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PREPARE FOR THE FINAL BATTLE! WARNER BROS. HOME ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PRESENTS HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - PART 1 ARRIVING ONTO BLU-RAY COMBO PACK, DVD and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD APRIL 15th More than $940 million Box Office Worldwide! Burbank, CA, February 1, 2011 – Everything has led to this moment. The epic finale begins with “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1”, which arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download this April 15th from Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. Setting the stage for the much anticipated theatrical release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2” this summer, the entire ensemble cast is back for this must-see seventh installment of the top-grossing motion picture franchise in history, based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling. From celebrated director David Yates (Harry Potter series Years 5-7), “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” brings back the highly-acclaimed cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson as well as Academy Award® Nominee Ralph Fiennes (Clash of the Titans, The English Patient), Academy Award® Nominee Helena Bonham Carter (The Kings’s Speech, Sweeney Todd), Academy Award® Nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake), Alan Rickman (Sweeney Todd, Love Actually), and Michael Gambon (The Good Shepherd, Gosford Park). “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” also introduces Golden Globe® Winner Bill Nighy (The Constant Gardener, Love Actually) as Rufus Scrimgeour. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, featuring a hi-definition, a standard definition, and a digital copy of the film, for $35.99 and on Single Disc DVD in widescreen format for $28.98 SRP. Beginning February 1st, Harry Potter fans old and new can sign up to join the “Quest for the Hallows”, an exciting global online adventure throughout the year. The “Quest for the Hallows” allows participants to unlock exclusive content, including videos, photos and other exciting, never-before-seen materials, and also enter sweepstakes featuring spectacular prizes. For more information and to sign up for the “Quest for the Hallows” visit www.questforthehallows.com. On April 15th, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” will be available for rent ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, and select game consoles. It is also available to buy through DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from digital movie retailers and select game consoles. It will be available to rent on Blu-ray and DVD via kiosks and subscription on May 10, 2011. Also on April 15 from Warner Home Video, the adventure multiplies with the release of “Harry Potter Years 1-7 Part 1” Giftsets on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The giftsets feature the first seven films in the franchise (“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,” “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1”); the Blu-ray giftset includes an abundance of spectacular special features on each movie. The “Harry Potter Years 1-7 Part 1” Giftset will be available on Blu-ray for $134.99 and DVD for $78.92 SRP. SYNOPSIS From celebrated director David Yates “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” brings back the highly acclaimed cast including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a motion picture event, told in two full-length parts. Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes--the keys to Voldemort's immortality. On their own, without the guidance or protection of their professors, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart. Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort's Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as Voldemort's followers look for Harry with orders to bring him to the Dark Lord...alive. Harry's only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale--the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks. Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became "the Boy Who Lived." No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort. BLU-RAY AND DVD ELEMENTS “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” contains the following special features: 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack includes:
Exclusive Sneak Peek of an opening scene from the highly anticipated upcoming film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
Maximum Movie Mode - Join host Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and other members of the cast and crew, on an interactive journey through Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Plus, revisit important moments from the previous films to prepare for the final battle that takes place in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.
Dan, Rupert and Emma's Running Competition - While filming the escape scene from the Snatchers in Swinley Forest, Dan, Rupert and Emma engage in a little competition of their own. With colorful commentary by Director David Yates, see the competitive spirit on set and this hilarious rivalry between the three leads.
The Seven Harrys - See how Daniel Radcliffe recreated the personalities of the different characters that transform into Harrys in the hilarious Privet Drive scene.
On the Green with Rupert, Tom, Oliver and James – Accompany Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) and James Phelps (Fred Weasley) for a round of golf and get a glimpse into their 10-year friendship that developed while making the Harry Potter films.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Promotional Trailer - Join Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and other cast members from the Harry Potter films on their first visit to the Grand Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1: Behind the Soundtrack
Standard Definition DVD of the feature film
Digital Copy of the feature film
DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS Consumers who buy or rent the movie digitally will receive special bonus materials:
iTunes - Fans that purchase the title from iTunes will receive extras including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1” soundtrack, eight deleted scenes, and an interview with Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Oliver Phelps and James Phelps discussing growing up on set and life after Potter.
On Demand – Consumers that rent the film On Demand in Hi-def will have access to great bonus content including Dan, Rupert and Emma's “Running Competition,” an exclusive video that gives a glimpse of the new cast members on the set, and a deeper look at the making of the soundtrack for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1.”
Where? You took the words right out of my mouth!!! Isn't he the idiot that totally screwed up the Half Blood Prince film?
He also directed Order of the Phoenix, which is probably the best adaptation in the series apart from Prisoner of Azkaban. Half Blood Prince was also one of the weaker books, so when you're working from lacklustre source material, there's only so much a director can do. Half Blood Prince also marked the return of Steve Kloves to the screenwriter's desk, after Michael Goldenberg's excellent script for Order of the Phoenix. As far as the HP films go, my belief is that they are the inverse of the Star Trek films. In Star Trek the odd numbered films are weak, and the even numbered films are better. In HP, the odd numbered films are stronger, with the exception of the first, which might as well have reprinted the book on screen and turned the pages for the audience. Here's hoping that splitting Deathly Hallows in two doesn't render Part II a disappointment.
Yates has won a couple BAFTAs, so my guess is that's how Warner Bros's publicity dept justifies it. I just posted the press release. My personal opinion is the oopposite of Stephen's: I thought Yates totally screwed up Order of the Phoenix, fueled by a terrible script by Michael Goldenberg. By contrast, I thought he mostly did justice to Steve Klove's excellent and innovative screenplay for Half-Blood Prince. That book has some deep structural quirks that made making a satisfying straight adaptation impossible. Kloves made the controversial decision to focus on character over plot, which meant loads of memories (and therefore back story) were ditched in favor of Harry's relationship with Dumbledore and the teenage drama in Hogwarts. Personally, I think it was the right call. Part of why I dislike the Order of the Phoenix movie is that it was so focused on cramming all of the plot into an excessively lean running time that the characters only got a scene or two development each; the result was a fragmentary experience where nothing seemed to flow, at least until the kids got to the Ministry. By contrast, Half-Blood Prince feels very much like a cohesive whole, with each scene building off the ones before it. I do however think Deathly Hallows Part I was better than any of the three, and arguably the best of the series so far. The luxury of having two and a half hours to tell only the first two thirds of the book meant that they could both fit in the entirety of the plot and make the most character driven Potter film so far. To be fair, the task was probably the easiest Kloves has faced so far -- although by no means easy -- while Goldenberg undeniably had the hardest task adapting the longest by far of the books into the shortest of the films. A lot of the mistakes he made were mistakes that Kloves also made in the first couple films, only exacerbated by the severity of the cuts that needed to be made.
I assume all the extra features on this set will be ported over to the eventual Ultimate Edition set? I already regret buying Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Blu ray because I realized soon after that a more comprehensive Ultimate Edition would eventually be released. The same is the case for this one, but is it safe to assume that I'll get all the extra features from this initial release if I pass on it and wait for the UE instead?
Assuming they get around to releasing ultimate editions for films 5 through 8, yes. Currently those releases are "anticipated", which means Warner Bros hasn't committed to making them yet. There is no stand alone DVD special edition for this movie, and the extras listed in the press release aren't exactly stellar.
Gonna get this for my wife. Darryl
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