Sunday 2 May 2021


Line of Duty
6x06 Episode 6
6x07 Episode 7 [season finale]
[Watch the whole series (again) on iPlayer.]

Richard Osman's House of Games
3x84 Episode 84
3x85 Episode 85
[Watch these episodes (again) on iPlayer.]


Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
[2nd watch]
Rewatchathon 2021 #14

this week on 100 Films

Another month gone, another monthly review over at 100 Films in a Year...

Also this week, there was 1 new film review...

Nomadland (2020)
at times the film arguably slips into documentary: most of the supporting cast are real people, playing themselves or versions thereof, so when these people Fern encounters tell their stories, it not only feels real, it is real. There’s a lot of sadness — in the events that have brought people to this place, and in the struggle to live this lifestyle — but a lot of happiness in what it’s given them, too. The net result is a dignified, deeply humane portrait of people who we might describe with negative words like “homeless” or “dispossessed”, but who in reality are free, in their way. It makes for a powerful, quietly moving experience.
Read more here.

More next Sunday.

Collection Count

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

This week's biggest release, in just about every sense, is Arrow's 4K box set of Battle Royale, which includes the sequel on regular Blu-ray. I already own Arrow's previous Blu-ray release of BR from over a decade ago, and shamefully have never watched it. This new set should replace that, but the old one has a couple of physical extras that have gone walkabout from the new edition, and it's rather nice in and of itself, so I'm loathe to part with it. I also own both films on DVD and I really should get rid of them now; indeed, I'm not sure why I didn't just get rid of my DVD of the first film last time. It's going now. But my DVD of the second edition comes in a limited edition tin, and so, as a limited edition in fancy packaging, I am once again loathe to say goodbye to it. Sometimes I think I need help...

Speaking of which, I gave in and bought the pretty Curzon Artificial Eye Bong Joon-Ho box set a lot of people have been chatting about. This is now the third edition of Parasite I own, and the second editions for Parasite: Black & White, The Host, and Snowpiercer. That leaves three films in the set I don't have, although none have special features, which bugs me, especially as two of them (Mother and Memories of Murder) have been released in English-friendly editions with extras. Why the hell did I buy it, then? Well, three films I don't own at all isn't that bad a hit rate; this edition of Parasite does have a couple of extras I don't own elsewise; and the transfer of Memories of Murder has a better colour palette than the Criterion edition... although I'd still like to pick that up sometime for its special features.

Yeah, maybe I do need help...

Number of titles in collection: 2,591 [up 4]
Of which DVDs: 1,073 [down 2]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,518 [up 6]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 101 [up 1]

Number of discs in collection: 6,581 [up 12]
Number of films: 3,012 [up 10]
Number of additional cuts: 221 [up 4]
Number of TV episodes: 9,075 [down 5]
Number of short films: 854 [no change]

Oh, and after all that, it's also time for the monthly running time update...

Total running time of collection (approx.):
476 days, 13 hours, and 41 minutes.
(Up 2 days, 17 hours, and 8 minutes from last month.)

See you next week, faithful reader.