While many movies may hold sentimental value, only a few can command a premium price on the collector’s market. Take a look at some Blu-ray discs that routinely sell for significantly more than their original retail price.
1. The Vincent Price Collection: Volume 1 (1960-1971)
This spooky collection of Vincent Price’s most macabre films—including 1961’s The Pit and the Pendulum and 1964’s The Masque of the Red Death—was issued by Shout! Factory (under their Scream Factory label) in 2013 in a limited edition that quickly sold out. Those who missed their opportunity now pay $330 or more for the set.
2. The Man Who Fell to Earth: Criterion Collection (1976)
Director Nicolas Roeg’s sci-fi fable about an alien named Thomas Jerome Newton (David Bowie) arriving on Earth in search of water for his home planet got the Criterion Collection treatment in 2008. A sealed copy routinely sells for up to $400. Even a previously-owned version can net $90 or more.
3. Dolls: Collector's Edition (1987)
A year before Chucky and Child’s Play arrived, director Stuart Gordon helmed this horror film about a group of strangers terrorized in a mansion by a collection of rampaging killer dolls. The 2014 Blu-ray is scarce and can go for $80 or more.
4. Our Man Flint (1966)
James Coburn stars in this riff on the James Bond films as secret agent Derek Flint, who is tasked with foiling an attempt by criminals to control the weather. A sealed copy of the Twilight Time edition from 2013 can sell for $215 or more.
5. Ultimate Jordan (2011)
This four-disc collection of basketball legend Michael Jordan’s greatest NBA moments and a look at his life off the court is highly sought after by fans. A sealed edition can fetch $100 or more.
6. Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition (2013)
The Sandra Bullock space thriller is readily available on Blu-ray, but this special Diamond Luxe Edition offers two unique options: A Dolby Atmos soundtrack is included that’s meant for specialized surround sound systems. There’s also a feature that allows viewers to turn off the musical score and hear the film with just the dialogue and sound effects. Fans pay $150 or more for the disc.
7. Splash (1984)
This Tom Hanks comedy about an everyman who falls for a mermaid (Daryl Hannah) has yet to be officially released on Blu-ray in the United States. The Australian import version—which works on American Blu-ray players—can sell for up to $200.
8. Sharpe’s Rifles & Eagle (1993)
This set includes two feature-length episodes (Sharpe’s Rifles and Sharpe’s Eagle) of the 1990s British series starring Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe, an elite soldier during the Napoleonic Wars. The hard-to-find collection can sell for $185.
9. Time Lapse (2014)
Three friends find a camera that can deliver a photograph of what will happen 24 hours into the future. This trippy sci-fi horror film is out of print and sells for $40 used.
10. Mysterious Island (1961)
This fantasy film about Civil War soldiers who wind up stranded on an island full of creatures is prized for the stop-motion effects created by the legendary Ray Harryhausen. The out-of-print Twilight Time Blu-ray can sell for $104 or more.
11. Sordid Lives: The Series (2008)
This little-seen Logo television series about a dysfunctional Texas family serves as a prequel to 2000’s Sordid Lives movie and stars Rue McClanahan and Olivia Newton-John. The complete first (and only) season can go for $99 or more.