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PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:28 pm 
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This on UD's homepage:
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February 9, 2011 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, the penultimate film in J.K. Rowling's fantasy series, will on DVD ($28.98 SRP), Blu-ray ($29.98 SRP), and Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy combo pack ($35.99 SRP) on April 15th, three months before its follow-up is theatrically released. In addition, a seemingly premature Years 1-7 Part 1 Box Set will be offered on DVD ($78.92 SRP) and Blu-ray ($134.99 SRP).


I was looking at the various editions on Amazon. Anyone else think this installment has the least bonus features?

It's also too bad there isn't a 2-disc DVD release for this one. My HP library consists of the 2-Disc releases so it'll look a little odd with Blu combos in there.


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I guess it's because they know at this point that they're going to be releasing the film in an Ultimate Edition next year. I've heard reports from people who work for Warner Home Video that Part 2's initial release is practically going to be barebones so that its Ultimate Edition extras will be more impressive.

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Disneykid wrote:
I guess it's because they know at this point that they're going to be releasing the film in an Ultimate Edition next year. I've heard reports from people who work for Warner Home Video that Part 2's initial release is practically going to be barebones so that its Ultimate Edition extras will be more impressive.
That's too bad since I was going to get the UEs on Blu-ray when everything's finished anyway. I hope for a complete Ultimate set but since I too have only the films thus far in two-disc DVD versions I want DH that way too. Perhaps there will be a retailer version with a bonus disc and slipcover to help with that uniformity I want so much.

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You know I'll get the UEs when they come out, but WB barely did so much as add the docs to the current ones. I hope all that deleted footage that didnt end up in any deleted scenes in the films find their way to Home Video soon. there's aplenty.

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Wal-Mart does have a 2-disc DVD edition available for preorder:

<a href="http://linksynergy.walmart.com/fs-bin/click?id=z80luBPjgM8&offerid=183959.15841263&type=2&subid=0">http://www.walmart.com/ip/15841263</a><IMG border=0 width=1 height=1 src="http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=z80luBPjgM8&bids=183959.15841263&type=2&subid=0" >

It'll definitely be a store exclusive. But the Blu-ray combo is enough for me...


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Here is a deleted scene from the release:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-ROEIQ_31A

The more I watch it, the more I realize I am glad they did not put it in. Things will make sense when you watch Part 2 and then re-watch the first part. And, you will know what Petunia is feeling when she is looking straight on out of the car.

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azul017 wrote:
Wal-Mart does have a 2-disc DVD edition available for preorder:

<a href="http://linksynergy.walmart.com/fs-bin/click?id=z80luBPjgM8&offerid=183959.15841263&type=2&subid=0">http://www.walmart.com/ip/15841263</a><IMG border=0 width=1 height=1 src="http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=z80luBPjgM8&bids=183959.15841263&type=2&subid=0" >

It'll definitely be a store exclusive. But the Blu-ray combo is enough for me...


Cool! Hopefully the Canadian Walmart gets it. And hopefully they'll follow thru with a 2-disc set for Part 2.


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Barbossa wrote:
azul017 wrote:
Wal-Mart does have a 2-disc DVD edition available for preorder:

<a href="http://linksynergy.walmart.com/fs-bin/click?id=z80luBPjgM8&offerid=183959.15841263&type=2&subid=0">http://www.walmart.com/ip/15841263</a><IMG border=0 width=1 height=1 src="http://ad.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/show?id=z80luBPjgM8&bids=183959.15841263&type=2&subid=0" >

It'll definitely be a store exclusive. But the Blu-ray combo is enough for me...


Cool! Hopefully the Canadian Walmart gets it. And hopefully they'll follow thru with a 2-disc set for Part 2.

Hooray! Let's hope for Canada indeed!

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So our Canadian Walmarts did not get the 2-Disc DVD. Had to get the Blu-Ray combo. Did the Walmarts in the states get the 2-disc set?

All they had were the single disc, the Blu-Ray combo, and each of these wrapped up with a set of bookmarks (the Walmart exclusive). I didn't get the book marks as it was about $10 more.


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If anything, the States would've gotten the two-disc set.

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We got the 2 disc DVD here in Australia, and the 4 disc combo pack. I bought them both today. The DVD was only $16.88 AUD which is obscenely cheap.


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^ Lucky! The one discer over here was $16.99! :(

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bern1992 wrote:
We got the 2 disc DVD here in Australia, and the 4 disc combo pack. I bought them both today. The DVD was only $16.88 AUD which is obscenely cheap.


What's in the 4-disc set?


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Barbossa wrote:
What's in the 4-disc set?


2 x Blu-ray discs, one with the film, one with special features, the DVD with only the film, and a disc with the digital copy. For $24.98 AUD.


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Well, the Maximum Movie Mode is satisfying. It takes some of the most conventional and unusual hosts and drops them against backdrops like Watchmen and Sherlock Holmes did. Footage from all the films so far is cultivated to bring us up to date on characters and certain plot points as well as interesting Behind-the scenes stuff. truly enjoyable.

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UD's Review is up and so far I dont like it. It's a common impression that the film lulls with few bits of action, but all the films pretty much did that. This one gives us much needed character time that was lacking during the other movies and It will become instantly apparent in Part 2 that the split is needed creatively, I guarantee. There's no subplots, and everything in the book is important enough to be in the movie. I would change a few things, but I'm still satisfied and looking forward to Part 2.

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I generally disagree when people refer to the film as slow. I was actually impressed with how briskly the pace was kept given the intentionally-frustratingly slow way the book proceeded. I was honestly never bored once by the pacing.

Also for anyone who's considering buying the four-disc Best Buy Blu-ray, I'd say go for it. I don't think you'll miss out on anything if you didn't get it, but seeing how it's the same price currently as the Blu-ray combo pack, it's worth considering.

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I agree that the film doesn't feel slow to me at all, but that's probably because I know how much the camping scenes were streamlined in comparison to the books' which went on quite a while.

The split was definitely needed as we needed to spend time with these characters as people, otherwise they become props in a wrecklessly-moving story of all action. David Yates admitted that had DH been a single film, they would've cut out the Deathly Hallows element (instead using the name to refer to the horcruxes), but more horrifyingly, they would've cut The Prince's Tale. Losing the latter would've destroyed not just this story, but the entire series, and people who've seen test screenings of Part II say that element is the most moving thing in any of the films and is almost unanimously called the highlight of Part II.

Keep in mind, though, that Luke's reviewing Part I as a stand alone film without any background in the books nor context from Part II. A lot of things in the film may seem insignificant without all the payoffs of Part II. I'd be interested in knowing what he thinks of this installment once he sees the next one. He did really like it, though, given his reservations. It got an 8/10 from him, after all. Based on what I've heard him say in the past, I believe this is how he ranks the films:

Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
Half-Blood Prince
Sorcerer's Stone
Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Order of the Phoenix
Chamber of Secrets

For me, each one is better than the previous one, though OotP has enough flaws for me to kind of want to tie it with GoF rather than place it over it. GoF has the meatier story, but I think the direction of it is a little too broad at times. OotP has a choppy, lightweight story, but the presentation is more subtle and filled with detail. An extended cut for that film would make me feel better about placing it over GoF since then we'd get the meat to go alongside the nuance.

As for the DH BD itself, I absolutely loved the Maximum Movie Mode. Anyone who watches that has absolutely no excuse at being confused with Part II. Everything you need to know is recapped, and it even provides info the films merely hint at (like the Marauders history and the origins of the horcruxes). I hope WB does another one for Part II. These are a lot more interesting to me than the usual PiP content of the In-Movie Experience (found on 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6).

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Imo, Deathly Hallows Part I was the best of the series (so far). It's one of the few I've actually kind of loved. I have to admit I had somewhat written off the series after GoF and OotP (which I thought were pretty bad), but I'm so glad they got it right here. :)

HBP was technically pretty good, too, but I probably like this one better because there's no Gambon. :P

For the first time since the Chamber of Secrets film, I'm honestly anxious to see the next HP film. :D

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I think HBP is the weakest. Here's what I would've altered for the films, screenplay-wise.

PoA: Add a brief explanation of the Marauders, even if it means Lupin merely hinting at it by saying he "knew" them. Also, the conversation between Harry and Dumbledore at the end of the book helped bridge the gap between PoA and GoF. Also mention the failed Animagi Registration Act and a little about the Ministry.

GOF: The smallest introduction of Bill Weasley in the beginning when they set off for the cup. They did it with Cedric after all. Give the ministry some teeth for a moment, let Barty disappear. and have a small scene where Fudge and Dumbledore argue at the end of the film, connecting it to OOTP. Also, give Dobby's involvement a bit of screentime.

OOTP: Basically, extend a couple things, add some stuff about Neville, and give the Ministry some real bite.

HBP: Take away the attack on the burrow and replace with a good Harry/Ginny kiss, Voldemort backstory, and Harry/Snape loathing. Even if it makes it a worse film, it'd be a better setup to Deathly Hallows.

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DH1: in the montage where the new regime is being carried out and Mundungus is kidnapped by Kreacher, isolate the aforementioned scene, and move the rest to after the interrogation, and add a scene of muggle-born students being taken away from Hogsmeade Station to add some chaos and a dramatic effect to what the isolated heroes are doing. Also, possibly set up the crash of the Ministry in a more detailed way than in the existing film.

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