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Hey guys, Jana here,
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing the juggernaut follow up to the ‘Harry Potter’ series, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them‘ March 28 on Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD. If you want to own it three weeks early, you can order the Digital HD on March 7. If you’re in the market for an expandable VR experience from Fantastic Beasts, it’s all coming this year.
Director David Yates is the man who helmed the last four films in the previous Harry Potter franchise and he came back to direct this film which takes place decades before the boy wizard’s films.
There are growing dangers in the wizarding world of 1926 New York. Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, threatening to expose the wizarding community to the No-Majs (American for Muggles), including the Second Salemers, a fanatical faction bent on eradicating them. And the powerful, dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, after wreaking havoc in Europe, has slipped away…and is now nowhere to be found.
Unaware of the rising tensions, Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of a global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures, some of which are safeguarded in the magical hidden dimensions of his deceptively nondescript leather case. But potential disaster strikes when unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose in a city already on edge—a serious breach of the Statute of Secrecy that former Auror Tina Goldstein jumps on, seeing her chance to regain her post as an investigator. However, things take an ominous turn when Percival Graves, the enigmatic Director of Magical Security at MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), casts his suspicions on both Newt and Tina.
Now allied, Newt and Tina, together with Tina’s sister, Queenie, and their new No-Maj friend, Jacob, form a band of unlikely heroes, who must recover Newt’s missing beasts before they come to harm. But the stakes are higher than these four outsiders—now branded fugitives—ever imagined, as their mission puts them on a collision course with dark forces that could push the wizarding and No-Maj worlds to the brink of war.
The film also stars Katherine Waterston (‘Inherent Vice‘), Tony Award winner Dan Fogler (‘The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee‘), Alison Sudol (‘Transparent‘), Ezra Miller (‘Trainwreck‘), Samantha Morton (‘In America‘), Jon Voight (‘Coming Home‘), Colin Farrell (‘True Detective‘) and Johnny Depp (‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘).
Also available this year will be an expanded Fantastic Beasts Virtual Reality experience. This version of the previously released Virtual Reality will allow fans to return to the wizarding world for a more robust and expanded experience featuring new beasts and participate in more magical spells as they interact with each of the creatures inside Newt’s case. Additionally, the experience includes never-before-seen footage and will be available for purchase on several VR platforms.
BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” Ultra HD Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray,Blu-ray Combo Packs and 2-disc DVD Special Edition contains the following special features:
· Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!
o Join J.K. Rowling as she, David Yates and David Heyman return to Leavesden Studios to build a new and exciting corner of the wizarding universe.
The Goldstein Sisters
The New Salemers
The No-Maj Baker
The President and the Auror
Meet the Fantastic Beasts
Shaping the World of Fantastic Beasts (360°)
New York City (360°)
Newt’s Magical Case (360°)
The Shaw Banquet
The Blind Pig (360°)
· Deleted Scenes (11 scenes)