Warner unveils the new “Ultimate Editions” for the first two “Harry Potter” films on Blu-ray coming DecemberSeptember 19, 2009 – 12:26 am - Posted by: Justin Sluss
The day before yesterday I reported to you HERE that two new “Ultimate Editions” of the first two “Harry Potter” films were set to be released on Blu-ray Disc come December 8th to coincide with the release of the latest film in the franchise. Warner today has sent out an e-mail and updated their information on the press site. Above, you’ll see the cover art for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [Ultimate Edition]” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Ultimate Edition]“, as well as HERE in the trade ad.
Tech specs I’m assuming will include full 1080p Hi-Def video and hopefully Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround on each release, which would be likely or Uncompressed Linear PCM (LPCM) 5.1 mixes as found on the currently available Blu-ray releases of the films. Another note on the side of tech specs, each “Ultimate Edition” will be a 3-Disc BD-25 (25 gigabyte single layered Blu-ray Disc) set, meaning each disc is a BD-25. Bonus materials here are going to be very lengthy in comparison to the previous releases of the films. Below you’ll find the details for bonus materials to be included on the 3-Disc set each film will be receiving. Both films are already available for PRE-ORDER over at Amazon with $34.99 price tags, click on their titles above or below for links.
“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone [Ultimate Edition]” bonus content:
DISC 1: • Theatrical Version including In-Movie Experience with Director Chris Columbus • Extended Version with 7 Minutes of Footage Not Shown in Theatres • BD-Live
DISC 2: • Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe • Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins – Discover the story of how one vision for the Harry Potter films came together out of limitless possibilities to create the visual world we have come to know and love. • A Glimpse Into the World of Harry Potter 2001 International TV Special • Deleted Scenes • Trailers
DISC 3: • Diagon Alley • Tour the Gryffindor Common Room, Harry’s Room and the Great Hall – Welcome to the self-guided tour of Hogwarts, home of witches and wizards in training, and take in the sights. • Classrooms: Defense Against the Dark Arts; Spells and Charms; Potions; Transfiguration; • Third Floor Corridor; Deleted Scenes. • Sorting Hat • Library: Gallery of Art & Architecture; Hogwarts Yearbook; Guide to Ghosts – Discover the many marvelous and mysterious ghosts of Hogwarts. • Hogwarts Grounds: Quaffle and Bludger – Get a lesson from Oliver Wood on how to play Quidditch; Tour Hagrid’s Hut – Welcome to the self-guided tour of Hagrid’s Hut, home of Rubeus Hagrid, the keeper of keys and grounds at Hogwarts, and his faithful companion, Fang. • Extra Credit • Interview – Capturing the Stone: A Conversation with the Filmmakers – Director Chris Columbus, Producer David Heyman, Screenwriter Steve Kloves and Production Designer Stuart Craig talk about casting and bringing the novel to life.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets [Ultimate Edition]” bonus content:
DISC 1: • Theatrical Version including In-Movie Experience with Director Chris Columbus • Extended Version with 13 Minutes of Footage Not Shown in Theatres. • BD-Live
DISC 2: • Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters – Explore how the cast and creative team of directors and designers take the character’s descriptions on the page to the actor’s performances on film. • Screen Tests of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Revealed – 2002 HBO First Look special • Trailers and TV Spots
DISC 3: • Deleted Scenes • Lockhart’s Classroom • Photo Gallery: Certificates – Have a look at Gilderoy Lockhart’s many achievements; Required Reading – Find out what text books you’ll need for Lockhart’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class. • Extra Credit • Behind Hogwarts • A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves – The author and screenwriter detail how the books are brought to life, and the changes that happen in the process. • Dumbledore’s Office • Build a Scene – Building a scene as magnificent as Professor Dumbledore’s office takes more than wood, plaster, nails and paint. It takes imagination. • Tour Dumbledore’s Office – Welcome to the self-guided tour of Professor Dumbledore’s office, one of the most fascinating rooms at Hogwarts. • Interviews with Students, Professors and More • Gallery of Production Sketches • Activities • Spellcaster Knowledge Challenge [Game] • EA Game Preview