IMDB Movie Explorer

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 10, 2010
Updated • Jun 5, 2016
Software, Windows software

Did you ever have to make a selection of one or multiple movie files from a collection of movies?

Could be because you plan to take some of the best movies on your next holiday trip or that your friend was nice enough to provide you access to a movie collection on a terabyte hard drive leaving you with a selection problem?

If you ever had to pick some movies from a collection of many, you may have just picked the movies that you recognized from the lot.

IMDB Movie Explorer tries to solve that problem for you. Everyone can pick movies manually but this can take quite some time especially if the movies are not known or if there is not enough time to make a manual selection let alone some research.

IMDB Movie Explore

The portable program for the Windows operating system scans a folder on a connected hard drive to compare the file names of all files with movie titles on IMDB. The length of the process depends on the number of files found on the folder of the hard drive.

The initial release works best if the file name is identical to a movie title on IMDB. It creates some false positives or will not recognize the movie at all if the file name is different. It should also be noted that it works best with English movie titles as those are predominant on IMDB. IMDB Movie Explorer will furthermore display a rating for each movie that has been identified which the user can use to make the selection.

Movies with a checkmark can then be copied to another hard drive. The idea is to sort the movies by rating and copy only the movies with the best IMDB rating. The program works as it is but the limited identification routine makes it less useful as it could be. An option to identify movies manually would be handy but is missing.

Other options that the developer should consider are copying movies that total a specific file size or identifying movie genres along with ratings. IMDB Movie Explorer can be downloaded from the program's Codeplex profile page.

Update: The program has not been updated since 2010 and it appears to have stopped working, at least on newer versions of the Windows operating system.

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  1. moviebasket said on February 26, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    It make me surprised!

  2. Pejeno said on January 10, 2010 at 5:38 am

    It crashed here when I selected my movies folder (with multiple folders for each movie). It didn’t retrieve anyting there.

    I then tried to scan 3 movies by selecting one movie folder at a time, but it didn’t returned anything either. After I selected the third movie folder, it also crashed.

    I’m over a Spanish XP SP3 1024 MB RAM.


  3. Jonathan said on January 10, 2010 at 4:16 am

    I tried this program, and it crashed after reading 3 movies, I even tried it a second time and it also crashed.

  4. Choko said on January 10, 2010 at 2:14 am

    Sound like an interesting program – but the missing makes me conclude I won’t try it out (this side of an upgrade anyways).

    Particularly including genre information, as you mention, is something I would consider crucial if this is meant to handle large movie collections and help you choose what you want.

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