholing: “So is this trance or progressive house?”. Imagine attempting that for movies. I don’t want my front room to look like Blockbuster, which means I’d end up agonising over where to file the likes of Fight Club (comedy? thriller? action?) and Aliens (action? horror? Sci-fi?), while all the Woody Allens would be divided into two sections (tragicomedy and comitragedy). No. Ain’t gonna happen.
I guess I could arrange it all chronologically (from the films of Mitchell and Kenyon to, er, Vantage Point), which would make adding new titles a cinch. Or go full-on High Fidelity and do it autobiographically chronologically — from The Empire Strikes Back (I don’t own Star Trek: The Motion Picture or Grease, which I’d seen before that) to, er, Vantage Point — while I’d be able to put all the DVDs I own but have not yet watched all in one place. Neither, of course, fully satisfies.
Well, bugger it, they’re all still in boxes up in the spare room, anyway. I couldn’t even find my copy of Jerry Maguire (which I’ve still never seen) if I wanted to. I’m not likely to get around putting up all the required shelves for months, so there’s plenty of time to mull it over — and any suggestions, of course, are most welcome. One thing’s for sure though: the TV DVDs and movie DVDs are not going to mix. These things are Important.
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Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 10:48
Chronologicaly never works, neither does by certificates, even then they have to be Alphabatised to make any sense.
A-Z is the best way, if you have the space (Though I've allocated separate areas also to the Pirates' trilogy, the films by and starring, including Q&As, Kevin Smith, Animated movies, Comic book films, and movie spin offs of TV shows, which also contain films starring majorly TV actors such as Magicians, are in the TV section (Which is separated into TV and Animated TV, and animated TV is separated into The works of Matt Groening, Seth MacFarlane, Mike Judge and an others area)
and now a newer region I call "The Future" which stores my 6 Blu-Ray's that aren't inmy top 100, separate area, or animated.
Good luck with the DVD stuff, it's a hassle, but ultimately looking at a beautiful collection is it's own reward.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:11
My dvds are all hidden away in boxes, but my CD collection is in colour order. Trust me, it really works.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:16
a-z by director is my favourite method, with series like star wars all coming under L for lucas, so the miyazaki films would go under either m for miyazaki or g for ghibli (or in my case d for disney, as i only have the ones disney distributed a few years back). tv series are filed alphabetically by title, seperate from films.
oh and i seperate my criterions in spine number order. they live on a different bookcase. alongside the masters of cinema films (also in spine number).
this makes me feel like a nerd.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:23
I never mix my film DVDs with my tv DVDs either. It's just wrong! I recommend you go for the A-Z. It is so much fun when you are looking at your dvd collection in alphabetical order. I get quite excited when I put a new dvd in my alphabetised collection (yes, I am sad). I don't have a big collection of Blu-Rays yet, but they have there own seperate section.
Also, your DVD collection could do with a bit of dusting, ha.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:32
This is very nerdy, but something that has to be done. You can't just have chaos. How do you find the film you want to want to watch unless you have some order? There must be order, dammit!
The only system that I've found that works sensibly is alphabetical by film title. Simple. A at the start, Z at the end, jobs a good un. Star Wars are all together, as are lord of the ring and the godfather. No matter what system you choose, you can't happily fit every dvd into that system without a small amount of compromise, so you either split you special ghibli boxes, or put them in the box alphabetically, then put them on the shelf in the spot that matches the first film. TV and movies definitely separate though.
Ah, so this is why I don't have a girlfriend!
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:35
I separate out me deluxe stuff (Cinema Reserve in their pretty metal cases) and Criterions, TV, and posh boxes (Band of Brothers satchel; Dances With Wolves proper Indian leather binding, etc). Then the rest in broad genres. It's impossible to drill down too far so don't worry about it. I just know where to aim if I'm looking for horror like Hostel (where kids can reach) or Pixar (top shelf behind locked glass doors and laser cannon sentries).
Oh, and never mind the dust. Someone has stolen your Across The Universe DVD! Or are you like me and keep back the cardboard sleeve when you loan one out? :)
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:36
A-Z by title, and nice looking sets and boxes on their own somewhere visible, so that all guests can see them and admire them in awe.
And of course, TV and movie DVDs separately. It goes without saying. We're not savages.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:38
"a-z by director is my favourite method, with series like star wars all coming under L for lucas [...]. tv series are filed alphabetically by title, seperate from films."
I do the exact same thing, and of course each dvd is placed chronologically within each director...
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:41
Firstly, congratulations to whoever owns the DVDs pictured above. Oscar should be in everyones collection.
On the subject of organisation there can be none. Whatever method you choose will change 15 discs into implementing it. You'll start with alphabetical, then you'll group the boxsets and trilogies seperately. Then group the tv stuff seperately and in alphabetical order and by series number. Then you'll realise your favourite DVD playlist are now three shelves apart and make a favourites shelf too and by then you may as well have spread them over the floor as tiles because it would be easier to find them. Give up now or become an anal retentive who is obsessed with every DVD being 0.8 milimetres apart from its neighbours and that way madness lies.
Oh and American Sweethearts is the most underated romcom in years, John Cusack is a god.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:43
A-Z is a must to avoid headaches (as you say genre is a no-go and star wars can't be apart) and I don't get the tv apart from movies but thats because I also have stand-ups so where would they fit? oh the hassle haha.
This is in an ideal world though and as I am in a student flat I have 300 or so on the shelves (favorites ordered by director-ish) while the other 700 or so are under the bed alphabetically (it hurts to have them there).
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:44
I have several sections in my order.
I have boxsets under on one self, all sopranos, LOTR, Star Wars together in chronologically but the rest that are not in multiple boxset, ie band of brothers, bladerunner etc are just stacked up neatly. I feel with box sets they are big enough just to find and don't really need to be in an order.
There is favourite directors sections in chronological ie Scorsese Mean Streets through The Departed. Kevin Smith, Speilberg, Kubrick, Tarantino, Woody Allen, Oliver Stone all come under this.
All others are by genre and within that are in alphabetical order.
Complicated to the untrained eye but when a friend asks for a certain film i can merrily explain to them where the film is on the shelf and why it is that position to which they reply "You are a geek! now shut and give me a loan of The Untouchables".
And of course Tv is separate from film. (except in box sets)
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 11:52
As boring as it is, I agree with the A-Z method. I have all of mine, from 2001 to Zodiac, and its so easy to find everything. I find that its the films themselves that make the collection look impressive, not really the order they're in. The way I have it, is all of my dvds in alphabetical order, and then right at the end I have all of my Hitchcock's in chronological order. It's not hugely exciting but it works! Go for practicality!
Oh, and keeping TV and film away from each other goes without saying. Its just common sense
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:03
Thanks for the thoughts so far! Seems A-Z by title or A-Z by director form the two main tribes. The latter definitely needs box sets put aside, though, surely!
Oh, and just for the record, that picture above: NOT from my collection. Although I really should own a documentary about cuttlefish. They are the coolest animals in the sea.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:14
ok, so we all know TV should never be on the same shelf as film. Ever. It's like crossing the beams!
But how do you handle Serenity? Or the X-Files movie? I have them with their TV equivalent boxsets, but it looks odd... argh!
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:20
I store by studio label, all Warner Bros. clipper cases next to each other, likewise Universal, Disney, Paramount etc. Then within each studio I store by title and colour of the cover. Firefly does slot next to Serenity and it would be disrespectful not to.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:32
My wife always moans at me when I try organising the DVDs - only because she can never be bothered to put them back in to the right place... I tend to group by director(s) where possible, and chronologically within that group (unless there are several in the same series, in which case they are sub-grouped together, chronologically - e.g. David Lynch - all chronological except Twin Peaks series + film, which go together). TV series ALWAYS HAVE TO BE in series order. Anything that can't be lumped together by director etc. gets grouped in general genre categories
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:38
A-Z by title is my order of choice. However I have a special section that I reserve purely for boxsets (Non TV) and collections of films I want to keep in chronological order. They're a separate shelf altogether.
TV stuff will always be at the end of the film DVDs.
Zatoichi - A-Team Boxset.
That's how it should be.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:44
Baconising. It's the way forward. Adopting the rules of 6 Degrees of Kevin Bacon allows you to both organise your DVDs and geek out royally at the same time. To the untrained observer, there may be no discernable system, but imagine the look on the faces of those you explain it to - the ones who will appreciate it!
It's not ideal - working in foreign language movies can be difficult - but the gaps just give you an excuse to go out and buy movies that help you fill them!
I've gone to the bad place haven't I?
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:46
I can't bring myself to order my DVDs other than having sequels, trilogies (quadrilogies?) together. It drives me mental looking for stuff sometimes, but the psychiatric concerns I'd have if I alphabetised them worries me far more. Just looking now, Das Experiment is crowded in by Enemy Of The State (don't you laugh at me...) and Richard Pryor in concert. Anything else is far, far too anal. Sorry.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:48
my categorisation always tries to link seamlessly from one actor/actress/director to another by way of a common link. so I might go from Brad Pitt - Harrison Ford by way of any Robert Redford and River Phoenix collections (Brad Pitt and Robert Redford both being in Spy Game, and Robert Redford and River Phoenix both being in Sneakers).
I did think that this might help in random games of six degrees of separation whilst on long car journeys but I've recently discovered that it doesn't!
Obviously though, there are exceptions. all foreign language films are grouped together, as are all British films. Lord of the Rings takes pride of place in the most prominent position, in what I have affectionately named LOTR Corner, and any extra special directors get there own section, f'rinstance Ridley Scott, The Coens, Michael Mann. And all Christmas films have been looked and kept to the side for viewing over the next four weeks.
Having said that though, it's in some serious need of some care and attention.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:54
Try throwing a wife and 3 kids into the equation! Previously all DVD's were strictly A-Z (TV series separately, of course), but a couple of weeks ago the missus decided to reorganise. Now have a shelf for ones we both like, one for DVDs she would watch when I'm away (chick flicks, predominately), one for mine, that she'll never watch in a million years (Serenity on that!!!), one for kids films (Disney, Pixar etc. ) and ones for kids TV. Takes me an hour to find a film I want now, as I have to decide what category she's filed it under....
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:54
Here's the issue I had (and still have). Putting your DVD collection in any kind of order is somewhat counter-productive to your movie watching experience.
Here's why. Lets say you get home from a hard days work (something I'm sure happens occasionally) and you feel like watching a movie, but you're not quite sure which one. If you're like me, you'll have popped to the shops before getting home, browsed for about half an hour and then taken home a new DVD for your viewing pleasure, but then, do that enough and it incurs the bank calling you in a threatening manner and big men turning up at your door requesting your copy of Annie on Blu Ray.
So instead, you go for an "already seen" movie, and thus, you move to your collection. Now, lets say, hypothetically, your movie collection is in alphabetical order.
Well, you start at the A's, skim down the collection and eventually pick a movie from, maybe, somewhere in the D's because today you're in the mood for Desperado.
Now, the next time this happens, you'll maybe be in the mood for something else, something in the E's, or maybe even in the A's. But, they're all pretty low letters and, more often than not, you'll find something good in the first half of the alphabet and the second half of your movie collection will feel abandoned. You'll miss out on forgotten gems.
It's for this reason and this (rather weak) reason only that I not only have my DVD's in whatever order they happen to be in, (and also have them dotted around the house, half of them are in my bedroom, another half in the study, no singular shelf for them all), but the order changes all the time as well, after I've finished watching a movie, I'll place it back wherever I deem fit, not where it was before.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 13:13
Good LORD Daniel....you have opened up Pandora's Box with this one!
I have a rather unique and novel approach to organising by DVD collection.
It is in order of when Ifirst viewed the films - so in a sense, it's chronological to my life. We all know that what you have on your DVD shelf reflects upon you when other people come to visit, and as Dan says above, the ol' trusty method of putting the coolest and best films in the most prominent place is most peoples trick.
But for the ultimate "What does my film collection say about me" statement, organising them as and when you saw them is a much more interesting statement. For example, my DVD collection reveals that it was not until 2002 that I finally got round to buying & watching the Godfather trilogy, but I had already seen Jurassic Park, Independance Day & Alien 3. Which is, frankly, embarrasing. However, the good news is that 'Way out West' is filed in the 80's, as is Withnail & I.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 13:26
It's simple - First off, your top shelf is reserved for favourites & shiny/cool boxsets. Then it's divided into types of DVD i.e. feature film, tv, comedy, sports etc & sub-divided into alphabetical order. Saves confusion & also means I can put Batman Begins & The Dark Knight side by side in my favourites & not separated buy the laws of the alphabet. I also keep a spreadsheet on Excel of the DVD's I own - it's quite handy and not at all nerdy.
My growing blu-ray collection could muck things up though...
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 13:36
I tried all sorts of organising:
- size/material of the box
- show-off quality
I ended up with putting them on the shelf in the order of "F*** this mess, I can't be arsed anymore!"
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 13:48
Welcome to my world!
I take no end of stick for my DVD collection. I have around 600 titles, and if you want to find something it's probably best to just ask me where it is. It's arranged by "the reason I bought it." So there are groups of films by the same director, groups with the same actor, genre sections etc. You also end up with overlapping groups, the Al Pacino section leads in to the De Niro section which leads into the Scorseses. You are also required to make some tough choices, does Apollo 13 go with the Tom Hanks films or the Ron Howard films? The answer, of course, is that it goes with the Kevin Bacon films. Certain people trump everything. In fact, my DVD collection quite often resembles a long run on game of Six degrees of Kevin Bacon.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 13:48
I recently changed it from an all-in A-Z to a four section, Film/TV/Stand-up/Music A-Z effort. I also went mad for Blu Ray this week and bought a load of titles, and couldn't decide where to put them, though I ended up just putting them in with the films (or in Rush's case, the music).
Still, where does Al Murray's Happy Hour go? TV? Standup? IT'S BOTH. My mother found me convulsing on the bedroom floor and I was rushed to hospital, from where I am writing this.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 13:52
I'm all about the A - Z by title. It is the simplest overall, but as was mentioned before there are some headaches, such as films that begin with a number. Should 30 days of night go at the beginning before the alphabet, or should it go under T for Thirty? (I go for the latter generally)
Alphabetical almost always keeps series of films together too which is nice. But when I go to buy the Dark Knight I'll be in a tight spot. It should not be separated from Batman Begins, but if I compromise the system then it's the thin end of the wedge, total chaos - ironically, just what the joker would want.
Obviously TV is kept separate, as are stand-up shows and Music DVD's. Within their respective sections, all are organised alphabetically too.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 13:53
Mine are organised in studios e.g Warner, Fox, Paramount, as most companies generally keep the same basic sleeve layout for most titles, it makes it look all the more tidy on the shelves. Tv series are kept seperate and so are the digipacks and cardboard slip cases that first editions used to come in years ago ('cause now they like to put 'em in the nice metal cases). And of course the Blu Ray ones have taken pride of place on the middle shelf for ease of access and to just show 'em off.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 14:08
Yeah I'm a recent convert to the A-Z method myself. I used to have a sort of kind of order- sorted by director but not in A-Z order, just my favourite directors first. Now I have the whole lot alphabetised by title which works a treat when looking for a particular film BUT, and this is the worst thing about it, when you add a new one or put back one that's just been returned by a friend you have to reshuffle every bloody shelf to fit it in.
I keep my Coen brothers movies and blu-rays on their own shelves though.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 14:09
the way i do it as i also have the trouble of a lot of dvds and have had them laid on my bedroom floor wandering what to do.
The best way is to do it A - Z but when it came to setd like the friday the 13th series and sergio leone i put friday under f and they would ALL go under f inbcluding jason x etc and sergio leone i put his films in two parts as dollars trilogy so all the 3 films would be under d and the once upon a time trilogy which is once upon a time in the west, fistful of dyanmite and once upon a time in america would be put together under O.
By this way it has been so easy for me it may help you guys who love film and especially dvds like me
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 14:09
I've always gone A - Z but in a register style, so the italian job comes under J - if that makes sense?
I sometimes think about separating them into main star catagories so like a Sandler section or a Carrey section and then into alphabetical order but then where would you oceans 11 et al? It could get too complicated and I think my wife would probably leave me!!!
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 14:18
Arrange them by 'Mood'. Its the only thing that makes sense.
so if you think, ah I really fancy a comic book action lfick, they are all together.
Martial arts, all together but then subdivided into historical epics, Jackie chan comedies, wushu swordplay etc. Black comedies together, animation separate. It all makes much more sense as you start from deciding what kind of film you are in the mood for and it goes from there.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 14:51
The best way in my opinion is A-Z by title with trilogies and series put together and filed under the title of the first film to come out, hence all Star Wars films go under S, Terminator under T etc
Trilogies out of order like Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal/Red Dragon, are filed by release date under the first film, which is (usually) the biggest film, which in this case is absolutely true.
Then you take out any music/TV/stand-up comedy DVDs or box sets and put them all together in the same vein, then it makes sense.
Generally though, I have such a problem choosing what film to watch I generally leave it up to some variation on the 'close eyes and point' method.
It's often to bad that I can't watch films in a series out of order, or else I have to go to beginning and watch them all chronologically, and that can seriously sap your time.
At the moment I'm a student so I don't have space for all my DVDs here, at the moment they're limited to: complete Eddie Izzard, complete Only Fools and Horses, complete James Bond Ultimate, Family Guy Season 7, Eastern Promises, Superbad, Iron Man, Charlie Wilson's War, The Brave One and Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shambala (yes, that would be anime).
Favourite at the moment has to be Only Fools, gotta love the 1981 humour of it all.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:03
First off - WOW! I dont think i have seen a blog get such a response before.
Secondly, there is no ONE BEST WAY. The only way for a pureist to organise their library is the long and painful Nick Hornby way. Make your own system that makes sense to you and then defend it vehemently (thank you daily dictionary!) with any mates who dare challenge your decision of putting Hulk beside Spider-man (genre perhaps) only to be followed by The Quick and Dead (director). Basically one DVD has to link with the two either side of it and that is about it really.
Although a separate area for box-sets is definately required. No logic will allow a 4 disc LOTR to sit beside Lord of War.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:04
...In fact no logic will allow you to own a copy of Lord of War in the first place.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:14
I'd go with what you started with. Favourites front and centre for all to see and worship and all the embarrassing ones (Street Fighter, what the fuck was I thinking?) at the back. That way you can keep your Leone's, Scorsese's and Kurosawa's together.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:26
AFGHAN JONES ! ! ! the only person who knows what there on about ! ! ! its unbelievable how many people think A-Z is the best way to arrange said collection, you should all be banned from empire for even thinking this let alone spending an afternoon putting the likes of lord of the rings next to lord of war next to lord of the dance (just me then) cool hand luke next to cool running’s ! ! ! you people make no sense at all. I watch a film to fall asleep to every night and if you have or have seen as many as me or Mr Afghan you’ll know you don’t just go wham, the last crusade or boom jingle all the way. You stand and ponder, think what kind of film you fancy, what your in the Mood for. So you think I fancy a bit of fantasy a bit of swashbuckling a bit of magic so you head straight for the precious (standard) but then whats this next door you have the likes of princess bride, pirates & willow. Bit further along you get to your pans labyrinths and they go into the shady horrors like the village, interviews with and alien. Now hears where it get a little tricky but its your collection peep’s go with what you like mix it up! As far as im concerned any trilogy or quad splitting is a sin of the highest caliber and should only be allowed with indy which IS A TRILOGY ! ! ! enough said. So Aliens obviously ends at 3 as well then chuck in predator that will then bring you to your ridiculous sci-fi actions followed by normal action which leads to stuff like heat and the untouchables that’ll then take you into your slow paced gangsters which will speed up into you snatch’s and layer cakes. It’s the only way to do it people and you’ll probably be able to arrange them quickly enough based on the fact then when you buy films you buy things to your taste that are similar to (and then name 4 or 5 others in your collection) its that easy. Mood/genre/wildcards ! ! !
It makes picking a film a lot better and somewhat easier. And if you have doubts name a film and I’ll chuck 5 bangers either side to put you in your place. Many thanks rolfaroo ! ! !
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:47
see, arranged by Mood makes sense.
especially if you have your DVDs as a whole wall rather than a long shelf.
Means you can have historical epics, leading into fantasy epics next door but with westerns above for the slightly historical leanings and with Modern War films below.
Or brainless 80's action flicks when you're in the mood for something light, with martial arts/samurai starting below, more cerebral films like Heat, Bourne etc leading off to the side, then above youve got Starship troopers, Robocop etc, leading into Jurassic Park, aliens, Predator into King Kong & Jaws, into Hulk, into Spiderman, into Batman, into Blade which goes into the Matrix & other gunplay but with proper vampire films below. etc etc.
Its all about moods
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:55
your all twats
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 17:26
I have yet to arrange all my DVD's on my shelves but i do have them catalogued on my laptop in a digital library which is a Godsend as i can always keep tabs of which DVD's i've loaned etc. I would be lost without it now:) !!
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 17:36
What's up with that collection? Each to their own... but 'Oscar'?!
I've given up trying to organise dvds. I'm always having to make more space for new purchases and frankly can't be arsed to reorganise them each time.
There's no point in A-Z even, because of sequels or companion pieces with completely different names - Batman Begins/ Dark Knight, Bond series etc.
By Certificate - looks neat, but mucks up any series of films with different ratings.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 17:37
ps. Genre types are probably best way of sorting them out. Like someone else said, it makes picking a film a damn site easier.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 18:30
It's always A-Z with me. I get mocked for having such precisely organised DVD and CD collections by my housemates (one even goes to the painstaking effort of swapping two of my 300-odd CDs everytime he visits. Just two. Every. Fucking. Time.), but none of them have more than, say, twenty or thirty DVDs or CDs to deal with. Above that, you're gonna need to alphabetize.
I've had a few issues with the system, sure. The Dollars trilogy comes in order, but with ten other films between the A Few Dollars... and The Good, The Bad... Also, I'm dreading The Dark Knight's release, that'll be a right bitch.
The only exceptions I've made to the rule are television boxsets (on a little rack on my desk, looking lovely.) I've kept strict here to though, my French releases of Moonlighting are placed under 'C', for 'Clair De Lune', the French title.
The other exception are my Disney Animated Classics. At first they were mixed in without any special favour. But then I took on the task of collecting all of the 'Animated Classic' canon, and once I hit 25 I felt they deserved their own shelf atop the rest of my collection. Once they outgrew that shelf (I now have 32, so if you ever want to borrow any...) I placed them on a longer shelf, away from my other DVDs. Cos, you know, we don't want them getting jealous or anything...
All I really know is that whenever I move, or let the organisation fall to pot, there is no more satisfying an afternoon than one spent rearranging your DVDs and CDs (alphabetized by artist (surname, not forename), and then chronologically within artist (eg. Asleep at the Back through to The Seldom Seen Kid.))
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 18:48
Mine are by Genre, and I wouldn't do it differently. Sure its a hassle to categorize certain films, but by cleverly organising the categories themselves you can create 'inbetween' genres - so if you put action next to comedy, you can put 'action comedy' in the middle!
Sci-fi can segway into fantasy and so on...
After that your free to arrange by actor or director - some directors will be split up, but a surprising amount stay together.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 18:53
Also ended up giving superheroes there own category. Sign of the times?
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 19:21
Such organisation skills! As a librarian I'm impressed. And yet, my DVDs are not in any kind of order, nor are my CDs or my books. Why? Because I like browsing. If you spend 5 minutes looking for a particular movie chances are you'll come across something you haven't seen in decades and watch that instead. Never fails for me.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 20:07
I have arranged all of my film DVDs in order of release, from the Wizard of Oz to Iron Man. I have separated my animated movies into their own section, from Snow White to Wall-E. I have also created separate sections for my television shows (also in chronological order) and music DVDs.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 21:41
A-Z of titles all the way.
keep big box sets seperate, as well as TV DVDs.
Simple quick (except for the occasional "do i count 'the' if it seems an important part of the title or never at all?" or "do i count a??!?!?!" the latter required much deliberation...) and easy.
althouhg i don't have that many DVD's, only really 2 shelves worth and just shy of 100 i think...
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 22:20
Go by studio
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 22:23
I agree with whoever it was who said that you'll start organising them A-Z and then it'll just crumble into madness.
I have my dvds in certificate order and then alphabetised within that. I have to say that I make certain exceptions (harry potters all together, all of the disney films are alphabetised under 'Disney', and all box sets are in a different area on display. I keep my tv/comedy dvds in a different area - the tv dvds are A-Z and in series order and then at the end of the tv is the comedy section A-Z by comedian and then chronologically within that.
It sounds ridiculous and complicated when i actually explain it like that, but once you've put it together it's very easy to find what you want and it also looks nice...
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 22:28
Alphabetically, with box sets and suitablly impressive ones seperately. TV box sets must be seperate along with Stand-up comedy!
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 23:19
A - Z. ALWAYS. How else are you going to find things for quick reference?
Oh, that picture up there isn't in any order. It irks me so.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 23:22
That said, I am in a bit of a conundrum. I already have Batman, Batman Returns, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and Batman Begins, but when I get The Dark Knight, does that go next to Batman Begins, or between Dangerous Minds and Dawn of the Dead?
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 23:34
Back in the day, when my DVD collection was my VHS collection, I used to organise my movies according to...
Wait for it...
No, seriously. So I'd go from Us to 18s. That way, if I was in the mood for an 18, I could just scan the relevant section. Any series or franchises were kept apart from the rest.
Now, though, I just adopt the Rafa Benitez method and rotate them constantly. It keeps me on my toes. Which is a nice way of saying that I can't be arsed sorting them out anymore.
Oh, and I had the same thing with Delicious Library - the novelty of scanning in your DVD collection wears off mighty quick.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 23:44
This is interesting that everyone seems to have a different method. I have a DVD cupboard for the majority of my collection and racks for the ones that I consider the jewels of my collection. Both sections are sorted alphabetically, with the exception being franchises kept together e.g. The Dark Knight will go with the Batman films, Pitch Black goes with the Chronicles of Riddick, etc.
Preferential treatment goes to franchises whose spines make a picture like the original James Bond collection and Star Trek films. Totally agree on separating TV DVDs from the films. They get their own section entirely for ease, because I tend to watch them more often.
Of course the pathetic thing I used to do was play connections between my films, trying to see if I could make some connection between all of my films, albeit by actors, directors, or production companies if I got desperate. This page has made me happy that I'm not the only DVD geek out there!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 00:32
for those of you with children be warned!
I thought i'd be the good dad and arrange all the disney/pixar, cartoons, etc on the bottom shelf of the dvd collection, so the bairns can pick a dvd to watch easily. (top shelf reserved for collections, bond, lotr, indy etc, the rest are a-z)
this worked fine until I found my special edition red cover Beauty and the Beast DVD lying next to the telly, dvds lying face down on the laminate floor. the previously pristine cover ripped across the cover in two places, rendering it worthless, (currently goes for £70+ on ebay!)
The Lion King DVD has been split in two pieces so we only have Disc 2 to watch and Toy story 2 has got Jam all over it. Less said about Madagascar the better.
the little buggers are now banned from the DVD shelf.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 00:41
How strange that none of your DVDs have certificates on the spine! Why is that?
Anyway, I order mine by certificate.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 00:43
I arrange back and forth, making exceptions here and there.
I find rearranging my collection every now and then rewarding, as you can be reminded of the wonderful films you have come into possession of over the years (the ones I'm not too proud of - mainly gifted - I have stowed away on another, less prominent shelf). So, sometimes I'll go by director, sometimes by alphabetical order. Currently, I'm going chronologically, so that I may see the films in relation to each other through time... an evolution you might call it.
I do, however, abide by a set of rules:
1. series are NOT broken up. My "Alien" DVDs all follow in the Ridley Scott category, or directly following it in 1979.
2. I do not mix my box sets and snap-cases. It does NOT work very well, stylistically.
3. TV and Movies DO NOT MIX. Never never never.
4. If there is but a meager amount of shelf space taken up by DVDs, I have to vote some off the shelf. It might be that they are just placed on a small open area, or "displayed" somehow... but to have an ultimately empty shelf is to have the nagging desire to go out and BUY.
That's how I do it.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 02:21
Ahhhhh, the joys of sorting out a DVD collection. I have a huge DVD collection, somewhere in the range of 600-700 and quite honestly I find it immensely satisfying sorting through my DVD collection, sometimes for hours on end. The first problem, TV DVDs and movie DVDs DO NOT GO TOGETHER, your quite right. So the only answer is to seperate them. I have all my TV DVDs dedcicated to entire shelf away from all movie DVDs and boxsets. This can include anything to do with TV that has been released on DVD, e.g. TV series boxsets (I have all my X Files, Millenium, Supernatural, Heroes etc together). After this could be TV films, dramas or thrillers that have been on TV and are now on DVD (I have Goodnight Mr. Tom, Ghostboat, and the like all together). Lastly documentries can be grouped together (I have NASA Space, Blue Planet, Earth etc) all put together. So these are all nicely separated from my main shelves with the films on and I easily know where to look for a TV series.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 08:07
I group mine by favourite directors of which I just have to own every dvd regarldless of quality. I'm a completist at heart. So Coens next to Jackson, next to Singer next to Fincher next to Smith etc. It gets a bit tricky after that. You can not seperate sequels regardless of director. So my original superman trilogy is squeezed in before the Singer section (for superman returns - it's chronological) but then what do you do with lethal weapon?! It just goes from bad to worse. At the moment, until i have time it will remain roughly by director, with odd dvds jammed in to fill the gaps. TV has to be separate from film which is seperate from stand up which is seperate from music. It's just not right any other way.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 09:05
Have a franchise shelf (with all your Halloween & Police Academy films on ;P ) ... Then the rest can go on a different shelf in alphabetical order by director.
Although, I like the idea of doing the spine rainbow pattern as the photo illustrates.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 09:14
I see a lot of chronological set-ups so what do you do with say my Jurassic Park Ultimate Collection? I saw Jurassic Park aged 3 Lost World aged 8 and 3 when I was 12 but they share a box!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 09:36
Dan, what was the name of the digital library software?
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 11:15
I went for the simple A-Z by title approach (though I try to keep the franchises together). After that I typed up a list of everything I had. I thought this was the only solution as I can no longer be certain what I owned.
The listing means friends and family can easily see if they want to borow anything. On the list each DVD is given its genre and a one sentence description to aid the reader. Which is really helpful in my mother's case as she never knows what she's seen. It was so much fun writing the description for Star Wars as 'You've seen it' or in the case for Die Hard 'Do you really need to be told'.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 11:48
Yeh I'd like to know the name of the software too.
For now, at least, I avoid this problem by having my DVD's in two carry cases at my uni digs and the boxes stored away nicely at home. When I do face the problem I think I'll go for the A-Z by title, with the exception of keeping franchises together. I may also reserve some space in a dark corner for the more embarrassing titles in my collection (I liked You, Me and Dupree...shoot me!)
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 12:08
For me it's genre all the way, but with a twist. I tend to categorise my DVDs by genre AND mood. For example, if of an evening I am in the mood for some random slaughterage I can head straight to the Arnie/Die Hard/Other Action Stuff section and much time is saved! I also have such a ridiculous amount of DVDs (over 600 at last count) that A-Z really would not work for me. I would forget what I have, so I much prefer to have movies grouped stylistically. I also tend to use crossover films to span genres, for example, my beautiful Alien Quadrilogy boxset sits nicely between Sci-Fi and Horror, linking the two together and making sure the whole thing flows! I used to manage a music shop, so my merchandising skills come in handy at times! There's nothing more therapeutic for me than having a good rearrange of the DVD stash.
Also, TV DVDs should always be kept separately from movies, absolutely!!!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 12:39
I'm with the mood method. Makes it so much easy when you know what sort of thing you fancy.
So all my comic book movies (Superman, Batman et all) are together, leading into sci fi (Star Wars, Close Encounters, Predator), into Sci fi horror (Aliens Vs Predator, Alien, Event Horizon) into Horror (starting with monsters going into slashers) into thrillers (Zodiac) and so on.
Then the other unit is Pixar into Disney into other cartoons into comedy (split slapstick, then rom com etc)
Of course all categories are my definition of the genre, well they are my films so its only right I know where they are.
The only exception is new DVDs that I have yet to watch, they are all lumped together, on one shelf. Once watched they will be slotted into the appropriate mood section.
And Mr Bear, I feel your pain. My red cover Beauty and the Beast got damaged in our house move.
Apolgies if this post comes through more than once, my pc is playing up.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 13:04
Everyone here is storing DVDs in a 1-dimensional (top to bottom or left to right) system which to be honest is the only way on an average shelf space. However the perfect organisation can not be solved in this way and if we are going to be geeky about this we may as well try to find the perfect solution. What if we start storing them in 2 dimensions, such as A-Z along the horizontal and directorial A-Z along the vertical. You would need, say, and entire wall to do this, but the possibilities are endless. You could combine any two axis and get a system that works for both. You would get empty patches on some parts, but this would encourage you to seek out new film (possibly foreign) by directors with different names and you might find some hidden gems. If you really want to go to town and you have a small room to play with why not introduce a third axis! Alas anymore and you are going off into theoretical physics.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 13:55
I am currently using the good old A-Z method at the moment, but this is going to cause a BIG problem when The Dark Knight comes out on DVD.... seems wrong to have all the batman films together in the "B" section, and then have TDK seperate in the "D" section!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 15:03
Mine are sorted By Director with Tony Scotts Right at the top of the rack .
Also i keep my Bond Films And foreign films in a separate stack and My Docs and TV DVDS.also kept seperate.
It maybe OCD but i have to have mine JUST so or else war will break out
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 17:12
A-Z by movie title is my preference. But it does immediately bring about its own problems. Tv seperate from film obviously, stand up again seperate, same with sport. (well, I own the Ashes box set and a couple of England Rugby dvd's, none of those Ian Wrights top 100 footy gaffes!)
Seperate from the a-z list I have a favourites shelf. Which also incorporates directors collections. Scorsese - Mean Streets to Departed (soon to be Shine A Light, but does that go with my music dvd's?!)and Kevin Smith Clerks - Q&A 3 (see already blown it Q&A is stand up strictly!)
Hell I don't know. Stop being lazy and asking us to organise your life! ;-)
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 18:31
I always end up putting the best looking cases in the front row of my DVD cabinet, sad but true.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 21:57
Alphabetical for me. Takes too long to find anything otherwise.
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 23:10
I don't understand this whole 'keeping TV DVDs and movies separate' thing.
Just to freak you all out, my collection goes: "Flight of the Navigator, Forrest Gump, Four Brothers, Frasier Series' 1 - 5, Friday Night Lights, From Hell....."
and "Scarface, Schindler's List, The Science of Sleep, Scrubs Series 1 - 5, Se7en, Secretary, Serenity...."
The True Mooseman
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 08:51
I know - What exactly is wrong with TV? Are you seriously suggesting that Firefly does not deserve it's position between Finding Nemo and Garden State? (Actually, Firefly is next to Serenity but thats only because of sequel order)
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 13:04
Lots of people have mentioned the specific problem with when the Batman films and how filing under A-Z ruins this. How about filing under B for 'Batman' you bunch of numb nuts.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 17:42
you are all twats
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 18:34
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Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 13:20
I have 500+ dvds and I've found the best way ot organise is the 'mood' method as described by some of the previous posters.
That way my wife can always find something she is in the mood for when I'm out as well, rather than trying to remember a specific title.
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 14:00
I have at least 150 DVDs, and I thought that was a lot, but 500?!! 700?!! I wish I had that much space. I have not got shelves, and it is a pain to alphabetise my films when they are in boxes and under the bed (hurts me as well to have them there, but I try to protect the best by having them in mini boxes, e.g., shoeboxes, game console boxes (all of which are clean)). Thus, they are in random order. If I get around to organising them, I would have them in alphabetical order (semi-alphabetical at least, to allow for deluxe edition sections, etc.). A further point, I never let anyone borrow DVDs. This is a rule that applies to my best friends as well. Reason: some people can look after DVDs, others cannot. I OBSESSIVELY take care of my DVDs; I am careful in even opening the boxes. If I let some friends borrow, and not others, then this is unfair. Anyone else this obsessive?
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 15:07
A-Z by title unless there's a good reason not to; eg Stars Wars films are under S but are then chronological (New Hope first, Revenge Of The Sith last); artist box sets under artists surname eg Humphrey Bogart box sets go under B. Non-film eg telly, music, sport etc kept strictly separate.
320 films on DVD and the wife is starting to ask questions about storage...
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 16:59
I feel your pain. I really do. Being the proud owner of several hundred DVDs, spread over three large seperate book cases, I too was faced with the dreaded reorganisation as the result of a move. And here is what I settled on...i have different sections. Firstly, by director (Spielberg, Kubrick, Hitchcock, Fincher, Burton, Lucas, Smith, Cohens etc) incorporating alot of my favourites. Then the award winning/genuine classic shelf, chronologically, incorporating the best movies yet made, from Kane to Juno and all in between. Then comes the broad stokes of Action/Blockbuster movies, then Thrillers/Drama, then Comedy, Animation, and finally horror. And within all the broad strokes are funther divisions, for example the actions are divided into Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Simpson-Bruckheimer, Shane Black, Arnie/Sly, Comic, etc.
And the organisation is never complete, as ther is always a few movies that are just not in the right place.
I realise I have a problem. But I'm okay with it.
And I now know...I'm not alone...
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 20:29
Just like cathalomiochain, I have many book cases, and try to reunite dvd by directors (which are separated in groups, like Spielberg/Zemeckis/Dante then the Coen Brothers... and so on).
I have a separated part where I put Tv dvds.
An another with all asian stuff (From Miyazaki to Jacky Chan).
And an another part where I try to classified by Genre (Comedies, Action, Comic Book, Thriller...) separated also (The Frat Pack, Snl movies...).
And all of that it's arranged chronologically...
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 00:54
Well my girlfriend once put the DVDs I had at university(so not many) into running time order - shortest to longest. She was bored but It did work somewhat. There's a new one for you. She does have a full theory on all the nit-picky questions of sets being broken up etc, but I can't be bothered to go into the details right now.
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 02:26
I think the way you arrange your dvds/videos is a personal thing, (yes I still watch VHS tapes and I’m not going to convert them over, for one thing they haven't been put on dvd e.g. Heathers!) Everyone will suit a different method. But I believe the key is speed, you want to be able to find what you want as quickly as possible.
I have my movies separate from my TV series; I agree that's a must. If you only 30 minutes or hour free this quickly enables you to skip the 3 hour LOTRs movies.
I arrange mine together with similar plots so it is similar to genre but a little different if eliminates the problem of trilogies and director sets up. E.g. vampire movies, teen high school flicks, alien movies, rom coms etc this way it doesn't matter if you cant decide if Fight Club is a comedy, action, thriller it just goes with rocky 1 to whatever number we're up to, punch ups are the plot. E.g. Smokin Aces and Shoot Em Up are both shooter movies, The Family Stone and Dan in Real Life are both family romance movies.
It works for me, besides all my friends already think I’m a complete neat freak if I put my dvd and cd's in aphetically I’ll never hear the end of it!
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 05:22
i have just moved house and country and have alot less space as i also live now with my grilfrined... sigh there goes all my transformers into their dusty boxes to be stored to teh end of time.... anyways i have a bigger dilema that i have shelves taht are two dvds deep and the kille ris what goes at the front? i usually order mine by genre and then dependign on how they blend with other generes have thenm next to or near dierctor sets such as speilberg and the cohens. animation has its own little world as it makes up for almost half my collection. this has always worked well in my old appartment.... those were the days......
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 09:23
Seriously! I'd like to know who actually owns the DVDs in the photo shown! Just cause Indie Fav JUNO is in there does not make up for some of the others represented.
damn im good!
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 12:58
A-Z by movie title. Box sets and special edtions (i.e. criterion editions) seperate. TV seperate but A-Z also. It's the only way. Other wise you go insane.
Or you could jst do what I do and stack them in random piles. I do even have seperate piles though. Movies, Foreign movies, TV and Box Sets. I ran out of shelf space years ago. I also have a seperate section for the wifes DVD's. It's called behind the sofa. No way am I displaying Flash Dance, Dirty Dancing and other such shite with my premium collection.
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 17:03
I've got to go with the random arrangement. Basically when I put a film back on the shelves it goes wherever I can find the space at the time. Since i usually have anything from 3-10 films scattered on the floor at any one time this rarely means that a film goes back in the same place. This method has the added advantage that it forces me to look for the film by scanning just about every other film I have. So roughly half the time I end up watching a different film to the one I meant to, because I'll see a film I had forgotten about and then I find I want to watch that one rather than the original one.
Plus it frees up so much time that would be taken up organising, plus saves you the guilt you feel trying to fit the film back in the right order and the feelings if git-ishness this inevitable leads to.
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 19:33
I have them arranged by genre (Horror, Comedy, Action, etc...).
Superhero movies take up a whole shelf of their own now. Star Wars, Indiana Jones have their own shrine, with the prequels cunningly hidden behind Boba Fett. Bond has his own shelf with Bourne and M:I. Coppola has his own section along with Tarentino and Rodrigeuz. I also allow the bird to place her girly movies in a discreet corner of my shelves. Everything was painstakingly logged into a database and I really ought to start going out and having a life.....
I Miss Sunshine
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 22:11
In the photo it looks like you have ordered them chromatically (in colours). Is this a potentially genius filing system? Just remember the core colour of the box....easy!
Posted on Friday December 5, 2008, 22:49
Random ordering. Its the future. Embrace it with all your heart. You will find it very liberating - trust me.
Posted on Saturday December 6, 2008, 00:53
Reading this makes me feel like I belong. I am not alone in this matter no more. Thank you......
Posted on Saturday December 6, 2008, 09:08
Hi, i always used to mix and match. I put them in alphabetical order, with an extra special display case. Obviously in the display case were the best box's the original Wickerman in the wicker bag, all the ALIEN films together, all the Tarantino films together, all the M. Night Shyamaln together, the LOTR films with figures along with my RED DWARF DVD's with the models and all the others a feel should be displayed a little more enthusiastically.
Posted on Saturday December 6, 2008, 09:42
Personally, I have my top 50 completely seperate from the other DVD's. Then the rest are organised alphabetically with Trilogies and various series displayed together. It is difficult to do the top 50 but, that is also very satisfying and is a great talking point with friends.
Posted on Saturday December 6, 2008, 12:17
My way is a little odd but it works once you get it sorted!
first off i have them arranged in order of certificate! left hand side of the shelf it starts with the "u" certificates, and then as you make your way across it gradually makes its way to the "pg" etc...carry this on no matter how many shelves you have. for example beginning the second shelf halfway through your "12"'s and so on...once the age ratings are in order, then you can get to work on your franchises and such. most sequals are the same rating as the originals etc. but if thats the case ignore it and put sequals together! haha! then you can put genres together seeing as most horrors are either a 15 or 18! you can go into directors and even actors...ive actually managed to do it with colous aswel!
it sounds complex, work your way thruough it and you'll have a libary to be proud of!
Posted on Saturday December 6, 2008, 17:07
Apparently sacrilegiously, my TV shows and movies are in the same collection. I divide by boxset/standard case, and alphabetically in there. I will break the A-Z system when I have series that would be out of order or too far away (LOTR and a couple of otheres). Firefly finds itself in the standard section, because it didn't come with a cardboard case, just the bigger case. In the case of those 3-similar-films sets, I go by the first listed.
Also I try as hard as possible to keep the disks the right way round :( I've not recorded my collection though, and I think I should. I'm at uni right now, and had the hard job of choosing the films I wanted to bring with me; each time I've been home since I've stocked up on a couple more. Right now they're just stacked on a shelf, not enough room to put them out all nice and ordered.
Posted on Sunday December 7, 2008, 15:54
I too went through this pain moving house earlier in the year. My system is a mix of two different sorting styles - it starts off with directors/stars/people who I would otherwise define the film by (John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, John Cusack, Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen King, David Lynch et al), depending of course on whether I have enough of their films on disc to justify them having their own section. (4-5 seemed to be the minimum - I made honourable exceptions for Lucky McKee and Philip Ridley, who had just three each.) Although the sections would be in alphabetical order, the films within each section would be chronological.
After that it was broken down into the following genres - Pre-80's Horror, 80s Horror, 90's-00's Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Action/Ultraviolence, Comedy, Drama, TV Series. All in alphabetical order except for Pre-80's Horror, which just seemed wrong in alphabetical for some reason.
Anyway, it's a system that makes absolutely no sense to anyone else, but it works for me. Though there were still hiccups - Spaced, despite being a TV series, HAD to go in Comedy next to Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, and where do you put The Dead Zone - in the David Cronenberg or Stephen King section? Although I am just about to move house again...
Posted on Sunday December 7, 2008, 16:29
a-z always, but say when you get to s and star wars go star wars, empire striks back, return of the jdi and carry on.
it works, trust me
Posted on Monday December 8, 2008, 19:54
The only way is to organise in studio order, i.e. all warners, all fox etc. This way is effective because it looks neater and it means that a lot of groups of boxes have the same finish (such as the old warners clip style boxes) As well as this, many directors tend to stick with the same studios, such as cameron with fox, spielberg with universal/paramount and tarantino with miramax. Not only this, but the driectors proteges/colleagues stick with similar studios as well i.e. spielberg cohort Robert Zemekis at Universal/paramount. So you can keep a good order and can roughly and quickly know where to look.
that way things like disney movies and manga can stay in the same groups. Cheeers
Posted on Monday December 8, 2008, 23:03
A-Z except where it would mean breaking up the box sets or franchises. My Star Wars, LOTR etc are kept in the box they came in which helps them keep together. You can't rigidly stick to one system, it has to be a bit flexible or it'd never work properly.
TV stuff comes at the end of my shelving, it wouldn't be right mixing it with the studio films.
Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2008, 09:59
I can honestly say my head hurts now after reding all the possibilities...
Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2008, 11:21
I arrange mine by genre, and the alphabetical so that I can locate the movie I want to watch depending on the mood which I am in!
Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2008, 11:47
Basically randomised, with my shit films on the top and bottom shelves so I don't have to see them...everything in between is game
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 10:53
I have to be honest, I am an A-Z, by title, type person. However, I do make the exception for movies starting with "The" and box sets, as box sets tend to break up the continuity of the shelf.....good god I'm sad!
Numerical titles like 28 Days later are under the first letter to spell the number. My wife thinks I suffer from OCD...I don't think so, but I do tend to whinge when she puts a movie back in the wrong place!
I must be a shocker to live with.
Here's one to start a topic...if I buy a bundle of movies in a sale, I'll alphabetise them and leave them proud on the shelf so I know where the ones not watch previously are and therefore easier to find.....please respond with only caring and nice comments!
OK? Merry Xmas
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 14:32
Well, I'm an A-Z man too but am beginning to feel like an institutionalised sheep.
I'm going for Z-A from now on.
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 19:30
Personally, I tend to go genre-ish by actor, so, e.g. all my martial arts/Asian films are together, then all my J Chan films are together. I keep all films + sequels together, as well as tv series etc, that to me makes sense. I don't care much for alphabetical.
It works out quite well, say if you're in the mood for a comedy, all of them are together, if it's a mix, action/comedy tjhey tend to go somewhere in between, or which ever it is more too.
I do like the colour idea mentioned above, might have to try that one day...
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 22:53
Normally in alphabetical order for a few weeks after I can be arsed to arrange them, which is about every 9-12 months. Ties in nicely with my dvdaf.com listing, and makes it (relatively) easy to track any missing titles.
I rather like the idea of organising them by spine colour, though. Might give that one a go someday.
Posted on Friday December 12, 2008, 10:38
A-Z by title for me with box sets ie Star Wars and Lord of the Rings staying together, also i like to have all the Disney films together under the title Disney and all the Pixar films under the title Pixar. I put my TV in with my films just to make it easier and also i have started puting my Blu-Ray in with my DVDs its just the easy way to find things having them all together other wise you look through one lot then another whihc is a pain if you have over 800 DVDs/Blu-Ray.
The only problem i have is as they are in a book case it is a pain when you buy new DVDs and have to put them into the collection, for example buying the Indiana Jones boxset and puting in right in the middle of the collection and having to move all the DVDs after I to fit it in. I find i collect a few months work of about 20 to 30 then have a big insert of new purchases into the collect, can take an hour so to move them all around, if anyone has a better way of doing this please tell.
Posted on Monday December 15, 2008, 17:12
Accuse me of being extremely cynacle if you wish, but this is going to become a increadibly futile enigma (one that I enjoy trying to solve myself). As after blueray we will probably no longer have boxes to show off our massive collection of DVD's, but instead a hardrive below our TV, which will display in a tediously boring mannor each of the movies we've purchased, which can be displayed in any order, under any category at the mere touch of the button. Think of it as Apple TV esque devices overtaking every living room.
I think this brings whole debate in itself ries the question, do we not value something solid and material for our hard earned DVD collection?
Posted on Tuesday December 16, 2008, 20:46
I've had a lot of stick for it in the past, and currently all my DVD's are still in cardboard boxes, but I used to have my DVD's set out to tell a story of cinema. It took AGES to arrange, but once done, if anyone borrowed anything, they'd be a gap and I'd be able to tell from the films either side what was missing if I'd forget.
So how set out? Well, for example, on the shelf sat, Apaptation, Being John Malkovich, Three Kings, Welcome To Collinwood, Ocean's Eleven, Fight Club and then American History X. Why that order?
Adaptation was directed by Spike Jonze, as was Malkovich, he starred in Three Kings with Clooney, who was in Collinwood and Ocean's Eleven, which starred Brad Pitt, who was in Fight Club with Ed Norton who was in AHX. But the rules for links can be, director, writer, producer, composer, actor, but not crew like the best boy, or mullet featherer.
It's sad, but it worked for me!
Posted on Wednesday December 24, 2008, 17:33
I just put mine in A-Z with anything in a series / triology together e.g HSM, LOTR, SW etc. I even mix TV DVDs and DVDs - ain't nothing wrong with it.
Might try the whole colour organisation, it'll look sweet. That said I don't have a lot fo DVDs [30 at most?] since I don't have a lot of money to buy them [my brother has 300+] :)
Still, if anyone takes one I know what it is by the gap xD
Posted on Tuesday January 6, 2009, 19:53
I go the alphabetical route. Tv on DVD goes first, followed by sports, then films. Any series or sequels are grouped together (LOTR, Pixar, etc.). Works great for me and everything is easily found.
Posted on Wednesday January 7, 2009, 15:30
I used to have mine by theme, all sci fi, manga, comedy etc . . but I have so many now (such a dork) I need to buy new shelf space. I will organise them A-Z that seems the best way for me. In terms of trilogies etc, I put all the Starwars together, LOTR, Indiana Jones etc together that way.
I had an idea, BUT now this is where it gets complicated . . I have fav Dvds which I keep separately e.g. orginial Starwars, Indy, Matrix, Fifth Elemement, Pans Labrynth, Transformers, blahdy blah. I cannot stand the Matrix Revolutions . . do I still put it with my favs? maybe best just to keep to the simple A-Z?
Posted on Wednesday January 7, 2009, 15:36
Forgot to mention TV series and pretty/special/limited box sets (yada, yada) are definitely kept separately! You just don't mix TV with films! and box sets look so good, like my West Wing, SG1 and S&TC sets!
Posted on Thursday January 8, 2009, 08:15
Box sets visible on shelf. Everything else alphabetcially in cupboard under telly. Unfortunately I just can't be arsed updating every time an Amazon order comes so its a midden and I end up finding things from memory.
My CDs are meticulously ordered though but I am running out of space so this will end up the same as my DVDs.
Posted on Tuesday April 28, 2009, 18:39
I originally had this method. Alphabetical by Directors surname, with the directors films in chronological order.
Then, I had an idea. Make a quiz out of it. So, while my DVD's are in a seemingly completely random order, it's really a seven degrees of separation thing.
Visitors, starting top left, are invited to connect each DVD to the next. I made it progressively harder. No one makes it to the second row. No one.