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Confirmed! Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD Due December 8

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Posted by: sue
September 17, 2009, 07:07 AM

For months (starting in June, again in July) we've been reporting the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD would be out this December, despite reports that official dates would not be released until the last possible moment. Today, Warner Bros has announced that yes indeed the DVD will be released here in the US on December 8th. Thanks to DVDTimes, we can see more looks at the officially confirmed artwork at this link. Update: Artwork now here and here  and high res back cover in our galleries. As noted several times before, the DVD will be released on Blu-Ray, 2-Disc, a special combo set and standard one disc editions.

A reminder too that as first reported here, the DVD will contain the special J.K.Rowling, A Year in the Life documentary, several deleted scenes (list here) as well as cast interviews, a feature on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park attraction, and behind the scenes look at the making of HBP. Update: Again as TLC first reported, these items are now confirmed to be on the Half-Blood Prince DVD as Video Business reports:

Half-Blood Prince will street as a single DVD ($28.98), a two-DVD special edition ($34.99) and a Blu-ray Combo Pack ($35.99).The Blu-ray version will include the WB Maximum Movie Mode with the stars, director and producers, and BD Live with Facebook Connect, with which fans can invite their Facebook friends to a BD Live Community Screening. Both the Blu-ray and two-DVD editions will include digital copy, as well as featurettes on the cast and crew, the life of books series author J.K. Rowling, additional scenes and a sneak peek at the Universal Orlando Resort's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park.

DVD Town also gives new details on a few of the bonus features:

Close-Up with the Cast and Crew of Harry Potter: Hosts Matthew Lewis ("Neville Longbottom") and Alfred Enoch ("Dean Thomas") lead us on an entertaining look at the cast of Harry Potter as they explore their interests away from acting and spend a day on set with the production team (28:30)

• One Minute Drills: The cast has 60 seconds to describe their character's personality, history, relationships and other traits before time runs out (6:43)
• What's On Your Mind: Hosted by Tom Felton, the cast is put on the spot when asked a series of rapid-fire questions on their likes and dislikes. (6:41)

Please note: We are working to confirm the UK release date for the DVD. Also as we first reported earlier this month, France will see the DVD on November 18, with that gorgeous Hogwarts Castle deluxe edition due out on the 16th, and Australia will see the HBP released on November 30th.

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75 Comments

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:) Can’t wait!

Posted by Linnyish on September 17, 2009, 09:51 AM report to moderator
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Good news!

Posted by Won_Two on September 17, 2009, 09:57 AM report to moderator
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DVD better to be good! OOTP DVD was pretty lame.

Posted by Matea on September 17, 2009, 10:45 AM report to moderator
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all of this nonsense for a 24 hour change? shaking head. there really only was a short holiday sales window from the very start, so why this silliness? was someone superstitious about releasing a product on Pearl Harbor Day?

so, next, the question becomes what about the release of the first of the “ultimate” versions, SS and CoS? What exactly will be the contents? And has anyone seen a definitive release date for these? I’ve offered the guess some weeks ago that the release will be late spring/early summer, as part of the publicity run up for the release of DH 1 next November…

just a side note. years ago, when the HP phenomena just took off, WB tried to control every aspect of discussion and use of images, characters, etc through legal action. once WB realized that it was alienating fans by trying to close down fan sites, fiction, etc, it actually became very good about establishing working relations with Leaky, MuggleNet and other groups. after all, the fan sites served to keep interest strong, and in essence provided free publicity. more recently however i have the impression (just an impression, no more than that) WB has dramatically cut back on how much information it shares with the organized fan groups…. curious if that is true, and what it means…Sue, any insights that TLC staff can share with us?

sorry, folks, for those unfamiliar with my postings, i’m one of those people that needs 1. a good problem or puzzle to figure out and 2. the world to make sense. and i’m discovering that more and more i need for the world around me to make some rational sense, to have some meaning, despite increasing evidence to the contrary. ;-)

Posted by budb on September 17, 2009, 11:03 AM report to moderator
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Yay! We finally have a release date. I’m so excited, can’t wait.

Posted by angelvoice on September 17, 2009, 11:07 AM report to moderator
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yes, I can’t wait.

Posted by CandyCane2304 on September 17, 2009, 11:07 AM report to moderator
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That will be added to my christmas list.

Posted by Calum Wilson (RuneDream54) on September 17, 2009, 11:20 AM report to moderator
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Is there going to be anything extra on the single disc DVD this time or is it only on the 2 disc set?

Posted by Lexi*the*Auror on September 17, 2009, 11:48 AM report to moderator
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Does anyone know when it will be released in the philippines? Thanks!

Posted by pearlz_black on September 17, 2009, 11:51 AM report to moderator
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Well, my Holiday shopping is done! :-)

Posted by IrishCat on September 17, 2009, 12:20 PM report to moderator
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NOO!! I need the UK release date :’(

Posted by dobbyfan#7 on September 17, 2009, 12:37 PM report to moderator
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Nice =)

Posted by humbert0 on September 17, 2009, 01:12 PM report to moderator
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cool beans

Posted by placebowiz on September 17, 2009, 01:26 PM report to moderator
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I knew it would be out before Christmas! :D

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on September 17, 2009, 01:53 PM report to moderator
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Yes Yes Yes! Cannot wait =D

Posted by MiliMalfoy [FTC!] on September 17, 2009, 02:10 PM report to moderator
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