Blu-ray Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
By John Corrado
A prequel to the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them takes place in the 1920s and follows Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he arrives in New York from Hogwarts, and accidentally unleashes the creatures inside his magical briefcase.
Serving as a polished piece of world building that is carried by excellent performances and keeps us engaged with darker themes woven throughout, this is a richly rewarding fantasy film that provides a compelling and throughly entertaining return to the wizarding world. This was one of last year’s best blockbusters, and you can read our three views of the film right here.
The Blu-ray also includes about fifteen minutes of deleted scenes and the solid “behind the scenes” piece Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins!, as well as a whopping total of eighteen other featurettes divided up into three sections focusing on the characters, creatures and design of the film. With almost two hours worth of stuff, this is an excellent selection of bonus material that provides good background on the film and the meticulous amount of work that everyone involved poured into it.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release. It’s 133 minutes and rated PG.