Disc Database

One of the things I’ve been doing since not long after the introduction of the DVD has been building a database in Microsoft Access of details relating to discs. I’ve added additional fields over the years to allow for bits and pieces of additional data in which I’ve become interested. That includes HD DVDs and Blu-ray discs.

This database is far from complete, with some records consisting of little more than a title and a year. For many of the discs, the records are quite detailed. For example, consider the Australian Blu-ray release of ‘Jumper‘. The items in my database for this title include:

  • Title: Jumper
  • Year: 2008
  • Rating: M
  • IMDB rating: 5.9 as at 3 July 2008
  • Duration: 88
  • Claimed Duration: (slick not available)
  • Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment South Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Mastering: Deluxe Digital Studios
  • Aquisition date: June 2008
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Layers: Dual
  • Disc size: 38.90
  • Remarks: Review copy, BonusView, Region B
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, SF, Thriller
  • Picture: Widescreen anamorphic, 2.35:1, 1808p24, MPEG4 AVC
  • Audio: individual record for each audio track, eg. English (Audio descriptive), Dolby Digital, 448kbps, 3/2.1
  • Titles: individual record for each title, eg. Disc Number 1, Side A, Title 3, Number of Chapters 25, Time 88:21, Skip Chapter Yes, Content Movie, Interlaced No
  • Subtitles: English for the Hearing Impaired, Italian, Italian (Text), Spanish, Spanish (Text), Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, English (Commentary), German (Commentary), Finnish (Commentary), Norwegian (Commentary), Swedish (Commentary)
  • Other features: ‘Jumping Around the World’ PIP feature; ‘Jumping Around the World’ non-PIP feature; D-Box Motion Code; Animated Graphic Novel: ‘Jumpstart: Jumper’s Story’ (8 mins – HD); Making-of featurette: ‘Doug Liman’s “Jumper” Uncensored’ (36 mins – HD); Featurette: ‘Making an Actor Jump’ (8 mins – HD); Featurette: ‘Jumping from Novel to Film: The Past, Present and Future of Jumper’ (8 mins – HD); Six Deleted Scenes (11 mins – HD); Animation: ‘Previz – Future Concepts’ (5 mins – HD)

I would be happy to make this data available on line for the 1,200+ DVDs, 100+ Blu-ray discs and 70+ HD DVDs I have indexed, but I’m not prepared to put the time into learning how to make an online searchable database. If any readers can do this, I’d be prepared to provide the data and host the database. Remember, the Access database uses its relational features, although often in a half-arsed unprofessional way (I did it myself).

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