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WHV Press Release: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix/Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Editions (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 22 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 21 2011 - 01:48 AM


HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

AND

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE


ULTIMATE EDITIONS


THE DEFINITIVE INSIDE STORY CONTINUES

ON BLU-RAY™ AND DVD

JUNE 14 FROM WARNER HOME VIDEO


EACH SET FEATURES A NEVER BEFORE SEEN INSTALLMENT OF

“CREATING THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER”


Burbank, CA, February 21, 2011 – The definitive inside story continues when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Editions arrive on Blu-ray and DVD June 14 from Warner Home Video. Created for fans of the world’s #1 film franchise, eachUltimate Edition features a new chapter of “Creating the World of Harry Potter,” a unique 8-hour documentary series with never-before-seen footage, intriguing stories and an authoritative insider look behind the films. Each hour-long chapter deepens the relationship Harry Potter fans have with the movies and adds to their understanding of and connection to their favorite characters and more (more details below). Orders are due May 10 (Blu-ray Disc™ SRP $49.99 / DVD SRP DVD $39.92).


Each spellbinding Harry Potter Ultimate Edition is filled with more than four hours of special features and collectibles including a photo book featuring 44 pages of rare photos of the cast and crew, concept sketches and paintings, and behind-the-scenes insight. The Ultimate Editions also feature limited edition character cards, a lenticular card and a bonus digital copy of the film.


The perfect gift for Harry Potter fans of all ages, these Ultimate Editions will give audiences the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Harry Potterleading up to the highly anticipated theatrical release of the final chapter, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 on July 15.


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince theatrical versions are also available On Demand from cable and satellite providers, and for permanent download and digital rental through online digital retailers.


ALL NEW SPECIAL FEATURES


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition Includes:


Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution

Deeper. Bolder. Darker. As the eight Harry Potter films trace Harry’s journey from innocent schoolboy to selfless hero, the series undergoes a transformation. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution – packed with exclusive content only available here – takes you along for every exciting step of the 10-year filmmaking odyssey. Join the four directors, key members of the crew and cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, as they explore how the creative vision for the films evolved to maintain the integrity and increasing intensity of J.K. Rowling’s expansive literary series. From the ever-changing architecture of Hogwarts Castle and expanding landscape of the wizarding world, to the darkening color palette of each successive film, to the young actors maturing along with their characters, it is a wondrous and spectacular adventure to experience.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition Includes:


Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects

In Harry Potter’s world, portraits come to life, potions transform, time reverses, Quidditch players soar, dragons attack and magic is everywhere. Explore the moviemaking magic that created the wizardry and wonder of the Harry Potter film series.  Now, fascinating new insights, interviews and watch-it-happen footage let you experience the triumphs of technical wizards who conjured up an awe-inspiring alternate reality. Share the fun as Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson negotiate the moving stairs. Marvel as an oversized water tank transforms into the depths of the black lake for the Triwizard Tournament. Discover which amazing sequence was filmed entirely using computer-generated imagery. Watch as blue- and green-screen backgrounds transform into towering structures and endless landscapes. You don’t know the magic until you’ve seen Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects.


ABOUT THE FILMS


HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX


“The Harry Potter films just keep getting better and better!  Fans will love this latest big screen movie – a terrific retelling of J.K. Rowling’s important 5th book in the amazing journey of our favorite teen wizard.”

Bill Zwecker, CBS-TV


“Big thrills.”

Claudia Puig, USA TODAY


From acclaimed director David Yates (BBC’s State of Play, Harry Potter series Years 5-7), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix brings back the ensemble cast including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series, December Boys), Emma Watson (Harry Potter series, The Tale of Despereaux) and Rupert Grint (Harry Potter series, Driving Lessons) as well as two-time Academy Award®-winner Maggie Smith (Gosford Park, A Room With A View, Harry Potter series), Academy Award®-winner Emma Thompson (An EducationStranger than FictionSense and Sensibility, Howards End), Academy Award®-nominee Ralph Fiennes (Clash of the TitansThe Hurt LockerSchindler’s List, The English Patient), Alan Rickman (Alice in Wonderland, Love ActuallyHarry Potter film series), and Gary Oldman (The Book of Eli, The Dark KnightBatman Begins, Harry Potter series). Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix also introduces Academy Award®-nominees Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland,Terminator Salvation, Harry Potter series) and Imelda Staunton (Alice in WonderlandVera Drake, Freedom Writers, Harry Potter series).


SYNOPSIS


In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts only to discover that much of the wizarding community has been led to believe that the story of the teenager’s recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort is a lie, putting Harry’s integrity in question. Worse, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, has appointed a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the duplicitous Professor Dolores Umbridge. But Professor Umbridge’s “Ministry-approved” course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the Dark Forces threatening them, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione and Ron, Harry is convinced to take matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves “Dumbledore’s Army,” Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead.


BLU-RAY AND DVD CONTENTS


The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition on Blu-ray Disc will contain the following special features:


DISC 1 – MOVIE with In-Movie Experience! Explore the People, Places, Creatures and the Moviemaking Magic Behind Them, All As You Watch the Movie


DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES

o       Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution

o       Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Behind the Magic

o       Building the Magic: The Sets of Harry Potter

o       Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixThe Rebellion Begins

o       Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixFulfilling a Prophecy

o       Additional Scenes in Hi-Def

o       Trailing Tonks: Natalia Tena (aka Nymphadora Tonks) Leads a Very Personal Film Set Tour

o       Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing: Director David Yates and Editor Mark Day Show What a Difference a Good Edit Makes

o       Theatrical Trailers

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The Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition on DVD will contain the following special features:


DISC 1 – MOVIE


DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES

o       Additional Scenes

o       Trailing Tonks: Natalia Tena (aka Nymphadora Tonks) Leads a Very Personal Film Set Tour

o       Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing: Director David Yates and Editor Mark Day Show What a Difference a Good Edit Makes


DISC 3 – SPECIAL FEATURES

o       Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution

o       Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Behind the Magic

o       Building the Magic: The Sets of Harry Potter

o       Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixThe Rebellion Begins

o       Harry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixFulfilling a Prophecy

o       Featurette Gallery: 28 Short Segments Covering People, Places, Creatures and the Moviemaking Magic Behind Them

o       Theatrical Trailers


Collectibles in both the Blu-ray and DVD Ultimate Editions include:


o       44-Page Photo Book

o       Lenticular Card

o       Limited Edition Character Cards

o       #9 Luna Lovegood

o       #10 Dolores Umbridge

o       Bonus Digital Copy of the Theatrical Movie


Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.



HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE


“A triumph of visual wonder and emotional storytelling”

Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE


“witty, spectacular and...spellbinding”

Claudia Puig, USA TODAY


From celebrated director David Yates (BBC’s State of Play, Harry Potter series Years 5-7), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince brings back the highly-acclaimed cast including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series, December Boys), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter series, Driving Lessons) and Emma Watson (Harry Potter series, The Tale of Despereaux) as well as two-time Academy Award® Winner Maggie Smith (Gosford Park, A Room With A View, Harry Potter series), Academy Award® Nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech, Alice in WonderlandTerminator Salvation, Harry Potter series), Alan Rickman Alice in Wonderland, Love ActuallyHarry Potter film series) and Michael Gambon (The King’s SpeechThe Book of EliThe Good Shepherd, Harry Potter series). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince also introduces Academy Award®-winner Jim Broadbent (IrisThe Young VictoriaInkheartMoulin Rouge! Harry Potter series) as Professor Horace Slughorn.


SYNOPSIS


Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses--critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office...and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything.

As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.


BLU-RAY AND DVD CONTENTS


The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition on Blu-ray Disc will contain the following special features:


DISC 1 – MOVIE

Featuring Maximum Movie Mode. Daniel Radcliffe leads a unique, personal exploration of the movie while you watch!


Picture-in-Picture • Focus Featurettes • Scene Comparisons.


DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES

o       Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects

o       Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceBehind the Magic

o       Additional Scenes in Hi-Def

o       J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life: A Personal Look at the Journey in Creating and Launching the Final Book

o       Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter: Cast Members Are Your Personal Guides to Aspects of Moviemaking That Include Editing, Makeup, Stunt, Set Design, Props, Costumes and More!

o       The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Get a Sneak Peak at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort

o       What’s on Your Mind?: Lightning-Round Q&A with Cast/Crew

o       One-Minute Drills: Cast Members Sum Up Their Characters

o       Gallery of Five Distinctive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ABC Family Promo Spots

o       Theatrical Trailers


The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition on DVD will contain the following special features:


DISC 1 – MOVIE


DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES   
o       Additional Scenes

o       J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life: A Personal Look at the Journey in Creating and Launching the Final Book

o       Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter: Cast Members Are Your Personal Guides to Aspects of Moviemaking That Include Editing, Makeup, Stunt, Set Design, Props, Costumes and More!

o       The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Get a Sneak Peak

o       What’s on Your Mind?: Lightning-Round Q&A with Cast/Crew

o       One-Minute Drills: Cast Members Sum Up Their Characters


DISC 3 – SPECIAL FEATURES

o       Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects    

o       Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceBehind the Magic

o       Featurette Gallery: 14 Short Segments That Unlock More Moviemaking Secrets

o       Gallery of Five Distinctive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ABC Family Promo Spots

o       Theatrical Trailers


Collectibles in both the Blu-ray and DVD Ultimate Editions include:

o       44-Page Photo Book

o       Lenticular Card

o       Limited Edition Character Cards

o             #11 Draco Malfoy

o             #12 Albus Dumbledore

o       Bonus Digital Copy of the Theatrical Movie


Note: All enhanced content listed above is subject to change.


HARRY POTTER ULTIMATE EDITIONS YEAR 5 & YEAR 6


Street Date: June 14, 2011

Order Due Date: May 10, 2011

Blu-ray Pricing: $49.99 SRP

DVD Pricing: $39.92 SRP


Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Running time: 139 minutes

Rating: PG-13

2-Disc BD MAT / UPC: 1000172803 // 883929162567

3-Disc DVD MAT / UPC: 1000172805 // 883929162581


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Running time: 153 minutes

Rating: PG

2-Disc BD MAT/UPC: 1000172535 // 883929162116

3-Disc DVD MAT/UPC: 1000172806 // 883929162598


ALSO AVAILABLE: ULTIMATE EDITIONS FOR THE FIRST FOUR MOVIES


Blu-ray Pricing: $49.99 SRP

DVD Pricing: $39.92 SRP


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Ultimate Edition

BD MAT / UPC: 1000096691 // 883929070763

DVD MAT / UPC: 1000096689 // 883929070640  


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Ultimate Edition

BD MAT / UPC: 1000096692 // 883929070770

DVD MAT / UPC: 1000096690 // 883929070756


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ultimate Edition

BD MAT / UPC: 1000099790 // 883929074822

DVD MAT / UPC: 1000099789 // 883929074815


Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition

BD MAT / UPC: 1000099792 // 883929074846

DVD MAT / UPC: 1000099791 // 883929074839


          

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About Warner Home Video With operations in 90 international territories, Warner Home Video, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, a division of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. Warner Home Video's film library is the largest of any studio, offering top quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.


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.



 

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#2 of 22 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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#3 of 22 OFFLINE   SD_Brian

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Posted February 22 2011 - 09:12 AM

I think I'll wait until the series has concluded and Warners releases the inevitable Ultimate-ultimate edition box set of the entire series.  This has to be the most re-dipped franchise in the Warner catalog, possibly the most re-dipped franchise in any catalog.  I don't think even the Evil Dead movies have been repackaged this many times.



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Posted February 22 2011 - 11:12 AM



Originally Posted by SD_Brian 

I think I'll wait until the series has concluded and Warners releases the inevitable Ultimate-ultimate edition box set of the entire series.  This has to be the most re-dipped franchise in the Warner catalog, possibly the most re-dipped franchise in any catalog.  I don't think even the Evil Dead movies have been repackaged this many times.



thinking the same thing, just want it all in one box


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Posted February 22 2011 - 11:54 AM

Seriously... NO extended cuts for either of these releases? So much shot but not in the theatrical releases, so much footage that would make these more faithful to the books... and easier to follow the storyline, for that matter. What exactly is "ultimate" about these releases? Google about extra scenes (I think Order of the Phoenix had a three-hour cut initially, but was considered "too long" for a summer blockbuster release)--you'll be astounded by what Warners is charging a premium price for compared to what they're actually giving us...

So disappointed, but I shouldn't be surprised after the Ultimate sets for 3 and 4.


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Posted February 22 2011 - 12:02 PM



Originally Posted by Steven Good 

Seriously... NO extended cuts for either of these releases? So much shot but not in the theatrical releases, so much footage that would make these more faithful to the books... and easier to follow the storyline, for that matter. What exactly is "ultimate" about these releases? Google about extra scenes (I think Order of the Phoenix had a three-hour cut initially, but was considered "too long" for a summer blockbuster release)--you'll be astounded by what Warners is charging a premium price for compared to what they're actually giving us...

So disappointed, but I shouldn't be surprised after the Ultimate sets for 3 and 4.



Me too.  Was hoping for a more LOTR treatment since the books are so dense.  Sigh.  Maybe that'll be the NEXT set of releases after the UE's.


Plus, it's annoying that Deathly Hallows Pt 1 is not coming out in a UE right away.  It's one thing for films that were already released, another to expect a double dip about 6 months apart.  No thanks.


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Posted February 22 2011 - 12:15 PM


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Originally Posted by SD_Brian 

I think I'll wait until the series has concluded and Warners releases the inevitable Ultimate-ultimate edition box set of the entire series.  This has to be the most re-dipped franchise in the Warner catalog, possibly the most re-dipped franchise in any catalog.  I don't think even the Evil Dead movies have been repackaged this many times.



As far as I can recall, there have only been two releases of each of the Harry Potter films--the initial release, followed by these "Ultimate Editions."  The earlier films were re-released on Blu-ray after having already been available on DVD, of course, and they've been releasing a new box set bundling all the films together after each new movie, but the discs in those sets are still the same ones that have always been available, aren't they?

A double-dip for each movie doesn't seem that bad to me.  What am I missing?


 

 


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Posted February 22 2011 - 01:44 PM

*Sigh* Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is easily my least favorite of the Harry Potter films, and I'd convinced myself that I'd be just fine with sticking to my DVD copy. But I'm loving the 7-part documentary for the Ultimate Editions, so I'll probably have to pick it up just for that.

Originally Posted by Steven Good 

Seriously... NO extended cuts for either of these releases? So much shot but not in the theatrical releases, so much footage that would make these more faithful to the books... and easier to follow the storyline, for that matter. What exactly is "ultimate" about these releases? Google about extra scenes (I think Order of the Phoenix had a three-hour cut initially, but was considered "too long" for a summer blockbuster release)--you'll be astounded by what Warners is charging a premium price for compared to what they're actually giving us...

So disappointed, but I shouldn't be surprised after the Ultimate sets for 3 and 4.


I don't know about the sixth one, but there actually wasn't much extra shot for OOTP. All of the most savage cuts were made at the script stage, before the start of filming. It's too bad, too, because that's the film that could most use an extended cut.



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Posted February 22 2011 - 01:51 PM



Originally Posted by cafink 

A double-dip for each movie doesn't seem that bad to me.  What am I missing?


You're missing my annoying penchant for interchangeably using the terms "dipping" and "repackaging."  Posted Image 


Between DVD, HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, a quick Amazon search shows 19 separate box set releases of the various Harry Potter movies (12 DVD, 6 Blu-Ray & 1 HD-DVD), either as single-movie or multi-film sets, so far.


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Posted February 22 2011 - 09:48 PM

But I'm loving the 7-part documentary for the Ultimate Editions, so I'll probably have to pick it up just for that. This is why I'm not waiting until a boxset is released with essentially the same content. This 8-Part documentary is absolutely fantastic. I actually can't wait to have all eight films and watch this long documentary in one setting because they're hitting on the essential aspects of this franchise. I've been most looking forward to the "Evolution of Harry Potter" doc that comes with Phoenix. I hope it's as interesting as it sounds.... I'm sure for the 20th Anniversary of Year 1, WB will release a box set that contains all the films in their extended form but I just don't see the point of waiting for one box set that's going to have the same content....unless that box set was significantly smaller, yet contained everything that we're getting now...
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Posted February 25 2011 - 03:02 AM

I'm sorry but I have to say, "Who cares and what a waste of time"! When can we get the Harry Potter Extended Versions on Blu-ray? We all have it on DVD, then Blu-ray, then Ultimate Edition... do they then expect us to buy them all over again with the Extended versions? These film company's really do take the piss!



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Posted February 25 2011 - 03:21 AM

The Ultimate Editions of the first two films did contain extended editions.  The directors of the third and fourth films were asked, but declined to prepare extended editions for their Ultimate Editions, as they were happy with the theatrical versions.  I don't know for sure, but I would guess the same is true for the fifth and sixth films, too.  There's certainly no reason to think Warner is holding back extended editions specifically to double-dip them later, especially given that they didn't do so for the first two.


 

 


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Posted February 25 2011 - 08:38 AM

Consider David Yates is the director of these two films and Deathly Hallows 1 & 2, I would be surprised if they didn't get his feedback on whether he wanted different cuts.


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Posted February 25 2011 - 08:54 AM

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Consider David Yates is the director of these two films and Deathly Hallows 1 & 2, I would be surprised if they didn't get his feedback on whether he wanted different cuts.


Exactly, although I have to wonder if he simply didn't have time to prepare extended cuts of OOP and HBP because he's been busy finishing up "Deathly Hallows".


And since "Deathly Hallows" is ALREADY an extended cut, so to speak, I hope no one is expecting even longer versions of the last 2 films.


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Posted February 25 2011 - 06:08 PM



Originally Posted by cafink 

The Ultimate Editions of the first two films did contain extended editions.  The directors of the third and fourth films were asked, but declined to prepare extended editions for their Ultimate Editions, as they were happy with the theatrical versions.  I don't know for sure, but I would guess the same is true for the fifth and sixth films, too.  There's certainly no reason to think Warner is holding back extended editions specifically to double-dip them later, especially given that they didn't do so for the first two.



I disagree.


With the first two films,  the Ultimate Editions were the 3rd release of the movies IIRC.  DVD,  BR, and UE.  They had to find some way of making people want to buy them,  and "The exact same movies but now with the first 2 hours of an 8 hour documentary!" was going to kill the idea before it started.  For the second two,  they could just pray on the "Well,  it doesn't look right on the shelf" mentality.


Regardless,  they won't skip a chance to dip again.  They'll release extended ultimate editions at some point.  Honestly,  how long did they sit on extended editions of the first two?


So like years 3 and 4,  I'm passing.  I'm not that big into documentaries,  and the set doesn't offer me anything that I don't already have.  I'll hold out for the next dip.



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Posted February 26 2011 - 02:03 AM


Time to get real about these extended cut.


when Warners released films one and two in extended editions, all they did was put the already released extra scenes in their proper place.

I doubt they consulted the directors at all, as usualy the producers (David Heyman and Warner Bros.) have the right of final cut.

Would they care what Alfonso Cuaron thought about film number 3?  I don't think so.

Wanres could put the cut scenes easily back in thier place without anyones permission


Frankly, Half Blood Prince needs all the help it could get.  David Yates made an absolute mess of that film, leaving out so much important stuff from the books, and ADDING scenes it didn't need.  Andapparently shooting that film and Deathly Hallows One during an eclipse of the sun.- EVERYTHNING is so damn dark all the time.



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Posted February 27 2011 - 01:21 AM

Strange... I have the first Ultimate Edition and there are no extended scenes in the film? It is the theatrical version? The exteneded (or deleted) scenes are on the special features section/disc. Therefore I did not buy any others and felt like putting it straight onto eBay!


Extened Cuts Rule everytime, especially at home!



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Posted February 27 2011 - 07:46 AM



Originally Posted by Joe Caps 


Time to get real about these extended cut.


when Warners released films one and two in extended editions, all they did was put the already released extra scenes in their proper place.

I doubt they consulted the directors at all, as usualy the producers (David Heyman and Warner Bros.) have the right of final cut.

Would they care what Alfonso Cuaron thought about film number 3?  I don't think so.

Wanres could put the cut scenes easily back in thier place without anyones permission


Frankly, Half Blood Prince needs all the help it could get.  David Yates made an absolute mess of that film, leaving out so much important stuff from the books, and ADDING scenes it didn't need.  Andapparently shooting that film and Deathly Hallows One during an eclipse of the sun.- EVERYTHNING is so damn dark all the time.



If that were the case Joe, why didn't they do the same with films 3 and 4?  Why did they leave the extra scenes as extras on those editions?

From everything I've read, Columbus wanted to have these longer films released initially, but was contractually obligated as to running time.


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Posted February 27 2011 - 03:19 PM

I'm in!!


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Posted February 28 2011 - 12:12 PM

Sorry... I made a mistake with my last comment. I have the Collectors Edition, Not the Ultimate Edition. Proves my point though, how many copies of one film can you buy? NOT going to pay 3 times the price for an extended cut of the film though!