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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Ultimate Edition DVD Review

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Ultimate Edition DVD Review

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Synopsis: Welcome to the First Harry Potter Ultimate Edition!

Spellbinding 4-Disc Set Includes New Feature-Length Documentary: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 1: The Magic Begins

For the First Time Ever ... Uncover the intimate details of the search to cast Harry Potter and his friends • See Daniel, Rupert and Emma’s never-before-seen audition tapes • Be there with stars and filmmakers walking onto the set of the exciting first day of shooting • Learn about Chris Columbus’ critical, step-by-step decisions behind the creation of Harry Potter’s world on screen • Look back on an amazing decade’s worth of movies with Daniel, Rupert and Emma in new and vintage interviews never seen before. Plus: Exclusive Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe

Collectibles include: 48-Page Photo Book with never-before-seen images from Years 1-7 and 2 Ultimate Edition Character Cards (Card No. 1: Harry Potter, Card No. 2: Minerva McGonogall)

DISC 1: Theatrical Version
DISC 2: Extended Version with 7 Minutes of Footage Not Shown in Theatres
DISC 3: • Diagon Alley • Tour the Gryffindor Common Room, Harry’s Room and the Great Hall - Welcome to the self-guided tour of Hogwarts, home of witches and wizards in training, and take in the sights. • Classrooms: Defense Against the Dark Arts; Spells and Charms; Potions; Transfiguration; • Third Floor Corridor; Deleted Scenes. • Sorting Hat • Library: Gallery of Art & Architecture; Hogwarts Yearbook; Guide to Ghosts - Discover the many marvelous and mysterious ghosts of Hogwarts. • Hogwarts Grounds: Quaffle and Bludger - Get a lesson from Oliver Wood on how to play Quidditch; Tour Hagrid's Hut - Welcome to the self-guided tour of Hagrid’s Hut, home of Rubeus Hagrid, the keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts, and his faithful companion, Fang. • Extra Credit • Interview - Capturing the Stone: A Conversation with the Filmmakers - Director Chris Columbus, Producer David Heyman, Screenwriter Steve Kloves and Production Designer Stuart Craig talk about casting and bringing the novel to life.
DISC 4: • Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe - An introduction

Review: The question that comes to mind is...why?  I should imagine that if you care about Harry Potter at all that you own it by now, right?   It always feels like studios are trying to milk me for more money and preying on my fandom.  In the case of these Ultimate Edition DVD sets, I really feel like they are the exception.  Do you remember a few years back when the Lord of the Rings trilogy came out in these great book-style boxed sets?  Well, this blows them away.

I won't go into too much detail about what is included, since its clearly laid out for you above, but a few observations.  The collector cards are great, they're a hard material and will definately save in the long run.  The extended version of the film was a ton of fun to watch.  I've seen this film so many times, and to add those new dimensions was great.  The book included is full-color and very nice quality.  There is also a digital copy included in the sleeve with the collector cards.  This set looks amazing on our shelf, and with all of the films gettnig this treatment shortly, this is most definately the time to get in on this.

The packaging has a slipcase that goes over the fold out book-style box.  Its all packed securely, no loose discs and no damage to any of the items inside.  This would make an amazing Xmas gift for anyone on your list.  It truly is an ultimate edition of the film

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Video Link: The Magic Begins