11 Extremely Valuable Blu-rays

Some Blu-ray discs can increase in value.
Some Blu-ray discs can increase in value.
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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)

The Vincent Price Collection: Volume 1.Amazon

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)

The Man Who Fell to Earth: Criterion Collection.Amazon

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)

Dolls: Collector's Edition.Amazon

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)

Our Man Flint.Amazon

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)

Ultimate Jordan.Amazon

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)

Gravity: Diamond Luxe Edition.Amazon

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)

Splash.Amazon

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)

Sharpe's Rifles & Eagle.Amazon

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)

Time Lapse.Amazon

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)

Mysterious Island.Amazon

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)

Sordid Lives: The Series.Amazon

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.

Looking to Downsize? You Can Buy a 5-Room DIY Cabin on Amazon for Less Than $33,000

Five rooms of one's own.
Five rooms of one's own.
Allwood/Amazon

If you’ve already mastered DIY houses for birds and dogs, maybe it’s time you built one for yourself.

As Simplemost reports, there are a number of house kits that you can order on Amazon, and the Allwood Avalon Cabin Kit is one of the quaintest—and, at $32,990, most affordable—options. The 540-square-foot structure has enough space for a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room—and there’s an additional 218-square-foot loft with the potential to be the coziest reading nook of all time.

You can opt for three larger rooms if you're willing to skip the kitchen and bathroom.Allwood/Amazon

The construction process might not be a great idea for someone who’s never picked up a hammer, but you don’t need an architectural degree to tackle it. Step-by-step instructions and all materials are included, so it’s a little like a high-level IKEA project. According to the Amazon listing, it takes two adults about a week to complete. Since the Nordic wood walls are reinforced with steel rods, the house can withstand winds up to 120 mph, and you can pay an extra $1000 to upgrade from double-glass windows and doors to triple-glass for added fortification.

Sadly, the cool ceiling lamp is not included.Allwood/Amazon

Though everything you need for the shell of the house comes in the kit, you will need to purchase whatever goes inside it: toilet, shower, sink, stove, insulation, and all other furnishings. You can also customize the blueprint to fit your own plans for the space; maybe, for example, you’re going to use the house as a small event venue, and you’d rather have two or three large, airy rooms and no kitchen or bedroom.

Intrigued? Find out more here.

[h/t Simplemost]

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The Psychological Tricks Disney Parks Use to Make Long Wait Times More Bearable

© Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0
© Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY-SA 3.0

No one goes to Disneyland or Disney World to spend the day waiting in line, but when a queue is well-designed, waiting can be part of the experience. Disney knows this better than anyone, and the parks' Imagineers have developed several tricks over the years to make long wait times as painless as possible.

According to Popular Science, hacking the layout of the line itself is a simple way to influence the rider's perspective. When a queue consists of 200 people zig-zagging around ropes in a large, open room, it's easy for waiting guests to feel overwhelmed. This design allows riders to see exactly how many people are in line in front of them—which isn't necessarily a good thing when the line is long.

Imagineers prevent this by keeping riders in the dark when they enter the queue. In Space Mountain, for example, walls are built around the twisting path, so riders have no idea how much farther they have to go until they're deeper into the building. This stops people from giving up when they first get in line.

Another example of deception ride designers use is the "Machiavellian twist." If you've ever been pleasantly surprised by a line that moved faster than you expected, that was intentional. The signs listing wait times at the beginning of ride queues purposefully inflate the numbers. That way, when a wait that was supposed to be 120 minutes goes by in 90, you feel like you have more time than you did before.

The final trick is something Disney parks are famous for: By incorporating the same level of production design found on the ride into the queue, Imagineers make waiting in line an engaging experience that has entertainment value of its own. The Tower of Terror queue in Disney World, which is modeled after a decrepit 1930s hotel lobby down to the cobwebs and the abandoned coffee cups, feels like it could be a movie set. Some ride lines even use special effects. While waiting to ride Star Wars: Ride of the Resistance in Galaxy's Edge, guests get to watch holograms and animatronics that set up the story of the ride. This strategy exploits the so-called dual-task paradigm, which makes the line feel as if it's going by faster by giving riders mental stimulation as they wait.

Tricky ride design is just one of Disney's secrets. Here are more behind-the-scenes facts about the beloved theme parks.

[h/t Popular Science]