Harry Potter and the C of S: WB have dropped P&S version in the UK!

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  1. John J Nelson

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    As the subject line... visitors to the HTF last year may remember reading in the Harry Potter-related threads that Warners had put out a separate P&S version of Philosopher's (or Sorcerer's [​IMG] ) Stone in the UK, and that this was the first time a separate P&S DVD had been tried in the UK.

    Well, the P&S version bombed in terms of sales, compared to the W/S DVD.

    Now the next HP is around the corner, guess what... Warner aren't bothering with a P&S version this time!

    Looks like P&S DVD is dead in the UK... all thanks to the predominance of widescreen TVs and W/S broadcasting [​IMG]

    -- J.
     
  2. Michael Dueppen

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    That sounds awesome. If it could just be like that everywhere.
     
  3. James Reader

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    Ever since the initial announcement no P&S version was scheduled:

    See Here
     
  4. John J Nelson

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    Whoops, didn't see that - sorry [​IMG]

    Still, it deserves shouting from the rooftops that P&S is dying/dead in at least one territory [​IMG]

    -- J.
     
  5. James Reader

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    IIRC over two thirds of the HPatPS DVDs sold in the UK were widescreen.

    I think the P&S release of Harry Potter was an experiment. We've always had widescreen Warner releases: Space Jam is marked as 4:3 but is widescreen, Cats and Dogs was only widescreen, The Powerpuff Girls Movie will be widescreen. Heck, even the DTV Scooby Doo and the Legend of the Vampire will be widescreen (it will be interesting to see if this has the top and bottom cropped or not).

    I can't see Warners releasing a pan and scan disc again.

    However as for other studios *cough* Disney (single disc Atlantis, Monsters Inc and Sleeping Beauty were 4:3 as was Lady and the Tramp when that was available) What bothers me about this is the single disc releases are aggresively promoted by Disney, while the 2 disc sets slip out under the marketing radar (in the case of Sleeping Beauty 10 months later without even a press release)

    And other 4:3 releases slip through from other studios.
     
  6. John Berggren

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    Excellent. Kind of wish I lived in England. P&S is an abomination that's very prevalent here. I wish it would go away altogether. Every so often, there is a film I desperately want, but gets released P&S only. That's when I really get angry.
     
  7. David Rogers

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    That's awesome news. Gives me hope that whatever happens with foolish mass mainstream consumers here, I might can still obtain PROPER dvds going forward.

    (cheer)
     
  8. oscar_merkx

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    this is very good news indeed, let's hope that other studios follow suit

    [​IMG]
     
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    Lest anyone thinks the UK is full of people of impeccable taste: the reason is that widescreen TVs are widely available in the UK and will be the norm in a few more years. There is also a high correlation between widescreen TV ownership and DVD player ownership. I reckon it's only a matter of time before DVDs of movies with an OAR of 1.33:1 get cropped to fit widescreen TVs.
     
  10. DannyS

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    you have a valid point. now. I watch all my movies on an old panasonic square set. I'm saving up for a widescreen soon. I have converted all my in laws to widescreen and they all know what anamorphic means. Quite a feat. I didn't set out to do it. It's just that every time someone said "have you seen ....... movie?" I'd say, "hey, I have it on DVD come down to my place to see it!" After 2 visits with lots of nagging and questions every time I put a dvd on with "black bars", the questions stopped. My In Laws bought a huge widescreen tv, a multi region DVD player and refuse to watch pan scan now. I'm lucky.

    But the revese point in the UK is true. What if because of widescreen, everything get mutilated? MAR? hmmmm....


    damn., is all I can say
     
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    That's great news! I didn't know that, thanks for posting it.
     
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    Yup, we've got most of the public knowing they're missing stuff in P&S, now we just have to get down part 2: Why you may be missing stuff [​IMG]
     
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    That's good news indeed. I wish that was the case in other countries.
     
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