Blu-rays for the Weekend: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Eddie Redmayne leads a star-studded cast – including Johnny Depp, Gemma Chan, Ron Perlman and Colin Farrell – in this Harry Potter spin-off.

Set seventy years before the first Harry Potter book, Redmayne plays Newt Scamander, a wizard and writer in New York’s secret magic community. Having just returned from a global excursion to document some of magic’s most fantastic beats, Scamander makes a stopover in New York. However, when he accidentally misplaces some of his magical creatures, it soon spells trouble for New York’s No-Maj (muggle) world.

To get you in the mood for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, we’ve selected our three favourite Blu-rays featuring magical beasts.

The Harry Potter SagaHarry Potter

Where else to begin but the wonderful world of Harry Potter? Based on the original books by author J.K. Rowling, the films follow the story of a boy wizard who finds himself thrown into a world of magic, dragons and potions, after eleven years of thinking he’s a normal boy.

Daniel Radcliffe stars alongside Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane and many more throughout the eight films.

During their years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, we see Harry and his friends do battle with various beasts, ghosts and dark wizards as they attempt to stop evil magic from prevailing. If you don’t own a Harry Potter collection yet, you could look at these exclusive steelbooks. Each Blu-ray comes with its own special features, which over the series will give you comprehensive insight into how the world of Harry Potter was brought to life from the pages of the books to the epic film series.

The Lord of the Rings lord-of-the-rings

If it’s beasts you’re looking for, The Lord of the Rings is another great place to start. This epic take on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien spans six movies – three about the original books, and three about The Hobbit.

Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett and Ian McKellen star, among others, in this epic tale of one Hobbit’s journey across Middle Earth. After inheriting a magical ring from his uncle, Frodo Baggins soon realises that he is holding something very dangerous, and is hunted by dark forces. Baggins must enlist the help of his friends and new found allies if he’s to cross Middle Earth – hunted by those who’d seek to capture the ring at all costs – to toss it into the fires of Mount Doom.

Consider yourself a true Lord of the Rings fan? Prove it with this HUGE Blu-ray boxset collection, which features all three Lord of the Rings movies, and all three instalments of The Hobbit. As well as extended editions of the films, it includes more than sixty hours of special features and never-before-seen footage.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe narnia

Another Blu-ray based on a classic novel, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe tells the story of the C.S. Lewis book of the same name.

Starring Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Georgie Henley, the film follows four children who are forced to leave their house during World War II. During a game of hide and seek, the youngest girl, Lucy, discovers a magical world at the back of a wardrobe, called Narnia. She and her siblings decide to travel through to the mystical land, encountering wolves, talking animals and witches, among other things.

The Blu-ray comes with a whole world of special features, including audio commentaries, interactive games, a look at the artists who worked on the film, a making-of documentary and muc

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