Saturday 18 January 2020


Doctor Who
38x03 Orphan 55 [2nd watch]
I didn't think much of this the first time, but its flaws only become more obvious on a rewatch.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

The Goes Wrong Show
1x04 The Lodge
[Watch it (again and again) on iPlayer.]

The Great British Bake Off
1x02 Biscuits
[Watch series 1 (again) on Netflix.]

His Dark Materials
1x03 The Spies [2nd watch]
1x04 Armour
[Watch series 1 (again) on iPlayer.]

3x15 High School Poppycock
[Watch season 3 (again) on Prime Video.]

Collection Count

Collection Count tracks my DVD/Blu-ray collection via a number of statistics every week.

From one extreme to the other: after the absolute quite of last week, there's something new for every category this week -- although for DVD it's just a further reduction. (It's not an unrelenting downward slide nowadays, but the last year my DVD tally actually increased was 2015, and then it was only by 7 across the entire year.)

This week's big addition is the Twin Peaks: From Z to A box set (out in the UK on Monday). Theoretically it should upgrade the previous Blu-ray box sets... but then they should've upgraded the previous DVDs and I hung on to them, so for the time being I'm keeping the lot. In some cases that's never likely to change (the season one DVD has audio commentaries that David Lynch won't allow to be included on future releases, so I'll hang on to those), but in others I really ought to just give in and sell (the only thing stopping me in most cases is the nice packaging, which is daft really). So, really From Z to A should've barely changed the numbers at all, but instead it adds piles of stuff. Most notably, though: it includes the original pilot and season three's Part 8 in UHD, so counts to that tally.

As you can see, it's one of three UHD additions this week. I haven't had anything to report there in over two months, and now three at once! The others were Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Don't Look Now (which is the upgrade responsible for dropping a DVD). Finally, anime movie Time of Eve adds some short films to round out every category.

And all of that looks like this:

Number of titles in collection: 2,279 [up 3]
Of which DVDs: 1,123 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,156 [up 4]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 40 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 5,958 [up 26]
Number of films: 2,670 [up 3]
Number of TV episodes: 8,741 [up 48]
Number of short films: 676 [up 2]

Not counted: soundtrack CDs. There are two this month (in Don't Look Now and Time of Eve). Back when I first started tallying my DVD collection, I decided CDs "didn't count" -- because they were CDs and this was a list of DVDs (duh). But now I've got so many releases with soundtrack CDs bundled in, I wish I had kept a record. Maybe I should go back and count them in somehow? Maybe their own count; or I could just straight-up add them to my disc count -- it might not skyrocket exactly (it's already at nearly 6,000 and I doubt there's more than a few dozen CDs, max), but it would give it a notable bump (as I said, possibly a few dozen).

Or maybe I just can't be bothered.

See you next week, faithful reader.