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4.0 out of 5 stars
The Truth Behind the UK Version, 2 Oct. 2013
This item was purchased over the US version due to reading most of the negative reviews.
Here are a a couple of things to note about the UK version:
No issues with playing any of the Blu-ray discs.
Disc one is labeled the philosopher's stone (not sorcerer's stone) as originally published.
Years 1-5 don't contain menu styles (that I noticed), just load directly into the movie.
All of the disc labels vary in style, for example:
Year 6 discs are not labeled respectively for the feature presentation and special features (unlike year 7).
Year 7 discs contain a warning that they are not for rental purposes.
A lot of people mentioned that there is a lot of film grain/artifacts within the picture of the movies. This is true, but an inaccurate statement due to the nature of how the films were shot (35mm/70mm film). Movies shot on film are going to contain grain, and the level of grain is variable. If it bothers you, change your televisions settings to either [Noise Reduction (On), Digital NR (On), or reduce the sharpness]. Blu ray is mean to produce a quality as close to the original as possible and does NOT mean it will make all movies clearer.
If you don't care about the overall presentation of the disc labels themselves and years 1-5 not having menu systems, then you can't beat the price. These factor into why I gave the product four stars.