PHYSICAL: DVD, Blu-ray release will be biggest yet in franchise

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will boast the most bonus features of any of the franchise’s earlier films, contends cast and crew, when it streets on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on Dec. 8.

“This is the richest title we have done,” said Heyman, who has produced all of the Harry Potter films. “For a long time, we decided not to put that much on the DVD. There was a part of me that doesn’t like extras, because I like the mystery of it all. But with the market being the way it is, it’s important to make the title as attractive a proposition as possible.”

Heyman noted that both two-disc standard DVD and Blu-ray editions hold the documentary J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, marking the first time the author has spoken in depth about her writing process.

“She doesn’t give many interviews, and then you go to editing with Dan, stunts with Rupert, and also hear them talk about their characters—their likes and dislikes—that’s great,” Heyman said.

The Harry Potter clan is proud of their DVD/Blu-ray product.

“With Blu-ray, I think it’s great that DVDs are finally coming into their own right now, where you can put on all of this extra content,” said Felton.

Wright added, “With DVD, it’s the only time the fans get to see what it’s like behind closed doors and see what really happens.”

Besides detailing Half-Blood Prince, Yates and others also offered some surprising sneak peeks to the final two theatrical installments of the Harry Potter franchise, slated for 2010 and 2011 release. At certain points, Radcliffe will appear naked.

In one scene, “a horcrux [carrying a piece of Voldemort’s soul] defends itself by producing nightmarish visions, and one shows Hermione and Harry embracing and kissing,” explained Yates. “It’s something intriguing and sensual for Rupert to react to, and Dan will be bare for that.”


I hope the DVD has tons of extras, as they claim. I’ll certainly buy it, if it’s worth the money. I enjoy interviews and behind the scenes information. Will you be purchasing this DVD?

And what do you think of the little secrets revealed about the next movie?