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)

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War and Remembrance.
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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)

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Rock & Rule.
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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)

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The Real Ghostbusters: The Complete Series.
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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)

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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries.
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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)

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Hysterical.
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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)

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The Heavenly Kid.
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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)

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
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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)

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The Criterion Collection edition of The Third Man.
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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)

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Hardware Wars.
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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)

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

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Daddy and Them.
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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.

10 Products for a Better Night's Sleep

Amazon/Comfort Spaces
Amazon/Comfort Spaces

Getting a full eight hours of sleep can be tough these days. If you’re having trouble catching enough Zzzs, consider giving these highly rated and recommended products a try.

1. Everlasting Comfort Pure Memory Foam Knee Pillow; $25

Everlasting Comfort Knee Pillow
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For side sleepers, keeping the spine, hips, and legs aligned is key to a good night’s rest—and a pain-free morning after. Everlasting Comfort’s memory foam knee pillow is ergonomically designed to fit between the knees or thighs to ensure proper alignment. One simple but game-changing feature is the removable strap, which you can fasten around one leg; this keeps the pillow in place even as you roll at night, meaning you don’t have to wake up to adjust it (or pick it up from your floor). Reviewers call the pillow “life-changing” and “the best knee pillow I’ve found.” Plus, it comes with two pairs of ear plugs.

Buy it: Amazon

2. Letsfit White Noise Machine; $21

Letsfit White Noise Machine
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White noise machines: They’re not just for babies! This Letsfit model—which is rated 4.7 out of five with nearly 3500 reviews—has 14 potential sleep soundtracks, including three white noise tracks, to better block out everything from sirens to birds that chirp enthusiastically at dawn (although there’s also a birds track, if that’s your thing). It also has a timer function and a night light.

Buy it: Amazon

3. ECLIPSE Blackout Curtains; $16

Eclipse Black Out Curtains
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According to the National Sleep Foundation, too much light in a room when you’re trying to snooze is a recipe for sleep disaster. These understated polyester curtains from ECLIPSE block 99 percent of light and reduce noise—plus, they’ll help you save on energy costs. "Our neighbor leaves their backyard light on all night with what I can only guess is the same kind of bulb they use on a train headlight. It shines across their yard, through ours, straight at our bedroom window," one Amazon reviewer who purchased the curtains in black wrote. "These drapes block the light completely."

Buy it: Amazon

4. JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock; $38

JALL Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock
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Being jarred awake by a blaring alarm clock can set the wrong mood for the rest of your day. Wake up in a more pleasant way with this clock, which gradually lights up between 10 percent and 100 percent in the 30 minutes before your alarm. You can choose between seven different colors and several natural sounds as well as a regular alarm beep, but why would you ever use that? “Since getting this clock my sleep has been much better,” one reviewer reported. “I wake up not feeling tired but refreshed.”

Buy it: Amazon

5. Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light; $200

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
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If you’re looking for an alarm clock with even more features, Philips’s SmartSleep Wake-Up Light is smartphone-enabled and equipped with an AmbiTrack sensor, which tracks things like bedroom temperature, humidity, and light levels, then gives recommendations for how you can get a better night’s rest.

Buy it: Amazon

6. Slumber Cloud Stratus Sheet Set; $159

Stratus sheets from Slumber Cloud.
Slumber Cloud

Being too hot or too cold can kill a good night’s sleep. The Good Housekeeping Institute rated these sheets—which are made with Outlast fibers engineered by NASA—as 2020’s best temperature-regulating sheets.

Buy it: SlumberCloud

7. Comfort Space Coolmax Sheet Set; $29-$40

Comfort Spaces Coolmax Sheets
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If $159 sheets are out of your price range, the GHI recommends these sheets from Comfort Spaces, which are made with moisture-wicking Coolmax microfiber. Depending on the size you need, they range in price from $29 to $40.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Coop Home Goods Eden Memory Foam Pillow; $80

Coop Eden Pillow
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This pillow—which has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon—is filled with memory foam scraps and microfiber, and comes with an extra half-pound of fill so you can add, or subtract, the amount in the pillow for ultimate comfort. As a bonus, the pillows are hypoallergenic, mite-resistant, and washable.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Baloo Weighted Blanket; $149-$169

Baloo Weighted Blanket
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Though the science is still out on weighted blankets, some people swear by them. Wirecutter named this Baloo blanket the best, not in small part because, unlike many weighted blankets, it’s machine-washable and -dryable. It’s currently available in 12-pound ($149) twin size and 20-pound ($169) queen size. It’s rated 4.7 out of five stars on Amazon, with one reviewer reporting that “when it's spread out over you it just feels like a comfy, snuggly hug for your whole body … I've found it super relaxing for falling asleep the last few nights, and it looks nice on the end of the bed, too.” 

Buy it: Amazon 

10. Philips Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band; $200

Philips SmartSleep Snoring Relief Band
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Few things can disturb your slumber—and that of the ones you love—like loudly sawing logs. Philips’s Smartsleep Snoring Relief Band is designed for people who snore when they’re sleeping on their backs, and according to the company, 86 percent of people who used the band reported reduced snoring after a month. The device wraps around the torso and is equipped with a sensor that delivers vibrations if it detects you moving to sleep on your back; those vibrations stop when you roll onto your side. The next day, you can see how many hours you spent in bed, how many of those hours you spent on your back, and your response rate to the vibrations. The sensor has an algorithm that notes your response rate and tweaks the intensity of vibrations based on that. “This device works exactly as advertised,” one Amazon reviewer wrote. “I’d say it’s perfect.”

Buy it: Amazon

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Hamilton Cast Discusses the History and Impact of the Musical in New Disney+ Exclusive

The real work begins after the final bow.
The real work begins after the final bow.
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On Friday, July 10, Disney+ will release Hamilton: History Has Its Eyes on You, a conversation with key original cast members and creators that covers everything from personal memories to thoughts on how the musical can expand our understanding of America’s past.

Moderated by Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, the program features Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson), and Christopher Jackson (George Washington).

Also in attendance is Annette Gordon-Reed, a Harvard University history professor and leading scholar on Thomas Jefferson’s relationship with his enslaved maid, Sally Hemings. Hemings is mentioned briefly in Hamilton, and the contentious topic of slavery crops up in a few pithy insults directed at various characters, but some viewers have criticized how the production largely glosses over the issues and glorifies the Founding Fathers as sympathetic and respectable leaders.

Hamilton: History Has Its Eyes on You is a chance for Miranda and his team to discuss the decisions that went into fitting a long, complex history into a series of musical numbers—and for Gordon-Reed to offer a historian’s perspective on how we should interpret Hamilton.

“The really important thing, I think, is for people after they’ve watched it to go and find out more,” she says in a preview clip on Good Morning America. (If you’re wondering where to start, you might want to take a closer look at some of those history-packed lyrics.)

You can stream the special starting tomorrow, which leaves plenty of time to watch the musical on Disney+ again … and again. If you still need a subscription to Disney+, head here to sign up.

[h/t Good Morning America]