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Have you ever been in the middle of a conversation and then suddenly you realize that you can’t remember the name of a particular movie? It’s on the tip of your tongue, and it absolutely kills you that you can’t remember. The same can happen often when you’re trying to remember the name of an actor or actress who starred in a particular film. The other brain cramp that I always have is whenever I see an amazing movie preview, I think to myself, “Wow! I have got to see that movie.” Then, a month or so later when I’m looking for a what movie to go see, I can’t remember the title.

Here at MUO, we’ve always been fascinated by anything to do with the movies and providing tools to help movie enthusiasts find and organize titles, such as Mahendra’s excellent list of 5 ways to catalog your movies online 5 Ways to Catalog Your Movies Online 5 Ways to Catalog Your Movies Online Read More , or Saikat’s very cool list of 6 Firefox add-ons for the movie freak Top 6 Firefox Add-ons For The Movie Freak Top 6 Firefox Add-ons For The Movie Freak Read More . However, there are times when I’m nowhere near the Internet, or I don’t feel like going online, but I’d really like to do some movie research. Well, thanks to an amazing free movie title database application called Coollector (Windows), you’ll never forget another title or actor again, and at the same time you’ll have somwhere to store and organize not only all of the movies that you currently own, but also all of the movies that you want to see!  It’s all in one tidy little package – and it’s a movie collector’s dream.

A Movie Title Database With Over 50,000 Titles

When you download and install Coollector, it not only installs an application that you can use to organize both the movies you own and the movies you want to own, but at the same time it downloads the entire Coollector movie title database onto your PC or laptop. This means that once it’s installed, you don’t have to be connected to the Internet in order to research movie titles, actresses, directors and more. The software itself is very well written, aesthetically pleasing and very easy to use.

movie title database

This well laid-out application features two complete panes of information, separated by the central control bar (we’ll zoom into the screen above in a moment.)  On the left, you’ll find specific movie information, while on the right you can view additional information for actors, directors or production staff who worked on the movie. It’s an impressive database that’s well cross-referenced, and it’s very easy to get sucked into spending hours just learning about the careers of various actors and directors.

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movie title databaseThe center bar is where you’ll first trigger off the initial search. The other functions are very straightforward – you can get help, search for movies (within the database or within your own collection), update your local database with any new titles from the online Coollector movie title database, modify settings or exit the application.

The settings that you can change include the ability to hide particular video formats from the “price” guide – for example, if you want to filter out all VHS NTSC formats (you don’t still have a VHS collection… do you?)

You can also modify how and where the application displays current movie price information (which you can use to purchase the movie if you want to). And you can also configure the application to provide you an alert whenever movie prices have changed.

Researching With The Coollector Movie Title Database

movie database actors actresses

When you click on the search button, you have access to the entire movie title database (yes, the screen above reads 55 thousand movies at your disposal!) Type in a whole or partial title, or the name of an actress, and the fun begins.

movie database actors actresses

The programmers who put this application went no-holds-barred on this one. As you type the title, it performs a smart-search against the database and tries to complete the title for you. Not only that, but at the same time as it guesses what title you mean (even before you finish typing it), it displays the movie information of that title in the left pane! As you type, the left pane movie changes as the software tries to guess what you’re going to type.

movie search database

As you’re exploring the details about a particular movie title, when you hover your mouse over a particular director, actor, or other crew – a picture of that person will pop-up automatically. There’s no better way to recall who an actor or actress is than with an instant photo to refresh your memory.

movie search database

Whenever you do click on any of the film cast, on the right pane you’re treated to a full list of that person’s film career.

An Offline Library Of Your Own Movie Collection

While all of this isn’t especially extraordinary when you’re dealing with many online movie sites – keep in mind that all of this information can be accessed when you’re using this application offline. It’s essentially a huge movie information library on your hard drive and instantly available for you to access.

movie search database

When you click on the “Existing” button under the movie title in the left pane, the screen above pops up, which displays specific movie information such as languages and formats in which the movie was produced, the running time, studio and release dates. At the lower right, you have the option to buy the movie from either CD Universe or Amazon (if you’re online). You can also opt to add the title to your existing movie title database of your own “owned” movies.

movie database software

Instead, if you click on the big green “ADD” cross under the title, the screen above appears where you can provide specific information about the title that you own, including the format, language, packaging details and even where you have the video stored away.

movie database software

Probably the best part of this application is how it’s integrated with the various online movie communities. Directly from this application, you can click to watch YouTube movie trailers for the title, check out IMDb user ratings for the movie, and you can also rate the movie yourself.  The other icons allow you to keep track of where your owned copy is by “loaning” the movie out to a friend, or marking a particular title as “wished” – which is great for later when you want to watch a movie and can’t remember which ones you liked.  Just log onto Coollector and call up your wish list!

If you are a real movie freak, don’t forget to check out our Awesome Internet Guide to the Movie Addict The Awesome Internet Guide to the Movie Addict The Awesome Internet Guide to the Movie Addict Read More ! Do you have a huge movie collection? What do you think of using Coollector to manage your movie library? Share your own insight in the comments section below.

  1. Rolo
    January 17, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Okay,
    At first I wasn't impressed, but then once I found all the icons and how it worked it was great.
    So give it a try if even at first it doesn't look great!
    When I searched my database it got most of the films, it didn't get about a fifth of it which you can link yourself anyway.
    It's crashed afew times on me so far but it's so worth it.
    I would advise anybody with a movie collection to try it out, I've tried countless movie database systems and this is the best i've come across.
    Thank you Movie Coollector! I shall re-discover my movie collection :D

    • Hector
      January 17, 2010 at 2:47 am

      Rolo, thank you very much for your nice comments !

      Please don't give up because of the occasional crashes. I've found the origin of the problem (it's related with the pictures download), and it should be fixed in a week or two (I must replace the http transfer library that I'm currently using, with another one more reliable).

      When you talk about linking your database, are you talking about the automatic video files scanning ? If so, were there some movies that surprisingly didn't link automatically, or was it normal because your titles are in some foreign language ?

  2. Rolo
    January 16, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I'm going to give this a try.
    I've being looking for a movie database for along time.
    I have a feeling about this one :)

  3. ravindukelum
    September 15, 2009 at 12:41 am

    This is one the best site on the cyberspace.

  4. zool
    September 14, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    re the folder scanning capability, do we need to rename all the titles of our movie files to accommodate the search function, or does Coollector take into account certain naming conventions such as scene release suffixes (eg - DVDRIP, PROPER, etc)

    • Hector
      September 14, 2009 at 8:00 pm

      The folder scanning looks at the first words of the file name, until it finds the longest match to a movie title. If there are other things after the movie title ("DVDRIP" or anything), it doesn't interfere.

      At the end of the scanning, you get a report of the files that couldn't be matched automatically. You have the possibility to match those files manually, one by one.

  5. Ryan Dube
    September 13, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Hey Paul, great question. Updates to the software take place every time you open the application, although you can configure it so that it doesn't automatically update. It is configured to automatically update by default.

  6. paul
    September 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

    are updates automatic or manual? In other words, will we be reminded of an update?

  7. paul
    September 12, 2009 at 8:20 am

    How do you update the database with more movies? Hoe extensive is it (i.e. foreign films, indie films, etc)?

    • Hector
      September 12, 2009 at 8:53 am

      We have movies from all countries.

      If you notice a movie that's missing from our database, simply request it here:

      http://www.coollector.com/116_0.html

      and it'll be added with the next database update(2 to 4 updates per month).

  8. Hector
    September 11, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Hello ! I'm one of the authors of Coollector Movie Database.

    @makeuseof.com

    Thank you very much for writing such an extensive review ! We're much honored !

    If I dare, there's maybe one important feature that you've missed... It's that you can manage the video files stored on your computer (with automatic folder scanning) and launch them directly from the program.

    @Oron

    We're not competing with the IMDb at all. The IMDb is and will always be the ultimate destination for movie lovers. Coollector Movie Database should rather be seen as an extension to the IMDb, with the ability to be used offline, with some features that you won't find at the IMDb (for instance, you can list a filmography from the best to the worst movie, or from the most popular to the least popular movie), with a navigation maybe a little more efficient, and before all with personalized content (a movie you own has its title underlined, smileys show if you liked the movie or not, a play button appears if you have the video file on your HDD, etc...). But in the end, when you've found a movie that you want to dig a little more, well... you click the IMDb icon, and you're brought directly to the IMDb page for this movie. There, you'll be able to discuss the movie on the IMDb boards, read goofs, etc...

  9. Oron
    September 10, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Very intersting, thanks! I have always used imdb.com and have found it to be excellent, but will give this a try.

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