Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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Explore a new era of the Wizarding World before Harry Potter. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets of 1926 New York, threatening to expose the wizarding community. Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures. When unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose, a band of unlikely heroes must recover the missing beasts before they come to harm, but their mission puts them on a collision course with Dark forces.]]>
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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 in 4 separate cases, 2 movies in each case. There are also 11 discs, not just 8. But to be clear on this, the 3 extra discs are just bonus content from the last 3 movies. All of the other movies have the bonus features on the same disc. There is a ton of extra content on each disc. 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:
This set, with the cover being of the castle, is smaller and more compact. This is because it has an insert that 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), with NO Bonus Content discs. 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. Still, any Harry Potter Collection is worth buying. You'll always have an urge to watch it again and again (I watch the series twice a year). The Blu-Ray makes a huge difference in quality over DVD, so if you have a good TV and a Blu-Ray player, you have to go Blu-Ray.
Hope this helped!
***UPDATE April 2017***
There's been a little more confusion because Amazon has added a couple other collections and newer Blu-rays of single movie of Harry Potter. It has been more difficult to search for collections so i've made it easier for you. Here are the links for the above mentioned collections that I reviewed:
"3 Faces of Harry" collection (currently $65 on Amazon) -- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AQNOCZ0/ref=cm_cr_ryp_prd_ttl_sol_0
"Hogwarts Castle Cover" collection (currently $60 on Amazon) -- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005OCFHHK/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk
Amazon has changed their Harry Potter supply lately. I'm not sure why, but Amazon has combined ALL reviews for different H.P. collections into one, leaving it difficult to distinguish between them all. Now it's hard to tell what any review is for. If my links are not highlighted, just copy and paste them.
***If you Search "Harry Potter Blu Ray Collection", it WILL NOT show you the "3 Faces" collection so please use the link that i've provided above***
***I would also like to make an important note of feedback from readers. There are versions that you need to be aware of that are MAY NOT be playable in the U.S. It's another collection that is European made and most of the time, the discs are not playable on North American Blu-Ray Players. Obviously if you're reading this and you live in Europe, it'll work for you. I've started to notice those little numbers on the cover that have an Octogon with a number in the center. It means Irish Film Classification Office. They're definitely European made discs. Buy at your own risk though. One reader wrote that they played on his Playstation but couldn't comment on a Blu-Ray Player.***
This should still help everyone.I will continue to update as needed in order to help you.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has created another buzz in the world of Harry Potter. If you haven't seen the movie, it is "Fantastic"! AND IT'S COMING OUT ON BLU-RAY SOON!!!!!!!!!
RIP Alan Rickman, aka Severus Snape! You are missed by all Fans.
Thanks for reading! If you liked this review, you may like my other ones on various products helpful as well. [...]. Thanks again!
To clarify, this product is the "Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection DVD+Blu-Ray" Amazon option "Multi-format" version (I think it is selling for around $150 right now...I got it for $90 as a Black Friday, or was is Cyber Monday?, special!)
Included in this Box set:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone:
1. Theatrical and Extended Version on Blu-Ray
2. Theatrical Version on DVD
3. Special Features on DVD
4. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 1: The Magic Begins on Blu-Ray
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
5. Theatrical and Extended Version on Blu-Ray
6. Theatrical Version on DVD
7. Special Features on DVD
8. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 2: Characters on Blu-Ray
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban:
9. Theatrical/Only Version on Blu-Ray
10. Theatrical/Only Version on DVD
11. Special Features on DVD
12. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures on Blu-Ray
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire:
13. Theatrical/Only Version on Blu-Ray
14. Theatrical/Only Version on DVD
15. Special Features on DVD
16. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound and Music on Blu-Ray
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
17. Theatrical/Only Version on Blu-Ray
18. Theatrical/Only Version on DVD
19. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution on Blu-Ray
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:
20. Theatrical/Only Version on Blu-Ray
21. Theatrical/Only Version on DVD
22. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects on Blu-Ray
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow - Part 1:
23. Theatrical/Only Version on Blu-Ray
24. Theatrical/Only Version on DVD
25. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 7: Story on Blu-Ray
26: Theatrical/Only Version on Blu-Ray 3D
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2:
27. Theatrical/Only Version on Blu-Ray
28. Theatrical/Only Version on DVD
29. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 8: Growing Up on Blu-Ray
30. Theatrical/Only Version on Blu-Ray 3D
31. Bonus Disc on Blu-Ray
(Includes "When Harry Left Hogwarts - Extended Version," "50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments - Definitive Version," "Designing the
World of Harry Potter," and more!
Along with this Box Set, you get the UltraViolet version of, supposedly, the entire box set! (I haven't downloaded my copy yet.) This offer is valid until March 4, 2016. So hurry up and buy this set!
Conclusion: With this box set, you get the Blu-Ray, DVD, and (until 3/4/16) digital copy of all 8 movies! As a bonus, you get the 3D Blu-Ray version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Part 1 & 2, if you have a 3D Blu-Ray player, unlike me...but as I stated before I am a hardcore Harry Potter fan and would like to have those version if ever I do buy a 3D Blu-Ray player and appropriate equipment. This box set pretty much includes every single thing you could get on DVD about Harry Potter!
If you are NOT a hardcore "Pott Head" (get it!?), and just enjoy the movies, I would suggest just getting the 8 disc Blu-Ray or DVD set that only includes the movies and not all the nifty special features and bonus disc!
While I'm very pleased with 90% of the quality of this collection, one part crucial to longevity has sadly been overlooked by the manufacturer. The spine of the book containing the discs has no reinforcements and is very thin, and as a result is very flimsy. It almost feels like after a just a few uses it might start tearing. The book and the sleeve it sits in are both very beautiful, the discs are perfect quality, and the hours of extra behind-the-scenes footage are a great addition to this post-Mainstream-Harry-Potter-movie world. If you enjoy watching extended versions of movies, this has the first two released (there's something with a distributor or something that is preventing extended versions of 3-8 being released) and/or enjoy watching everything that went in to making these fantabulous movies but don't want to pay $500+ for the Wizarding Collection (the giant box one), I'd highly recommend this set. Just be careful with letting small children and clumsy people handle it...