Well, I figure I’ll put my bit in since sorting has always been a bit of a problem for me. I sort first by format, Blu-rays then DVD’s, then alphabetically by title, non-spelled numbers first (3 Bullets for Ringo is up at the front, for example) excluding articles of course. As far as double features go, I sort by the title that comes first on the spine, unless only one title is a Spaghetti; The Cobra/Ringo the Lone Rider, for example, is sorted by Ringo. For the most part, double features make some sort of sense when they are put together, usually sharing a common actor or director or something, so finding the 2nd title is often not too hard. If I do get stumped trying to find a title, I’ve got a Google docs list of all the releases sorted how they are on my shelf, so I just need to do a quick search to find where a title is located. Boxed sets and collections are at the end, sorted alphabetically by collection title. This is really not a big of an issue for me as it might be for others, since the sets are either all tied to a “series” (Sabata, Sartana, Sergio Leone, etc) or are cheapo sets (Mill Creek 44 movie, etc) which include film I’ve either got in a better version elsewhere or I’m not in a hurry to watch again. If I need to reference something or see if I’ve got a film somewhere, the list I mentioned has all the titles in a collection, so I would just need to do a search through there and maybe cross-reference the SWDB in case a film has been released with more than one title. Oh, and in the case of foreign languages, I sort by the title on the spine, so non-English letters are at the end of the alphabet for me. I don’t have more than a couple foreign-language releases and no Japanese ones, so no real worries on that front.
As far as sorting by label goes, I tried that one time and it frustrated me. I have more Wild East releases than any other label and they number their spines by releases regardless of genre, so when I tried putting them all together they looked real nice, but the WE-### would always have a missing number for a release that’s sorted in my Eurocrime or Macaroni Combat sections, which are sorted in the same fashion.
I’ve still only got one (nearly full) shelf of spags, approximately totaling just over 100 cases, so who knows how this will turn out when I’ve reached the levels of some of you guys :