The Harry Potter films could be rereleased on extended Blu-ray editions in the near future. After a recent MPAA bulletin of rated films listed an extended version of 'Harry Potter of the Sorcerer's Stone', film site Rope of Silicon contacted a Warner Brothers representative, who confirmed that "all Harry Potter films are being planned to get special upcoming releases", although no announcement has been made yet.
As to the actual length of the extended versions, Slashfilm notes that 'Sorcerer's Stone' director Chris Columbus added 7 minutes of deleted scenes back into the movie for its May 2004 ABC broadcast premiere.
What! They recently released new versions in Australia with digital copy and now they are going to re-release them again?! I bought the new copies but I don't think I'm going to buy a 3rd set of the films. Milking it, aren't they?
Wow!! this will be my 3rd time buying The Harry Potter movies. Well Goblet of Fire I have 2 HD copys. Imported The HD DVD version from The UK long before it was released here in the US.Then bought it again when it came out on Blu-Ray in the states.
All these are likely to be are the ABC/ABC Family versions with the deleted scenes(that are already on the current Bluray HP discs)added back into the movie.While i do prefer that ABC/ABC Family versions, i'm not sure i'll bother buying the new editions unless something substantial is added besides reinserted deleted scenes.
I had a feeling this would happen. In fact I am not going to buy these until the final film comes out. That makes the most sense, since we all know that is coming...the super duper almost final final set.
"why isn't it called by it's proper name 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone'?"
Took this from Wikipedia:
Scholastic Corporation bought the USA bookrights in 1997. They thought that a child would not want to read a book with the word "philosopher" in the title. Rowling claimed that she regretted this change and would have fought it if she had been in a stronger position at the time.
I assume the first film was shot two different ways. One with reference to The Philosopher's Stone for international releases, and one with reference to The Sorceror's Stone for here in the USA. Maybe the Director's Cut will maake the international version teh "official" one? But that would mean changing the title of the film which many people would not like.
BLOODY HELL AS RIGHT!!!!! I alreasy have the 1st 5 Harry Potter films on blu-ray~Heck those 5 were within my first 20 BD purchases and I've had them for over a year and now you're telling me I have to buy all 5 again? Owell extended versions are always better and I'll get all 5 and the new one when they're released!
sure I'll purchase the extended editions, but adding the rumoured commentary tracks would also make sense too. Any idea how long the first film is, it's too bad the MPAA unlike the BBFC doesn't add the running time of the movies on the website. I really like the extended cut of 'Chamber of Secrets'.
I guess I'd have to see what "extended" means and what the additional deleted scenes do to the narrative.
There was a recent debate in Entertainment Weekly about how certain nuances from the books are missed in the movie. For example in the Half Blood Prince, the EW reviewer referred to Professor McGonagall as an "imperious dragon-lady teacher". Considering so little of her was in the latest HP movie, I would imagine this comment would seem awfully harsh or non-sensical unless you had also read the book(s).
If these deleted scenes help flesh some additional things out (and they never will replace the book experience), the purist in me would likely double dip, as much as I'd hate to.
Quote: "Scholastic Corporation bought the USA bookrights in 1997. They thought that a child would not want to read a book with the word "philosopher" in the title."
O.M.G.!!! (then again, regarding kids in the USA, they were probably right).
@Dr.Manhatten: No, in the Netherlands for example, it is also (the translation of) Philosopher. Much better name IMHO, since it reflects the writers vision. A name is not better because it has more appeal or because it is easier to spell
"Cheers Razzy, so you mean dumbed down?"
Not necessarily dumbed down. Changing a title to refer to a sorceror instead of a philosopher makes it seem more exciting. Imagine if Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom were instead called Mike MacEnuff and the Eastern Temple? Which would you rather see?...Actually, that last one sounds kind of good!
Wow! That sounds exciting. But will the re-releases of the Blu-Ray have BOTH the theatrical and extended versions. Also another thing, they should all be released on December 7th (assuming that "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is getting released that same day too).
What? Say it ain't so.... I gotta buy them again, oh man.... Okay now I am ready for downloading all
HD titles off the internet and storing them on a hard drive and when the new version comes out I can
update my purchase without spending more money. I love capitalism but this is getting too greedy of
the studios for my taste.