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WHV Press Release: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Parts 1 and 2: Ultimate Edition

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Warner Home Video Blu-ray Discs offer resolution six times higher than standard definition DVDs, as well as extraordinarily vibrant contrast and color and beautifully crisp sound. The new formats also provide a higher level of interactivity, with instant access to extra features via a seamless menu-bar where viewers can enjoy features without leaving or interrupting the film.





    Harry Potter Publishing Rights © J.K. Rowling. HARRY POTTER, characters, names and related indicia are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. All rights reserved.
     
  2. Steve Tannehill

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    It's available now at Target as an exclusive.
     
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    Yep. Picked this up at Target more than a week ago. Call ahead. They only had one copy when I got mine.
     
  4. Wayne_j

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    I also got mine from Target. They are apparently forbidden to promote this exclusive, probably to get more people to buy the super expensive Wizard's Collection.
    It seems to me that the movie discs are exactly the same as the original release discs but with a different label on them.
     
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    No 3-D?
     
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    No 3D at least in the Target version. I already have both films in 3D so it doesn't really matter to me.
     
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    I picked up the 3D discs from Best Buy, so I don't need them.
    As you can still get the ultimate editions from the Warner Store and Amazon, this is one way to pick up the extended editions of the first 2 movies, and the all segments of Creating the World of Harry Potter, without having to resort to the Wizard's Collection box set that is considerably more expensive. Of course, the Wizard's Collection includes a DVD and Ultraviolet of each movie--which I don't need.
     
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    So, with this release, is it fair to asume that a DVD-only format of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow Parts 1 and 2 Ultimate Edition is not forthcoming? The reason I ask is because I don't own a Blu-Ray player and I have bought the years 1 through 6 ultimate edtions in DVD format. It looks like parts 7 and 8 of the wonderful documentary Creating the World of Harry Potter are only on the Blu-Ray discs with this release, so fans who bought the DVD ultimate editions and want to complete their collection in that format are out of luck. And this from the studio that mercilessly re-packaged and re-dipped this franchise on home video!
    Darby
     
  9. JohnMor

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    Unless I'm missing something, I think you are correct. And that is just wrong on so many levels! No wonder WB has dropped from my most favorite studio to my least favorite. It's the FINAL release of the series and they can't even finsh it properly for dvd buyers??!
     
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    There are plenty of blu-ray players for under $100. There is no need to miss the final two installments of Creating the World of Harry Potter.
     
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    True, but that is not the point. Someone shouldn't be forced to buy a blu ray player to get the last of a series they've collected since day one. It would be one thing if it was early in the series, but the very last one? The feature dvds and printed extras already exist; ALL they had to do was press the 2 docs on dvd.
     
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    I agree. WB should have put out DVD versions to allow fans to finish their collections.

    Saying "just buy a Blu-ray player" kinda has a "let them eat cake" ring, IMO...
     
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    Thanks for your comments JohnMor and Colin Jacobson! Forcing the DVD collector of the series to shell out an additional $100 for a Blu-Ray player on top of the $45.49 cost of the combo set (at least at Amazon) is a real slap in the face to the consumer. Hopefully, WB will have a change of heart, but I'm not holding my breath.
    Darby
     
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    I wouldn't even put a change of heart anywhere on the spectrum of what to expect. It has been this way from the beginning of DVD. There were single disc and 2 disc editions of a lot of movies; one disc had few or no extras; 2 disc had lots of them. This practice continued with high def releases: they used to get more extras than the DVD. And now it's happening with the 3D versions.

    This is a logical (for the studios) outgrowth of that formula which apparently worked for them.
     
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    On individual releases, yes, but NOT on the final set of a 7-part series. THAT'S the point here.
     
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    If we're going to have a conversation, John, let's talk. But please don't yell at me or attempt to treat me with disrespect. I fully understand you are talking about Harry Potter, with eight movies in the series.

    And technically, HP is an eight part series, isn't it? There may be seven books, but there are eight movies.

    My point, John, is that this is not a new practice in any way and has roots going back to VHS if you want to get technical about it. (Star Wars Episodes I and IV to VI were released on VHS when all of them are on DVD. Do you have the same problem with Lucasfilm and Fox? How about the Indiana Jones movies-I'm sure Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is not on VHS while the other three are.)
     
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    There was no yelling in my post. Single capitalized words are used for emphasis. It is different from typing in all capitals, which indicates yelling.
    And no, there are only seven Ultimate Editions, not eight. Both parts of "Deathly Hallows" are in one UE. Where did you hear it was eight?

    And again, you are talking about a practice of individual releases of films, not the last of a series of special box sets.
     
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    John--I never said there were 8 UE's, did I? I said there were eight parts of the movie series.

    I know I'm not fully versed in all of the special permutations released for either SW or Indy. Are you? Can either of us really say these are or are not the same thing with 100% accuracy? My guess is no.

    My entire point was that this was done before, but apparently we're splitting hairs now. I have no interest in that whatsoever. HP is a series. SW is a series. Indy is a series. I'm sorry if anyone didn't see the writing on the wall and assumed Warner was going to continue what they had been doing. Fact of the matter is they didn't for a reason. I'm not sorry that years after the high def format war anyone still complains DVD gets the short end of the stick or a studio may or may not suddenly stop supporting that format.
     
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    Jason, we are not talking about the HP film series here. You are talking about something enirely different than we are. We are not talking about the release of the HP film series on dvd & blu in general. We are talking about a specifically announced series of 7 special box sets, all with a specific series of pre-announced, pre-advertised extra documentaries, partitioned over the series. And after people bought the first six of the box sets, WB changes the game plan on the seventh and final box set. That has nothing to do with Crystal Skull being made after VHS was dead, or the practice you are referring to to push a new format (blu ray is no longer new), or formats changing over the course of a film series. That is not what is being discussed here.

    I guess, these ads should have specified that you can collect them all... except the last one.
     
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    Is all this just speculation based on the Bluray press release or has somebody from Warner's stated that there will not be a DVD release? Since DVD still outsells Bluray 2:1 I can't see any reason
    to expect WB not to release the last Box set of this cash cow. I've heard so many different dates listed for this set that it becomes nearly impossible to keep all the rumors straight. Surely someone here has enough contacts with WB to get a straight answer
     
     
     

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