I went to the cinema recently and the cost to see one movie absolutely stunned me especially when DVD’s get released in a matter of months after being on the big screen. This led me to draft a quick list of why buying a DVD is actually more beneficial and cost effective than going to the cinema.

  • You watch the film in the comfort of your own home
  • You don’t have to sit through 30 Minutes of trailers and adverts
  • You don’t pay over the odds for sweets and snacks
  • You don’t have annoying strangers talking all the way through the film
  • You can watch the film over and over again at no extra cost
  • If you need to use the bathroom you can click the pause button and won’t miss an important part of the film
  • The cost of a cinema ticket without sweets & snacks works out about the same price as a DVD

Those are my main benefits but of course many will say the big screen experience is something you just cannot get at home.  Although they might be right, the cost factor alone is a major factor. When I was a kid (a few years ago mind) going to the cinema worked out to be no more than £2 per ticket and in those days you would have to wait a good year before the film came out on VCR so I can see why it was so popular.  But fast forward to 2012 and with modern technology at its very best , You can now get 3DTV’s in your houses.

For those of you who get exactly what I mean, here are my top 5 DVD releases.

The Iron Lady Two-time Oscar-winner Meryl Streep steps into the role of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in this biopic.

Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol – This is not just another mission. The IMF is shut down when it’s implicated in a global terrorist bombing plot. Ghost Protocol is initiated and Ethan Hunt and his rogue new team must go undercover to clear their organisation’s name. No help, no contact and off the grid. You have never seen a mission grittier and more intense than this.

Alvin and The Chipmunks Chipwrecked – The vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes are turning a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground, until they become ‘chipwrecked’ on a remote island. As the ‘Munks and Chipettes try various schemes to find their way home, they accidentally discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems.

Into The Abyss – Acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog uses a disturbing triple homicide that took place in Conroe, Texas, as a springboard to explore capital punishment in this challenging, thought-provoking documentary. In late 2001, Texas teens Jason Burkett and Michael Perry were arrested for a double murders related to a car theft gone horribly awry. Ten years later, Perry sits on death row awaiting execution, and Burkett languishes in prison with a lifetime sentence. Through interviews with the condemned man, his partner-in-crime, friends and relatives of both, local policemen, and the prison official in charge of carrying out executions, Herzog presents an unflinching portrait of the capital-punishment process, one that raises numerous questions about the high price we pay in our quest for justice.

The Wicker Tree Director Robin Hardy revisits his 1974 cult classic The Wicker Man with this related horror film concerning a cowboy (Henry Garrett) and a gospel singer (Brittania Nicol) who stop in Ireland on a missionary excursion only to come in contact with an aristocrat (Graham McTavish) whose nefarious plans don’t include being reformed by their Christian ways.


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