I’m assuming everyone knows what a charideee (yes, that is a Harry Enfield reference) shop is. Well I say that, but I’m still going to explain what one is. They are shops run by…. charities (in the UK, Oxfam and The Salvation Army are prime examples) and basically people take in their unwanted stuff – such as ashtrays, clothes, Perry Como CDs and Dan Brown books – and other people can buy them cheaply. Now some people have ‘issues’ with charity shop bargains. Other, intelligent people – like me – know that they are BLOODY exciting. Except for all the Dan Brown books. Obviously.
I’ve picked up a few cool things in charity shops over the years. A few decent film soundtracks (such as the Pulp Fiction COLLECTOR’S EDITION with four additional tracks and a 16 minute interview with Tarantino). HOMER SIMPSON SHOT GLASSES (was well happy with those) and a really cool Elvis Costello record I bought for a quid and kinda begrudgingly gave to my dad (but he does now has it framed in his living room so a happy ending I suppose).
When I moved into my flat I also got a lot of second-hand furnishings from a charity shop – the British Heart Foundation has a big furniture shop near where I live and it was like Aladdin’s fucking cave in there. I even ended up buying breakfast bar stools – and I have no semblance of a breakfast bar anywhere in my flat. So yeah, there are occasional silly impulse buys too, but at least you know you’re donating to charity. For better or worse kind of thing. Anyway. I digress (so beautifully I know), but we’re here to look at DVDs. And here’s the best ones I EVER found in a charity shop and I doubt any of them cost more than £1 –
The Fox & the Hound (1981) – what a bargain, we all know how expensive Disney films still are and even sweeter, The Fox & the Hound is one of my all time favourites. Though I have to be feeling very mentally strong when I watch it. It IS rather traumatising.
Overboard (1987) – the weird thing was, I’d only been talking about this film a few days before, singing its praises – of course. As soon as I saw it sitting there in The Salvation Army charity shop in Maldon, whilst perusing on my lunch break, I smiled A LOT. Just like these guys!
Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – just a film I really, really like yet never bothered to buy on Digital Verstatile Disc (I think in all honesty, I did have it downloaded). But seeing this little movie gem made by day and similarly to Kalifornia (below), not one I’ve seen a whole heap of, at bargain prices.
Brighton Rock (1948) / Sightseers (2014) – bought on the same day, at the same time, in the same shop. I was WELL chuffed. Brighton Rock, absolute classic, Richard Attenborough ROCKING being Pinky. Fantastic, British film noir. And then Sightseers, which wasn’t very old and was pretty much the only Ben Wheatley film I didn’t own on DVD. Fate!
Kalifornia (1993) – possibly my favourite EVER Brad Pitt movie and I’ve never seen it in a charity shop since. A lot of films, like Taken or Lord of the Rings or Borat, you just see, like, constantly. Not because they’re crap exactly, but because they were just popular I guess. And then people have clear outs or start using Netflix and they want to get rid of things like their 9 hour LOTR collection that is probably on telly right now anyway. But Kalifornia is a special case. Kalifornia I have neverseen before or since. In fact, if I did see it again now, I’d probably buy it again.
The Evil Dead (2013) – pleased with this mainly because 1. I love horror movies and so 2. I was extremely excited to watch it and 3. I hadn’t even seen it before. Leading to 4. – I thought it effing rocked. THIS is what a remake is all about.
Natural Born Killers – Directors Cut (1994) – to be honest not hugely rare, I reckon if I scoured a few charity shops in one afternoon (ooh what heaven!) I could probably find this again. But extra cool points for the fact it was in absolutely pristine condition. The disc, the outer cardboard sleeve AND the plastic case inside. It was like brand-new.
Gone Baby Gone (2007) – very similar reasons to The Evil Dead. I hadn’t seen this movie, but I’d heard it was pretty good. Since buying it on DVD I’ve watched it at least three times and recommended it to many, many people (my sister and my boyfriend’s mum). Argo who? THIS is Affleck’s best. And I find Casey Affleck annoyingly attractive. I’m sure he’s a massive prick but he’s quite nice looking.
I could have made this into a Top 10 but I didn’t want to lie to you. So there is my ultimate, um, top nine DVDs bought in UK charity shops. Anyone else out there got any winners they’d like to share?