WHV Press Release: Harry Potter Limited Edition DVD Giftset (DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Harry Potter, The Most Successful Franchise of All Time, Now Available in a Magical Limited Edition DVD Giftset Available
    in SD, HD DVD and Blu-Ray Dec 11

    Set Includes Two-Disc Editions of All Five Films plus Two Bonus Discs with Games and More than Three Hours of Extra Content

    High Definition Releases of First Four Films Also Available in Warner Home Video’s Big Holiday Theatrical Catalog Initiative

    Burbank, Calif., September 17, 2007 – Muggles and wizards alike will rejoice when all their favorite wizards reappear in the brand new Harry Potter Limited Edition DVD Giftset, available in limited supply from Warner Home Video (WHV) on DVD December 11 in their choice of Standard Definition (SD), HD DVD and Blu-Ray formats. Packed with hours of marvelous mystery, the Harry Potter Limited Edition Giftset is bound to be one of the catalog events of the year and an irresistible magical gift for this holiday season.

    Presented in a magnificent collectible ‘suitcase’, the 12-disc Giftset will include two-disc editions of all five Harry Potter films – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire -- and, for the first time on DVD, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. With the success of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner Bros. Pictures’ Harry Potter films have now become, worldwide, the top-grossing motion picture franchise in history.

    The Giftset will also offer several enchanting additions. The first is a separate disc containing ‘Hogwarts Challenge,’ a unique interactive DVD gaming experience with 14 adventure games based on Harry Potter films1-3, with clips from films 4-5. This fully immersive movie experience only requires a DVD player and remote to amuse up to 4 players at varying skill levels. The second bonus disc includes more than 3 hours of all-new to DVD extra content from all five films. Also included with the limited edition giftset are collectible premiums created especially for this promotion -- the Harry Potter Bookmark Collection, with five unique souvenir metal bookmarks, and 4 different packs of Harry Potter trading cards, from each of the first 4 films. The HD DVD and Blu-ray giftsets will sell for $149.99 SRP; $119.97 SRP for the Standard Definition set.

    “Pottermania” continues as the Harry Potter films 1–4 are offered for the first time in HD DVD and Blu-ray ($29.99 SRP). The High Definition versions will include all the extra content of the Giftset’s two-disc versions and, for a limited time only, both versions will contain a set of four trading cards specific to the title purchased. The Harry Potter films 1-3 will be available individually in Standard Definition also with the trading cards, at a new low price (each $14.97 SRP). Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is only available at this price for 60 days, after which it will sell for $19.97 SRP.

    Limited Edition Giftset Bonus Disc
    Special Features for an Extra Special Experience

    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
    2001 International TV Special: A Glimpse Into the World of Harry Potter

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
    2002 HBO First Look Special: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets Revealed

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    2004 HBO First Look Special: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban: Something Wicked This Way Comes
    2004 ABC Special: The Making of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
    Interview with Alfonso Cuaron (in Spanish, subtitled)

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
    2005 ITV/Granada Special: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: Behind the Magic
    2005 ITV/Granada Special: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: Some Animal Magic
    2005 HBO First Look Special: Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire: Dark Matters, New Masters

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
    2007 International TV Special: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix: The Rebellion Begins
    2007 HBO First Look Special: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix: Fulfilling a Prophecy
     
  2. Dan Hitchman

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    Will the Chris Columbus Director's Cut of Sorceror's/Philosopher's Stone be on this disc in seamless branching form? It was only shown on ABC. It was supposedly approved by Columbus.

    Dan
     
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    Very glad to see they will be releasing the films as stand-alone releases along with the boxset. Always good to have choices. [​IMG]

     
  4. EnricoE

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    interesting set but i also would love to see a movie only set on hd dvd and blu-ray. i viewed most of the extras on dvd and there is no point in re-watching them on any hd media again.

    so whv, please release them as movie only sets too [​IMG]
     
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    Agreed, but I'll be getting the box on this one.

    Now if only Paramount can do the same with the Jack Ryan set, I only really want to own Red October.
     
  7. Patrick_S

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    I was thinking about getting this set but part of me wants to wait for the inevitable super set of the all the films that we will see once the final film is done.
     
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    I'm in the same boat Patrick, but I'm sure I'll cave. I'm working on being more patient...still, I'm not that patient. I think we are talking 2010 for the last movie. At least I'd know what format to buy them in because the "format war" that is "near the end" might actually be by then.
     
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    Will the standalone Harry Potter HD DVD's be the two discs ones with the features or will they just have the movie?
     
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    I'll be getting the first film from the UK - so as not to have to put up with this "Sorcerer's Stone" nonsense
     
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    i guess this box isnt going to have room for the last 2 movies that havent been made yet.

    also less then $60for the hd versions using the barnes and noble, member half price coupon from over in the bargains section.
     
  12. Jeff Cooper

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    OK I have a silly OCD question about this box set, if anyone knows.

    All the photos of the box set actually open are of the SD-DVD box. The discs themselves are in what looks like little custom cardboard sleeve boxes.

    Does anyone know if the HD or BLU versions of this box set will have the normal clear plastic Red/Blue cases inside it for each individual release, or will they be in the compact cardboard sleeves?

    If they come in the sleeves, then I would rather buy each release separately, even if it costs more, so that they are uniform with the rest of my collection. (Yes, I said it was silly.)
     
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    I doubt it.. I have it on DVD-R. Haven´t watched it, though..
     
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    Got it this week and it is region free (both my PS3's are North American)

    Only downside is it comes in a "fat" Blu-Ray case.
     
  15. Jeff Cooper

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    With less than a week away from release does anybody know yet if the high def gift pack comes with the movie discs in the standard blue/red cases, or in custom cardboard inserts?
     
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    The films don't come in standard HD cases. They do, in fact, come in cardboard cases, just like the standard DVD giftset....
     
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    Hey All,

    Does anyone know if the "Bonus DVD" with extras on the Blu-Ray version of the Gift Set (and HD-DVD version) is just a Standard DVD? Or was that disc supposed to be High Def?

    Just checking. (So far an early perusal of the Blu-Ray Harry Potter movies... [​IMG] GORGEOUS! [​IMG]) [​IMG]
     
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    I just bought it. The box looks good from the outside and it's really cool when opening it for the first time and seeing how everything is set up as suitcase and the disc cases are wrapped like mail. Unfortunately, putting it all back in the case is a PITA. It really is set up more for aesthetics and not logistics.
     
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    This is the trouble with most of these giftsets or elaborate boxsets (e.g. the Battlestar Galactica: Season One and Star Trek: The Original Series Season One HD DVD boxsets). This is why I was overjoyed when I heard they would be released individually, which is the option I chose.
     
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    I regret buying it, especially knowing that they're gonna do a complete set after the last movie. The box is too damn big. I would take out the individual cases and just use those, but the cases for years 1 & 2 are half-size (WHY????) and it would just look weird.
     

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