on 13 September 2012
Before I go on to say how impressive this item is, may I recommend that Amazon block people from reviewing before the product is even released because anybody who left a negative review obviously had no idea what this box set was going to be like.
Now thats out of the way,the box set is stunningly presented in a faux leather case which is huge (seriously finding a place for it is difficult!). When you open it up it is the inside detail is phenomenal, the creators have really thought about what Harry Potter fans would like and it looks and feels like an actual prop from the film with its Hogwarts and House Team emblems right down to the handles to each draw which are metal.
Now to the actual content, spread across 4 separate draws, each film comes in a fantastically presented in a hard back photo album type case consisting of 4 or 3 disks (DVD, Blu Ray and Special Features disks for each film) depending on the film (see list contents for full breakdown), and each 'album' has full colour pics and info from the respective film. Towards the top of the box are two 'pop-out' draws which contain your Ultra-Violet code which is present in the form of a scroll tied with ribbon (this will never be opened by me as I have no idea what Ultra Violet is! But it looks good :)and the Horcrux necklace (RRP £30-40 in Harry Potter world and this one looks even better).
In the other draws are a map of Hogwarts and its grounds as well as a blue print of the castle as well as a several books about the films (again see full list of contents). The best touches though are the 'hidden disk' which is especially made for this box set and contains hours and hours of never before seen special features and the 'hidden compartment' within the case (again it shows just how big this thing is and also what detail and effort they've gone into with thing.
I can say hand on heart it is the greatest film box set I have ever seen, let alone purchased and it is honestly a snip at £180, especially considering each box comes with a numbered certificate as they're limited edition. I'm a huge HP fan but as resisted the tempation to buy any of them on DVD because I wanted them in a box set but even after over 10 years of waiting this surpasses any expectations!! If you love Harry Potter you must own this.
on 28 March 2013
I read a few of the more 'disappointed' reviewers on this product, but still purchased it for my wife as she is a huge fan and we both wanted the films in Bluray.
When we received this and unboxed it we were blown away.
The first thing I recommend is to check the dimensions. This box is MUCH arger than expected. It really is a feature piece. Each film (3-4 disks each) is separately boxed and presented (not in a bluray box but in a beautiful collector's book with information and pictures etc).
The box itself is very high quality. Each of the drawers and sections are robust, and some of the drawers are spring-locked.
All of the other extras included are very high quality considering the price.
One of the maps is printed on cloth rather than paper. The other is very high quality and thick paper. The books are lovely, and well presented.
When you consider the closest comparison to this boxset is the limited edition complete film collection (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harry-Potter-Complete-Collection-Numbered/dp/B005GTJEZC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1364474268&sr=8-4) which is currently £84 (and does not have the 3D versions of Deathly Hallows 1-2) - The extra £55 for all the extras, the 3D versions, the books, the neckalce, maps and the box/presentation generally is a steal in my opinion.
If you just want the films there are much cheaper ways to get them.
If you are a Potter fan who wants a truely collectable box set that will take pride of place in your room, this is an amazing product and I highly recommend it.
on 15 August 2013
Can I just say that this is absolutely enchanting, magical, great, awesome, ... (I could go on for ages you know)
It arrived in a huge box which was so heavy, way bigger than I had expected !
Inside the box was another box surrounded by airfilled cushions, inside that box was the Harry Potter box which than eventually contained the Wizards Collection box, so it was definitely securely sent :)
And then the magical discovery of the Wizards Collection began !
I found the locket and the scroll with the UV-codes, opened the drawers and thus found all the books with the discs inside them.
I found the sketches inside an envelope and found a book with all the labels they used in the movies, and more importantly the certificate of authenticity, it's really marvelous !
I found the hidden disc which contains never-before-seen extra's.
Then I started freaking a bit, because I hadn't found the cloth map of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas, nor the Hogwarts blueprint, nor the book with props and artefacts..
But then I saw another compartment, which I previously hadn't recognized as being able to open, and there it was !
As one Potterhead to another, if you're thinking about buying this, stop doubting and just do it, it's worth every single penny !
on 20 October 2012
I saw this item for sale and thought 'I HAVE TO HAVE THAT' I bought it last night at 6.30pm (Friday) and paid extra so it arrived this morning, I got a text to say delivery would be between 11 and 12 noon so I didn't even have to wait in all day, fantastic. I was like a child on Christmas morning. It is beautiful. There are people on here moaning about the cost (don't buy it then) but if you check on ebay then it's for sale there more expensive. I am more than happy to pay £175 for a piece of history. It is beautifully made, sturdy and stunning to look at. I am that pleased with it I've just been out and bought a blue ray player. For those of you thinking 'should I go for it?' then if you can afford it then definitely go for it. It's a limited item so won't be around forever. People are saying things like 'why spend so much money when I already have all the DVD's', yes so do I but they didn't come in the packaging that these ones do. I cannot recommend this purchase highly enough but it is only my opinion and I am absolutely thrilled!!!
on 23 August 2012
Let me be clear up front, i am a huge harry potter fan, and i like many others was eagerly awaiting the definitive box set release we all knew was coming. It was worth the wait, to all of you who think a better box set is coming, I'm afraid you will be disappointed. Warner home video have confirmed this is as good as its going to get. However they also confirmed that a more cost effective set, minus the memorabilia and extravagant packaging would be released following the sale of all 63,000 sets.
For anyone complaining about the price, i believe this future set is for you. This set is purely for the die hard fans, like myself. It is also worth noting that the 63,000 copy limitation applies to the entire planet, and so only a fraction of that will be sold within the uk. Also, all 8 pieces of memorabilia are exclusive to this set. Another horcrux locket was available for purchase through the noble collection, but the one in this set is different and of higher quality.
I also urge all of you saying that the set looks flimsy to view the unboxing video of the set, which shows the cast exploring the contents. It is quite honestly the most impressive, highest quality release i have ever seen on home video, justifying its hefty price tag.
I also find it absurd that several people have given a one star review on a product that is still weeks away from release! These reviews are done by bitter consumers complaining about the price, and are bad mouthing it for that reason alone. If you cannot afford this set, several other releases exist for you to choose from, be it the standard box set or the ultimate edition releases. Or you could wait for the future, more simple set.
Unless you are a huge, die hard potter fan, this set simply isn't aimed at you, so please stop complaining. Giving the product a one star review isn't going to make warner re-evaluate their pricing or marketing strategy, all it does is make this set look bad to possible buyers, which is entirely unfair. I am thrilled with this set, and am willing to pay the high but reasonable price for it.
on 11 November 2013
I spotted this box/Chest set of DVD's a while back and when I spotted there was only 2 left in stock, I decided there and then to buy - it was only £136 at that time. Since then I have seen the price rise a few times, this is one reason I'm so very glad I got it when I did.
I am a Harry Potter fan and have been waiting for something like this to come along. Knowing all the stuff currently out there in the market place now for the World of HP, I was pretty confident we'd eventually have something superb, and I'm not disappointed.
Firstly, I loved the quality, style and design of the box.
I opened each drawer and examined the boxes of discs, one at a time.
Struggled with the side drawers until I realised they were a 'push to spring open' design.
I love the Slytherin Horcrux. Very good quality, but would have liked the note left inside by Sirius' brother Regulus. But never mind, I may just create my own and put in there as I don't feel the horcrux is complete without the note.
I loved the cards, paintings, drawings and books.
I have opened the cloth map and think it lovely, but on closer examination I found myself being a bit picky. The red ink has made a few splodge marks but I'm ok with that. I feel that adds to the uniqueness of the map. I was surprised that firstly, Hagrids hut is NOT next to the Dark Forest and the Creaking Shack has been left off the map. AS that is part of Hogwarts and hogsmead I expected to see it. Never mind.
AS the other map is in a properly sealed pack which I feel would not repack nicely once opened, I haven't opened it.
ONE LAST THING I AM DISAPPOINTED ABOUT IS THE SO CALLED 'UV COLLECTION OF DVD'S SUPPOSEDLY ENCLOSED. They are not. There is only a small scroll listing codes for them to be collected free. (of course free of charge because you've already prepaid for them in the box set.)
I am very happy with the box Chest. :o) And so very glad I purchased it when I did.
on 13 March 2013
WOW!!!!! Perfection. What can I say, a great way to finish off an amazing saga. I bought the limited edition box set of harry potter before this and something felt missing and it also felt a bit rushed. But this boxset if perfect. It feels like time and effort went into creating it for the fans. It maybe the most expensive boxset ever create but id say it worth every penny. If i had been Warner Brothers I would of sold it for at least triple the original asking price because its really that good and valuable. Cant say how much I recommend this item. Would advise getting one sooner rather than later as there are on 60000 and one day it will be worth a considerably lot more.
on 13 March 2013
Yes, it is rather expensive and I debated for weeks before I finally gave in and bought it. But...once it arrived I was absolutely thrilled with it!!
Amazon had the cheapest price anywhere and I can only assume this will go up more as stock becomes low. But when you consider the individual cost of buying the movies on DVD and Blu Ray, it's not too bad. And this includes them all and then some - in a beautifully designed and fun package - it looks great on display and I can't stop playing with it!
The extra pieces of merchandise included are well produced and are great items for a fan to have, I especially love the poster/tapestry and blue prints of Hogwarts.
So far my only gripe is that the special features disc to 'Half Blood Prince' isn't included - although these might be on the blue ray version that I haven't watched yet because I need to get a blu ray player!! But no huge loss as I already have the discs in 'regular' versions. I suspect when I finally get a blu ray player (soon!) I will have even more fun with the set!
Over all, I think it's worth the price, although it may be an item only a dedicated fan would want or need to have in their collection. This is something that can be treasured and passed down - a well produced package deal of an iconic set of films based on fantastic books that changed so many peoples lives for the better!
on 10 September 2012
My Harry Potter Wizards collection arrived this morning (day of release) at 7.20am. I could not believe how early it was, I was so excited. After I signed for my parcel, I was handed a HUGE box, the first thing I noticed was it weighed a tonne! I kicked the front door shut and went to the living room to open it.
First of all, I have to say, WOW it's MASIVE! Stunning to look at. Well presented and very well made. It comes in a box, and well packed inside with polystyrene packaging, and wrapped in tissue paper. Then once you have opened it very carefully, you are greated by a huge, heavy and incredibly large box. It's the biggest box set you will ever seen in your life!!! It's so well made and SOLID!
The attention to detail is just stunning. Yes they have got the house colours right. The extended versions of Philosophers Stone & Chamber of Secrets, are just so fantastic. With so many scenes accurate to the books. I have really enjoyed watching them today.
Once you open the lid, the flap at the front is magnetic, so it clicks open and clicks shut. The lid itself is on hinges so opens and closes with ease. The secret compartments/draws need to be pushed in for it to click out to open. Each film is in its own little solid book with all the other disks relating to that spefific film. Just incredible. I have not yet opened the rest, as I am savering each moment.
For £177 it is a complete steal!!! It's well worth the money, and with most of them sold already, best get yours today, as tomorrow, they will be gone!
Just for reference, I have number 30'877
on 26 October 2012
I got a tip off the USA Amazon.com site that it was cheaper (with shipping) to buy this from Amazon.uk, if you wanted the Blu Ray version. I took a chance and I'm so happy!
The discs DO play on USA Blu Ray players, the DVD's will NOT as they are region 2, but that's fine, I have the regular DVD's in region 1 in several different sets.
This set is really done well. Top quality! I'm happy, because so many sets came in cheap cardboard with plastic hinges, this one does not! Love the extras, although I haven't opened each one yet.
I can't say I "love" the price, but I'm a Harry Potter fanatic and I had to have one, plus I now have them all on Blu Ray (well over $100 if you buy each one on Blu Ray by themselves)! Woo!
I saved $150 USD by buying from Amazon.uk vs Amazon.com. I also like the fact I now have "The Philosophers Stone", in the USA it's "The Sorcerers Stone". I assume JK Rowling intended it be the first one, so this is a really nice keepsake in itself. It's also fun knowing I got this from the UK where it all started!
Should you spend your hard earned money, drain your savings account for this once in a lifetime, one of a kind (okay 63,000 of a kind - yeah so much for the only 8000 are being made as advertised) set? YES! I got #36,XXX, so there are only about half left!
I can't wait to watch them one by one in order and in Blu Ray! Finally, a set worthy of the Harry Potter franchise. Thank you!