Harry Potter - The Complete 8-Film Collection [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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I'll start with the blu-ray that has 3 differently aged Harry's on the cover. You'll notice that it is bigger than the other collection being sold. What they don't tell you is that the discs are all in separate cases, as they are sold by themselves in stores. There are also 11 dics, not just 8. But to be clear on this as well, these are just bonus content from the last 3 movies. It's not bonus content on the entire series. You'll also notice, from a side view picture, the list of movies that are in the box. The first says, "The Philosopher's Stone", rather than "The Sorcerer's Stone". Don't worry, it's not a bootleg copy. It's the English (UK) version of the set. The U.S. version changed the name for marketing purposes and it doesn't affect anything about the set.
Now for the OTHER set being sold:
You'll notice about a $15 price difference in the two. This set, with the cover being of the castle, is smaller and more compact. This is because it has an insert the unfolds with all movies attached to each fold. It's neater, takes up less space, and in my opinion, looks more like the set it should be. However, this set contains only 8 discs (1 for each movie). I know about this set because It is the same that I borrowed from a friend.
So, there's not much of a difference here. I bought the bigger looking box because of the extra content and it was cheaper. The other box looks more like a classic collection but lacks content.
Hope this helped!
First, the case that it comes in is a standard mass production case that most multi-disc sets use. Don't expect a lavish collectable case, especially for the price. The case is still very durable, and allows all of the movies to be stored in a small amount of space.
Second, the films in this set ARE NOT THE SPECIAL EDITIONS. They are standard edition, as if the first disc from each movie was put in here. While there are some special features, there are not a lot.
Next, the discs themselves appear to be great quality. All of mine worked extremely well, and there were no defects whatsoever, save one thing. The disc that I received for Deathly Hallows Part 1 is missing a cover. The disc is all black, and the title and copyright information are on there, but there is not picture. This, however does not in any way affect the viewing of the movie, and is only an aesthetic concern.
Also, the box that the DVD's come in is not the absolute best quality, but it is sturdy. It serves it's purpose, and it looks very nice!
PLease note, if you want something that's collectible, DO NOT BUY THIS SET. There are others out there that will better suit your needs. However, this set satisfies all of the casual viewers' needs. It presents the movies in an accessible, affordable manner, and is absolutely a great buy! I recommend this to all Harry Potter fans who wish to have all of the movies!
EDIT As of Nov 12, 2013: It seems that the original product that I wrote this review for has been altered in some way. I'm very sorry for any confusion that results form this. Just to clear up, the set that i bought only included the 8 movies on regular DVDS. There were not any special features or extra discs.
The set will just have a repressing of the initial releases, and the first three movies include their respective trailers, while "Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2" have deleted/extended scenes, so the "no extras" claim doesn't hold as much water. They have some, as opposed to none. Not to mention the quality of the past three Ultimate Editions' bonus features have declined to the point where I just stopped buying them (bulky packaging, no commentary and no extended editions are the deal-breakers). For me, I just want the movies, and this set allows that. For that alone it gets 4 stars. It's a no-frills package but worth it if you just want the movies and save shelf space.
If you want a comprehensive box set with tons of extras for each movie, you'll have to wait. Don't buy it if you don't want to.
UK's version is Region Free and doesn't have any 50i encoding so these UK discs will work on all US Blu Ray players (when I finally get one). This is how Warner Brothers makes all of it's Blu Rays. If you are STILL not conviced this will work on your US blu ray, then you ought to go check out Amazon UKs site on the last Harry Potter Region Free Box Set (movies 1-6). Plenty of our USA compatriots had no issues with the films or bonus material, and reported great experiences buying from the UK. Also it comes with 3 extra discs that the US version doesn't have. And did I mention it's twice as cheap?! Yes, it came out to exactly 30 pounds, which is ~$48. Finally if you are a big Potter fan, youll have the irreplaceable value of telling your friends you bought Harry Potter from the UK. That's hardcore and I guarantee nobody will ever doubt your fanship after they know that.
Let me ask you something now, other than having to wait a couple more weeks for release, why would you NOT get it from Amazon.co.uk? :D
By the way - Best Buy/Walmart's Black Friday Ads leaked today and I did not see a deal on Harry Potter Blu Ray box sets. Plus even if they were, I doubt they could beat $48. That's why I jumped on this deal today.
Hmmm....Now I need to buy a Blu Ray player and a new TV. LOL.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
got mad at it part way though the movies people kept dying, but like the movie stillPublished 20 hours ago by Amazon Customer
The disks all come in one case so it saves you the hassle of keeping up with 8 different cases and the case comes in a cover for extra protection. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Front of packaging was sliced open like it got knicked with a box cutter, and the discs inside were obviously pieced together from other sources because they did not match. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
The whole collection for an affordable price. One thing to note is these are UK region(Region 12 as seen in the picture) That mainly means that year one is titled the Philosopher's... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Rcnoble
The price was right. It contains all eight movies. Very few special features.Published 1 day ago by Friendly Neighborhood Superhero
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|Digital copies included?||
They are not included. Also, this is a UK release, so even if it did include digital copies, you probably wouldn't be able to redeem them in the US, and the DVDs, unlike the Blu-Rays, would be region-locked.
Mar 2, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 3 posts
Yes, that's the only way the Harry Potter movies have ever been released on Blu-ray.
Nov 13, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 2 posts
It means that the discs are not locked into a single region, so they can be played on a Blu-Ray player sold anywhere in the world. For example, this set is a UK release, but it will work on a Blu-Ray player sold in the US (or anywhere else, for that matter) as well.
Feb 5, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 5 posts
|Are these the extended versions||
This set contains the theatrical versions only for all the films. There are extended versions for the first two films included in the Hogwarts Collection and the Ultimate Editions.
Jul 24, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 2 posts
|Region free NON BluRay?||
No, this set is Blu-Ray only, no DVDs included, so a Blu-Ray player is required.
Jul 24, 2015 by B. Albert | See all 2 posts
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