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Harry Potter TV Release Supplants DVD Features

19 Apr, 2004 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Promos for the network TV premiere May 9 of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” on ABC are touting exclusive bonus material — typically the domain of DVD, which was released May 28, 2002 by Warner Home Video.

The home video edition, which topped $600 million in rental and sellthrough, includes a variety of special features, including a 360-degree remote-controlled “Tour of Hogwarts,” catch a Snitch with your remote, and create secret potions correctly.

So what gives?

According to a Warner Bros. spokesperson, the additional material on the TV broadcast features three separate components, including requisite behind-the-scenes interviews shown as interstitials throughout the telecast with select cast and crew members.

As a complement to about 10 minutes of material that is already on the DVD, there are new scenes not included in the original theatrical version and a 10-minute special on the making of the third installment Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which opens in theaters June 4.

“Director Chris Columbus went back and added 20 minutes of footage to the actual [2001 Sorcerer's] movie,” said the spokesperson. “It will be the first time the movie has been seen this way.”

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