International Territories to be Unaffected by Harry Potter DVD Pull

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Oct 29, 2011

Posted by John Admin

Cinema Blend is reporting that international territories, meaning any country apart from the United States, will not be affected by Warner Bros.’ decision to stop shipment of the “Harry Potter” DVDs and Blu-rays after Dec. 29, 2011. Fans in the U.S. will still be able to purchase digital copies of the films online.

For those unfamiliar with the situation, check out Leaky’s followup post about it here.

“Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ will be released on Nov. 11 in the U.S. and Dec. 2 in the U.K.





28 Responses to International Territories to be Unaffected by Harry Potter DVD Pull

Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Well this is just plain unfair! Why only the US? They made it sound before like everywhere was getting the DVDs pulled and now is just the US and nowhere else. This is stupid. WB only wants to make more people have to buy the big box sets next year. Well not me, I'm getting Part 2 the day it comes out and then my collection will be complete!Avatar Imagegexpert says: WHAT! How is this happening?! How can people in US still buy the dvd and we can't?Avatar Imagesparkle9 says: OMG this is so stupid and unfair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why the U.S.? So that they can make tons of money off of the box sets???? GRRRRRR!!!!Avatar ImageBunney says: Gene, it's the other way around. After the 29th, the DVDs won't be available in the US, but the rest of the world will still be able to buy them.Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: *shrugs* I know people find it unfair, but it's just a delay. I don't think it's a big problem, you're getting it either way. As for me, I HAVE to buy it before December 29th, or I won't be able to get a copy! Neither sides are getting the best bet you know. . . .Avatar Imageharrypotter4258 says: Why only the US? :(Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: This is weird :S WB messed this up :DAvatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: well surely the big harry fans would have bought it on release day so they don't need to complain... anyone else that really wants a copy would be able to buy it internationally and pay the extra shipping surely?? I myself wonder why is US getting it released on the 11th Nov and us in the UK have to wait till the 2nd Dec? Avatar ImageBunney says: The only problem is that new US fans to the movie won't be able to buy the movies, except digitally, until WB "unvaults" them. It's manipulative.Avatar ImageG.Weasley says: Sucks for the U.S. but I live in Canada so it doesn't affect me.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: Now that's the kind of compassion that warms the soul, Ginny Potter. "It doesn't affect me at all so whatever." I don't mean to single you out; there are far too many people saying what you just said. I thought this was a community. A community cares when their fellow members are negatively affected especially in such an unfair manner. I'm so embarrassed right now.Avatar Imagemiss molly says: No we know why the US is getting the DVD earlier. They are trying to appease us because they are pulling our DVDs. I know someone who has a bootleg DH2 blue ray already. Maybe I will have him pick me up a copy. They quality is just as good as the ones they are going to sell in the store. Wb does not care about me then I don't care to give them another cent of my hard earned money.Avatar ImageTarana says: This is crazy! Why are they doing this? Does anyone know? My first thought was that it was some sort of publicity stunt (as if HP needs it ?!), so everybody in the US buys the DVDs real quick, even those people who otherwise would have waited to see if the price went down or if there would be a better or an extended edition. To be honest, I am one of those people; I haven't decided what edition I want, and if I am going to splash out on a complete (hopefully super-) edition with lots of extras or a box with a wand or something like that. On the other hand, these low tactics of WB does not make me want to send them a lot more of my money. Although I live in Europe, I feel for the fans in the US. Please, Jo, tell them it's not fair !Avatar ImageTarana says: When I say "tell them" - that's WB obviously (I hope)Avatar ImageJohnnymojo88 says: OMG! Went to COLLEGE got out with $60,000 dollars in debt, don't even have new HP books to look forward to and now I find out that everyone else BESIDES we in the USA gets a longer window to buy the DVDs than I DO. I AM THE 99%!!!!!!!!!! no, but really, why is this even an issue. anyone who wants the dvd or blu ray is welcome to go buy them. if you don't want to be hoodwinked by WB, just wait for the inevitable deluxe editions of the movies to be released. the people we should be feeling sorry for, as ever, are the poor SOBs who have only seen the movies and never read the books.Avatar ImageJohnnymojo88 says: OMG! Went to COLLEGE got out with $60,000 dollars in debt, don't even have new HP books to look forward to and now I find out that everyone else BESIDES we in the USA gets a longer window to buy the DVDs than I DO. I AM THE 99%!!!!!!!!!! no, but really, why is this even an issue. anyone who wants the dvd or blu ray is welcome to go buy them. if you don't want to be hoodwinked by WB, just wait for the inevitable deluxe editions of the movies to be released. the people we should be feeling sorry for, as ever, are the poor SOBs who have only seen the movies and never read the books.Avatar Imageselenialovegood says: Why US, and why does it come out in US BEFORE it comes out in UK? I'm not from the UK, bout honestly! It's british and was made in Britain. I don't see why it should be released in US first!Avatar ImageSummer73 says: I am BEYOND confused regarding film distribution and what I should buy. If someone could help me, I'd be forever grateful. Here is what I want: All 8 movies with the most "behind the scenes footage/ extra fun stuff" that I can buy. Is that this, or is there something I'm missing? Sob! Help! http://www.wbshop.com/Harry-Potter-The-Complete-Collection-Years-17/1000189966,default,pd.html?cgid=&src=GGLHDVD&gclid=CNTiw8rGkKwCFQjc4AodFz-BnAAvatar ImageWON_TWO says: Gee whiz... I do believe there are still folks out there that didn't know WB are a bunch of *(&%^&^$%$#%$#%$^$&*^()**_!!!!!Avatar ImageJoRowlingRocks says: WB's logic: We're going to piss of the Americans by stopping distribution of the DVDs at the end of the year because we think it'll make us more money. But wait... That doesn't give them very long to buy the DVD, so we'll piss the British off too by releasing the DVD earlier in the US. Avatar ImageHPandtheDA007 says: I'm upset with all the comments by people saying that it pretty muchs "sucks" to be an American because we won't have the dvd's anymore and everyone else will. Leaky is a fan-based community and we should all be sharing in the news of what WB's is doing. I would know that if WB was doing this to a different country I would feel just as bad and yet, it seems not a lot of people want to care for us. Again, it all comes down to me me me and if it isn't affecting me, I shouldn't care. Come on people! What would Dumbledore do? OK i'm done with my little rant.Avatar Imagekbicprez says: How do they come up with this stuff? I don't get these people at all. Calling them empty suits is more than they deserve.Avatar ImageAppaketoope says: HOW DARE THEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THAT IS SO UNFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagerettophantom says: Is Canada really exempt too? A lot of the time we get lumped in with the states, without even being mentioned. Also I'm positive they said there was going to be an even better boxed set coming out next year, so can we all calm down, since we know we were all planing to buy it within the first week anyway? As for me, I'll just be getting the most basic version to enjoy until the better set comes out next year. Fingers crossed for properly extended editions with more rooms at the Ministry, more memories (doubtful, but I can dream), and a repaired Part 2 that actually announces Ted Lupin's birth, and says something SOMEWHERE about Harry's cloak being a Hallow. For real though, show some compassion for those affected. Remember when HBP got pushed almost a year? Were we not together then? We're only as strong as we are united, people!Avatar Imagehermy007 says: wwwwhhhhaaattttt!!!!!!!!!! por que solo las estados unidos!!!!!!!!!?????? ok, done with my spanglish rant. i heard that the 8-disc collection has practically no special features either?! i really hope this isn't going to end up a permanent thing. Avatar Imagesboyer06 says: Why are they pulling the dvds at all?? thats just flat out stupid! Who wants a digital copy? NOT ME!Avatar ImageXyra44 says: It's odd but i think they are looking at the future of video being direct to computer, tablet, smartphone, etc. not really fair for those of us who like to sit on the couch with a big screen version of the film as opposed to a digital download. However, I bought each movie when the DVD was released, so as of now I'm only missing DH2. What kind of bugs me is that I had over half the movies when they started releasing the "Ultimate collector's editions" of the DVDs - why do I want two sets? It's more money for WB. :( And knowing that what I see on the DVD is what I saw in the theater is cool, but not so much when ABC Family always shows the extended versions wish is what i wished I had seen in the theater (if that makes sense.)Avatar Imagejillians642 says: Yes, they are coming out with extended editions set for 2012 (or at least, they claim they are), so that's one reason they're pulling all these sets (want to be able to charge what they want for them, I guess). And I suspect they're treating Canada to this delight, too. John Green mentioned once that in the publishing world, Canada is considered part of the United States. I suspect the same may be true for movie publishing, even with the French language requirements. Guess we'll see if we are Americans or Internationals. :P

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