DVD Review: Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection

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Everyone loves collector’s editions, especially videophiles who like having the entirety of a film franchise in one handsome repository, complete with special goodies to go with them. The problem with these collections is that just when you think you’ve got the “ultimate” edition of something, another, supposedly better, one comes along.

So where does “Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection” fit in this spectrum?

Fans of the boy wizard saga are at least assured of one thing: it is very unlikely there will be any latecomer movies to crash the party.

So how do the extras stack up? For a $350 list price, the 31-disc Wizard’s Collection comes up short. It’s essentially all the extras included in previous individual film editions, plus five hours more of behind-the-scenes footage.

The really special stuff comes in the physical collectibles. The edition arrives in a 19-pound chest that folds out in all sorts of ways, every corner stuffed with something neat. Included are high-quality prints of concept drawings, a blueprint of Hogwarts School, a cloth map of the wizarding world, a 48-page hardcover book detailing all of Harry’s magical artifacts, a Hogwarts Express train ticket, and even your own Horcrux Locket.

 

Movies: B


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