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22nd February 2011 21:22:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Harry Potter 5 & 6 UEs in June

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Warner Home Video have announced the US ‘Ultimate Edition’ DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases of the fifth and sixth Harry Potter films. Arriving on 14th June 2011, each Ultimate Edition features a new chapter of “Creating the World of Harry Potter”, an 8-hour documentary series with never-before-seen footage and an insider look behind the films.

For each film SRP is $39.92 on DVD (3-discs) and $49.99 on Blu-ray (2-discs).

As per the UEs of films 3 and 4, there are no extended cuts here. Instead you get the theatrical version of the movie, a chapter from the “Creating the World of Harry Potter” documentary series, and the extras found on the standard DVD/Blu-ray releases. Also included is 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.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix includes Part 5 of the “Creating the World of Harry Potter” documentary series entitled “Evolution”.

Synopsis: 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 includes Part 6 of the documentary series entitled “Magical Effects”.

Synopsis: 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.

The full list of extras for each film is outlined below…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • BD Only: In-Movie Experience! Explore the People, Places, Creatures and the Moviemaking Magic Behind Them, All As You Watch the Movie
  • DVD Only: Featurette Gallery: 28 Short Segments Covering People, Places, Creatures and the Moviemaking Magic Behind Them
  • Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Behind the Magic
  • Building the Magic: The Sets of Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Rebellion Begins
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Fulfilling a Prophecy
  • Additional Scenes (in HD on Blu-ray)
  • Trailing Tonks: Natalia Tena (aka Nymphadora Tonks) Leads a Very Personal Film Set Tour
  • Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing: Director David Yates and Editor Mark Day Show What a Difference a Good Edit Makes
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • 44-Page Photo Book
  • Lenticular Card
  • Limited Edition Character Cards
    • #9 Luna Lovegood
    • #10 Dolores Umbridge
  • Bonus Digital Copy

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
    BD Only: Maximum Movie Mode. Daniel Radcliffe leads a unique, personal exploration of the movie while you watch!
    • Picture-in-Picture
    • Focus Featurettes
    • Scene Comparisons
  • DVD Only: Featurette Gallery: 14 Short Segments That Unlock More Moviemaking Secrets
  • Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Behind the Magic
  • Additional Scenes (in HD on Blu-ray)
  • J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life: A Personal Look at the Journey in Creating and Launching the Final Book
  • 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!
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Get a Sneak Peak at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort
  • What’s on Your Mind?: Lightning-Round Q&A with Cast/Crew
  • One-Minute Drills: Cast Members Sum Up Their Characters
  • Gallery of Five Distinctive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ABC Family Promo Spots
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • 44-Page Photo Book
  • Lenticular Card
  • Limited Edition Character Cards
    • #11 Draco Malfoy
    • #12 Albus Dumbledore
  • Bonus Digital Copy

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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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