As of December 29th, Warner Bros. will no longer be issuing copies of the Harry Potter films on DVD or Blu-ray to stores, either online or bricks and mortar. By the spring, whatever copies are out there on the shelves will be running very thin, I feel.
Why are they doing this? Because of this.
Just as you’d expect – they’re going to drum up some appetite for the films to help support their big, expensive Blu-ray box-set. Big and expensive but, I should imagine, at least partially brilliant.
The BBFC have been classifying material for what Warner Bros. have called an UCE, as in Ultimate Collectors Edition, for the last few months.
UPDATE LINE: These have already been out in the US, but are just coming to the UK now… to be pulled in a matter of weeks. At least there will be healthy stock levels for a few months (I’d assume).
Here’s my list of what they’ve put through so far:
00:01:54:00 (INTRODUCTION BY DANIEL RADCLIFFE)
00:09:15:00 A GLIMPSE INTO THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER
00:50:50:16 A CONVERSATION WITH J.K. ROWLING AND DANIEL RADCLIFFE
00:01:27:17 WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER
00:21:32:02 THE WOMEN OF HARRY POTTER
00:07:57:00 HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE (DANIEL RADCLIFFE SCREEN TEST)
00:03:55:00 (DANIEL RADCLIFFE, RUPERT GRINT AND EMMA WATSON) (SCREEN TEST)
00:13:02:00 HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS … REVEALED (FEATURETTE)
00:57:14:05 CREATING THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – PART 5: EVOLUTION (FEATURETTE)
00:20:20:08 BUILDING THE MAGIC: THE SETS OF HARRY POTTER (FEATURETTE)
00:23:10:03 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: THE REBELLION BEGINS (FEATURETTE)
00:13:00:01 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX: FULFILLING A PROPHECY (FEATURETTE)
00:46:44:14 HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX – BEHIND THE MAGIC (FEATURETTE)
00:48:46:02 HARRY POTTER – BEHIND THE MAGIC
00:43:46:00 INSIDE HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE
00:24:08:12 HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE – THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES
00:23:22:15 HARRY POTTER – SOME ANIMAL MAGIC
00:12:59:21 HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE – DARK MATTERS, NEW MASTERS
01:04:07:12 CREATING THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER – PART 6: MAGICAL EFFECTS
00:46:48:08 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – BEHIND THE MAGIC
00:00:55:00 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – THE STORY (ABC FAMILY INTERSTITIAL)
00:00:55:00 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – LOVE IS ON THE AIR (ABC FAMILY INTERSTITIAL)
00:00:55:00 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – MEET PROFESSOR SLUGHORN (ABC FAMILY INTERSTITIAL)
00:00:54:19 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – THE STORY OF TOM RIDDLE (ABC FAMILY INTERSTITIAL)
00:00:52:05 HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE – COMEDY (ABC FAMILY INTERSTITIAL)
00:08:25:02 INSIDE THE CREATURE SHOP
00:42:26:19 THE MAGIC TOUCH OF HARRY POTTER
00:13:00:00 HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN – SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES
00:09:59:24 THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN
00:08:13:08 (AN INTERVIEW IN SPANISH WITH ALFONSO CUARÓN)
And I understand that the ITV show The 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments* has been certified too. I think that’s entirely new to disc.
Harry Potter: The Big Fat Box Set. Come for The Prisoner of Azkaban, stay for the special features.
*Or somesuch. It had the numerals 5 and 0 and the words Potter and Moments in the title somewhere.