Looking at my DVD collection yesterday and I realized that I have quite a few DVDs I've purchased on a blind buy, based on what other people said or something I wanted to see but missed (and usually found a great deal).
I also realized that I've only watched a little over half of them, something I need to remedy.
Out of the ones actually I have watched, I feel like I've had pretty good luck IMO:
16 Blocks - On sale for $10 (IIRC). Wanted to see in theaters, but never got a chance. I was surprised how much I liked it.
Big Fish - Another I wanted to see in theaters, but never got the chance.
Children of Men - Based on others reviews and it didn't play for very long in theaters here.
Donnie Darko (Director's Cut) - A movie I wanted to see for a long time and decided to buy it when the DC was released.
The Exorcist - The only blind buy I've been truly disappointed with. I'm sure it was terrifying when it was released, but I was bored throughout.
Flyboys - Another that disappeared fro theaters too fast and Slicker's stamp approval was good enough for me.
Heat - Deniro? Pacino? Kilmer? Portman? Sale? Sold!
Heroes Season 1 - a semi-blind buy. I watched the first 3 episodes on tv then missed the next few. I loved what I saw so I decided to wait for the DVD instead of trying to play catch up after missing episodes.
King Arthur - Never got a chance to see in theaters.
King Kong (1933) - I'd only seen bits and pieces over the years. The hype of the remake, restored cut and the massive documentary sold me.
King Kong (2005) - Even after buying the original and loving it somehow I missed it.
Leon: The Professional - Another semi-blind buy. I saw the US theatrical cut of The Professional and loved it. When I saw this 30 minute longer extended international version I snagged it.
The Pianist - Based again on Slick's recommendation.
Requiem for a Dream - I wanted to see it for a long time, but every video store had the edited version. When the original cut was on sale I bought it.
A Simple Plan - From the $5.50 bin at Walmart. I wanted to read the book first but I didn't.
Sin City - Still not sure how I missed it when it was in theaters. I would typically be there opening night for an awesome comic book movie.
Talladega Nights - I'd loved all previous Will Ferrell movies, so I assumed this one would be just as funny. I was wrong. Very wrong.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (remake) - On sale last Halloween for like $7.00. Surprised myself buying this since I'm not much of a horror movie fan.
Training Day - A gift from mom one year. I guess she thought I'd like it (I did).
Yet to watch:
The Aviator, Click, Little Miss Sunshine, Man on Fire, Million Dollar Baby, Munich, Ocean's Twelve, Sleepers, Thirteen Days, A Time to Kill, Ultraviolet, THX 1138, Empire of the Sun, Letters from Iwo Jima, Veronica Mars Seasons 1 & 2.
Anyone else have a great/horrible blind buys?