If you were looking for an interview about the new Harry Potter: The Wizards Collection. You came to the right place. Are friends over at Leaky Cauldron has done an excellent review of The Wizards Collection. Here is what they had to say:
(Whole interview on their site)
My first impression upon taking the set out of its box was that it was massive. It opened up, and out, and down, and side to side, with discs and memorabilia at every turn. This 19 lb. collection is well worth the space it takes on your DVD shelf… or, more accurately, on its own special table, because it contains everything we’ve seen from the Harry Potter films– the movies themselves, the extra scenes, behind-the-scenes features– plus new and extended content all in one place. Blu-ray, traditional DVD, and UltraViolet versions of all eight Harry Potter films are the backbone of this collection, but the quality of both the special features and the packaging itself cannot be overlooked. The attention to detail and of the set goes above and beyond anything I’ve ever seen before for a DVD collection. This is not simply a vessel or a shipping case that you’d throw aside once you have extracted the DVDs and additional content from the box. Rather, it is something that will remain a home for the discs, each with their own special place (sometimes well hidden place) in the box.
Once everything had been niffled out of its hiding place, the entire collection is undoubtedly impressive. In addition to the DVDs, each box set contains a prop-inspired label collection, a blueprint poster of the Hogwarts Castle, film concept art, Stuart Craig sketch prints, a fabric map of Hogwarts, a Nobel Collection Horcrux Locket, and a certificate of authenticity. These items, especially the sketches by Stuart Craig, are beautiful renderings of settings and scenes now iconic in the films. The hard-bound Catalogue of Artefacts is one of my favorite parts of this set, for it allows for a closer look at many of the painstakingly detailed and intricate props seen for seconds in the films.
Moving on to the new content, the most interesting disc (and the disc I put in first) would have to be the Wizard’s Collection bonus disc. It is also– a fluke, I’m sure– the trickiest item to locate. This contains a mixture of new special features and extended editions of previously released features. Here’s a rundown:
The extended version of the previously released When Harry Left Hogwarts adds nearly thirty minutes of extra material to the documentary, including the touching story of David Holmes, the long-time stunt double for Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), who was injured on set in 2009. We also get a glimpse at the filming of the Boat House scene in Deathly Hallows: Part 2, along with candid moments with the actors and director between takes. Next, production designer Stuart Craig is the focus of Designing the World of Harry Potter, which shows just how crucial his vision was to the film series. We also get a pretty intense look at the making of Quidditch in the films, as well as how they made the character of Hagrid appear as giant as they did. In these sections, we get a lot of behind the scenes looks at the technical craftsmanship that goes into creating what we see on the screen. Finally, in 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments, the cast and crew go back through the eight films to recount some of their favorite moments to film. A highlight is Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling speaking of seeing the Mirror of Erised on the set of the first film and being thankful to the filmmakers for remaining true to her story’s British roots. Together, the four plus hours of special features on this disc give us fans a new look into things that we may have already seen or read about, but sheds so much more light onto the craft and care taken to create these films.
Will you buy it?