I have a few press kits, mostly from the 80s—Mad Max, Escape from New York—and I just got Blue Thunder on eBay. Back in the olden days I collected newspaper ads and magazine articles and reviews and pictures, and sometimes I took my cassette recorder to the theater to record a movie's audio, because we had no home video. You saw it in the theater and then you waited for it for years to come out on TV, and if you weren't sitting in front of the set when it came on, you were SOL. We couldn't even conceive of having our favorite movies available at all times.
Now that I have the movies at my fingertips in ridiculously high definition, I see little or no reason to save all that old paper stuff, because I could watch every single frame of a movie if I wanted to. And yet I still have a lot of my old paper collection.
I was reminded of why I collect yesterday, when my Blue Thunder press kit came in the mail. I got a thrill from being reminded of how we did things "back in the day," and it brought back memories of seeing the movie in the theater, and there's just something about those 8x10 black-and-white photos.
Do you collect? Why?