Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Colin Farrell & Ezra Miller.
Directed by: David Yates
Something mysterious is leaving a path of destruction in the streets of 1926 New York, threatening to expose the wizarding community. Newt Scamander arrives in the city nearing the end of global excursion to research and rescue magical creatures. When unsuspecting No-Maj Jacob Kowalski inadvertently lets some of Newt’s beasts loose, a band of unlikely heroes must recover the missing beasts before they come to harm, but their mission puts them on a collision course with Dark forces.
Fantastic Beats is sources from a UHD disc through a 4k digital intermediate, displaying its 2160p resolution in absolute fashion. The increased detail in blacks and textures are subtle and consistent. The HDR is very settle and vivid in color without overly saturated, which is really nice and gives you the best viewing experience. Philippe Rousselot’s cinematography complements the dynamics of this films full viewing experience. With HDR, you will experience brighter colors through the world of JK Rowling, which is presented very well considering it is sourced from a 4k digital source.
The blu-ray version is a downgraded version of its 4k predecessor but still delivers the crisp, subtle color grading detail we expect from warner bros. Deep blacks are very settle in dark scenes throughout the film which is very consistent throughout the films 133 minute length. Overall both versions deliver a powerful viewing experience and doesn’t disappoint even to the average viewing user.
Audio is consistent on both formats as they are both presented with two lossless audio tracks. The Dolby Atmos 7.1 core and the DTS-HD MA 5.1 are both fluid and consistent. Although the Atoms soundtrack delivers on a powerful note through various sound effects and soundtrack themes throughout the film, the DTS-HD MA 5.1 is not far behind. I personally could not tell the difference, but then again, I don’t like blasting my volume at a full capacity. No clicks or pops can be heard throughout the films entirety and I am very pleased with the overall performance of these releases.
–Before Harry Potter: A New Era of Magic Begins! (1080p; 1.78:1; 15:31): Rowling, Yates, producers Heyman and Wigram and the four lead cast members describe how the new addition to the Potterverse was conceived and developed. Redmayne (“Newt”), Waterston (“Tina”), Fogler (“Jacob”) and Sudol (“Queenie”) are interviewed in a group, and their camaraderie is as entertaining as their comments.
-Characters (1080p; 1.78:1;): The cast, Rowling, Yates, producer Heyman, costume designer Colleen Atwood (who won an Oscar for her work on Fantastic Beasts) and various additional crew discuss the principal characters, their backgrounds and their appearances.
- The Magizoologist (4:14)
- The Goldstein Sisters (5:04)
- The No-Maj Baker (4:42)
- The New Salemers (4:42)
- The President and the Auror (5:37)
-Creatures (1080p; 1.78:1): Rowling, Yates and an assortment of effects personnel and concept artists discuss the design of the film’s creatures.
- Meet the Fantastic Beasts (4:18)
- Bowtruckle (2:36)
- Demiguise (2:20)
- Erumpent (3:42)
- Niffler (2:29)
- Occamy (3:09)
- Thunderbird (2:25)
-Design (1080p; 1.78:1): Production designer Stuart Craig headlines discussions of the how the film’s production team applied the lessons of Harry Potter to creating an older era and a new locale.
- Shaping the World of Fantastic Beasts (5:54)
- New York City (7:25)
- MACUSA (7:07)
- Newt’s Magical Case (4:59)
- The Shaw Banquet (4:29)
- The Blind Pig (4:39)
-Deleted Scenes (1080p; 2.40:1; 14:33): The visual effects for these scenes are finished (or nearly so), which suggests that they were removed late in the editing process. The single best scene is the “Suitcase Celebration”, where the Goldstein Sisters perform the school song of Illvermorny, the American counterpart to Hogwarts. A “play all” function is included.
- Major Investigation Department
- Jacob Tenement
- Newt’s Case
- MACUSA Cell
- Tracking Demiguise
- Suitcase Celebration
- Skyscraper Roof
- Obscuris Unleashed, Part 1
- Obscuris Unleashed, Part 2
- Newt Goodbye
-Introductory Trailers: At startup, the disc plays a trailer for the Harry Potter series, plus the now-familiar promo for 4K discs.
Warner Bros Home Entertainment delivers in all aspects. The release of this film is enriched with fine detail and consistent color palettes, with an upgrade of HDR. I am overall pleased with the presentation and the supplements added to this feature film. I recommend this film to any and all Harry Potter lovers or pure fantasy lovers in general.
Production release: Warner Bros.
Video release: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Number of discs: 2
Runtime: 133 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: March 28, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1, Original aspect: 2.39.1
Video codec: HEVC / H.265
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 16-bit)
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)
Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1 (448 kbps)