Because of the rise in digital technology and streaming services, there haven’t been too many people clamoring for DVDs in recent memory. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t plenty of collectible discs or box sets, though. Some movies, anthologies, and season sets were incredibly hard to find when they were first released and can be even harder to find now.
The DVD hasn’t exactly gone the way of the Dodo like the VHS tape, either. You can still play a DVD on most computers, almost all video game consoles, and DVD players are insanely cheap these days. For DVD buffs that are still looking to add to their collection, these are the five crown jewels that you’ll want to search high and low for.
Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box
Hellraiser is the beloved horror franchise created and directed by Liverpool native Clive Barker, based on his 1986 book “The Hellbound Heart”. The film’s plot follows the thrilling events that unfold after a puzzle box summons the otherworldly “Cenobites”, with the infamous “Pinhead” acting as their leader.
The highly sought-after “Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box” box set was released in 2016 and holds four discs, Hellraiser, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth, and The Clive Barker Legacy. As well as a 400-page book, first drafts for the character drawings, a poster, and more spooky goodies. The box set can sell for over $400.
The History of Beavis and Butthead
The History of Beavis and Butthead is the box set for the legendary animated show. It features 32 episodes spanning all 7 seasons of the goofy show. It was set to release in 2002, but creator Mike Judge decided he wasn’t happy with the selection of episodes chosen for the box set.
Though some copies still managed to hit the store shelves and they quickly became highly sought-after collector’s item. Today, the box set can sell for anywhere from $150-$200.
One of the more rare DVDs of the bunch is the kickstarter Blu-ray for the goofy martial arts comedy, Kung Fury. The film was written, directed by, and stars David Sandberg. The film’s budget was crowdfunded on Kickstarter in 2014, blowing past their $200,000 goal, reaching $630,019.
The limited budget meant the film only runs 31 minutes, though it didn’t hold back the film from becoming a hilarious classic. The rare and kickstarter exclusive Blu-ray for Kung Fury can sell for anywhere between $800-$1000.
Part of the Criterion Collection, John Woo’s 1989 film “The Killer” can cost you nearly $300 for a copy of this out-of-production DVD. It stars one of Hong Kong’s most loved and successful actors, Chow Yun- fat, who plays an assassin named Ah Jong who blinds a young singer, Jennie, played by actress Sally Yeh. Jong decides to take on one last mission to pay for Jennie’s vision-saving surgery.
The Killer didn’t gain the adoration of moviegoers in Hong Kong, although it has been named one of the best action movies by viewers in the western part of the world and is a hidden gem sought after by DVD collectors.
The Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Collector’s Edition
Ranging anywhere from $250 to $500 a pop, The Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Collector’s Edition features all seven intense games played by the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves during the 88th edition of the World Series. Nine innings in game seven weren’t enough to determine a winner.
Heading into the 10th inning, the game was knotted at 0-0, and Gene Larkin hit a walk-off single to win it for Minnesota. Oddly enough both teams ended their previous season in last place. Both teams finishing the 1991 season above all the rest is one of the unique factors that made this win so special and makes this collector’s item such a prized possession.