Saturday 28 March 2020


Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema
2x02 British History
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]


A Man for All Seasons (1966)
[#51 in 100 Films in a Year 2020]

The Viking Queen (1967)
[#52 in 100 Films in a Year 2020]

Both of these films were featured in the episode of Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema that I watched today. The first one I coincidentally watched before the episode; the second one I chose to watch after he included it. (I didn't even realise I had it in my DVD collection until I Googled where I might be able to watch it.)

Collection Count

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

After reaching weekly numbers unseen for almost a decade earlier this month, I'm at it again. I've equalled that week's total of 13 new additions, but only one of them is an upgrade, so this week's net change of +12 is bigger than that week's +11. That makes it the second biggest week in the history of this column for increasing my collection (the winner is still a week from July 2011 that saw a whopping 14 additions).

This week's additions include a large pile from Indicator, a combination of splurging in their recent sale and a couple of preorders. That's topped up by two imports from Germany to get things unavailable here (Darren Aronofsky's Noah in 3D and Steven Soderbergh's Solaris); a preorder turning up 10 days early (hurrah for ordering direct from the label); and a couple of other random purchases to boot.

Number of titles in collection: 2,335 [up 12]
Of which DVDs: 1,109 [down 1]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,226 [up 13]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 46 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 6,061 [up 22]
Number of films: 2,736 [up 22]
Number of TV episodes: 8,807 [no change]
Number of short films: 700 [up 9]

Oh, and it's also time for the monthly running time update! With two of my largest weeks of all time within the last month, plus a couple more big-by-normal-standards ones, let's see what effect that's had...

Total running time of collection (approx.):
443 days, 9 hours, and 57 minutes.
(Up 4 days, 2 hours, and 48 minutes from last month.)

Those 4-and-a-bit days are equivalent to 21% of the running time increase across the whole of last year, which is a lot really (if all was equal, each of these running time updates would represent 7.7% of the year). That said, it's less than a year since I had one even bigger, so in the grand scheme of things it's not that phenomenal. But I suspect most of those previous ones were boosted by a big TV box set or two, so, you know, swings and roundabouts.

Of course, all these huge increases have cost a small fortune (I added 39 new titles this month!), so hopefully things will be considerably calmer in April. But you never know...

See you next week, faithful reader.