As regular readers of Word Munger know, every two years Jim and I do some sort of silly marathon. Four years ago (pre- Morgan Spurlock), it was MickeyDay. Two years ago it was Vidsanity. This year, we’ll be mounting a Sylvester Stallone film festival, where each of us will log live reviews of each film. We’d like to watch at least 9 movies, possibly more: the entire Rocky series, plus the Rambo trilogy.
But how best to acquire the films? Netflix now allows just four rentals at a time – though obviously we could open multiple accounts – and Blockbuster isn’t likely to have all the movies in stock.
Amazingly, we can actually purchase both series, brand-new, for about what it would cost to rent them — roughly $60, total. If we eBay them afterwards, we’ll certainly do better than we would renting the movies. Fascinating, isn’t it — it’s now cheaper to own movies, albeit temporarily, than to rent them.