David Yates and Cast Members Talk Half-Blood Prince DVD and More


Nov 29, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Thanks to our friends at Oclumencia for pointing us to a series of interviews with Vira-Tempo blog where director David Yates and several of the cast members discuss the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD. Links can be found here: Dan Radcliffe, David Yates, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, and Emma Watson. Of interest are new comments from Dan Radcliffe and David Yates on that Blu-ray live community screening that will take place December 12 as well as a bit on the Deathly Hallows sneak peek as follows:

“So you’re undertaking something of a first with the Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
with the Live Community Screening ’ can you tell me more about that?
DAVID YATES: “Yes. Technically, it’s an extraordinary event. It’s happened before, but not on the global scale that we’re going to do because obviously there are Harry Potter fans everywhere on the planet. It’s on December 12th of this year and Daniel Radcliffe and I will be answering questions directly from fans via BD-Live about how we made the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and some of the things that were challenging as we made it, and some of the things that I’m sure the fans will begin to know about: Why did we leave some things out? Why did some things come in? And it will be the first time that we’ll really engage with that global fan-base on a minute-by-minute basis, so it’ll be really cool.

So you’ll be enticing people to take part, obviously?
Dan Radcliffe: Oh, absolutely. I’m actually genuinely very, very excited about it. I think it’ll be really cool. I’m looking forward to some absolutely mental questions, and probably questions I haven’t been asked before because fans come at the film from a totally different side to journalists. So I imagine there’ll be some stuff I’ve never heard before.”

David Yates also speaks to the Deathly Hallows sneak peek we will be getting next month.We thought we’d just give them a few little snippets of what we’ve been doing over the past seven months as we shot Deathly Hallows. We don’t want to give too much away; it’s a few little tidbits of some of the sequences that we’ve been filming. I’m so excited about the two movies that we’re making from the Deathly Hallows and we just wanted to give the fans a bit of a taste of that with the Blu-ray.

36 Responses to David Yates and Cast Members Talk Half-Blood Prince DVD and More

Avatar ImagePhlegm De La Coeur says: that's awesome! i wonder if a transcript of the screening will pop up online later, i'm curious about 'mental questions'!!!Avatar Imagesessionka says: Wow... I'm a techie geek. I wonder how they're going to support the bandwidth.Avatar ImageDustinTheWhite says: Yes we have read the books, its too bad the director didn't or else these movies would be a lot better!Avatar ImageSwizzle says: that's going to be awesome!!Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: These movies are amazing. Exactly like the books does not = better.Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: Great!!!Avatar Imagesiena says: I know I am a total idiot - but could anyone please explain to me what is meant by blueray screening and how exactly fans are enabled to participate and to ask questions ? Sorry about this ignorance and thanks in advance for enlightening me.Avatar Imagepfowlerp says: Great interviews!!! We all know a transcript of some type of the screening will pop up online at some point, and I can't wait to see it!!!Avatar ImageDustinTheWhite says: YodatheHobbit, you're right, exactly like the books does not equal better. However, your statement about how "amazing" these movies are is a bit over the top. The first two movies captured the spirit of the books far better than the latest four movies have. I consider the first two in my top ten favorite movies and the later four make up almost half of my ten least favorite movies. Just because you're a Harry Potter fan does not mean you have to like the garbage they put into some of these movies.Avatar Imagesimos says: coolAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Super cool!Avatar ImageSmitch says: Wow, can't wait to watch! Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I honestly and truly wish that I owned a Blu Ray player so that I could participate in this conversation that is sure to be illuminating. That said, I do hope someone uploads a transcript of the event to the internet.Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: I think he's right in saying that HP fans will ask different questions than journalists, we actually have read the books and know what the movies should be based on. Very excited for all of the info.Avatar ImageDustinTheWhite says: Yes we have read the books, its too bad the director didn't or else these movies would be a lot better!Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: cool!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: cant whateAvatar ImageFigment says: Very cool!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: cant wait!!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: awesome!!!Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: awesome!!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: Good!!!Avatar Imageanne1 says: This sounds great. I didn't realize it was global. Anyone know how to tune into it or is there a place you go to..? I'm UK based. Not really up on these things.Avatar ImageAga Veneficus says: DustinTheWhite, YodatheHobbit saying the movies are amazing is no more over the top than your saying they are garbage. Opinions, opinions. To me, the movies are all true to the books (especially from PoA and forward), which I find amazing. Some stuff is cut, some stuff is added (both for very obvious reasons), but they always keep the central themes and emotions intact. That's commendable. Anyway, I can't wait for this community screening! I'm glad I have a Blu-ray player! :DAvatar Imagemadman1277 says: Awesome i will be in on that, cant wiatAvatar ImageTamyris says: I hope I can be there.I definetely want them to answer my questions but actually I don't have many questions to ask and I believe my questions are the same of thousand of fans.I think I'll just watch.I have thousand of questions to Jo Rowling not to D .Yates.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Thats nice...Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Well, Dan's right. Fan questions are usually more challenging than the ones journalists keep asking.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: cant wait!!Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: Awesome!!! I cannot WAIT for the DVD!!!!Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: Awesome!!! I cannot WAIT for the DVD!!!!Avatar ImageCandyCane2304 says: @DustinTheWhite, sorry you don't love the movies but I do, especially the HBP. Can't wait until the next tuesday when I will own it.Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: awesome!!Avatar ImageFifi says: Can't wit till the 6th! Avatar ImageFifi says: Interesting interviews...Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: DustinTheWhite, these movies are the reason I fell in the love with Harry Potter, and I did it without any of the books until 2007. You and others are incapable of understanding that the movies are separate and do not have to be like the books in order to be good. People like movies for different reasons. I' d bet you only focus on script, script, script. There is more to film than that. The filmmakers have every right to change things, they are their movies. You also take for granted everything they've left in! You're jaded. 95% of HP fans seem to be this way, and it just depresses the hell out of me. I fully understand the right to opinion, but I will never understand truthfully why people visit and revisit things, like these movies, if they don't enjoy them.

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