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8th October 2009 14:18:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (R2/UK BD) in December

News
Warner Home Video have announced the UK DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on 7th December 2009. The story continues in this adaptation of the sixth Harry Potter novel which is helmed by director David Yates.

Available as a 2-Disc Special Edition DVD (£24.99 RRP) and 3-Disc Blu-ray Combo (£28.99 RRP), extras are outlined below…

2-Disc Special Edition DVD

Disc 1: Main Feature
  • Anamorphic Widescreen
  • English and Hebrew DD5.1
  • English Audio Description
  • English, Arabic, Hebrew and Icelandic subtitles

Disc 2: Extra Features
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, German, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Close-Up With The Cast of Harry Potter (trt: 28:30) (Hosts Matthew Lewis (“Neville Longbottom”) and Alfred Enoch (“Dean Thomas”) lead us on an entertaining look at the cast of Harry Potter as they explore their interests away from acting and spend a day on set with the production team.)
    • Editing with Daniel Radcliffe: Daniel and editor Mark Day have a light-hearted conversation about film editing and how to get the right shot for a scene
    • Special Effects with Matthew Lewis, Oliver Phelps and Tom Felton: The guys get a "science lesson" from Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson and technician Matthew Harlow.
    • Owl Training with Jessie Cave: Jessie heads outside for training tips with “hootie” and owl trainer Guillaume Grange.
    • Stunt Training with Rupert Grint: Rupert shows off his thrill for danger with the stunt department.
    • Costume Designs with Evanna Lynch: Evanna shares her jewelry designs with Costume Designer Jany Temime.
    • Art with Bonnie Wright: Bonnie and graphic designer Eduardo Lima show off the fun props, products and set designs.
    • Behind the Camera with James Phelps: In his debut performance in the assistant director department, James actually becomes a crew member on set.
    • Make-Up with Emma Watson: Emma and designer Amanda Knight talk about the biggest challenges on this year’s film.
  • J.K. Rowling: A Year In The Life (trt: 49:32) (A fascinating and intimate look into the life of J.K. Rowling over the last year of writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.)
  • One-Minute Drills (trt: 6:43) (The cast has :60 seconds to describe their character’s personality, history, relationships and other traits before time runs out.)
  • What’s On Your Mind (trt: 6:41) (Hosted by Tom Felton, the cast is put on the spot when asked a series of rapid-fire questions on their likes and dislikes.)
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Sneak Peek (11:38) (Get an “inside look” at the amazing world of magic and excitement being created at Universal Orlando® Resort in Florida.)
  • Additional Scenes (trt: 6:31)

3-Disc Blu-ray Combo - Includes the film and extras across 2 Blu-rays and a bonus copy of the film on DVD…

Disc 1: Main Feature
  • Maximum Movie Mode (trt: 1:38:00) As the darkest hour approaches, this is the one thing you MUST see to prepare yourself for the final battle in Deathly Hallows! This interactive viewing experience will examine the entire film with such things as Focus Points, Picture-In-Picture, photo galleries and much more!
    (As Voldemort’s grip tightens, the dark secrets from the past prepare Harry for the future…and the final battle. It is at this critical moment, where no one is safe, that Harry and his friends are tested by the bonds of friendship and trust of true allegiances that will ultimately reveal the choice between good and evil.)
      (Selectable Only – No Play All) {38:03}
    • The Millennium Bridge
    • Shooting On Location
    • Professor Slughorn
    • Building Relationships
    • Director David Yates Returns
    • Wool’s Orphanage
    • Ron and Lavender’s Kiss
    • The Burrow
    • Harry and Ginny’s Kiss
    • Aragog Returns
    • Creating the Cave
    • Designing the Virtual Cave Environment
    • The Inferi
    • The Underwater Sequence

Disc 2: Extra Features - Same content as the DVD release.
Disc 3: Bonus copy of the main feature on DVD

There will also be Harry Potter 1-6 box-sets on both formats.




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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