Movies In Collection... Or Not?

In Movienizer, each movie has four status flags: "In collection", "Seen", "Wanted", and "For sale". The corresponding status can be set in the "Edit info" window for the movie, using the checkboxes on the "General" tab:

Set status of the movie

Alternatively, icons in the right upper corner of the movie page can be used:

Status icons

Let's take a closer look at the "In collection" status and its meaning.

When you add a movie into Movienizer, its "In collection" status is enabled automatically. Basically, it means that the movie is available in your collection. After all, this is what Movienizer is for: creating a catalog for all movies from your home collection.

As you have already guessed, the "In collection" box can be cleared. What happens to the movie then?

Well, the movie disappears from most places in the program: from the main list of movies, from the lists on the "Collection" tab, from reports and statistics, from search results, etc. But it is not deleted and, in fact, can be found. For example, on the "Search" tab, you can select "In database" instead of "In collection" from the "Status" field:

Find movies in your database

It is also possible to display movies that have their "In collection" box cleared in the main list of movies and on the "Collection" tab. Click on the "Quick filter" menu item, select "Information output" - "In database":

Show all movies from your database

After this, your list of movies may become much longer. At the top of the list, movies from your collection will be displayed, as usual. If you scroll down a bit, you can find movies that are not in your collection. You can even find movies that you never heard about and surely did not add. They will not have much information, looking like this:

Movies not in collection

If you click such entry, you will find not much information either:

An almost blank movie page

We can see only a title and a year.

At this point, you may start wondering: what are all those movies and how did they get into my database? And how do I delete them?

What are these movies?

When you download information about persons (actors, directors, screenplay writers, composers), Movienizer downloads and saves the complete filmographies of the persons. Some movies from the filmographies are in your collection, some are not. This can be seen directly in the filmography list. Movies from your collection have a special icon:

Filmography, movies in collection

Now, all movies that you had in your collection previously remain there. The rest of entries from the filmography go into your database and will be displayed in the list, if you switch "Quick Filter" - "Information output" to "Show all data".

So the answer is simple: Movienizer added these movies when you downloaded information about persons.

How do I delete them?

If you ask this question, most probably you do not quite understand how a database works. The answer is: you do not need to delete any of these movies. Just switch "Quick Filter" - "Information output" back to "Show collection data".

Why shouldn't these movies be deleted?

First of all, when you erase such movie from your database, it will disappear from all places, which includes filmographies. Thus, your filmographies will become incomplete.

Second, deleting such entry will not make your database smaller, so there is no point in doing that.

Third, you will miss a useful feature of Movienizer. For example, you may browse a filmography of your favorite actor or actress, looking for movies that you haven't seen yet. Needless to say that you will not see deleted movies in the filmography, but we've discussed that already. So, suppose that you did not delete any movies. Now, you can click on movies from a filmography and open their pages. As we have already mentioned, you will find not much information there, but you can see actors that played in the movie:

Blank movie page with actors

Yes, when you download information about a number of persons, and some persons have the same movie in their filmographies, Movienizer creates only one movie entry and links it to all filmographies. As normally the user downloads information about his or her favorite persons, these persons are more important to the user than others. And these persons will be shown on such "blank" movie pages (persons from the movie that you haven't downloaded information about will not appear, as Movienizer has no way of knowing they were there).

So, if you click on a movie from a filmography and see photos of several favorite actors, this movie may be worth of seeing.

Other movies

If you have downloaded information about a movie that looked promising and marked it as "Wanted", it naturally is not in your collection yet. You can see such movies using "Quick filter" - "Show wanted". This list can be further exported to Reports.

There also may be movies that you have already seen, but that are not in your collection. You can manage them in Movienizer, too.

Generally it is not recommended to delete any movies from a database. Just clear the "In collection" box, and the movie will disappear from your lists. If you are concerned about database size, just delete all pictures from the movie entry before removing it from your collection.

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