Warner to Bow Monumental 'Potter' Boxed Set22 Mar, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Warner Home Video will release a numbered special-collection 31-disc boxed set Sept. 7 (order date July 31), featuring all eight 'Harry Potter' movies, plus five hours of brand-new bonus material.
The Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection ($499.99) features all “Potter” movies released on Blu-ray Disc, DVD and UltraViolet digital copy, and more than 37 hours of special features, including all previously released materials and more than 10 hours of new-to-disc bonus content, plus five hours of never-before-seen material. The new special features include the final two “Creating the World of Harry Potter” vignettes titled “Story” and “Growing Up.”
Potter movies featured in the Wizard’s Collection include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone theatrical version and extended cut; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets theatrical version and extended cut; 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; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 2D and 3D Versions; and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 2D and 3D versions.
The “Harry Potter” films generated nearly $7.7 billion at the box office, making them the highest-grossing movie franchise in history. The franchise also has been a home entertainment cash cow, generating $5.1 billion, with Deathly Hallows — Part 1 and Part 2 selling nearly 12 million DVDs combined (excluding Blu-ray) in 2011, according to The-Numbers.com.
New special features include: Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection Bonus Disc, with four hours of features, such as “The Harry Potters You Never Met,” showcasing how stunts from the films were performed. Additional features are to be revealed on www.harrypotter.com.
The bonus disc for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 includes two hours of special features, including “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Pt. 7: Story.” The bonus disc of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 includes four hours of special features, including “Creating the World of Harry Potter, Pt. 8: Growing Up”; and extended edition of “A Conversation with JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe,” with 15 minutes of new footage; and more.
Exclusive premiums include a map of Hogwarts, concept art prints, catalogs of props and posters — all designed by the graphic designers from the films.
All special features are not included in the UltraViolet digital copy editions, which require registration on Flixster.com. At the end of 2011, Warner stopped shipping “Potter” discs (including Blu-ray) to retailers in an effort to stoke consumer in interest in the Wizard’s Collection.