11 Incredibly Valuable DVDs That Could Be Hiding In Your Movie Collection

Some DVDs could be worth more than you think.
Some DVDs could be worth more than you think.
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When digital video discs, or DVDs, were first introduced in 1996, consumers were impressed. The CD-sized format allowed for better picture quality for movies, improved sound, and greater storage capacity for things like bonus scenes and other extras. While streaming services have lowered the demand for disc-based media, a number of titles can still command premium prices owing to their scarcity. Take a look at 11 DVDs that could fetch a considerable sum on the collector’s market.

1. War and Remembrance (1988-1989)

War and Remembrance.Amazon

This epic World War II television miniseries sequel to 1983’s The Winds of War stars Robert Mitchum and Jane Seymour and first aired on ABC. It was so ambitious in scope that, at a cost of $110 million, the network actually expected to lose $20 million on the project. The 2008 DVD set is difficult to find and can sell for $299 or more on the secondary market.

2. Rock & Rule (1983)

Rock & Rule.Amazon

Debbie Harry, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, and others lent their talents to this cult classic animated film with an adult bent. In Rock & Rule, a villain named Mok tries to summon evil for his own benefit, triggering a rock and roll fantasy fable. The 2005 DVD sells for $59 and up, though you can now catch the entire movie (legally) on YouTube.

3. The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Series (1986-1991)

The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Series.Amazon

This popular animated series based on 1984’s Ghostbusters won over a generation of younger fans. Nostalgic viewers and Ghostbusters collectors don’t mind paying $450 for the 2008 box set that features all 134 episodes as well as 13 episodes of Slimer! packaged in a fire station box.

4. A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (1998)

A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries.Amazon

This hard-to-find Merchant Ivory drama stars Kris Kristofferson and Barbara Hershey as a couple raising their children in France after World War II. The family has trouble adjusting after heading back to America. Fans of the film can spend $125 and up for a copy that was originally released in 2002.

5. Hysterical (1983)


This obscure horror spoof about a haunted lighthouse stars the Hudson Brothers and Charlie Callas, as well as Richard Kiel, who portrayed Jaws in the James Bond films. Finding a copy of the 2001 DVD release will set you back about $125 or more.

6. The Heavenly Kid (1985)

The Heavenly Kid.Amazon

This little-seen comedy stars Lewis Smith and Jason Gedrick, with Smith playig a hip 1960s car enthusiast who dies in a wreck and is sent back to Earth to help a nerdy ‘80s teen (Gedrick) find his groove. The 2005 DVD sells for $85 and up.

7. Faster, Pussycat! Kill! ... Kill! (1965)

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!Amazon

Director Russ Meyer’s legendary exploitation feature follows a group of go-go dancers who go on a crime spree. Film critic Roger Ebert, who collaborated with Meyer as a screenwriter for Meyer’s 1970 film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, was a fan and gave it three stars. The rare 2005 DVD can fetch $60 and up.

8. The Criterion Collection: The Third Man (1949)

The Criterion Collection edition of The Third Man.Amazon

The Criterion Collection of curated classic and culturally impactful films has a number of titles that command high prices on the secondary market. One such title in high demand is director Carol Reed’s The Third Man, with novelist Holly Martins (Joseph Cotton) searching for the killer of his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles) in postwar Vienna, Austria. The 1999 two-disc release will set you back $70 or more.

9. Hardware Wars (1978)

Hardware Wars.Amazon

This 2008 special-edition DVD of the ultra-low-budget Star Wars spoof short is sought after by fans of the long-running space opera. In the 12-minute film, toasters are used in place of spaceships. Copies go for around $120 or more.

10. The Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Collector’s Edition (1991)

The Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Collector's Edition.Amazon

Twins fans relish this comprehensive set from 2011 that features all seven games of the celebrated 1991 World Series in which the Twins triumphed over the Atlanta Braves. It sells for $275 and up.

11. Daddy and Them (2003)

Daddy and Them.Amazon

A real curiosity, this Billy Bob Thornton-directed comedy about a family eccentric (Jim Varney of Ernest P. Worrell fame) and his extended clan (Thornton, Laura Dern, Brenda Blethyn) who are forced together after Varney is jailed for attempted murder received virtually no attention upon its release and was relegated to a premiere on Showtime. If you’re intrigued, the 2004 DVD of the film—which also features Jamie Lee Curtis and Ben Affleck—can be had for $40 and up.

14 Retro Gifts for Millennials

Ravi Palwe, Unsplash
Ravi Palwe, Unsplash

Millennials were born between 1981 and 1996, which means the pop culture they grew up with is officially retro. No matter what generation you belong to, consider these gifts when shopping for the Millennials in your life this holiday season.

1. Reptar Funko Pop!; $29


This vinyl Reptar figurine from Funko is as cool as anything you’d find in the rugrats’ toy box. The monster dinosaur has been redesigned in classic Pop! style, making it a perfect desk or shelf accessory for the grown-up Nickelodeon fan. It also glows in the dark, which should appeal to anyone’s inner child.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Dragon Ball Z Slippers; $20

Hot Topic

You don’t need to change out of your pajamas to feel like a Super Saiyan. These slippers are emblazoned with the same kanji Goku wears on his gi in Dragon Ball Z: one for training under King Kai and one for training with Master Roshi. And with a soft sherpa lining, the footwear feels as good as it looks.

Buy it: Hot Topic

3. The Pokémon Cookbook; $15

Hop Topic

What do you eat after a long day of training and catching Pokémon? Any dish in The Pokémon Cookbook is a great option. This book features more than 35 recipes inspired by creatures from the Pokémon franchise, including Poké Ball sushi rolls and mashed Meowth potatoes.

Buy it: Hot Topic

4. Lisa Frank Activity Book; $5

Urban Outfitters

Millennials will never be too old for Lisa Frank, especially when the artist’s playful designs come in a relaxing activity book. Watercolor brings the rainbow characters in this collection to life. Just gather some painting supplies and put on a podcast for a relaxing, nostalgia-fueled afternoon.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

5. Shoebox Tape Recorder with USB; $28


The days of recording mix tapes don’t have to be over. This device looks and functions just like tape recorders from the pre-smartphone era. And with a USB port as well as a line-in jack and built-in mic, users can easily import their digital music collection onto retro cassette tapes.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Days of the Week Scrunchie Set; $12

Urban Outfitters

Millennials can be upset that a trend from their youth is old enough to be cool again, or they can embrace it. This scrunchie set is for anyone happy to see the return of the hair accessory. The soft knit ponytail holders come in a set of five—one for each day of the school (or work) week.

Buy it: Urban Outfitters

7. D&D Graphic T-shirt; $38-$48

80s Tees

The perfect gift for the Dungeon Master in your life, this graphic tee is modeled after the cover of the classic Dungeons & Dragons rule book. It’s available in sizes small through 3XL.

Buy it: 80s Tees

8. Chuck E. Cheese T-shirt; $36-$58

80s Tees

Few Millennials survived childhood without experiencing at least one birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. This retro T-shirt sports the brand’s original name: Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theatre. It may be the next-best gift for a Chuck E. Cheese fan behind a decommissioned animatronic.

Buy it: 80s Tees

9. The Nightmare Before Christmas Picnic Blanket Bag; $40

Shop Disney

Fans of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas will recognize the iconic scene on the front of this messenger bag. Unfold it and the bag becomes a blanket fit for a moonlit picnic among the pumpkins. The bottom side is waterproof and the top layer is made of soft fleece.

Buy it: Shop Disney

10. Toy Story Alien Socks; $15

Shop Disney

You don’t need to be skilled at the claw machine to take home a pair of these socks. Decorated with the aliens from Toy Story, they’re made from soft-knit fabric and are big enough to fit adult feet.

Buy it: Shop Disney

11. Goosebumps Board Game; $24


Fans that read every book in R.L. Stine’s series growing up can now play the Goosebumps board game. In this game, based on the Goosebumps movie, players take on the role of their favorite monster from the series and race to the typewriter at the end of the trail of manuscripts.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Tamagotchi Mini; $19


If you know someone who killed their Tamagotchi in the '90s, give them another chance to show off their digital pet-care skills. This Tamagotchi is a smaller, simplified version of the original game. It doubles as a keychain, so owners have no excuse to forget to feed their pet.

Buy it: Amazon

13. SNES Classic; $275


The SNES Classic is much easier to find now than when it first came out, and it's still just as entertaining for retro video game fans. This mini console comes preloaded with 21 Nintendo games, including Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter II.

Buy it: Amazon

14. Planters Cheez Balls; $24


Planters revived its Cheez Balls in 2018 after pulling them from shelves nearly a decade earlier. To Millennials unaware of that fact, this gift could be their dream come true. The throwback snack even comes in the classic canister fans remember.

Buy it: Amazon

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Late MythBusters Star Grant Imahara Honored With New STEAM Foundation

Grant Imahara attends San Diego Comic-Con
Grant Imahara attends San Diego Comic-Con
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Fans of MythBusters and White Rabbit Project host Grant Imahara were saddened to hear of his passing due to a brain aneurysm in July 2020 at the age of 49. Imahara, a graduate of the University of Southern California, used the television medium to share his love of science and engineering. Now, his passion for education will continue via an educational foundation developed in his name.

The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation was announced Thursday, October 23, 2020 by family and friends on what would have been Imahara’s 50th birthday. The Foundation will provide mentorships, grants, and scholarships that will allow students from diverse backgrounds access to STEAM education, which places an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. (Formerly referred to as STEM, the “A” for art was added more recently.)

Imahara had a history of aiding students. While working at Industrial Light and Magic in the early 2000s, he mentored the robotics team at Richmond High School to prepare for the international FIRST Robotics Competition. Whether he was working on television or behind-the-scenes on movies like the Star Wars prequels and The Matrix sequels, Imahara always found time to promote and encourage young engineering talent.

The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation’s founding board members include Imahara’s mother, Carolyn Imahara, and close friends Don Bies, Anna Bies, Edward Chin, Fon H. Davis, Coya Elliott, and Ioanna Stergiades.

“There are many students, like my son Grant, who need the balance of the technical and the creative, and this is what STEAM is all about,” Carolyn Imahara said in a statement. “I’m so proud of my son’s career, but I’m equally proud of the work he did mentoring students. He would be thrilled that we plan to continue this, plus much more, through The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation.”

Imahara friend Wade Bick is also launching an effort in concert with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to name a study lounge after Imahara. Donations can be made here.

You can find out more about the foundation, and make a donation, on its website.