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Harry Potter DVDs To Disappear
Warners announce moratorium

25 October 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Warner Bros

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Harry Potter DVDs To Disappear

In an evil conjuring trick worthy of He Who Must Not Be Named, Warner Bros. have revealed that all the current versions of the Harry Potter DVDs will go out of print on December 29. And yes, that does include Deathly Hallows Part 2, which isn't even out until December 2. Better get in quick if you want your set to match!

What this means in practice is not that all copies will suddenly dry up and be withdrawn and recalled, but that after that date, new copies will no longer be available to order from stockists. So once they're gone from the shelves, that'll be it for a while. It looks to be the same model that Disney uses for its classic titles: releasing them for short periods and then locking them in the vaults again. It also briefly happened to the James Bond films in the run up to Quantum of Solace and the current gold-spined special editions.

Warners haven't made any announcements as to when the Potter franchise might reappear, but it seems likely that the "resting" of the original releases will pave the way for some swanky new versions at some later date. Warners' official statement runs thusly:

"Harry Potter, the #1 motion picture franchise of all time, will soon disappear from shelves, as Warner Bros. stops shipping all Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) as of December 29, 2011 (moratorium does not include digital Electronic Sell-Through & VOD or games). The Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment, with $7 billion at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros. Pictures and $5.1 billion for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment."

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Oh great :(
Why are they doing this?? Its all about money, thats why. I was waiting for the ultimate box set, all eight DVDS with special features. High hopes, I know, but I was sure they would soon. And now, I have to wait longer for it, if they release it at all. More

Posted by AvatarPotterGleek at 18:58 on 29 October 2011 | Report This Post

I suspect they'll do a George Lucas. Rerelease the series in the movies w/some added footage or remastering and then followed up by a dvd package. More

Posted by Vtepes2 at 20:31 on 28 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Not quite the full story
L: ITK You should probably point out in the story that this is a US press release and the moratorium applies to the US only. t's also been announced in Germany, according to someone I have on Facebook. I hope it doesn't apply over here, I don't want to be rushed into buying things when I don't have the money just because they're going off the shelves soon. More

Posted by doubtlesswonder at 19:08 on 27 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Not quite the full story
I'm waiting for them to release a box set of all the box sets, should set me back a mere £126,000.00 More

Posted by pauljthomas at 12:50 on 27 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Not quite the full story
I wonder how this will affect the Ultimate Editions of Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2, since they aren't even due to be released until next year. More

Posted by doubtlesswonder at 00:28 on 26 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Not quite the full story
Every time I read something about Warner Bros it's about how much money they're making and how greedy they're being - someone needs to get onto their PR department!!! More

Posted by akivo at 17:18 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

Not quite the full story
You should probably point out in the story that this is a US press release and the moratorium applies to the US only. More

Posted by ITK at 15:50 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

Director's cuts
Remember where you read it first. I've always found the lack of deleted scenes on these dvds *very* suspicious. There have always been set reports and releases of stills that suggest much longer versions of the films are to be found within the vaults of WB. More

Posted by Elvine at 14:14 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

Just because people want to buy a cheaper version of your product doesn't mean you should get rid of it and try to force them into paying you more cash. They need to realise that lowering prices and offering more is what people want not buying something because it's the only option. More

Posted by JJJ777 at 13:24 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

How long?!
I wonder how long it will be before they remake them? :) More

Posted by waltham1979 at 13:04 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

I don't give a shit!
Simple as, the Potter franchise lost me at part three. Now I don't care whether Harry and Ron get it on or if Dumbledore's beard gets a bit burnt due to careless use of a magic wand. Maybe in twenty or thirty years they are released again in some super format like X-Ray, people might start to finally see them for the Lord of the Rings rip off they are. Ffs More

Posted by mbeat32 at 12:25 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

Money, Money. Money.
I have the all previous dvds, some special edition some from when they were first released. My point is Warner just wants everyone to buy them in a new edition or on blu ray. They might realise dvds are going down the drain?. They will release them in about 5 years or so and tell its audience 'Relive the magic'. And then make another profit from that sector. Harry potter is a great franchise. If it sells then anyone will want to milk it of its glory all around the world. More

Posted by IIHERACLES at 10:37 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

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