There are Blu-Ray collections, and then there are Blu-Ray collections, and Warner Bros. certainly intends to put the crown jewel on their multi-billion dollar Harry Potter franchise with its announcement of a massive, $500 Blu-Ray limited-edition and numbered collection of all eight films in the series. You can check the listing for it on Amazon, where some details emerge, such as the fact that there are a full 18 movie discs in the collection (including DVD copies of each film, because of of course you need those if you have a Blu-Ray player), with extended cuts of the first and second films and separate 3D discs for the last two films in the series, as well as 13 special feature discs, including all previously released special features as well as five new hours of content. It also apparently "includes multiple specially-produced, collectable memorabilia items, including concept art, a Map of Hogwarts and much more!" Also included is the fancy box above, which, to be fair, is pretty neat-looking. You also get Ultraviolet "copies" of each film, for those of you who care about that.
Still: five hundred dollars. That's a shitload of money for eight films which can currently be purchased on Amazon for 80 dollars in a Blu-Ray collection. It's not the most lavish special edition ever released, since Scarface had a special edition with fancy humidor that retailed for a cool grand, and that was for a single movie. No word on a release date yet, aside from the fact that it should be coming down sometime this year. Normally I'd say that this would be prepped for an early November release to capitalize on Christmas shopping, but if they're already announcing it now, one would think that it'd be coming a bit sooner than that.
Warner Bros. is suitably proud of their achievements in bringing Harry Potter to the big screen (even if I'd say that the books are still the "real" Potter experience), so it makes sense that they'd want to release something suitably epic to crown their biggest franchise. Still, man: five hundred dollars. (To be fair, Amazon is already cutting the price down to $350.)