Saturday 31 December 2022


The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Counting this as a short film, so I'll review it on 100 Films at some point. In the meantime, a couple of thoughts on Letterboxd.
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

Charlie Mackesy: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, the Horse and Me
[Watch it (again) on iPlayer.]

His Dark Materials
3x07 The Clouded Mountain
3x08 The Botanic Garden [series finale]
I thought that was pretty great overall. Especially going to miss the theme music, which I came to love. Maybe I'll watch it all over again someday.
[Watch the whole series (again) on iPlayer.]

Sam Ryder Rocks New Year's Eve
Part 1 (of 2)
[Watch it all (again) on iPlayer.]

Collection Count

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

And this is the last update of the year, so I've got the usual end-of-year change totals too.

As for new addtions this week, there's a couple of Christmas presents and a couple of other things, though my big orders from the US and Australia still haven't arrived, despite being dispatched before Christmas. Hey-ho, I guess that's international postage at this time of year. Hopefully they'll turn up before long (and haven't gone missing).

Meanwhile, here's the usual totals and changes, along with the changes in the past year. Plus there's the 'monthly' running time update, also with its year-on-year increase...

Number of titles in collection: 2,991 [up 4 this week; up 241 in 2022]
Of which DVDs: 1,039 [no change this week; down 16 in 2022]
Of which Blu-rays: 1,952 [up 4 this week; up 257 in 2022]
— of which Ultra HD Blu-rays: 222 [up 1 this week; up 81 in 2022]

I didn't quite hit 3,000 titles in the end this year (though I would have sailed past it if some of those orders that are still in the post had arrived in a more timely fashion!), but the increase of 241 is only one higher than 2021's, which was a bit higher than 2020's 234, all of which are ludicrous compared to 2019's 154.

Despite the fact I did buy a few DVDs this year, the total still decreases. If this continues, it might dip below 1,000 in about 2025. UHD discs, on the other hand, continue to increase their increases: up from 48 last year to 81 this year. The number of overall new Blu-rays was down slightly, too, so that's an even greater percentage in 4K. No surprise, really, especially as most of the boutique labels have now joined in.

Number of discs in collection: 7,397 [up 5 this week; up 492 in 2022]
Number of films: 3,649 [up 5 this week; up 385 in 2022]
Number of additional cuts: 296 [no change this week; up 49 in 2022]
Number of TV episodes: 9,508 [no change this week; up 282 in 2022]
Number of short films: 1,025 [no change this week; up 95 in 2022]

That disc increase is higher than last year, but lower than the year before, so... Considering how many older Blu-rays I have with useless DVDs included, and now 4Ks with not-truly-necessary BDs, there's an awful lot of coasters in my collection. The other numbers in this block are broadly similar to last year, although all up slightly — even TV episodes, which surprised me a little, seeing as less and less new TV gets disc releases.

Total running time of collection (approx.):
527 days, 23 hours, and 46 minutes.
(Up 4 days, 14 hours, and 3 minutes from last month.)
(Up 30 days, 18 hours, and 26 minutes from last year.)

Over four-and-a-half days in a single month! I said that Edgar Wallace collection would have quite the impact. The year-on-year increase is roughly in line with last year's, though, although that's above the all-time average. I ought to slow down...

...but I probably won't. See you next week for more, faithful reader!