February 6th, 2007


Announcement: Contest deadline extended to 7:00 p.m. EST!

The thought struck me the other day: “You know what might be fun? It might be fun to have a contest.”

And you know what? It might be! I know it will be for me, and I hope it will be for you.

The contest is simple: guess how many movies on DVD I currently own and leave your answer in the comments.

Couldn’t be easier, right? A thing to keep in mind: if I own different versions of the same movie, it counts as multiple movies. For instance (and this is a hint, I guess), I own two copies of Batman, the barebones release and the Deluxe Edition. This counts as two movies, at least for the purpose of this contest. (And recent viewers need not fear – we watched the Deluxe Edition, of course.)

The person who guesses closest to the actual number will win him/herself a fancy new MadMup.com mug. (It stands to reason, then, that the winner will have to give me their address or some way of getting the mug to them, so keep that in mind if you don’t like handing your address out to random bloggers on the Internet.)

In the case of a tie, the following two tie-breaking questions will be used to determine the winner:

  1. Alphabetically, what is the first movie in my collection? (Rest assured, since it is alphabetically the first, that means it is also positionally the first.)
  2. How many movies do I own that start with the letter “S”? (For the purposes of this contest, the articles “a,” “an,” and “the” do not count as the first words in the title. If I owned a movie entitled The Skunk (I do not), it would count as an “S” movie.)

So! Guess away! The contest will close at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, February 7, 2007. Leave your three answers in the comments section, and thanks for reading!

EDIT: This isn’t “The Price Is Right,” so it’s not “closest without going over,” it’s just “closest.”

EDIT #2: Movies with numbers spelled out (Sixty Cats, for example) get filed according to the word. Movies with numbers as numbers in the title (60 Cats, for example) get filed according to standard alphabetizing rules. Where this leaves the movie Se7en, I really couldn’t say.

37 Comments on “Contest”

  1. Peter C. Hayward says:

    412, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and 56.

  2. ZiggyTQuirk says:

    hrm. I would say, at a guess, 417 movies.

  3. Petey says:

    $1.00 Bob

    What this isn't the Price is Right?

  4. the obscure says:

    Seriously, is it just the closest, or the closest without going over?

  5. Jeremiah says:

    1. 223
    2. Air Force One
    3. 24


    Loved the idea!

  6. G-Knee says:

    Mark, I feel that I've been slighted in some way as the last time before Thursday that I was able to see your movie collection was YEARS ago…I should have a good idea, but don't…therefore, alas, it's all a guess. BLAST!

    1. 622
    2. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls or About a Boy…I can't decide. (but if I have to decide or not win, then I'd go with Ace Ventura)
    3. 18

  7. Lorelei says:

    This is great…
    1- 865
    2- Adventures of Milo & Otis (really)
    3- 23

  8. MadMup says:

    I am loving these answers! Cracking me UP!

  9. the obscure says:

    Argh. Also, does 101 Dalmations go in the "A" category or the "O" category alphabetically.

    Help me out, here, Mup!

  10. the obscure says:


    Absolute Power


  11. The Bon says:

    1. 636

    2. Adaptation [unless we're going by numbers, in which case I would also say 2001: A Space Odyssey.]

    3. 45

  12. Angela says:

    1. 326
    2. 13 Going on 30
    3. 27

  13. Meags says:

    1- 549
    2- 12 Monkeys.
    3- 57

  14. wendles says:


    12 Angry Men (hey I had to watch it in school, you work at a school, it's making sense in my mind)


  15. magley says:

    1. 777

    2. 2 Fast 2 Furious

    3. 33

  16. MadMup says:

    Mary — that is the BEST guess yet!

  17. magley says:

    Yippee!! I always wanted to spin the big wheel…oh wait, you did say that this ISN'T "The Price Is Right". Bummer! :)

  18. G-Knee says:

    RATS-I didn't put together the #s thing.

  19. Gretchen says:

    Man, I bet you have about a million. . . hmmmmm. . .

    Okay, my guess is


    I have no guess for tie breaker #2. I really don't know any other movies that start with numbers, but I do want to say that it is utterly hysterical that you have them up in alphabetical order!

    You must have 89 "S" movies.

  20. mrross says:

    number of movies: 260
    first movie: 12 Monkeys
    number of Ss: 18

  21. MadMup says:

    Clarification: My telling "magley" she had the "the BEST guess yet" was more out of my amusement at her choice for my first movie than a hint as to number of movies.

    Sorry for any confusion!

  22. the obscure says:

    Man, people are pinning me in. I only have wiggle room of 5 movies below my guess and 15 above. NOT COOL PEOPLE, SPREAD IT OUT A BIT! :P

  23. G-Knee says:

    hey – who is Scott?

  24. MadMup says:

    Scott is probably asking, "Who is G-Knee?"

    I'm fairly certain he's "Scootles," an old online buddy from way back.

  25. Brian Arnold says:

    I'm gonna go with 217. Yeah, 217.

    As for the other two questions, well, I won't sweat those unless I do wind up in a tie. I hope that doesn't auto-forfeit a tie.

  26. steven says:

    Is it One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or 1 Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

  27. MadMup says:

    It's "One." This affects your guesses? Will it help to tell you I don't own that movie? :)

  28. TwoSticks says:

    Are you counting TV show collections as movies also?
    1. eleventeen hundred
    2. season one of "the A-Team"
    3. 8 1/2 (you must have one somewhere that got recorded over, almost)

  29. TwoSticks says:

    Make that eleventeen hundred and one, just in case.

  30. Mandy says:

    Hey, Mark
    This is Amanda Butram from the Career Class and I was wondering if you could add my blog to the classes page.

  31. MadMup says:

    Amanda – I've got you added… though I really think you should have entered the contest here!

  32. A person says:


  33. wendles says:

    I thought the contest ended at 5:00 pm. Are you extending it because you haven't actually counted the movies yet?

  34. wendles says:

    And furthermore, the contest question is how many DVD's do you own, yet in questions 2 and 3 you state "movies" specifically. Does the DVD question include TV shows on DVD's too? Or just movies? And what about games on DVD?
    Now my guess is all wrong – forget it, I give up!

  35. MadMup says:

    Once and for all here, folks: the contest was "guess how many movies on DVD I currently own and leave your answer in the comments."


    And I counted them up last night and have been watching with great interest all the guesses. SOon we shall have out answer!

  36. TheBon says:

    I fear I overestimated, but if you're like us, movies just keep multiplying in our apartment. We ended up with two copies of Brain Candy [I was sure we had it, D swore we didn't and I didn't bother to check–I was right] so we ended up giving that one away.

  37. Dana says:

    Darn I missed the contest! :(

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