I don’t know why, but I simply get bored when watching movies. Well, at least most of them. Really, about a decade ago, watching any possible junk was fine with me. Now, on the other hand, I get bored even when I watch movies highly regarded by critics and most people around me. Am I getting old? Probably, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a movie any longer – it’s only the fact that I am extremely selective these days and, since I got tired of IMDB and its ratings, sometimes completely wrong, I decided that Coollector Movie Database, “the only program of its kind,” would be a great choice for today’s review, so here it is!
Available in both portable and standalone versions, Coollector 2.95 was released at the end of December and, according to its official page, it works with Windows XP, Vista and 7. Sounds good to me, especially since this program’s absolutely free to download and use, although some help is always welcome – not necessarily money, but also pictures of movies/people, spreading the word about the program or using the shopping tools included when deciding to buy some movie off Amazon/CD Universe. Cool!
Coollector’s setup package isn’t exactly small, having almost 34 MB in size, but there’s an explanation for this – we’re talking about a movie database here, right? To install this program, you need 101.3 MB of free disk space, but there’s no need to worry about anything else – there’s not a single trace of spyware or toolbar inside its setup package – you only need to press a few buttons and nothing more. (by the way, the five screenshots in the first row at the end of the article are all the setup screens you’ll see)
Hmmm… just as I expected (for no reason I can explain), this program’s interface looks a bit outdated to me. On the other hand, using it should be really easy for most people and that’s what really matters, after all. While you won’t get any offline documentation or multilanguage support, you probably won’t need such things anyway. All in all, I don’t think there’s something really wrong with Coollector’s looks and the way it interacts with its users. Great, let’s move on to those features now, shall we?
At first sight, this program isn’t really complicated. After all, what can be so special about something described as “a huge encyclopedia of movies and series, that you can search in all possible ways, and personalize by rating all the movies you’ve seen,” huh? Nothing much, if you ask me… and it’s not the fact that I am somehow fed up with movies, as I was saying in the first paragraph of this review!
In the left side of what’s supposed to be the program’s menu bar, you will find three text links: Movie Encyclopedia, Owned Videos and Existing Videos. For now, the database of this program contains over 74K movies and series, while the amount of videos available in stores (this is what Existing Videos is all about) exceeds 110K – obviously, you can buy them with a few clicks inside Coollector, then a few more on Amazon or CD Universe. While this may seem pretty fast, I’d really like to see an internal Web browser added to Coollector, that would make everything even faster.
To get details on a certain actor or movie, just click it – it doesn’t get easier than this, trust me! With Coollector, you can search movies by title without having to press a single button inside the program window – all you have to do is start typing – how cool is this???
While I don’t think this feature is obvious for people simply browsing through, Coollector can prove to be a quite capable media catalog. For example, you can choose to scan your media collection and see what comes up – be warned that some of the results may not be what’s actually on your hard drive, so be sure to check what’s being added to your Owned Videos…
… but, overall, Coollector is a pretty cool program, so I’ll stop here, because you really have to take this one for a spin, not read about it!
Tips & Tricks
1. For some movies, pressing the YouTube button won’t take you anywhere. For example, the YouTube search results for “unreal” contain a lot of results related to the notorious computer games, not the movie…
2. When you scan your collection, be sure to be connected to the Internet – if your movies are not in the database, Coollector will go online and try to find information about them.
3. Sometimes, the prices displayed for a movie by Coollector are wrong. Fortunately, the product page linked to those prices is always the right one, so don’t be scared or too glad when you see a price that seems an incredible deal – visit Amazon/CD Universe to see what’s the real deal!
Coollector seems a really good idea to me and its execution is decent. The interface may not be perfect, some of the features may not work exactly as you’d expect them to, but I have to confess that I really enjoyed using this program and, in the end, this is also very important.
The interface and some features (YouTube search, price grabbing) should be improved, not to mention how great would be to see support for multiple languages and, why not, more operating systems (Android and Mac OS X, anyone?).
While Coollector doesn’t get those five stars today, it surely gets recommended to all my friends who are really into movies. These being said, I can only advise you, once again, to take this program for a spin – you won’t waste your time, believe me. That’s all, folks!