I have a fond memory from my high school days, sitting on my bed in my pitch black room watching the Bruce Willis movie "Hostage" via UMD on my PSP 1000. I may have had a computer up there by that time, but streaming didn't exist and downloading full movies was a luxury my family's internet provider couldn't afford. Most cell phones' most interesting app was still the Snake game. I remember being in awe at watching a full movie from the comfort of my bed, the screen 6 inches in front of my face, and feeling like I was experiencing the pinnacle of modern technology.
Obviously that feeling came and went fast, but I recently got another copy of the Hostage UMD and watched it. Usually attempts at recreating little experiences like this are pointless but surprisingly watching an action thriller on a tiny screen was a lot more satisfying of an experience than I expected it'd be. Something about watching a movie on the PSP transports me back in time instantly and nothing about the silly circumstances required to watch a movie this way bothers me at all.
It made me wonder what other folks' opinions were when it came to the UMD movie gimmick back in the day. Did anyone actually watch/collect UMD movies during the PSP's heyday? Did you at least give them a try? I definitely think I'll be trying to snag others just for the novelty of it.
I watched a few. Family Guy freakin sweet collection, Charlie's Angels, and some anime: Steamboy, Metropolis, Appleseed. I found the Family Guy one to be the most enjoyable.
It didn't really catch on with me but then again I'm not really into movies. I only gained mild interest in them later on purely out of the fact it was something neat the PSP could do. I assume most people myself included were put off by the fact umds were more expensive than dvds and almost as much as a game, so why not just get a game instead.
No, but I've never purchased movies or shows either (aside from a few anime) as once I've seen something I usually have no desire to see it again with some exceptions.
At one point I bought a used bundle of movies for a flight. I watched 1 movie in each direction but that was it. I liked the idea of it, but it used up so much battery power that you usually had to be near an outlet. And if you're near an outlet you might be near a tv/dvd player where everything is all-around better. So I liked the novelty but only when traveling.
I still collect them. I picked up a couple Troma umd's not to long ago for it. I also have some that I don't have on dvd or bluray. Depending the mood, I might watch it on the system, or use the cord to hook it to my TV and watch.
> I always found it dumb how UMD means Universal Media Disc when nothing is Universal
> about them besides Universally only working on the PSP.
haha yah in hindsight it was a silly name but I have to imagine Sony's end goal there was to get UMDs into standalone/other devices as "the next" alternative to DVD. I'm sure they figured debuting them on a relatively "state of the art" handheld version of the mega popular Playstation would have been enough but that was a big ol' whiff.
I remember watching Superbad on my PSP and wanting to have a UMD collection, lol
There's a UMD release of Interstella 5555 that I wouldn't mind getting.
The shell protects from scratches in theory but gets damaged very easily, which defeats the point. More pieces = more opportunities for breakage.
You're talking about the plastic casing around the disc itself? I think I had only 1 movie where that plastic was still tight...everything else was split, cracked, etc.. But they did in fact do their job as the movies still played fine (as long as you can still remove it from the PSP).
By, i wanna say 2010, they were selling the things over at dollar tree, so yeah i did manage to watch some. They looked okay, but often were pretty basic, just the movie and some lang/sub options, nothing major.
I wished the anime UMDs all got past vol 1, having 1 part of Paranoia agent always chapped my ass when i was younger.
Oh, and the build quality on those things were ASS. If i took them anywhere the shell would inevitably crack apart and i had to buy replacements, they are not made to handle portability.
> PSP came out in 2005. PS3 and the introduction of Blu-Ray discs were in 2006. Netflix
> started its streaming service in 2007. Iphone also came out in 2007.
Yeah and my peak PSP days were right when PSP was fresh, so I must have only had a DVD player in my room at that point. Without a large DVD collection and no streaming options, it helps me understand why I was so pumped to be watching Hostage on the PSP.
I also remember loading up the memory card with videos and getting similar satisfaction over being able to watch TV episodes on a handheld.
I don't own a PSP anymore but a long time ago I bought The Goonies UMD new and still have it sealed. Just a nice piece for my goonies collection
You probably never took them anywhere then, UMDs were notorious for being easy to fall apart, and the actual disc part? if that gets scratched, or enough fingerprints, it's just done.
> Seeing how many of yall had UMD cases crack or break on you is surprising, it never
> happened to me once. I thought they were decently durable.
I acquired a lot of them secondhand on ebay and other sites, and very frequently they were cracked and occassionally they didn't work or made funny noises when being read.