All except one of the 'reviews' written here are quite obviously totally fraudulent, having been produced by persons that have never clapped eyes on the product; if they had have done, surely this should have provoked some sort of comment about the nature of the 'special edition'? This 'special edition' priced at around £33 - selling here at £26 (that says a lot for it - doesn't it?) - is very substantially more expensive than the 'regular' version. Only one person has actually commented (unfavorably) as to what one is getting that's different from the standard version, and venture an opinion as to whether the extra cost is justified. All of the comments bar that one, have been written by cretins that evidently just want to see their names 'up in lights', and have clearly never had their hands upon the actual product! They are all commenting solely on the music; their comments may be perfectly valid in that respect, but since the musical content varies not one iota from the standard edition, then we didn't really need to be told anything about it - except just that! Frankly, most of these soundtrack CDs (except for the odd track in the earlier films) contain music that has very little appeal as 'music' in its' own right; as soundtrack to the film - played to create a 'mood' for the images, then it's another matter. However, none of these soundtrack CDs are ever likely to achieve lasting acclaim.
This edition has been somewhat overpriced just because of it's 'special edition' content - that really has nothing to do with the soundtrack; that's quite standard as far as I can tell. What the purchaser is paying all the extra cash for, is the fact that it contains a 20-page booklet (big deal), the face of the CD is specially designed and printed (another big deal?), and it comes in a fancy box that is covered in a velour-like material and on the front is a plastic dome that's about the same diameter as the CD and is about one-and-a-half inches deep; looking into the dome, one can see either an image of Tom Riddle or the words 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' - depending upon the angle of view; it's the fancy box that is essentially what the extra charge is all about - just the box, with the audio content being no different. I have to say that it does look and feel 'nice' - and is unusual. I believe that people reading a review of this product would wish to know these facts before deciding to buy. Make your own mind up as to whether it is worth it. To me, it's essentially just another 'Marketing' scam. As a 'limited edition' version, I can't see too many being sold, as the descriptions given for the product do not do justice to it (never any relevant pictures), and the descriptions have clearly been written by persons that have never clapped-eyes on the goods. The descriptions make it sound as it the extra cash is solely for the booklet included. Picture of 'the product' merely shew the image on the front cover of the booklet, presented as if the item were just another CD in the conventional crappy 'jewel case' plastic box; it is somewhat better than that. Surely the picture ought to shew an image of the outside of the box that contains the CD plus booklet? The problem here is that it would be rather difficult to do this by conventional photography; it would require two pictures, and probably have to resort to using drawn images - as I can't see the the product photographing too well using simple techniques because of the properties inherent in the 'dome' - that needs to be viewed from unconventional angles to see anything at all!
I can't see the product retaining any value, as I imagine that most of the product will not be sold by regular means at these prices (unless marketed properly), and will end up getting dumped on E-bay getting sold for a song (pun not intended), but of course with the usually chancers trying to extort ridiculous prices. It's an unusual item - but is it really worth the extra cash?