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Better than the American box set for sure,
This review is from: Harry Potter - The Complete 8-Film Collection [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)Hello!
I am from the U.S. and I ordered this Harry Potter Blu Ray box set after I found out Amazon UK sells it for half as expensive and with 3 extra discs. It will come out to $48 versus $80 in America. You Brits are awesome. Thank you!!
- Your friend from across the pond :)
It's official! My order was dispatched and credit card charged $46.77. No more, no less. Estimated delivery is Dec. 20, 2011. I will EDIT my complete review when it arrives. Again, I have ordered the Blu Ray box set only, not the Limited Number Edition or DVD Box sets.
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Initial post: 19 Nov 2011 06:34:05 GMT
Tracy L. Pride says:
Posted on 19 Nov 2011 13:00:49 GMT
Not sure how you calculated the conversion but by my calculation 66 GBP equates to around 106 USD.
I am from Australia, this price is still cheaper than Aus price...inclusive of free postage!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2011 22:45:05 GMT
Weizhi Wang says:
I'm living Australia too. it changed you 66GBP, may coz you bought Limited Numbered Edition. The Blu-Ray box set just costs me 26.92 GBP (FREE tax and Postage!!), not sure it equates to how much AUD. :)
Much better than US amazon which one no free delivery.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2011 03:31:23 GMT
Mark Twain says:
I should clarify to everybody:
My review was for the Blu Ray Box set ONLY selling for £32.30. That is ~48 USD. The "Limited Numbered Edition," which is £66 includes an extra set of DVDs which will NOT work in America because those are Region 2. The Blu Ray box set I ordered will work entirely, however.
The reason these reviews have been confusing is because Amazon links the reviews to 3 different products - (DVD box set, Blu Ray box set, Blu Ray + DVD limited number edition).
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2011 23:21:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Nov 2011 04:30:58 GMT
Have you considered that the aspect ratios and sound quality might be different between the two box sets, US vs UK? There are details about the UK DVD box set, and I've seen the US bluray set in Best Buy stores. The aspect ratios are different, and the sound quality at least on the last 2 movies on US bluray is HD-DTS, where as the UK DVD set claims only Dolby on all films. I'm just wondering if there's some sacrifice in sound quality and some other odd aspect ratios than the usual 16:9. any ideas?
UPDATE: All research I could find indicates the UK bluray set only contains Dolby, whereas the US blurays are DTS-HD master audio (disc 7), TrueHD (disc 6), and PCM (discs 1-5)...in ADDITION to the not-quite-as-good Dolby audio. If you don't care about sound quality, I guess the cheaper UK version could be alright, but otherwise for those of us here in the US considering US vs UK blurays, the sound may be an important factor.
Posted on 22 Nov 2011 08:00:34 GMT
you need to be careful when ordering movies because they are not always compatible. Need to check out what regions.
In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2011 11:52:58 GMT
Well, "region free" blurays can be played anywhere. I'm more concerned that the description of the UK blurays on various websites leads me to believe there is no DTS or TrueHD sound on the UK version. The UK version is definitely cheaper than the American and comes with 3 discs of extras though.
In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011 22:17:12 GMT
Tim Eichman says:
Add the minor item that the "Sorcerer's Stone" will be the "Philosopher's Stone" in this set--something the US customers might want to consider. They actually shot scenes with both verbiage (not just a voice-over).
Over on the US Amazon site's US 7-year/8-movie box set, it has been noted that an Extended Edition (Director's Cut) box set should be available in late 2012, so now I'm torn between spending £30 now to get the current box set (with Dolby sound) versus waiting a year for an Extended Edition (with HD audio) that will most likely get up-priced...
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 05:36:43 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Nov 2011 05:47:48 GMT
Mark Twain says:
You couldn't be more wrong. The UK blu ray and US discs have the exact same audio quality. If you don't believe me, I suggest you go visit the Amazon UK's page for previous Harry Potter Blu Ray box sets. It's PCM and True HD. Here, take a look at this. This is DM Bunny's Review of Harry Potter Blu Ray 1-6 on Amazon UK, which received 274 out of 290 helpful replies, mind you:
"There are several incorrect and misleading comments written in these reviews about the audio on these discs so it is time to clarify them from someone who has the discs and knows what he is talking about ( and no, I am not a world expert but you don't need to be a Rocket scientist to work it out )
The first five films in the series have English PCM 5.1 , PCM is pure uncompressed cinemtaic quality audio - even higher than true hd or dts hd-ma (though the difference in standards is minimal at best - they are all top notch) , it's the best sound you can get, enough said !
Some players will default automatically to the standard dolby digital 5.1 settings so you may need to go into the set up menu and select audio options to get the PCM 5.1 option selected - having said that , if you are just watching through a standard TV with no surround sound cinema system , it will make little difference.
The 6th film has dolby true hd 5.1 which is almost identical in quality to PCM but requires less space on the disc.
The confusion has arisen because the back of the box set only lists dolby true hd as the HD audio option - therefore less experienced blu-ray fans who can't find this option on the first 5 discs instantly start complaining without even realising what PCM 5.1 sound is.
Hope that clears it up."
You can see that HIS research directly refutes YOUR research. But as far as THIS box set goes, the truth is, nobody knows the exact specifications until it is officially released. So you can't make bogus claims that the audio is inferior to the U.S. version. Again, the best I can say, however, is that based on the Harry Potter UK Blu Ray from movies 1-6, I am almost 100% sure that the audio will be exactly the same as the US version.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 18:29:01 GMT
Wow, Matt, you sound angry. I was seriously just asking a question and sharing what I had found...which is pretty minimal. I'm simply comparison shopping. Obviously NONE of us have the UK blurays of this box sex yet, since it won't release til Dec 2. Here in the US we DO have the box set released, though unfortunately without the 3 extra discs that the UK version has. I simply wish Amazon shared ALL of the details of the audio and video, so there would be no guessing on anyone's part! I do appreciate you sharing this other customer's review though. That is quite helpful. I am fully aware of what PCM, DTS HD, TrueHD, and Dolby are.