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Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection [Blu-ray] (Bilingual)
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on August 15, 2015
Good boxset, but no extras and it looks like it has been put together with leftovers blurays from the factory. It's ok if you only want to watch the movies
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This complete 8 film set on Blu-Ray goes on sale occasionally on Amazon for about $40, making the cost of each film about $5. Technically speaking, there were 7 books and 7 films but the last book was made into 2 films. Each book/story shows another "year at school" for the child characters who themselves grow up throughout the series to become adult wizards.

The Blu-Rays look and sound excellent and is the way to own these films. For the value, I feel it is a 5-star collection. The Blu-Rays are also well-housed in a hard plastic book style case and there is also an outer cardboard cover which briefly explains the plot of each film.

You can spend more money buying the films individually in packages that include a lot more bonus materials, but I don't feel it's worth the extra money. This set also includes hours of bonus material, just not as much. Fans of the books may want it all though.

To be honest, I must admit that I've not read the books, so I cannot comment on how accurately the films adapt the books to the big screen. Also, I did not watch any of these movies until all the films were out on DVD to rent and then I rented and watched them all in order. It's best to watch these back to back, so you can see how details are dealt with from one film to the next. I bought this set recently and I'm re-watching the films in order and enjoying them again.

However, they are not all equally enjoyable. The first 2-3 are my favourites, as I like the on-screen chemistry between the trio of friends and there is more humour. As later films focus more on Potter, and a comical love interest sub-plot, I feel they are missing "something" and the pacing drags at times. It could also be that the producer's of the films change and the plot is becoming far more serious and less fun. That is why I deducted 1 star from my rating.

The films were all well done in terms of how they were filmed, special effects, etc. They are all big budget films and the shortest film is just over 2 hours. The films are well cast and it's great all the actors remained for all 8 films, which took about 12 years to make. That meant that some of the more established adult actors returned for very tiny roles in successive films, which rarely happens. It's a shame Richard Harris died in 2002 and had to be replaced as Dumbledorf, as I much preferred him in the role. It's also very neat to see the child actors grow up and yet maintain their characters so well/smoothly/evenly. TV actors can do this easily but it seldom works with film actors, who usually get years off between films. It helps that these films were done in close succession. It's also neat that none of the child actors grew up to be "messed up" fodder for the tabloids, and hopefully they will continue with successful acting careers. The child actors really did exceptional jobs, and it helps that they used a British cast and not a Hollywood one.

A warning to parents: I remember when these films and the books came out there were negative comments from Catholic church goers about the wizardry being something of a popularization of Satanism, and I didn't understand what all the fuss was about. After all, many children's tales contains witches and wizards. However these films, especially from the 3rd film onward are definitely too dark for children. The way some of the evils spells are depicted can really be scary (werewolves, demonic possession, etc.) and are not suitable for pre-teens, especially without adult supervision. The film makers' intention was that the young viewing audience would themselves age and therefore be more suitably mature to handle the darkness of each successive film.
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on August 11, 2015
Works Great!!
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on August 11, 2015
A phenomenal release - one of the greatest film series of all time, together in one gorgeous box set on blu-ray! What more could you ask for?
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on August 7, 2015
Nicely done complete collection in Blue-Ray
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on August 5, 2015
It's Harry Potter - say no more.

Cautionary note for kids. The latter movies get quite dark and progressively violent - recommend going to a parent movie review site to ensure appropriate for your younger viewers.
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on August 4, 2015
Great collection. Awesome movies. Glad with my purchase.
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on August 4, 2015
I was very happy at how fast this was delivered to me, and of course awesome movies ;)
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on August 4, 2015
Love it love it love it
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on July 27, 2015
Its Harry Potter what more can I say...
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