We are at mid-March and this week’s must see movie is a franchise favorite of many. It started with the Harry Potter series, but now we are onto the Fantastic Beasts franchise. The second installment in the Fantastic Beast series is out now on Blu-ray and Digital and here is why you should see it.


The first Fantastic Beasts laid the stage and introduced us to Newt Scamander and his Wizarding World. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne returns playing Scamander, as is majority of the cast from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Joining the cast for this one, is none other than Johnny Depp, how’s that for a new addition. Depp plays the villainous dark wizard Grindelwald.

The Crimes of Grindewlad is a darker and more intense movie. It has all the similar elements that made the first one a success and that provides the J.K. Rowling touch. The stakes are higher and the villain is more fierce. Fans should certainly enjoy it. Be prepared for twists and reveals.

This wizarding universe is a lot more complicated and busier than ever before. There even seems to be more depth and complexities to some of the returning characters. The plot is compelling and delivers plenty of emotion. If all that wasn’t compelling enough, add the following special features to the mix.


·       J.K. Rowling: A World Revealed

·       Wizards on Screen, Fans in Real Life

·       Distinctly Dumbledore

·       Unlocking Scene Secrets: The Return to Hogwarts

·       Unlocking Scene Secrets: Newt’s Menagerie

·       Unlocking Scene Secrets: Credence, Nagini and the Circus Arcanus

·       Unlocking Scene Secrets: Paris and Place Cachée

·       Unlocking Scene Secrets: Ministere des Affaires Magiques

·       Unlocking Scene Secrets: Grindelwald’s Escape and the Ring of Fire

·       Deleted Scenes

Own Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition on March 12, or Own It Early on Digital on February 15!


Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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