Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has revealed the Blu-ray release of the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection, a new 31-disc box set that features all eight Harry Potter films via Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet Digital Copy, and more than 37 hours of bonus content, including the 8-part "Creating the World of Harry Potter" HD documentary series. The Hogwarts Collection is set to arrive on February 25, 2014.
Like the more expensive Harry Potter Wizard's Collection before it, the Hogwarts Collection offers a wealth of special features. The difference between the two sets comes down to packaging and the fact that the Hogwarts Collection sheds the Wizard's Collection collectibles (hardcover book, label booklet, black-and-white Stuart Craig drawings, concept art cards, cloth map of the school grounds, Horocrux locket replica, and a castle blueprint poster). Amazon is already accepting pre-orders.
The set includes:
Slipbox and Hardcover Book Packaging
All Eight Harry Potter Films on Blu-ray and DVD
UltraViolet Digital Copies of All Eight Films
All Extras from the Previously Released Harry Potter Ultimate Collection Blu-ray/DVD sets
Creating the World of Harry Potter 8-Part Documentary:
Part 1: The Magic Begins - Explore the early decisions that impacted the entire series, and follow the search for the young leads.
Part 2: Characters - Learn about the casting process and how the actors brought J.K. Rowling's beloved characters to life.
Part 3: Creatures - Meet a new group of wizards: the artists who created the monsters and marvels in Harry's world.
Part 4: Sound & Music - Hear how the composers and sound experts used their craft to magnify the series' emotional journey.
Part 5: Evolution - Join the filmmakers as they discuss how the creative vision for the films evolved throughout the series.
Part 6: Magical Effects - Watch how technical wizards conjured up an amazing alternate reality using CGI and practical effects.
Part 7: Story - Listen in as J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves discuss how the books were adapted for the screen.
Part 8: Growing Up - See how the young stars' ideas of acting, fame and themselves have changed over ten years.
Bonus Disc (Previously a Wizard's Collection Exclusive):
The Harry Potters You Never Met - Meet the stunt doubles for Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as they demonstrate how they balanced major stunt work with seamlessly mimicking the actors they represented and share their favorite moments.
"Designing the World of Harry Potter" - Explore how production designer Stuart Craig and his creative team brought J.K. Rowling's imagination to life on the screen.
When Harry Left Hogwarts (Extended Version) - Hear candid and emotional stories about the final days on set in this extended behind-the-scenes look.
50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments (Definitive Version) - Take a look back with cast members who share their on and off-screen memories.
Secrets Revealed! Quidditch – At last, the secrets behind the special effects required for the breathtaking Quidditch scenes are revealed.
Secrets Revealed! Hagrid - See the camera tricks, towering stand-in and voluminous body suits behind the beloved Keeper of Keys and Grounds at Hogwarts.
so, the lowest price point on ccc for the wizard's collection was $154.99..which means the price for this won't quite be a great buy until it drops substantially below that, right? after all, this has to be somewhere above a triple dip
Seeing as how I have the original Blu-ray releases of all 8 films, I might have to sell them and bite on this one, especially for the 8-part documentary and the bonus disc. I'll get the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection at a lower price point down the road.
Does anyone else think the set is kind of clunky? I like the set from the U.K. from a couple of years ago. Fits better on the shelf! It would be nice to have some new bonus features, buy that's not worth the price if you already own all 8 movies (on Blu-ray and 3D).
Are we assuming again, and passing that off as factual news, or is the press release a lot more explicit than what's reported here? It quite obviously appears to be a mere smaller, cheaper, re-packaging of the same discs from the Wizards Collection, but studios have repeatedly made unwelcome, even inexplicable alterations from release to release, Warner included, like with their most recent streamlined Lethal Weapon set not including the remastered discs for parts 1 and 2. My chief concern would be that the extended cuts are included for parts 1 and 2. I doubt extended cuts for the other films will be included, since it's not expressly advertised - everyone knows WB has said they "have no plans" for extended cuts of the others, but anyone who's ever worked in this field or even followed it closely knows that doesn't mean squat; more often than not it just means we're saving that for when we need something special to repromote the title to get people to buy again (like maybe when the new film series comes out).
Anyway, hopefully they've at least improved their replication standards for this set. I think half of my dvds and 1/4 of my BDs from the Wizards collection were already scratched from the factory. While I already have the Wizards Collection, this one is still tempting, as the Wizards set will likely go OoP and pay for itself. The more streamlined packaging has some appeal, as I thought the case from the Wizards set was the best part of the swag: It's very nicely designed and surprisingly well-made. The swag itself didn't live up, IMHO. The cloth map was especially disappointing: the picture on the box looks much nicer than the faded, almost illegible product itself - reminded me of similar manufacturing quality of the 70's. I might have thought it was supposed to be that way, if not for the picture on the box appearing so much more vibrant and clearer.
This is the best-looking package and a better use of money than the Wizards Collection would be. But I'm fine waiting for an actual re-release in 3D or extended editions or whatever they think of that will suddenly make this set no longer the definitive one to own.
From what I gather from the past, only the first two were released as "Extended Cuts". The other directors declined to participate in the "Extended Cuts". So I don't believe there ever will be extended versions of the other films released.
This is tempting, as it is dramatically cheaper than the Wizards collection. I am just burnt out on Harry Potter. I originally bought the trunk on Blu-Ray, then acquired the first five movies on HD-DVD for having better audio tracks and different bonus features, then got six and seven on Blu-Ray, then seven and 8 on Blu-Ray 3D, then I got the UK version of the first movie on HD-DVD, then the Ultimate Editions of the first two movies.... I just don't know if, at this time, I want to sink any more money into this franchice.
Now if Warner were to release Creating The World of Harry Potter as a stand-alone disc set and sell it for like $30-$40, I would jump on that!
This simply takes 'double-dipping' and 'milking the cash cow' to a whole new extreme! Now I admit that some of the Harry Potter films were quite good, but there is really no reason whatsoever for Warner to try and outdo George Lucas and co at taking the proverbial out of the franchise's fans!
I'd much rather they simply keep the standard issue discs at a rock-bottom price so more fans can enjoy them for longer.
I'll definitely be picking this up (have yet to buy a single Potter DVD/Blu-ray) but I'll be waiting until this at least hits $120. I'll probably just wait til Black Friday '14 since I've already waited this long. Looking forward to finally owning these films though.
So did Warner record cast commentary, or not? I was told they recorded commentary at the time of each film (prior to each movie's release) of the main cast (the kids) and then went back and recorded a second commentary for each film with the kids as adults. There was talk that they would be separate commentaries or possibly combined. I thought that sounded like about the best special feature ever. Was it all just talk? It seems a horrible waste if WB didn't bother with commentary tracks at the time. DVD was already big when the movies were made, so there isn't much of an excuse (and what about Director's commentaries?).
I'll only triple-dip (bought some of the movies on DVD, then them all for under $10 each on Blu) if they extend all the films with their deleted scenes included in the film. Otherwise, extra stuff I'll watch once isn't worth $100 price tag.
So much for "Putting it in the vault" Either bring out an 'Ultimate version" containing absolutely everything or just leave it. This has been milked to death, and anybody who buys this will only keep encouraging this behavior.
I haven't seen or bought these yet. If they would drop the DVDs and ultraviolet, and get the packaging size down, I'd probably get it this time. But since blu-ray is 38% of physical disc sales compared to DVD's 62%, I see why they are still selling DVDs. People will still be griping about the Family Channel cuts the next time this is repackaged.