Followup: December 29th Last Day WB will Ship Current Harrry Potter Film Titles

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Oct 26, 2011

Posted by EdwardTLC

In a followup to Leaky’s September 20th news that Warner Bros. would cease shipment of all eight “Harry Potter” films on BluRay and DVD starting December 29th, Deadline.com has posted a snippet containing further information about the decision. They report:

“[Warner Bros. will stop] shipping all Harry Potter theatrical film titles (including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ’ Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection) as of December 29, 2011 (moratorium does not include digital ’ Electronic Sell-Through & VOD ’ or games).

This means that following the November 11th (December 2nd in the UK) release of these two new editions, fans of the series will have little over one month to purchase their copy of the eight film collection. Fans, however, will still be able to purchase digital copies of the films through their preferred online medium.

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55 Responses to Followup: December 29th Last Day WB will Ship Current Harrry Potter Film Titles

Avatar ImageJoRowlingRocks says: Why has there suddenly been a flurry about this today/yesterday when the announcement was made a month ago?Avatar ImageSuspectingNargles says: :( *SOB* That's absurd. I can't believe they're going to do that. Hopefully *finger's crossed* it's only for a limited time... #wishfulthinking Avatar ImageLivi22 says: So does this mean that fans won't be able to buy the DVD's any more?Avatar Imagemiss molly says: Wow thanks for nothing WB. Could you at least given a little more time. Right at the holidays when money is tight and jobs are scarce. I guess I will hit up Ebay next year or maybe that friend of a friend of a friend that can make me a copy. Avatar Imagejedi58 says: I wonder how this affects the as-yet-unannounced ultimate editions for Deathly Hallows :sAvatar Imagemoglet says: so we have less than a month in the UK to buy DH part 2, it's a disgrace, kick the fans in the teeth WB? we're only the people who helped you make enormous profits from the films, I'm really cross.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: No big deal...Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I have no doubt that they are only trying to scam as much money as possible from us by the end of the year and will then re-release all the films in some sort of "special package" - that costs a large fortune - sometime next year. This is the WB, after all. No reason to do right by the people who provide the money to pay them the exorbitant salaries that they don't deserve. I guess, in their twisted little minds, this is supposed to endear them to us in some way. I guess there will never be an Ultimate Edition of DH to complete the set. I guess I won't be giving the WB anymore of my money.Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: This does suck, but WB is doing this so wne the big combo pack comes out next year everyone will buy it. The DVD will be avalible again, its like what Disney does when they recall all the movies from the stores and put them back in their vault. Sooner or later they all come out again.Avatar Imageiamnotworriedharry says: It surprises me they would pull the last movie so soon after releasing it. However, my guess is that the vast majority of Harry Potter fans buy it immediately upon release or ask for it from someone for Christmas if they can't afford it. I ordered a new set on Amazon, the movies are on sale so the price was great. We beat up all DVD's in our house so we have to have an extra set if they aren't going to be available for a while! Avatar ImageMagicalMe_ says: Wow.. I wonder what their reasoning is behind it? Maybe it a gimmick to get people to go out and buy the movies so that they can make more money.. and then later release the 8-disc set as a special "limited" time offer thing. I agree with LunaLuver.. it could be just another ploy to get more of our money. I don't care for a special addition so I just pre-ordered the last movie on Amazon. Avatar Imagekellydofc says: I am very disapointed in WB, before this I thought that they were great to the HP fans, now I just feel cheated. Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: Very ridiculous and I feel for all of those that live in the UK, they have less than a month to pick up their copy.Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: Yes, and what about youngsters who want to spend their Christmas present money and vouchers on the new DVD, and depend on lifts to get them to a place where they can buy them? Not everyone lives in a big town.Avatar ImageBeazle says: Disgraceful -appalling behaviour by WB -Once again, it is clear how little they value the HP fans.Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: On the bright side, maybe Hank Green will release a "Howler 2" for us over it... One can hope. :)Avatar Imagekbicprez says: I won’t bother to call WB greedy. WB is a corporation doing what all corporations try to do. Making $$ is their only reason for being.Avatar ImageMad But Happy says: Do they not realize that this will just cause people to illegally download the movies more than usual? Fools.Avatar ImageEeyore says: So. . . they aren't going to ship any more, but are they going to pull the movies, in whatever version, are already on store shelvs or available from amazon or wherever? This just really doesn't make sense to me. And I wondered the same thing about the ultimate versions of the movies I don't have. Are they going to finish putting those out, or am I just going to have half of the movies in that format and the other half as whatever they are now putting out. Speaking of putting out, I'm a bit put out at Warner Bros. I know they are in the business of making money, but it seems silly to not keep selling something when people are willing to buy.Avatar Imageharrypotter4258 says: ...le-leaving...? :'(Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Hmm seems a little odd but I'll have my DVD by then. I think WB have sunk a little low :/Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: HP is a major seller in the DVD/Blu-Ray market... Dealers/retailers are stocking up BIGTIME... There will be plenty of copies around for quite a while I should think... WB is simply creating an artificially large demand where none previously existed... Capitalism 101... :+/Avatar Imagezoltan42 says: When Disney has done this, it means retailers cannot get anymore when the finish selling their stock. If WB follows the same pattern, then the DVDs & Blu-Rays will still be available after the 1st of the year.Avatar Imageosesno18 says: Disney's been doing this forever... standard practice.Avatar ImageAlec wick says: NNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! why ?! what about ultimate editions and such......??!!!Avatar Imagezoltan42 says: The Digital Bits (http://www.thedigitalbits.com) talked to WB's Jeff Baker. They stated "...even though all existing Blu-ray and DVD releases of the Potter films will no longer be shipped to retailers after that date, the studio still expects that enough existing inventory will remain to meet any lingering demand for the titles until well into 2012." The moratorium should last 12-18 months, not Disney's 5-10 years. The DH Ultimate Collector's Editions will be released at that time.Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: Interesting. :)Avatar Imagerettophantom says: What about that crazy set that they said was coming out next year?Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: So what they're basically saying is we have to buy DH part 2 the DVD in under a month . . . this hopefully doesn't that they're going to stop selling the movies all together. They should stop phrasing things so confusedly.Avatar Imageweaseleygirl says: ridiculous. thats how you treat the most loyal fans in existence WB? real nice.Avatar Imageweaseleygirl says: ridiculous. thats how you treat the most loyal fans in existence WB? real nice.Avatar Imagekellydofc says: Would love it if WB would clarify about the Ultimate Editions. I am unemployed right now and can't afford to buy them all and frankly was waiting for the mega set that was rumored to be coming out next year. I think that WB should really give the fans a little more info so that we have a clear picture of what's going on with the movies. Avatar Imagesparkle9 says: they're nvr gonna sell the DVD's again??? Does this mean they wont be in stores anymore or anything???Avatar Imagegexpert says: Screw you WB, you think you can just take that chance away from us? No way!Avatar ImageAngie Lovegood says: This is riddikulus. They are only doing this to increase holiday sales and then sell the special editions way over priced in a year after we've all bought the non-special editions. :PAvatar Image2tal says: Ju$t a bit of corporate greed! "a mark a yen a buck or a pound ... that clinking clanking sound"Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: http://www.change.org/petitions/warner-brothers-keep-the-harry-potter-movies-on-the-market-past-december-29th-2011# You guys should sign that peitition.Avatar Imagezweasly says: According to MuggleNet's podcast, there will be another new boxed set available for purchase next year. I have all of the movies on DVD or Blu Ray as I have bought each one as it is released. If you don't have the movies, WB has them on sale for VERY affordable prices. It seems to me that they have given us all plenty of time to buy the movies & are going to give us another opportunity when they release the new boxed set again in 2012. Avatar ImageBlame The Nargles says: I do agree that WB is being a little stupid, but personley, I'm not worrying, as I own all of the movies that are already out, and have ordered the last one.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I'm not worried because I own the editions I like to watch and really can't stomach the movies "directed" by Yates and so won't pay money for them. I am not, however, selfish enough to say "Well, I already have the movies so they can do whatever they want." Between financial and geographic concerns, there are many fans negatively affected by this decision and I am absolutely appalled. Corporations are all about profits, yes, but there is a way to do things and this is not it. I will never give WB any more of my money. If there is something I want that is put out by them, I will purchase it used on ebay or at a thrift store or flea market. I will give my money to another consumer. Not to this corporation who has taken things way too far.Avatar Imageownie13 says: I have a question does this include all of the Ultimate Editions that have been released so far? Avatar ImageHogwartsForever says: I wonder is this just a way to make DH 2 one of the fastest selling DVDs/Blu-Rays ever... Not that it matters to me, I'd have bought it the day it comes out anyway.Avatar ImageFresca says: I agree with Valeria-Johanna. I hope that most of us will be able to get our copies in November. I wonder too if WB isn't then planning to rerelease all the films in a gussied up box. Avatar ImageMudblood_and_proud says: wb why don't you just kick us all in the face??? we have been fans of hp for like 10 years and then all of a sudden we have less than a month to buy a dvd that will be out forever? just i thought that after all these years the fans meant something to you. how the hell would you have gotten all this money, how would you have gotten to actually MAKE a 8th film? tha FANS and this is how you repay us??? god. this is just like the whole "shut down your website or your dead" thing. just let us at least have a year to buy it so that way everybody is happy or better yet, DONT TAKE THEM AWAY AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry for my rant there guys. if you actually read that and agree with me or want to make a coment, seriously just add me as friend and message me. hate wb now.Avatar ImageMudblood_and_proud says: wb why don't you just kick us all in the face??? we have been fans of hp for like 10 years and then all of a sudden we have less than a month to buy a dvd that will be out forever? just i thought that after all these years the fans meant something to you. how the hell would you have gotten all this money, how would you have gotten to actually MAKE a 8th film? tha FANS and this is how you repay us??? god. this is just like the whole "shut down your website or your dead" thing. just let us at least have a year to buy it so that way everybody is happy or better yet, DONT TAKE THEM AWAY AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sorry for my rant there guys. if you actually read that and agree with me or want to make a coment, seriously just add me as friend and message me. hate wb now.Avatar ImageAppaketoope says: how dare they it is so annoyinng, do they even care about the millions of hp fans out there???Avatar ImageAppaketoope says: p.s. i agree with Mudblood_and_proudAvatar Imageradishraven says: I only own the first and sixth films, I can't ask Santa for all the others by Christmas! I'm warning you Warner...you're in the end going to lose money. Harry Potter can't be absent from the shelves, I'm signing that petition!Avatar ImageHarryPotterGirl (Hermione) says: I can't believe they are doing that. That where I amost get my Harry Potter things.Avatar ImageAussie Ragdoll says: In Australia, they only released the Ultimate Editions for the first two movies. I haven't even been able to get them in Blu Ray in the UK (they have the same Blu Ray format as us). I want all eight movies as Ultimate Editions in Blu Ray! It is grossly unfair that WB has only released the Ultimate Editions for Blu Ray in the US, and the rest of the world has not had access to them. Unlike DVD's, there are no Region Free Blu Ray players at this time, so buying them from the US s pointless! How about the rest of the planet, WB? We love the movies too!Avatar ImagePotterAcumen says: Leaky: You've got an extra "r" in your title (Harry Potter not Harrry Potter). Avatar ImageGoldenGem says: Yet another kick in the teeth from Warner Bros. The British fans will have less than a month to buy the last DVD but of course they have already shown how little they regard British fans by making us wait for DH2. I can tell them now that this will be the very last Warner Bros. film I will ever buy - not that they will ever live up to the Potter series again anyway. Hit them where it hurts - just don't buy their products.Avatar ImageHermione_Granger_Weasley says: This is ridiculous. Absolutely bloody ridiculous. I was considering not buying part two until the extended edition came out, and now, I am thinking I won't buy it at all, just to spite them. I have the one scene I want, and the rest of the movie is in my head. Stupid bloody WB.Avatar Imageyankinmadrid says: I think the buried lead in this story is that this is the 1st indication that blu-ray is going to be as obsolete as DVD. I've been putting off buying a blu-ray player, and now it looks like I won't have to. This also marks the death of movie rental places, which is a pity. Must everything only be available in digital form?Avatar ImageOldMrToad says: Sux!

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