Warner Bros. Will Pull All HARRY POTTER Films Out of Circulation Starting December 29

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Well this is a bit drastic. Very soon, it’s going to be incredibly difficult to buy any of the Harry Potter films. Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is set to stop shipping all Harry Potter theatrical releases (including both Deathly Hallows films) starting December 29th. Coincidentally, a comprehensive set that includes all eight Harry Potter films is set to be released on Blu-ray November 11th. The report doesn’t state whether or not this set is included in the shipping hault, but it’s highly unlikely. It seems that WB might be making Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection fans’ only way of purchasing the most successful franchise in film history [Edit: Variety reports that the 8-Film Collection is included in the shipping stop, so it will be unavailable after the 29th as well].

While I’m inclined to run out and grab this comprehensive set, I’m hoping for a much more impressive retrospective set released sometime in the next few years that’ll include new special features. But at this time, no plans for such a set are confirmed. Maybe Warner Bros. is planning on releasing the single films vault-style like Disney, where the movies are available one at a time for a limited period? At this point, all we know is that production ceases on December 29th, so if you own some or most of the films already and were planning on completing your collection, I’d suggest you do so before Christmas.




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  • Cory

    This move by WB does NOT include the Ultimate Editions of Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2, which look to be coming out sometime in the spring next year…

  • Ryan

    I too would MUCH prefer a box set including extended cuts of the films, at least the ones made for Sorcerer and Chamber.

    I have held off TEN years to buy these films. No VHSs. Not one DVD. I told myself as a 14 year old kid I would make Mom and Dad/myself buy it only once. Here I am at 24, and I guess I’ll keep waiting

  • Josh

    Warner has already confirmed a collector edition in 2012. It was the last paragraph of the press release.

    “Hard-core Potter fans will be pleased to know that 2011 is not the end of the Harry Potter film franchise on DVD and Blu-ray. Warner Home Video plans to release a comprehensive Harry Potter film collection, with even more extras and collectible premiums in 2012. More details about the collection will be available at a later date.”

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  • Hrothgar

    Absolutely NOT buying this set until they put out a much better product than the crappy set they have out now.

  • whatever

    This is exactly the kind of obscene studio cash grab that makes the younger generation feel justified in stealing movies off the internet.

    • Hiro the Eighth Samurai (and 14th Assassin)

      Even though I myself don’t steal movies or music from the greedy corporations with the overpaid executives, I am in support of just ab out anyone who does in order to jab at the studios and their cash grabs.

      In some ways, the Internet is an equalizer. I still recall the many years before the Internet, record labels and studios would release bare-bone releases at high prices, and then keep on releasing cash-grabs. Or studios would release single- and double-disc best-of compilations, purposely not including the group’s biggest on the single-disc set so customers who wanted to were basically forced to pony up for the more expensive set.

      Besides, Hollywood makes such crap now, it’s not even worth a matinee ticket, nevermind the cost of a Blu-ray or DVD.

      • whatever

        Right on – and what they fail to recognize (because they can’t see past next quarter’s earnings) is that that young people today have come to believe that any and all entertainment media should be free. In 10 more years, movies like HP 1-8 won’t be possible because they won’t be able to make back their budgets because studios today were so greedy and short sighted. Take Kick Ass, for example; modestly budgeted flick that didn’t do that well at the box office but has been downloaded millions of times via torrents.

  • Jackie Diane

    BitTorrent is the maniacal response to the evil entertainment corporate money-mongers. Wether you adore/abhor/indulge or ignore, it is. Voldemoret, be damned.

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  • drmar120

    I’ll get DH2 before the end of the year, then I’m done. Will have all 8 on DVD; don’t care about blu ray. WB will be getting no more Potter $ from me again, ever. I have no interest in grand, inflated special editions.

  • Tarek

    After Harry Potter 5, all what followed were absolute Meh. ( thanks David Yates)

  • Migz13

    No problem with this whatsoever. That’s why I personally haven’t bought any DVD or Blu ray HP discs ever since. I wanted to buy it all in one ultimate set and drop my cash then and there.

  • mcdowelj

    I don’t feel this is a cash grab. Warner is totally upfront about releasing a ultimate box set next year. They put it in the same press release that outlines the discontinuing of the current offerings.

    A cash grab would be to say they’re discontinuing them and not even hinting at future releases, only to release new ones later in hopes of people repurchasing them.

    They give consumers the information up front and allow us to make a decision to buy the bare-bones box set now, or wait for the feature rich one.

  • Mammoth

    The problem I have is that no one how the “premium” box set of 2012 will compare to the box set of Nov. 2011. This leaves me in a pickle. My wife wants the box set for Christmas. Do I buy her this one or do I wait? And if I wait, is the premium box set going to feature extended cuts of the movies or just new “special features”?

  • Kevin

    Hmm. I guess Waners realizes Harry Potter fans are easy to screw with since they all saw the last 3 films which were garbage. Why bother with some complete set unless it contains the Ultimate Editions. Just buy those, they’re pretty cool. I mean, if you need them to come in some fancy giant collector’s box, that’s your weird problem. But the ultimate editions are all you need and the rest should be on their way.

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  • Christopher

    This is STUPID of Warner Bros. to do this to us! They release the first 6 Ultimate Editions, then they hold off on giving us ANY information on the Deathly Hallows releases and instead, they announce the Wizard’s Collection with the rest of the features planned for the Deathly Hallows Ultimate Editions.

    What do they think we are? Complete, freakin’ morons? First, the initial announcement of the Harry Potter Ultimate Editions stated, and I quote, “EACH FILM INCLUDES A NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EXTENDED VERSION” It was in golden letters, right there on our freakin’ TV screens! OH! (slaps head) I’m sorry….. but I didn’t know that the word “each” meant ONLY THE FIRST TWO!!!! I had this ridiculous, insane idea that “each” meant ALL 8 FILMS! I must have misinterpreted something! Or DID I?

    Wake up, people! Wake up! This is FALSE ADVERTISING!!!

    It sounds to me like Warner Bros. is indeed too greedy of a company to release complete extended versions of the entire series with all the special features for fear that they’ll never get to release something else again! Heck, what’s wrong with releasing a new supply of the extended versions every 5-10 years? People will still buy them!

    In case you haven’t noticed, Peter Jackson NEVER screwed around with his fans on The Lord of the Rings! He had a plan, and he followed through to the end, and I’m happy to say that there is NO WAY he can top his special Collector’s DVD Gift Sets with all of those polystone statues. He gave the audience the CHOICE of whether they wanted the Theatrical Version trilogy, or the Special Extended Edition trilogy. That’s a generous thing that he did, and he deserves all the respect he can get from fans.

    Man, Warner Bros. just SUCKS in comparison. It was terrific until they ditched the Extended Versions for Years 3 and 4. Then, I realized that we were all up for round 2 of DVD marketing lunacy. This is plain wrong for Warner Bros. to mess around with us Harry Potter fans, and if they don’t at LEAST release Ultimate Editions of the Deathly Hallows films by Christmas of this year, things will have gotten downright DISGUSTING.

  • Christopher

    This is STUPID of Warner Bros. to do this! They realease the first 6 Harry Potter Ultimate Editions, then they hold off on giving ANY information on the Deathly Hallows Ultimate Editions, and yet, they mention them in this new Wizard’s Collection with freakin’ blu-ray and DVD duplicates of the Theatrical Versions of Years 3-7. But STILL no Extended Versions!

    What do they think we are? Complete, freakin’ morons? First Warner Bros. makes the grand announcement that the Ultimate Editions are coming out, and in this advertisement, it says, and I quote: “EACH FILM INCLUDES A NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN EXTENDED VERSION”. It was in big, golden letters, right there on our freakin’ TV screens. OH! (slaps head) I’m sorry…. I didn’t know the word “each” meant ONLY THE FIRST TWO!!! I had this ridiculous, insane idea that “each” meant ALL 8 FILMS! I must have misunderstood something! Or DID I? What about the rest of the extended versions shown all the time on ABC Family? Wake up, people! This is FALSE ADVERTISING!!!!

    In case you haven’t noticed, Peter Jackson NEVER screwed around with his fans on The Lord of the Rings DVDs. He had a plan, and he followed through to the end. He gave us the CHOICE of whether or not we wanted the Theatrical Version trilogy, or the Special Extended Edition trilogy. He deserves all the respect he can get for being so generous to his fans.

    Man, Warner Bros. just SUCKS in comparison. This is just plain wrong! If the Deathly Hallows Ultimate Editions are not released by Christmas of this year, things will have gotten downright DISGUSTING. Bellatrix Lestrange needs to lower a freakin’ Cruciatus Curse on the company for being so STUPID!!!!!

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