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Brits told to keep hold of physical media as Blu-ray movie is now selling for a lot of money

Brits told to keep hold of physical media as Blu-ray movie is now selling for a lot of money

Some who own the valuable movie have no plans to sell

The boom of the streaming service industry has had one very unexpected consequence for film and TV. And it echoes a similar experience to that experienced by music.

Vinyl and cassettes looked to be dead in the mud when CDs came striding in, providing mass produced music quickly and cheaply since the late 1980s.

But both products have enjoyed a renaissance in more recent years, partly spurred on by how rare some of the classic finds can be. New music also tends to get very limited vinyl or cassette runs, meaning the products are immediately valued at more than they sell for due to basic supply and demand.

It's a similar tale for DVD and more specifically its high-resolution friend, Blu-ray.

Blu-ray came about back in 2006 as the next version of DVD, bringing HD footage into the living rooms of billions around the world. It also massively helped in the video games industry, with the disks used to hold countless video games for the PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

A nifty little product then.

But like with everything, it has a time and a place. And once a production run of a certain item ends, that copy you own that's gathering dust may well be increasing in value as Father Time passes by.

Over on YouTube, Jeff Rauseo has detailed that some Blu-ray discs were now a lot more valuable than when you might have bought them, selling for decent amounts over on eBay.

One top example picked out by Rauseo was a classic from 2002 starring none other than Oppenheimer leading man and Hollywood royalty, Cillian Murphy.

Cillian Murphy in Oppenheimer.
Universal Pictures

Some 22 years before Murphy heads to the Oscars as favourite to win best actor, he starred in a Danny Boyle horror film that gets a really solid 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Not quite the heights of Christopher Nolan's latest flick but it'll do.

We're talking about 28 Days Later which is widely credited as the key piece of film or TV that modernised the zombie genre; albeit without creatures called zombies.

More than two decades after its release, production of the film has of course stopped. It means you can expect to pay around £40 to get your hands on a physical copy of the Blu-ray version of 28 Days Later.

I hope you've been hoarding 28 Days Later Blu-Rays.

Thousands of LADbible readers responded to our initial article telling you to check the value of your DVDs or Blu-rays before giving them away for a few quid in a massive bundle - or God forbid, for nothing.

Among the comments was a resurgent attitude towards actually keeping them regardless of their worth, with many who owned a physical copy of 28 Days Later saying they weren't going to sell.

One owner of the film said: "Physical media forever! I've got 28 Weeks Later and 28 Days Later both on Blu-ray in my collection.

"With streaming it can be removed at any time i’d rather actually own my movies physically."

Another wrote: "I'll never sell mine. I also still listen to CD and vinyl."

An iconic scene from 28 Days Later.
Sundance/WireImage/Fox Searchlight/Getty

A third responded: "I have about 1600 DVDs. People ask me a lot why I have them.... mate, half those DVDs, maybe even three quarters of them are not on ANY streaming services! So how would I watch or even know about them? I buy it and own it forever!"

And a fourth said: "And people laugh at me when I tell them I've got over 2,000 DVDs in the loft, a lot of classic films you struggle to watch on streaming services now. At least I'll have something to do when I retire!"

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Topics: Money, TV and Film, UK News, Oppenheimer, Cillian Murphy