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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!
These are very poor quality. Buyer beware. They asked me several times to remove my review after I found 1 disc didn't work. I said I wouldn't until I tried more of them. Same problem with each movie, and each DVD player I use. They are unreadable in quite a few spots. Just know that they refund people so they get higher ratings. Don't get duped!
As a die-hard Potterhead for over 15 years, I really wanted to watch the Potters again on my first Blu-Ray player and thus began the search for the perfect collection where I can get both the movies and the special features without missing anything. The result of course, was futile, but that didn't discourage me. I came across 3 editions here, the old "3 faces of Harry" UK version (the priciest, about $85), the US version with the Hogwarts castle cover (a bit cheaper, about $68) and this one, being the new UK version (the cheapest, about $44). What I found-out interestingly enough though, is that in terms of completeness, this version seems to be by far the best one, especially considering its price. Having said that though, it's not without its quirks.
The collection being a 16-disc set with an array of special features, it seems to easily defeat the 8-disc US version by a mile. When compared with the old 11-disc UK version though, it still seems to win, but not by a whole lot. So let me give a quick run-down of the features which I believe are missing in this when compared to it-
1) Minimal interactive disc menus for the movies- what you get for the most part are small, neat, pop-up menus that have all the buttons of course, just without the background menu animations of the original DVDs
2) Next to none interactive games- I remember that there were a few small games in the original Goblet of Fire special disc which were not in here. Not a big deal really, but they still should have been in this "complete" version.
3) Light packaging- with cardboard disc sleeves that have a lot to be desired. Clearly a move to cut-down on the pricing, which I appreciate in some ways, but the 4 very delicate cases really are quite awkward for holding 4 discs each, I had a small tear in one case upon receiving it. The artworks are ok though.
However there are a lot of special features here amounting to hours upon hours of material which I believe are not in the old UK version, making this the more preferable. The beautiful 8-hour "Creating the World of Harry Potter" documentary and the compilation of TV specials/spots contained here chief among them.
Apart from that, what it does have is every single special feature of the original discs, from the numerous and highly enjoyable documentary featurettes and Focus Points to the fascinating, but at times irksome visual commentaries of the last 3 films. They are very fun to watch for any Potterhead and I enjoyed them all a lot. Really takes you into the production of these feats of magic and makes you feel as if you're engaging with the cast/crew then and there. I do wish however, that the cast/crew did some audio commentaries for the films, it would have been great to hear them react to various scenes, reliving their experiences impromptu and giving some insights on the go, nothing really beats that.
As for the movies themselves, I don't think that anyone who's into Fantasy/Adventure can really not enjoy a Harry Potter movie, at least guiltily. I'm not going to touch on them a lot since this is not entirely a movie review, but apart from being my childhood, they are some of the best in the genre and the best thing about them is that they always hold-up as engaging, cinematically sensible movies first and as parts of a series, second. I've seen them in various formats throughout the years, from the cinema to DVDs/VCDs, and the transfers here are pretty-well done, though nothing much to write home about. The video quality is enriched by just a tiny bit and the audio is decent though I just wish that they had 7.1 instead of the 5.1. And although being in Widescreen (which I prefer), the black-bars here seemed to be fixed on a 1080p and that was a little disappointing since it limits the detail of the images a little bit.
The only issue I had with the movie discs was that the last one seemed to have some bad data as it kind of skipped for about 10 seconds in the Hog's Head scene. Quite disappointing since it was supposed to be a primed disc. Another annoying issue I had with the discs is that some of the special features, like the "Meet the Champions" documentary from the Goblet of Fire was repeated in both the movie disc, and the special features disc. This was true for most of the deleted scenes as well. It just seems like a cheap and lazy move on part of the disc-makers to fill-up disc space.
The other thing about the special features is that although they're quite enjoyable, they tend to have a lot of the same things, like interviews, repeated/edited throughout in multiple features. The 8-hour documentary avoids that for the most part thankfully, but it can get boring to hear the same lines repeated over and over again, especially in the old TV specials. This is especially annoying since the cast/crew seems to read heavily off a script for most of them and some even seems to just use multiple takes across them in some instances, which was weird. There are for the most part, no new titbits touched upon in many of them, so it can get too old too quickly.
The Ultraviolet is available in the UK and not in Asia, where I live. But I don't like downloading huge files so it's no great loss to me either way.
Overall though, this is quite a solid buy of a collection and gets most things right. It's certainly going to be the only Potter collection I'll have for the foreseeable future. Recommended for anyone interested in the genre.
Rating for the movies- 4/6
Rating for the special features, packaging and presentation- 2/4