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5.0 out of 5 stars Charmed Deluxe Limited ed., July 26, 2008
This review is from: Charmed: The Complete Series (Limited Deluxe Edition) (DVD)
My Review - Worth Getting.

Both the 'standard' 'Book Of Shadows' DVD release and this...the 'Collectible Edition' would satisfy your cravings for all things magical. However, if you are a true Charmie, then this is the only release that you should consider. Here's why.

Whlie we all know that good things come in small packages, if you are a Charmed fanatic then size matters! This is the only edition that is the exact size of the TV prop book. The regular edition is roughly the size of a photo album. The art reproductions of spell pages that are reproduced for this edition are exact copies. This meant that there was no need to reformat the columns etc to fit. The regular edition was changed significantly to fit the unusual page configuration.

The color of both editions is a true forest green and very close to the original. I was asked recently if the cover was an exact reproduction of the original and while the picture released for the presale mockup was definately different, the final version is much closer. They have added the cover corner pieces and also appropriate taping along the spine to match the original. Now for Charmies, the 'Triquetra' on the cover is a very important feature. Spelling Productions still owns the rights to the original art and although this was created using new art, it is the best I have seen, and I have seen many. It appears as it should aged appropriately as a book circa 1620. The edging of this edition is a beautiful guilded antique gold. The guilding is different from the ragged edge of the original but it would have been obviously costly to use true vellum sheets, so this is an excellent concession. One more point on the stays put! I can't tell you how many costly leather bound volumes I have that leave sparkly residue on my fingers! There is none of that here as it was done very well and by a manufacturer with guilding experience. The standard release does have a 'ripped edge' but in my opinion since it doesn't look authentic, this is still a much better choice.

Now for the most important feature or difference between the two editions. Remember, all fancy packaging aside, you want protection for your discs! This edition features eight pieces of sturdy foam-core material in which your DVD discs are inset. There is an octagon shaped foam piece in the center of each slot which holds the disc firmly in place and does not permit uneccessary spinning. Each season in it's entirety is on a single page. The standard edition makes use of simple, thin cardboard slits cut two to a page. While the jury is still out on the long term effects of this type of protection, I believe it will scratch your discs over time, especially with repeated viewings. Another reason to only consider the Deluxe Collectors Edition.

Both releases feature excellent individual show descriptions for each episode and nice photos interspersed throughout. If you know of the earlier Australian release last year, the descriptions and photos are exactly the same. And while on the subject of that earlier release, they did away with the hokey LED lights on the Triquetra and this edition is near perfect. The edition is not numbered as was the case with the Australian release. I have been asked that question and I can now tell you while not numbered, it is limited and sold out already at most locations. My guess that it was produced in numbers significantly less than the 13000 pressed for the DVD region 4 release. Don't wait or you will be found wanting as the holidays rapidly approach.

Enjoy Charmed!
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Initial post: Sep 7, 2008, 5:59:19 PM PDT
I too am a HUGE fan. I would like the site that you went to and see the difference for myself. I'm still buying it from Amazon so they need not feel competitive. Email me at: lhlavine& Please type Charmed- Not Spam in the subject line.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 15, 2008, 12:39:47 AM PDT
Albert M. says:

Posted on Nov 28, 2008, 9:50:00 PM PST
Mark Boss says:
Are the episodes subtitled? From what I read online the US version are not subtitled while the UK versions are (subtitled).
So I was wondering if Paramount went the extra mile for this box set.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2008, 5:21:05 PM PST
Albert M. says:
Only season 8 and the bonus disc.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012, 10:03:33 PM PDT
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Posted on Aug 13, 2012, 11:42:46 PM PDT
Kylie says:

I have received my copy of the Limited Deluxe Edition Book of Shadows set and am wondering how do you remove the discs without puting fingers on the surface to get them out? They dont pop out like normal dvd's do.
If you can plse help me i would be most grateful. I am disappointed that they didnt do the Book the way they should have i.e the entire book that was featured in the show. A shame really, they never do these things the way they should, considering the price they are charging, they should have included the WHOLE Book of Shadows.


In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2012, 2:55:38 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 23, 2012, 2:55:58 PM PST
The Movieman says:
If it's anything like the Stargate Atlantis DVD set, I hate those foam holders. They're hard to get out and, especially, to get back in.

I picked up the regular edition since it was only $49.99 ($130 cheaper than the LE) and while the cardboard slots are not ideal, it's not too bad.

Posted on May 15, 2013, 9:53:27 PM PDT
Alexandra says:
I'm a little confused and could use your clarification. So with the original book of shadows set the pages have replica spells from the pages of the book of shadow but the limited edition deluxe doesn't seem to have this only information and facts on the cast. Can you Clarify what is on the pages of each edition? Please and thank you :)
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