Sunday, 28 December 2014

THE INCOMPLETIST - Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Shows and movies I want to own on DVD, but can't....


The 2009 HBO film Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel is about three friends who discover a series of time portals in their local bar.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

BREAKING THE COMPLETIST - Coupling

Looking at my compulsion to collect DVDs... and things I need to fight buying.


This is a hard one.  I love the series Coupling (Coupling - The Complete Seasons 1-4) but I dislike the forth and final series.  I've turned around on it a little but do I want to own it?

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sunday, 16 November 2014

THE COMPLETE SERIES - Hustle (2004 - 2012)

Looking at my compulsion to collect DVDs... and a complete series I own

A TV series about con-artists from the BBC.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - Doctor Who [Part 2]

Looking at my compulsion to collect DVDs... and find extras.

A couple of new things since the last list, and a whole lot of old things that don't really count...

THE TV & DVD COMPLETIST - Year Two

Looking at my compulsion to collect DVDs...


...because sharing is caring

Saturday, 25 October 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - Nurse Jackie

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. A search to find extra material online for TV shows and movies... 


A series of 5 mini-episode for the series Nurse Jackie.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

THE COMPLETE SERIES - Frontline (1994 - 1997)

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Why I own, and why I recommend the complete series of...




Frontline.  The (Australian) ABC series Frontline (aka Behind the Frontline or Breaking News in the US) was a satirical series about the grubby inner workings of a current affairs show, the tactics used to grab rating and the clash of egos behind the scenes.



The following may contain very mild spoilers, although it tries to avoid doing so.  The "The Ending" section will mention if a show had a resolution or a cliffhanger (but no description of what happens).

Saturday, 27 September 2014

BREAKING THE COMPLETIST - Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets, including seasons and movies I don't want to own, even to complete the set.


Every odd numbered Star Trek film sucks, they say.  But they usually have all the films in their Star Trek collection.

This blog started with me saying how I didn't want to own Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) on DVD, no matter how much it hurt not to have the complete set of Star Trek films.  But does that make it harder or easier not to get other films in the series?

Saturday, 13 September 2014

RECOMMEND TO ME - Children of Men

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Here is some stuff recommended to me.

I asked on Google+Tumblr and Twitter for people to recommend films.  I thought I would share films I already own on DVD here.  These film appears on the first list of films recommended.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

THE INCOMPLETIST - The Fast Lane

 Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Shows and movies I want to own on DVD, but can't....


The Sandbaggers is an ABC Australia comedy show that ran for two series from 1985 - 1987 created by John Clarke & Andrew Knight.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - Misfits

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. A search to find extra material online for TV shows and movies... 


Misfits is a UK series about a group of young offenders doing community service who gain super powers.  The following may contain spoilers for the show.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Saturday, 19 July 2014

RECOMMEND TO ME - Dr Strangelove

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Here is some stuff recommended to me.


I asked on Google+Tumblr and Twitter for people to recommend films.  I thought I would share the results I already own here.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - Megamind

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. A search to find extra material online for TV shows and movies... 
Megamind, spun off an animated short - The Button of Doom.
~ DUG.

Friday, 27 June 2014

THE INCOMPLETIST - The Sandbaggers

 Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Shows and movies I want to own on DVD, but can't....

The Sandbaggers is a ITV SPY series from 1978 - 1980, focused more on the head of a Special Operations department, rather than the work for field agents, so it's a political drama more than an action series.

Friday, 20 June 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - Despicable Me

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. A search to find extra material online for TV shows and movies... 


Animated Super Villain Showdown winner Despicable Me, spun off some animated shorts.

Friday, 6 June 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - Marvel One-Shots

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. A search to find extra material online for TV shows and movies... 
Short films made for the Blu-ray releases of films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

THE INCOMPLETIST - Birthday Wishlist

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Let's look at sets I need to help complete sets.


Usually, The Incompletist is about things I want to own on DVD but can't get.  However, with today's my Birthday, and so I thought I'd post a "Birthday Wishlist".  Things I don't own on DVD, not because I can't get them, but rather because I just haven't got them yet.  Perfect for gifts!  (He hints, knowing that since it's today there isn't enough time for anyone to get them for me.  So here they are after the jump in no particular alphabetical order:


Monday, 26 May 2014

MY OTHER BLOGS - Poll

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. 

The following is a list of my blogs and your chance to rank them best to worst.

TOP X TOPICS

Looking at online lists.

THE FILM RULES

A look at the rules and formulas certain genres follow.

TRUTH IS JUST AS STRANGE AS FICTION

A look at truth and fiction.

THE TV & DVD COMPLETIST

Dealing with my need to own complete sets of DVDs.

UNMADE SF

Proposed, unproduced or incomplete Science Fiction films and series.

STEPPING ON POINT

Helping find places to start comics and some of the codes that comic companies and fans use.

THE BOOKS ON...

Book reviews.

SUPER VILLAIN ADVICE

Advice for Super Villains or Super Advice for Villains.  Not sure which.

SCREEN SCREENER

About films and television.

INTERNET TRUTH DEBUNKED

Debunking falsehoods.


~ DUG.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - Scrubs

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. A search to find extra material online for TV shows and movies... 





A series of promotional SCRUBS webisodes from Season 8 of the show featuring the interns that appeared in that season's epsisodes.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

THE TV & DVD COMPLETIST - Bottom 10

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets. Let's look at how the posts are going...



My ten posts on this blog that get have the lowest average weekly traffic.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

THE COMPLETIST'S GUIDE has found a new direction.

The Completist's Guide will no longer be posted on this site.  However, SCREEN SCREENER will be the home of THE SCREENER'S GUIDE for all your future film and series guide needs.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

THE COMPLETIST'S GUIDE - The Thick of It

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Sometimes they don't make it easy...

Was the first 6 episodes one series or two?  Where do the specials go?  Lets look:

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

THE COMPLETE SERIES - Babylon 5

Exploring my DVD collection and my addiction to owning complete sets.  Why I own, and why I thingyou should look at the complete series of... Babylon 5.



Babylon 5 is about the eponymous space station and the people who live and work on it.  The station is built by Earth and is a meeting place for humans and the four other major races and many minor ones.

The following may contain very mild spoilers, although it tries to avoid doing so.  The "The Ending" section will mention if a show had a resolution or a cliffhanger (but no description of what happens).

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - 10 Short Films made into Features

A search to find extra material online for TV shows and movies... 

Maybe it's the completist in me, may be it's the person who is interested in how films develop, but, here are 10 examples of short films that later became full length features...


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

THE COMPLETIST'S GUIDE - James Bond


EON - Phase 1

  • Dr. No (1962) - Sean Connery
  • From Russia with Love (1963) - Sean Connery
  • Goldfinger (1964) - Sean Connery
  • Thunderball (1965) - Sean Connery
  • You Only Live Twice (1967) - Sean Connery
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - George Lazenby
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Sean Connery
  • Live and Let Die (1973) - Roger Moore
  • The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) - Roger Moore
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - Roger Moore
  • Moonraker (1979) - Roger Moore
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981) - Roger Moore
  • Octopussy (1983) - Roger Moore
  • A View to a Kill (1985) - Roger Moore
  • The Living Daylights (1987) - Timothy Dalton
  • Licence to Kill (1989) - Timothy Dalton
  • GoldenEye (1995) - Pierce Brosnan
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - Pierce Brosnan
  • The World Is Not Enough (1999) - Pierce Brosnan
  • Die Another Day (2002) - Pierce Brosnan

EON - Phase 2
  • Casino Royale (2006) - Daniel Craig
  • Quantum of Solace (2008) - Daniel Craig
  • Skyfall (2012) - Daniel Craig

Other:
  • Climax (1954): "Casino Royale" - Barry Nelson (as American Agent James "Jimmy" Bond): Episode of the anthology series.
  • Casino Royale (1967) - David Niven:  Comedy/Parody.
  • Never Say Never Again (1983) - Sean Connery: Thunderball remake.


The Code Name Theory

To deal with the different faces (not sure why it is necessary) and the extended period of Bond's activity (get over it) some people have adopted the theory that James Bond isn't a single characters, but rather each actor plays a different man using the code name James Bond.

The theory goes:  Sean Connery played James Bond (whether it was a real or cover name is unknown), quit for whatever reason, was replaced by the character who George Lazenby played who quit after the death of his wife Tracy (this character was so in character that he used the name even when on holiday and at his wedding).  The character Sean Connery played returned to the position, avenged Lazenby's character's wife's death and went on at least one more mission.  He was then replaced by another (older) man who also had a dead wife and leaves flowers at the grave of Tracy Bond (who died the same year as Lazenby's character's wife Tracy).  This "Bond" is eventually replaced by a Bond played by Pierce Brosnan who goes on a mission to Russia during which 006 is seemingly killed.  He is replaced by a new character played by Timothy Dalton who uses the name even when he no longer works for MI6.  Dalton's character returns to work for MI6 but is later replaced by the man he replaced, played by Brosnan.
Some adherents to this theory claim that the reboot, is actually a continuation, and that Daniel Craig plays a new person using the James Bond cover name.  This, of course, means that Judy Dench's M somehow went from being recruited from outside the service to being a veteran of the Cold War.
Some also include the non-EON Casino Royale comedy/parody, in which David Niven's James Bond comes out of retirement can complains about the man that is now using his name.  He arranges for many agents to use the name at the same time and the world ends up being destroyed.
~ DUG.


Sunday, 23 March 2014

THE COMPLETIST'S GUIDE - Introduction

Collecting some movie and TV series is simple, buy the first film than the film with "2" after the title and so one.  However, some series are harder, have different names, change naming schemes are released it out of order or strange sets.  These posts are designed to help navigate certain film and TV series collections.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

THE COMPLETIST - Overview #2

The TV & DVD Completist is a blog dedicated to my obsession with buying and owning DVDs and my struggle with wanting the complete set of TV and movie series.

Also check out the previous overview.

THE INCOMPLETIST
Things I want to own, but cannot get:

THE COMPLETE SERIES
Reviews of complete series that I own and viewing recommendations:

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST
Webisodes, mini-sodes and extra episodes available online:

BREAKING THE COMPLETIST
Films and shows I don't want to own, not even to complete a set:

COMPLETIST RANT
A general rant about Completist World Problems:

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Monday, 24 February 2014

COMPLETIST RANT - Changing Case Designs


Beyond just obtaining the complete set, Completists are plagued by other issues.  Changing Case Design, for example.  You really want all the DVD covers to match to create a pretty looking set.  For example, let's look at my complete The West Wing collection (shown above):  7 seasons, 4 different types of case.  Now, I get the idea of changing-up the design, improving problematic designs, making things look newer and hip.  But for the completist, it's a real pain in the butt.  You want the complete set, but you want it to look the same.  For example, here's a much prettier complete set I saw online:



As I said, I get changing things.  I get it no making old-style available because you don't want competing designs on shelves confusing customers and retailers.  But it's always the original fans, those who buy it from the start who suffer most.  There's nothing wrong with people who join a fandom later, they have just as much right to be a fan, but they it's the long-term fans being penalised.

Or maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing.
- DUG.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

THE INCOMPLETIST - Underworld


DVDs I want to own but don't exist: Underworld, a 6 part 1997 British TV serial about an ordinary guy who gets dragged into the funny and dangerous world of Cockney/Mockney crime.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

BREAKING THE COMPLETIST - Intolerable Cruelty

Looking at my compulsion to collect DVDs... like movies I don't want to own, even to complete the set.

A Romantic Comedy

Being a DVD completist doesn't just mean you feel you have to get every season of a TV show you like (even the bad seasons) or every film in a film series (even the bad films), it can also be about the works of a director, or in this case, directors... the Coen brothers.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

THE EXTRAS COMPLETIST - The Walking Dead



A series of extras as part of the promotion for each new season of The Walking Dead.  Each is only tangentially connected to the series itself.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

THE COMPLETE SERIES - The Wire


The Wire is set on the streets of Baltimore.  Telling the stories of the police and the criminals they are trying to catch.


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

THE INCOMPLETIST - The Inside Story

An Australian film.

DVDs I want to own but don't exist.  This time: The Inside Story (2002), a, well, I don't want to say what is it.  A nice little independent film that toured festivals and had very limited Australian release.


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

THE COMPLETE SERIES - The West Wing



The West Wing is setting from the second to eighth year of a Presidency, and the people who live in the West Wing of the White House.