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18th September 2009 09:40:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Harry Potter 1&2 Ultimate Editions (R1/US BD) in December

News
Warner Home Video have announced the US ‘Ultimate Edition’ DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of the first two Harry Potter films on 8th December 2009. These new editions arrive alongside the sixth in the series and boast new extended cuts of the films as well as new bonus material.

SRP is $39.92 on DVD (4-disc sets) and $49.99 on Blu-ray Disc (3-disc sets). Features are outlined below (DVD disc configuration)...

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

DISC 1: Theatrical Version (152mins)
  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English and Spanish DD5.1 EX Surround
  • English and Spanish subtitles

DISC 2: Extended Version (159mins) with 7 Minutes of Footage Not Shown in Theatres.
  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English and Spanish DD5.1 Surround
  • English and Spanish subtitles

DISC 3:
  • Diagon Alley
  • Tour the Gryffindor Common Room, Harry’s Room and the Great Hall - Welcome to the self-guided tour of Hogwarts, home of witches and wizards in training, and take in the sights.
  • Classrooms: Defense Against the Dark Arts; Spells and Charms; Potions; Transfiguration
  • Third Floor Corridor; Deleted Scenes.
  • Sorting Hat
  • Library: Gallery of Art & Architecture; Hogwarts Yearbook; Guide to Ghosts - Discover the many marvelous and mysterious ghosts of Hogwarts.
  • Hogwarts Grounds: Quaffle and Bludger - Get a lesson from Oliver Wood on how to play Quidditch; Tour Hagrid's Hut - Welcome to the self-guided tour of Hagrid’s Hut, home of Rubeus Hagrid, the keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts, and his faithful companion, Fang.
  • Extra Credit
  • Interview - Capturing the Stone: A Conversation with the Filmmakers - Director Chris Columbus, Producer David Heyman, Screenwriter Steve Kloves and Production Designer Stuart Craig talk about casting and bringing the novel to life.

DISC 4:
  • Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe - An introduction to the many special features for the Harry Potter films [NEW]
  • Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins - Discover the story of how one vision for the Harry Potter films came together out of limitless possibilities to create the visual world we have come to know and love. [NEW]
  • A Glimpse Into the World of Harry Potter 2001 International TV Special
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers and TV Spots

COLLECTIBLES:
  • 48-Page Photo Book with rare images from Years 1-7
  • Two in a series of Character Cards

Blu-ray Disc - As per the DVD except the main features are found on a single-disc with the following content:
  • 1080P 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • Theatrical Version Audio: English 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & Spanish DD5.1 EX
  • Extended Version Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & Spanish DD5.1
  • English SDH and Spanish subtitles
  • Theatrical Version including In-Movie Experience with Director Chris Columbus (Picture-in-Picture, Storyboard Comparisons, Stills Galleries)
  • Extended Version with 7 Minutes of Footage Not Shown in Theatres
  • BD-Live

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: Ultimate Edition

DISC 1: Theatrical Version (161mins)
  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English, French and Spanish DD5.1 EX Surround
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles

DISC 2: Extended Version (174mins) with 13 Minutes of Footage Not Shown in Theatres.
  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English, French and Spanish DD5.1 Surround
  • English, French and Spanish subtitles

DISC 3:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Lockhart’s Classroom
  • Photo Gallery:
    • Certificates - Have a look at Gilderoy Lockhart’s many achievements
    • Required Reading - Find out what text books you’ll need for Lockhart’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class.
  • Extra Credit
  • Behind Hogwarts
  • A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves - The author and screenwriter detail how the books are brought to life, and the changes that happen in the process.
  • Dumbledore’s Office
  • Build a Scene - Building a scene as magnificent as Professor Dumbledore’s office takes more than wood, plaster, nails and paint. It takes imagination.
  • Tour Dumbledore's Office - Welcome to the self-guided tour of Professor Dumbledore’s office, one of the most fascinating rooms at Hogwarts.
  • Interviews with Students, Professors and More
  • Gallery of Production Sketches
  • Activities
  • Spellcaster Knowledge Challenge [Game]
  • EA Game Preview

DISC 4:
  • Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters - Explore how the cast and creative team of directors and designers take the character’s descriptions on the page to the actor’s performances on film.
  • Screen Tests of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Revealed - 2002 HBO First Look special
  • Trailers and TV Spots

COLLECTIBLES:
  • 48-Page Photo Book with rare images from Years 1-7
  • Two in a series of Character Cards

Blu-ray Disc - As per the DVD except the main features are found on a single-disc with the following content:
  • 1080P 2.40:1 Widescreen
  • Theatrical Version Audio: English 6.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & French, Spanish and Portuguese DD5.1 EX
  • Extended Version Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio & French, Spanish and Portuguese DD5.1
  • English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles
  • Theatrical Version including In-Movie Experience with Director Chris Columbus (Picture-in-Picture, Storyboard Comparisons, Stills Galleries)
  • Extended Version with 13 Minutes of Footage Not Shown in Theatres
  • BD-Live


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About Dave Foster
Dave has been loitering the virtual halls of TDF for a decade now and the majority of that time has been spent as Editor of the Home Cinema section (formerly DVDTimes). He doesn't contribute reviews anywhere near as much as he once did (or indeed would like to) but when he does it will invariably be something in the anime or Asian film area.


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