More 'Harry': HD DVD, Blu-ray Stand-Alone Releases Announced; Add'l Box Set Details Revealed

Posted Wed Sep 19, 2007 at 04:55 AM PDT by
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In its second Harry Potter-related announcement in as many days, Warner Home Video has added stand-alone editions of each the first four films in the franchise to its next-gen release plans.

As we've previously reported, the studio is rolling out the high-def red carpet for the boy wizard on December 11, with a dual-format release of both 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,' and a limited edition giftset, 'Harry Potter Years 1-5.'

But while at first it wasn't clear whether or not Warner would make stand-alone editions of the first four 'Potter' flicks available on HD DVD and Blu-ray, the studio has now confirmed that indeed each of the earlier films will see individual high-def release alongside the giftset and 'Order of the Phoenix' on December 11.

Tech specs are still TBA, but Warner says supplements on the stand-alone editions will mirror those included on the individual movie discs in the box set, including audio commentaries, multiple featurettes, deleted scenes and more. Additionally, each of the stand-alone Potter releases will also contain a set of four trading cards specific to the title purchased.

List price for the individual Blu-ray and HD DVD releases will be $29.98 a pop.

Meanwhile, in other 'Potter' news, Warner has released full details on what will be included in that second bonus content disc that will be exclusive to the 'Years 1-5' giftset.

Although we learned yesterday that the bonus disc would contain "more than three hours of all-new content," it turns out that that content is comprised entirely of a series of previously-broadcast TV specials, including four separate "HBO First Look" specials, and two ITV/Granada specials (the full list of included TV specials can be read here).

As always, you'll find disc details for each of the upcoming Harry Potter titles linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule and HD DVD Release Schedule, where they are all indexed under December 11.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Harry Potter Years 1-5 (Limited Edition Giftset) (Blu-ray)
Harry Potter Years 1-5 Giftset (HD DVD)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Blu-ray)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (HD DVD)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Blu-ray)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (HD DVD)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Blu-ray)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (HD DVD)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Blu-ray)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (HD DVD)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Blu-ray)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (HD DVD)
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