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Harry Potter Films to Get Extended Versions

Posted August 14, 2009 03:58 AM by Juan Calonge

Warner Bros.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.

Indeed, ultimate editions of 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' and 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' are already up for preorder on Amazon, albeit without a release date.

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.


Source: Rope of Silicon | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (49 comments)



X400
  Aug 14, 2009
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bloody hell




hope we'll get real encodes now, will be nice

mishal
  Aug 14, 2009
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Not a HP fan, but good news I guess.

Chris60119
  Aug 14, 2009
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^^^^ +1 ^^^^

nickdalodger
  Aug 14, 2009
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Dang knew they would do this, when I came over to the states in 2005 Dec ABC showed Harry Potter 1 & 2 with the deleted scenes mixed back in and it actually worked really well

Cant wait then I expect we will get the ones with 3D, the last 2 I've seen at Imax have had 3D 12 mins at the end of 5, 10 mins at the start of 6

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Irrob
  Aug 14, 2009
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Warner's going to milk this cash cow dry.

johnno1986
  Aug 14, 2009
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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?

BTobin
  Aug 14, 2009
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I'll believe it only when I'm holding the discs in my hands en-route to my blu ray player

wallendo
  Aug 14, 2009
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I doubt there is enough footage lying around to add much to the films. It looks like a marketing gimmick to me.

tru blu
  Aug 14, 2009
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I'll double dip on these.

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GLaDOS
  Aug 14, 2009
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I'll get Order Of The Phoenix for this. Hopefully the releases will include all the exclusive extras that were included in the HD DVD version.

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Lucy Diamond
  Aug 14, 2009
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I'm still just waiting for all the movies to be done and released in one big set, so I might be on the right track.

Gelogurte
  Aug 14, 2009
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Wow... another 7 minutes in a movie that's already too long. I'll pass. I hate the first two movies... and then came AZKABAN and showed me this could be great.

jk1138
  Aug 14, 2009
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I would get the EE's if/when the come out.

blukrank
  Aug 14, 2009
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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.
Tezz1
  Aug 14, 2009
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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.
Mac Norton
  Aug 14, 2009
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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.

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Danielle Ni Dhighe
  Aug 14, 2009
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If these were proper director’s cuts, I’d be excited, but not for this.

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tilallr1
  Aug 14, 2009
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If its just the deleted scenes put back into the movie, I will pass. They were not significant enough to warrent a double dip. In fact most of them were useless.

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Heavytoka
  Aug 14, 2009
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I won't buy these until the complete Box set of all the movies comes out
lancerumbolt
  Aug 14, 2009
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why isn't it called by it's proper name 'Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone'?

Razzy
  Aug 14, 2009
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"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.

troyman21
  Aug 14, 2009
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Wow, this is great news! Though, I'm still waiting for a box set, so I'll have to pass...
lancerumbolt
  Aug 14, 2009
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Cheers Razzy, so you mean dumbed down?

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nathanp
  Aug 14, 2009
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The only one I have on Blu is Order of the Phoenix, so I'll likely go for these.

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wnicholas76
  Aug 14, 2009
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I don't think I'll be double dipping on these. The movies are already long enough as it is.

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Gamma_Winstead
  Aug 14, 2009
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I'm a big potter fan, but i dont know if id buy these day one. I might wait for the box set.

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fettastic
  Aug 14, 2009
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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.
Titanicfave
  Aug 14, 2009
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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!

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Dubstar
  Aug 14, 2009
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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'.
ilramu
  Aug 14, 2009
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I'll get them all in 2012 sometime when the whole damn set is out. Hopefully a nice boxed set will be available by then

Minimejer05
  Aug 14, 2009
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Might wait for extended cuts.
ehtamgnie
  Aug 14, 2009
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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.
Into~the~Blu
  Aug 14, 2009
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I say hold off until all 8 movies are bundled together, hopefully with branching version of the extended and theatrical cuts. They're going to pack on so many more extras for that set.

Dr. Manhattan
  Aug 14, 2009
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Good thing I didn't buy these on BR already.

@Iancerumbolt

It's only called The Philosopher's Stone in the UK. Worldwide, I believe worldwide, it's the Sorcerer's Stone. Better name anyhow. More appeal.

frank_t
  Aug 14, 2009
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these movies don't age well at all. pass - can't possibly buy them a 3rd time.

DR BLU NEO
  Aug 14, 2009
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I hope a better audio bit rate will be included.
gekke henkie
  Aug 14, 2009
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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

Firstborn
  Aug 14, 2009
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This is quite mad...

After i saw homemade bootleg extended cuts (using the deleted scenes on the DVD) on torrent sites a while back... it got me wondering...

why doesn't Warner use Blu's potential of including the theatrical cuts and an extended cut using the deleted scenes... on the same disc... selectable from the menu...

Today it appears we are one step closer to that happening

Thumbs-up for Warner

Ex Accountant
  Aug 15, 2009
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"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!

zoon_ii
  Aug 15, 2009
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well screw them, I'm not double dipping just to have 15 seconds of deleted scenes.

it'd be one thing if I hadn't bought the others already.

it's not like I NEED the EE. It's not going to change the way the move plays out anyway.

F them.

nazdar
  Aug 15, 2009
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I haven't finished the earlier crappy ones in the cute set
I''m game if they're DDTrueHD

Xtrem3
  Aug 16, 2009
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i will never buy them just buy the other ones,but i want lotr extended the only extended i want.

pixarforlife
  Aug 16, 2009
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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).

Mr. Joshua
  Aug 16, 2009
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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.

nward
  Aug 16, 2009
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sigh another costly purchase
donaldducklovesme
  Aug 17, 2009
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I'll buy a box set when they release 7, but I'm fine with the Blu-Rays I have now (bought last year).

cynatnite
  Aug 17, 2009
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When all the movies have been made and a box set of the extended versions are released on BD...only then will I buy. For now, I'll rent if I get a hankering for Harry Potter.

RIKANA
  Aug 17, 2009
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Will ill get all the films in a box set when the last two films come out. Then I do the same for the extended editions. Eather way I can't wait!


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pixarforlife
  Aug 30, 2009
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I'll just get the first two movies and the sixth film if that's the case.


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