In what is perhaps a calculated move, given all of the Potter book rereleases we’ve been seeing of late, Warner Brothers has announced the release of the Harry Potter Hogwarts Collection: 31 discs; 8 movies on Blu-ray, DVD, and UltraViolet digital download; and a staggering 45 hours of bonus features. So many things. So many. If you recall, W.B. did something similar to this in 2012 with the Wizard’s Collection. That retailed for $499 USD and sold an astonishing 30 thousand copies. Now, as of April 29th, you can get the whole kebosh—plus the 8-part documentary, “Creating the World of Harry Potter”—at the cool new price tag of $249.99. Half off; not bad, right?
A complete list of the film versions included, which is hilariously complex, below:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ Theatrical Version on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet and Extended Cut on Blu-ray
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ Theatrical Version on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet and Extended Cut on Blu-ray
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix™ on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 1 2D on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet and 3D Version on Blu-ray
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – Part 2 2D on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD with UltraViolet and 3D Versions on Blu-ray
Now that is just crazy. I’m a little disappointed that only the first 2 movies offer the Extended Cut because I (and any readers who have ever watched one of ABC’s Harry Potter weekends) know for a fact that there are extended versions out there for much more than just the first 2 movies. Perhaps W.B. is saving those for the Boy Who Lived Collection. Only time will tell!
Here’s a look at some of the bonus features, all on Blu-ray:
- “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 while seamlessly mimicking the actors they represented.
- “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.
All told, not too shabby at all. Worth the 250 big ones? That’s up to you, Potter fans. For me, I’d say it’s worth the price of admission. But who knows? Maybe the next edition will be down to $150 for the lot.
Will you be picking up this new insane box set? Tell us in the comments!