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Harry Potter Filmmakers Begin Casting Spell for DVD and Blu-ray

17 Jul, 2009 By: Fred Topel

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Fans who bought the five-movie Harry Potter collection on DVD and Blu-ray Disc knew they weren’t getting the complete set. At the time, there were two more books to be made into films. Now that the seventh film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is split into two parts, the ultimate collection will be eight films.

Series producer David Heyman joked that fans could collect six and seven-movie sets as each film is released. “Worry not,” Heyman said at a press conference for the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, now playing.

For the eventual Blu-ray release of Prince, Heyman previewed some features that have actor Daniel Radcliffe and co-stars exploring the behind-the-scenes world for young viewers.

“One of the things that’s going to be on the Blu-ray is that we’ve created some additional material with regard to the kids taking you around the certain departments and interviewing the people in those departments,” he said. “For example Dan spends time in editing with Mark Day, talking about that. That’s in the sixth Blu-ray.”

With books approaching lengths of 1,000 pages, the filmmakers pare down the scripts to a manageable length. Therefore, they don’t end up shooting a lot that does not make the cut, but director David Yates thought he might have some treats to include as a disc extra.

“We has all these photographs of Slughorn taken for the movie,” Yates said. “These photographs in Hogwarts move. Jim Broadbent, who is a very gifted comedian as well as actor, did all these wonderful improvisations for us and we cut them together in a montage, which is really fun and entertaining.”

As for the high-definition transfer of the film, expect Half-Blood Prince to hold up well with other Potter Blu-rays.

“It will look beautiful,” Heyman said. “Bruno Delbonnel, who shot the picture, is just a real artist, and I’m sure it will look absolutely beautiful.”

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