Cast your mind back to the first time you consumed films in different formats and then let us know the answer to these questions (as memory allows):
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1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema?
2. What was the first film you saw on video (or rented yourself, if that's different, feel free to include both)?
3. What was the first film you owned on video?
4. What was the first film you owned on DVD?
5. What was the first film you owned on Blu-ray?
Try to include any comments about what you thought of the experience, when it was, how things have changed, etc.
Here's my answers:
1. Star Wars. Must have been 1978. I might have a few flashes of memory, but that's about it -- I was just a few years old.
2. First film I saw on video was at a birthday party and it was the not-well-remembered Condorman, which stars Michael Crawford and a bunch of black Porsches. I still have a fondness for it, though it is undoubtedly not that good. First film I rented was An American Werewolf in London, and I wasn't even half the age I was supposed to be. Such was the early 80s rental market. The film was a classic rental -- a groundbreaking and evocative film that I love to this day. Everything about that movie is seared into my memory. I can still remember how I felt that first time as it begins with dedication in simple white type on a black background ("For Jim O'Rourke") and then we fade into the moors and Bobby Vinton's Blue Moon springs up, sounding really quite eerie.
3. First one I owned was RoboCop. Got it for Christmas (I think it must have been 1988) and I watched it to death, having only rented a few months before.
4. Contact. I bought a DVD player in 1999 (for a small fortune) and there weren't all that many titles available at the time. Contact fit the bill. I was astounded at the ability to freeze the image perfectly without and white lines across the screen and the general clarity of the picture.
5. Strangely enough, here my memory isn't as good, though it is the most recent. Where I was an eary adopter of DVD, I was a late-adopter of Blu-Ray and by the time I started buying discs, streaming was not far away. I think it must have been Star Trek II.
Edited to alter the formatting so that it's a little easier to read.
Edited by Peter Martin on 27 May 2019 at 1:10pm