Film Junk Bonus Podcast: Movie Organization Manifesto, Part 1

As many of you know, on the Film Junk Podcast we’ve been fielding questions for the better part of a year about the best way to organize a DVD and Blu-ray collection. I don’t remember how it all started, but we’ve enjoyed getting into inane arguments over the minutiae of categorizing and sorting and we thought it was about time we brought it all together in its very own bonus podcast. We’ve decided that we’re going to draft a Movie Organization Manifesto that can be used as a handy reference and passed around among collectors. This podcast is the first part of documenting that process. We’ve already decided that there will probably be a part two, so feel free to send additional questions and concerns to filmjunk@gmail.com and we’ll try to cover them in the next episode. Enjoy!

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  • KeithTalent

    Awesome episode and it seems I do a mix of Jay and Frank. I absolutely hate the cardboard covers and remove them from all of my films before filing them. I actually also hate steelbooks and digibooks as they ruin the uniformity. I do have a couple of digibooks because that is all that was available at the time, but I will be re-buying them as normal Blu-rays as soon as I can.

    I do, however, put my Criterion Blus in their own section as they do not match the rest of my collection and since I have a rather large number of them, it makes sense to me to have them on their own.

    Most other things I believe I side with Frank on, it’s mainly the Criterion thing where I differ and aesthetically it just makes the most sense to me.

    Anyway, looking forward to part 2!

  • mike v

    Finding out that not only did I have a 3 hour filmjunk podcast but a bonus episode to listen to during my 18 hour shift at work put me in a swell mood, despite the fact that I absolutely hate my dvd collection and would like to set it on fire.

    It’s around 400 and I haven’t bought a dvd since blu was introduced. I know they are barely worth anything and totally useless, so while I have no interest in organizing them, this podcast was fucking hilarious. The chemistry between you three is absurd, I could listen to you people talk about anything as long as gregs not around to ruin it with talk about bands that haven’t been decent in about 20 years. Which also reminds me that “Midnight City” is a great song to end a podcast with.

    As far as things go with my blu-ray collection, I keep them in drawers so I can better keep track of them, I recently went over my collection and found about 40 missing, if only had my drug addict roommate had taken my dvds instead.

    thanks for the entertainment

  • rot

    Great stuff, looking forward to the sequel.

    Something to think about and maybe someone mentioned it above… what about using an online catalogue as a means of sorting, while leaving the collection alphabetical? I am in the process of adding my collection to the My Movies app via iPad and it is a sorting wet dream. Not only can you easily sort by genre or actor or the usual stuff but you can create your own categories.

    If you already do this I would be interested to know what unique categories you have come up with.

    So far I have:

    Nostalgia
    Exploitation
    Hanging Out
    Travelogue
    Political Conspiracy
    Criterion
    Pathos
    Apatow (which includes the whole incestuous group that revolves around Judd Apatow, not ONLY movies directed by him)

  • I agree that using a database is the best way to search and filter your collection by genre or using whatever other criteria you can come up with. It doesn’t make sense to physically organize the entire thing by these random criteria.

  • Dan

    I’ve got mine in genres that are each in alphabetical order. My only problem is my lack of money. I cant afford shelves so i have my movies stacked up (neatly though) with my tv dvds on shelves. Theres not enough room on the shelves for my movies though as I also have my xbox 360 games on them