I own all of Robotech on DVD.
The whole collection, I own in the Legacy Collection that was released in 2001. It’s a great set; I like it a lot.
I also have Netflix which has had Robotech every time I’ve checked. And even if they take it off Netflix, it’s also on Youtube in its entirety. And I’m sure if it were to disappear from Netflix, Hulu or Crunchyroll would snatch that up in a heartbeat. Bottom line, not being able to find it streaming isn’t exactly a strong fear.
So the question kind of becomes, should I keep the box sets? I like having them, but I find myself with precious little time these days to watch much of anything, much less something as long and as sweeping as Robotech. And the bonus material is pretty much out of the question. I’ve still yet to get around to watching the commentary tracks on the Extended Edition Lord of the Rings sets. Yeah, the ones that came out a decade ago.
As I prepare to move to a new apartment, I find myself wondering about taking these sets with me. It’s not necessarily that they take up that much space on their own, but when you factor in all the DVDs I own (yes, DVDs; don’t get me started on Blu-ray), it all starts to add up. And since the vast majority of what I own is available streaming, I find myself wondering why I keep the tangible, hard copies?
Charles Dunbar once talked about how anime fans (and many traditional sci-fi/fantasy fans) see box sets differently than mainstream audiences. He asserted that fans buy discs and box sets as a sort of investment in a series they love, rather than purchasing something with the express and sole plan to watch it.
That makes sense, and I think I agree with it. But at the same time, I find myself looking at several hundred DVDs of movies and shows that are all available on Netflix, and I wonder about their role in the coming move.