Harry Potter Ultimate Edition Blu-rays Coming Soon to the UK
October 12, 2011, 12:03 AM
According to new listings on the HMV website, Blu-ray Ultimate Editions of the first six Harry Potter films will soon be coming to the UK. Up until recently, these collector's editions have only been available in the U.S.
HMV currently lists the release date for the Ultimate Editions as 14 November 2011 ("Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" through "Half-Blood Prince").
The Ultimate Editions come with three discs: the film, bonus features, and a special documentary series called "Creating the World of Harry Potter." Also included in the package is a picture book with rare concept art and film stills and limited edition character cards.
A release date for "Deathly Hallows: Part 1" and "Part 2" in the Ultimate Edition format has not yet been revealed for either country.
Thanks to Leaky reader Adam for the tip!
I’m so excited !!
About time but will the box set that’s due next year include the same stuff?
At last! can’t wait to go to H.M.V to get it!
Yay, about bloody time!
They’ve not only been available in the US though, they’re in France & Germany (I think!).
This only mentions blu-rays. Is the UK going to be getting the dvd versions, as well? I think Warner Brothers forgets that not everyone has blu-ray, not everyone can afford to change their television setup. It’s unfair that they leave us (those who don’t have blu-ray) out of so much. I didn’t even see the point of buying the DH dvd because there are absolutely no special features. I just rent it when I want to see it.
Yes finally! I’ll need to get a blu ray player :D
Ultimate Editions=One of the biggest dissapointments in my life. They tricked us with the first two into thinking extended editions of all the films were coming out. Then pulled the ol’ bait and switch, leaving us with the same movies I already own. I thought there was going to be this crazy amazing OotP Extended with all this footage David Yates was going on about. Where is that? That would be a real “Ultimate Edition”.
Yes, it’s true, from Prisoner of Azkaban on it’s basically the same films that were released in theaters, but the booklets of art, the slick packaging, and the excellent exclusive documentaries (ranging from the casting and shooting for the first film, to special effects, to a whole documentary all about the music and sound effects from the films) are worth it. I didn’t have the Blu-Rays for Harry Potter, so it wasn’t like I was buying a movie I already owned when I purchased the Ultimate Editions. As to why there aren’t extended editions of Movies 3-6, that’s probably to do with the directors of those films not wanting to commit to re-editing their films to include deleted footage. For all the criticism leveled at Chris Columbus over the years, he did do two visual commentaries for the first two Ultimate Editions, as well as giving his blessing to include the extended editions (which really are just the extended versions that air on ABC Family from time to time); they have shown extended versions of films 3-5 on that network, so we know there are re-edited editions of the films, which is why it’s curious they didn’t show up on the latter Ultimate Editions.
Also take into account that re-editing a film for any kind of “special edition”, like Ridley Scott did for many of his films (including Blade Runner, Alien, and Legend) takes a lot of hard work. It isn’t just popping the deleted scenes back into a film; a lot of times (especially in a sci-fi or fantasy film) there are sequences that were cut that involved special effects of some kind, and if they’re re-incorporated into the film, those effects sequences have to be completed (at great cost), or they won’t match the rest of the film. Also, sound re-dubbing needs to be done, color correction, etc. Peter Jackson really spoiled his fans with the Extended Editions of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, since he added at least 30 to 50 minutes of footage to each of the films, completed the special effects, and even had the composer, Howard Shore, completely re-score the films so that the new footage fit into pre-existing scenes seamlessly (plus there are FOUR commentary tracks for each of the films). While I wish such a feat could be done for Harry Potter, it doesn’t look like it will happen in the near future.
About time too, but it’s a shame that it’s only on Blu-ray
This is good news for Australians too. We have the same Blu Ray format as the UK, so we will be able to order them from the UK. Only the first two Ultimate Editions were released in Australia. So my set has been incomplete until now.
“Up until recently, these collector’s editions have only been available in the U.S.”
Wrong. The first two movies have been available in France for quite some time now. We never got the other 4 movies though. I hope we get them at the same time as the UK ! :-)
I’ve started buying the Blu-ray/DVD combo packs so I havw both opptions, and when I do get a Bly-ray play (this week btw, so excited!) I’ll have the best of both worlds! And they dont caost that much more either, less than the DVDs when they used to come out with two or three disks.
The problem with all these different editions and boxed sets is its hard to tell what features are genuinely new and which have been released before. C’mon Leaky, how about giving us a detailed comparison of all the different versions to help us make a decision what to buy?
Wooooo :D Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!