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Potter Flies to High-Def

18 Sep, 2007 By: Chris Tribbey

Fans of both Harry Potter and high-def can rejoice: Warner Home Video will make all five films available on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD on Dec. 11.

To mark the release of the fifth Potter film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Warner will make available all four previous films on both high-def formats, with each BD and HD DVD streeting for a low $29.99 SRP. Additionally, Warner is giving the Potter enthusiast reason to drool, with a Harry Potter Limited Edition Giftset, available in DVD ($119.97 SRP), Blu-ray or HD DVD ($149.99 SRP). The 12-disc sets include all five films, two bonus discs with games, a full three hours of bonus features, five souvenir bookmarks, four trading card packs and more.

“We're thrilled to be introducing this collection to Harry Potter fans everywhere,” said Jeff Baker, Warner Home Video SVP and general manager of theatrical, catalog and domestic sales. “The franchise's success has allowed us to package these distinctive elements and create a stunning collection for consumers to enjoy at a great rate.”

Of course, non-HD muggles will have their DVD options as well: a single disc offering of the fifth movie in the series will street in widescreen and fullscreen options with an SRP of $28.98, while a two-disc special edition will carry widescreen picture and an SRP of $34.99. The single-disc will be bare bones, while the two-disc special edition will feature extra scenes, “Trailing Tonks” and “Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing” featurettes, an A&E documentary, and DVD-ROM links. Those bonuses plus Web-enabled features and in-movie options will be available on the HD DVD, which will be a combo disc, while the Blu-ray will feature an exclusive “Focus Points” featurette.

Warner is also throwing the first four Potter films back on store shelves on DVD, with a new SRP ($14.97) and trading cards included. After 60 days, the SRP for the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, will jump $5.

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