Saturday 10 December 2022


The Wheel
3x05 Episode 5
[Watch various episodes (again) on iPlayer.]


Avatar (2009)
[2nd watch]
[#86 in The All-New 100 Films in a Year Challenge 2022]
First time seeing it since the cinema, almost exactly 13 years ago. It's quite good, donchaknow.


The Confessional
1x00 The Confession of David Tennant
Read about the new series of this in the Radio Times and, the BBC being what it is nowadays, was able to jump back in time to listen to this old episode (the pilot, I guess) with David Tennant, because it's always nice to hear him being interviewed.
[Listen to it (again) on BBC Sounds.]

Collection Count

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

Thanks mainly to postal delays, I had a mindbogglingly ginormous 31 titles on my list of things that might arrive this week — a mix of delayed stuff (some of which should've arrived two or even three weeks ago), stuff that was due now (things arriving on time seemed doubtful, all things considered), and stuff which might've turned up a little early (seems laughable now, but under normal circumstances...) In the end, the actual number of titles I received was 11 — a more-than-solid (certainly above average) number in isolation, but it does mean there were 20 titles that didn't arrive.

One that did was the second season of classic Doctor Who on Blu-ray. The nine-story box set should replace six DVD releases (a couple of them are two-story box sets), but, due to special features being joggled around (so I'm keeping DVDs until the extras turn up elsewhere), in my collection it only replaces... one. Ha! We're very nearly halfway through the Blu-ray range now, and I'm still hanging on to loads of DVDs for the odd extra here and there. I imagine, as we get into the second half, it's eventually going to swing the other way — you know, a six-story set will actully knock out eight or nine DVDs due to finally including missing extras, that kind of thing. I hope so, anyway...

Another upgrade this week was Casablanca to 4K. I was unsure about getting it, because the Blu-ray copy I have is already suitably lavish, there were no new special features, and the jump in picture quality didn't look that huge. But then Amazon had it on a time-limited offer and, well, I caved. I got the 3-disc "ultimate edition" with exclusive bonus disc so that it could replace my current copy (which also has that bonus disc)... but that one is so nicely presented — mainly thanks to a large-format 64-page art book — that, for now at least, I'm keeping both. Which means I could've saved a few quid and just got the regular 4K edition, as it's only the 4K disc I need if I'm keeping both. I should've reminded myself how nice my current copy was before I hit that "buy" button...

Number of titles in collection: 2,976 [up 9]
Of which DVDs: 1,039 [no change]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,937 [up 9]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 217 [up 3]

Number of discs in collection: 7,357 [up 21]
Number of films: 3,582 [up 6]
Number of additional cuts: 296 [up 1]
Number of TV episodes: 9,491 [up 46]
Number of short films: 1,024 [up 5]

See you next week, faithful reader.