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12th July 2010 08:38:00
Posted by Dave Foster

Harry Potter 3 & 4 UEs in October

News
Warner Home Video have announced the US ‘Ultimate Edition’ DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases of the third and fourth Harry Potter films. Arriving on 19th October 2010, each Ultimate Edition features a new chapter of “Creating the World of Harry Potter”, an 8-hour documentary series with never-before-seen footage and an insider look behind the films.

Unlike the Ultimate Editions for the first two films, there are no extended cuts here. Instead each three-disc set contains the theatrical version of the movie (Disc 1), a chapter from the “Creating the World of Harry Potter” documentary series (Disc 2), and the extras found on the standard 2-disc sets (Disc 3). Also included are collectibles such as a book featuring over 40 pages of movie stills, production sketches, concept paintings and behind-the-scenes insight. The Ultimate Editions also feature collectible character cards and a bonus Digital Copy of the film.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Ultimate Edition Contents:
  • Disc 1: The Movie
  • Disc 2: ALL NEW Special Features: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures and featurette – Tour Nick Dudman’s Creature Shop
    -Plus the following:
    • An Interview in Spanish with Alfonso Cuarón
    • 3 Vintage TV Specials: The Magic Touch of Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Making of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    • Theatrical Trailers
  • Disc 3: Additional Special Features: Featurettes – Creating the Vision: an interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers, Conjuring a Scene: Creating Buckbeak and the Dementors for the screen; Additional Scenes and more
  • 48-Page Creatures Photo Book with Rare Images from Years 1-7
  • Two Collectible Character Cards: Hermione Granger, Sirius Black
  • Year 3 Lenticular Card
  • Bonus Digital Copy of the Theatrical Film
  • Blu-ray Ultimate Edition Includes BD-Live Interactivity

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ultimate Edition Contents:
  • Disc 1: The Movie
    • BD Only: In-Movie Experience: Join Members of the Cast As They Share Memorable Moments, Personal Perspectives and Fun Facts While Watching the Movie!
  • Disc 2: ALL NEW Special Feature: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music
    -Plus 5 Vintage TV Specials: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Behind the Magic; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Dark Matters, New Masters; Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: Some Animal Magic; Inside Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Disc 3: Additional Special Features: Featurettes – Preparing for the Yule Ball; conversations with the Cast; Reflections on the Fourth Film; and more
  • 44-Page Sound & Music Photo Book with Rare Images from Years 1-7
  • Two Collectible Character Cards: Ronald Weasley, Alastor "Mad-Eye" Moody
  • Year 4 Lenticular Card
  • Bonus Digital Copy of the Theatrical Film
  • Blu-ray Ultimate Edition Includes BD-Live Interactivity

SRP is $39.92 on DVD and $49.99 on Blu-ray.

A full synopsis of the documentary chapters included follows…

Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures
Never-before-seen footage of the Creature Shop! Explore never revealed concept drawings, interviews with creators who describe the quest to create real creatures with emotional power to move the adventure forward. Go behind the scenes with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as they interact with a marvelous menagerie from magnificent Buckbeak to malevolent Dementors. Watch creatures develop from page to sketch to model to screen. Discover how actors are transformed from humans to rats and werewolves. Witness Voldemort’s evolution from grotesque, infant-like creature to the Darkest Force of all.

Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music
For the first time, discover how musical themes for Harry, Hedwig, Luna and Lord Voldemort define each character’s identity. Learn how sound effects experts create the crunch of footsteps on snow and the whoosh of a flying broomstick. Visit recording studios and see how each composer brings his orchestral vision to the films. Plunge into fun as Daniel gets the sound of underwater. Feel the magic as music is added to a scene, intensifying the emotion and steering the story.

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About Dave Foster
Dave has been loitering the virtual halls of TDF for a decade now and the majority of that time has been spent as Editor of the Home Cinema section (formerly DVDTimes). He doesn't contribute reviews anywhere near as much as he once did (or indeed would like to) but when he does it will invariably be something in the anime or Asian film area.