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Peter Martin
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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):

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. 


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1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema?

In an indoor theater, the first I recall seeing is King Kong (1976). One thing that stuck out to me was it being daylight when I went in, and the sky had darkened by the time I came out, which made me think I was in the theater for hours. Despite the general criticism of the film, I enjoyed it as a child, and still remain nostalgic for it.

2. What was the first film you saw on video (or rented yourself, if that's different, feel free to include both)?

On home video, I can't really recall the first film I watched, but one of the very first movies I owned on VHS was "Batman" (1989). My family didn't own a VCR until I bought one a year or so before moving out of my parents house, so any VHS movies I watched before roughly 1988 would have been at a friends house.

3. What was the first film you owned on video?

See above.

4. What was the first film you owned on DVD?

"Shrek", I think. It was certainly one of the first DVDs I owned.

5. What was the first film you owned on Blu-ray?

I think it was "Inception."


Edited for spelling.




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1. Possibly a double-feature of Bambi with Gus, the Football Kicking Mule. As I recall, my grandmother took me, and Gus was broken into halves with Bambi shown in the intermission. After the beauty and emotional impact of Bambi, neither my grandmother nor myself were really interested in sitting through the second half of Gus. So we just left. 

2, 3. My father bought our first VCR and two videos on the same day, as I recall. He bought National Lampoon's Vacation and The Killing Fields and they were not cheap. Afterwards, the family routinely went up our local video store, Video Country, and rented films. 

4. I purchased Time After Time and The Philadelphia Story on DVD at the Virgin Megastore near where I worked sometime around 2004 or so.

5. Frozen, maybe? Whatever it was, it was purchased because it was a DVD/Blu-Ray combo which I bought for the DVD. I still don't own a Blu-Ray player. I'm impressed by what I see when I'm over at other people's houses, but not so much so that I feel I need to take part in the Hi-Def revolution myself. 

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1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema?

The first I remember was The Rescuers

2. What was the first film you saw on video (or rented yourself, if that's different, feel free to include both)?

I remember we first rented (!) a video player in 1982ish and the first weekend Mum and Dad let me and my two brothers choose one each. One brother chose Smokey and the Bandit II, one chose Time Bandits and I unfortunately chose Daleks: Invasion Earth: 2150 AD. Ouch.
 
3. What was the first film you owned on video?

Probably the original Star Wars trilogy.

4. What was the first film you owned on DVD?

Maybe Clerks.

5. What was the first film you owned on Blu-ray?

The Godfather Trilogy

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The early days of video rentals in the UK was an interesting time, to say the least.

Regulation was non-existent and the range of choices seemed dizzying. It was always exciting to head into a store (sometimes just a newsagent in the really early days) and see what lurid and unexpected tale was on offer.

Nearly always, I was renting films I neither knew nothing about nor had heard of before, but that made it even more fun. And everything was laid out together: old and new, prestigious or obscure, family-friendly or gory shocker (things seemed to lean heavily toward the latter). Sometimes you found a gem, sometimes you chose a damp squib (David, your mention of Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD made me chuckle out loud).
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1. Disney’s PETER PAN, in re-release.

2. THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING.

3. Same. I plunged into the technology head first, with a brand new Betamax and this movie—which cost $179!

4. Can’t recall. Maybe THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL.

5. MR. RIGHT (Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick).

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1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema? PLANET OF THE APES as a triple feature at the drive-in along with BENEATH... and ESCAPE...(new release).

2. What was the first film you saw on video (or rented yourself, if that's different, feel free to include both)? Best guess would be VIDEODROME

3. What was the first film you owned on video? CLASH OF THE TITANS, I seen it upon release and fell in love with it, so I bought it not long after we got our first VCR in '84.

4. What was the first film you owned on DVD? CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON. Came with the purchase of my first DVD player (still own it).

5. What was the first film you owned on Blu-ray? Though I bought a Blu-Ray solely to get the TOS set eventually I bought CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.


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1. SNOW WHITE, in re-release obviously. The wicked queen in witch form scared the hell out of me.

2. BATMAN or TMNT. Probably both in one rental.

3. WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT?

4. Probably THE MATRIX

5. GRINDHOUSE


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1. 1976:  INFRA-MAN - My father took me to see this Hong Kong import for my 4th birthday.  Fond memories of a truly bizarre, kinda crappy film!

2. Around 1979 or '80:  The 1977 TV version of THE HOBBIT - My father took me to some restaurant or state park, and management put this on their big screen TV, to keep the kids occupied... I was instantly fascinated with the top-loader VCR they used, and that you could watch old TV programs or movies whenever you wanted!

3.  Around 1993:  The original STAR WARS - Up until that point, my father and I only rented films on video cassette, but I stumbled upon this in the video section at a local KMart at the time and thought, "Hey, how come I don't own this one yet???"

4.  1999:  2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY - Looked okay, but I didn't have the right TV set-up at the time, and was initially underwhelmed with the DVD presentation!

5.  2015:  JAWS - Got our first Blu-ray player and hi-def TV in time for Christmas that year, and this was my first go-to pick.  After watching this one almost all my life, in various formats, this was a revelation, and I was finally hooked (no pun intended) and embraced Blu-rays from then on.





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Jaws is one of the last films I bought on VHS (it was the 25th anniversary version). I had a DVD player at the time and for some reason I decided to get it on VHS instead. Can't think why. Ended up throwing the VHS in the trash when I moved house... Might be time to consider getting the Blu-Ray...

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1. Either a  re-release of Bambi, or some other Disney movie. Possibly Bedknobs and Broomsticks or one of the Herbie movies.

2. The Lost Boys. Rented from Blockbuster.

3. Honestly do not remember. Godzilla 1985, I think.

4. Don't remember at all.

5. Crank and Crank 2 double pack.


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1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema? - Vague memories of seeing 'Bambi' when I was 3 or so.  As family history goes, I kept announcing what kind of animals were appearing on screen throughout the movie.  

2. What was the first film you saw on video (or rented yourself, if that's different, feel free to include both)? The first movie I recall renting was 'Teen Wolf' of all things.  I remember the local video store gave a free rental monthly and when it was my turn (had to alternate with my brother and sister)  'Teen Wolf' was the movie I wanted to see.  I was 12 or so.  

3. What was the first film you owned on video? I genuinely don't recall. 

4. What was the first film you owned on DVD? 'Carrie'  It had a new edition released right when I bought my first player.

5. What was the first film you owned on Blu-ray? I don't have a Blu-ray player.  I'm really not a tech person when it comes to media, and at this point, I'm skipping blu ray and going to streaming as a means of watching stuff.
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1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema?

Most likely either a re-release of THE GNOME MOBILE or THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (though I do have an early memory, like Shaun up above, of INFRA-MAN "The Ultimate In Science Fiction!")


2. What was the first film you saw on video (or rented yourself, if that's different, feel free to include both)?

First saw: MY BODYGUARD, shown at summer camp. 
First rented myself: ENTER THE NINJA.


3. What was the first film you owned on video?

I don't remember the first film, but the first tape I purchased was a Road Warriors AWA wrestling compilation.


4. What was the first film you owned on DVD?

STARSHIP TROOPERS, which came with the DVD player. I remember being so blown away by the image quality that I paused mid-movie to call my friend and tell him that the end of the line might have arrived for our beloved laserdiscs.


5. What was the first film you owned on Blu-ray?

BLADE RUNNER set.


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1. I think it was a re-release of 101 Dalmatians. My Dad says he took me to a drive in showing of Star Wars when on holiday in the US, but sadly I don't remember it. (Probably too young to do so..)

2. Superman II. Me and my Dad actually watched it again right afterwards. And were excited at the prospect of being able to do that!

3. The Empire Strikes Back. (A little shop was selling it's ex-rentals off as it moved away from videos. So I snapped up this movie at least a good couple of years before it went properly on sale to the public.)

4. The Terminator. I really wanted to see those deleted scenes. It was like a holy grail to me.

5. Avengers (3D) I had a tv and bluray player with 3D capabilities. So it seemed like the natural thing to buy first! (IIRC I think I had to buy the American one though to hear the Joss Whedon commentary.)
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1) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY.  I was three or four and obviously don't recall much.  What I do recall is bawling at the intense music on the moon obelisk unveiling, which scared me to death even though i had no idea what was going on on the screen.  My parents steered me clear of movies for a while after that.

2) AMOK TIME  I taped it off free tv to start a lengthy TOS format odyssey!  Taped the whole series that way then re-taped everything when scifi ran it uncut, then bought the dvd box set, then ultimately bought the blus.  I won't be purchasing any more TOS sets!

3)  No clue.

4) LA CONFIDENTIAL?

5) NORTH BY NORTHWEST.  One of the cleanest, most beautiful prints I've ever seen.
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First in a theatre, my dad took me and it was a double
bill of Our Man Flint and Blue Water, White Death, the
latter was a shark documentary, and as i was about 6,
it bored me to tears, unlike Flint!

On video, The Burning, a crappy 80`s "Video nasty"

Owned on video, i won The Empire Strikes Back when it
was initially released on rental but not for home
purchase, i filled in a competition form i picked up
off the counter in the video rental shop.

On Dvd, Gladiator.

On Bluray, the most recent, but i can`t remember!

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1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema?

Swiss Family Robinson, the Aristocats or Jungle Book when I was a kid.

2. What was the first film you saw on video (or rented yourself, if that's different, feel free to include both)?

Probably an illegal version of "Star Wars" at my friend's house.

3. What was the first film you owned on video?

I can't remember.

4. What was the first film you owned on DVD?

A Bug's Life.

5. What was the first film you owned on Blu-ray?

Captain America: The First Avenger I believe.
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On Bluray, the most recent, but i can`t remember!
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Funny how that works isn't it? I can remember what I got for my 7th birthday, but I can't be 100% about what I bought first on Blu-Ray just a few years ago.

Winning ESB on video back then when it was only rental would have been a big deal!
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1. What was the first film you saw in the cinema?

Hard to remember. Perhaps BAMBI. Or Disney's ROBIN HOOD. Taken by the parents as I'm sure they'd thought I'd enjoy them (and I'm sure I did). The first movie I remember wanting to see was KING KONG '76. I was 7 years old and was fascinated by it. I still have a fondness for it. 

2. What was the first film you saw on video (or rented yourself, if that's different, feel free to include both)?

Again, difficult to remember. But maybe ALIEN, at a friend's house. First one I rented? No clue. 

STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN was probably the first movie I purchased on VHS, DVD, and Blu-Ray. In fact, I'm fairly certain its release in the latter two formats was what prompted my respective upgrades. 


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Peter wrote "Funny how that works isn't it? I can
remember what I got for my 7th birthday, but I can't
be 100% about what I bought first on Blu-Ray just a
few years ago.Winning ESB on video back then when it
was only rental would have been a big deal!"Yes, i
have tried really hard, and on reflection i think it
was the first three Shrek films as they came with the
tv and bluray player.As for Empire, yes it was a huge
deal for me, i think the going rate for video tapes at
the time was about £80, this was a good two or three
years before sell though releases. It encouraged me to
go for it with competitions, in 1986 i won a cd hi-fi
system by answering 3 questions on a Lamot Pils
beermat, the tie-breaker question was to think of a
name for the barbarian warrior in the advert, i came
up with "Immortus"...i have no idea where that name
came from! Whilst on the subject, i can definitely
remember the first two cd`s i bought in 1986 for my
new player, Rush-Power Windows and Iron Maiden-
Somewhere In Time!

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1. Star Wars- At least that I can remember. There may have been a Disney matinee around the same time period (1977).

2. Tron- I loved the game, owned the record that told story, and had the toys. We had a videodisc player and I wanted to see Tron more than anything!

3. Batman (1989)- At the time, a favorite movie of mine and when I could buy a VHS tape, that was my first pick.

4. Caddyshack- I had just bought a DVD player and since Caddyshack is my all-time favorite movie, I bought it first.

5. John Carter- I was still in DVD-buying mode but Best Buy only had the Blu-Ray, so I purchased it because I really wanted to see it.


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1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1975 re-release)

2. STRIPES (1981) on a neighbor friend's RCA VideoDisc, projected onto their Sony Videoscope.

3. BATMAN (1989) is the first VHS I remember personally going out and buying (at the local 7-11, because it was everywhere).

4. The first movies I purchased on LaserDisc in 1991 were DIE HARD, DIE HARD 2 and the STAR WARS trilogy. I went all-in on LDs for a few years and ended up selling my player and entire collection for less than the cost of a single disc years later. This caused me to be very gun-shy about embracing another format too early. I didn't purchase a DVD until 1999 or 2000 and can't remember which title. 

5. MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 3 in 2006.
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1) The first movie I can *remember* seeing is Superman

2) The first movie I ever rented on VHS was Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, or rather my parents rented it for me, for my birthday party. We had to rent the VCR as well, one of those really old kind that ejected on the top.

3) The first movie I ever owned on VHS was....um...Godzilla vs. Megalon. I had been obsessed with Godzilla movies thanks to the old cartoon as well as a book about them in my elementary school library. Unfortunately, I never had the chance to see any of them until our family got our own VCR and I saved up my allowance money to finally buy my own Godzilla movie, and....

....nobody's first Godzilla movie should be Godzilla vs. Megalon.

4) The first movie I bought on DVD was Batman Returns.

5) The first movie I bought on Blu-Ray was All-Star Superman. However, the first Blu-Ray I bought of a movie that was originally a theatrical release was, I think, The Avengers.

Also, this wasn't one of the original questions, but the movie I have purchased the most times over numerous formats is the original Halloween.
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1. First movie I can recall seeing was Snow White
   
2. Not sure but the first I can remember was Grease

3. 1st film owned on VHS....that's a tough one. Likely Star Wars.

4. First film owned on DVD.....I know it's not a film but I will stretch the
question to include Buffy Season 1

5. I have never owned a blue-ray film
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You guys are all KIDS!!!!!
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