On May 28th the double-disc Harry Potter DVD will hit stores with an extra 5 minutes and a load of extras. According to a Warner Home Video news release, here are the details: Harry Potter and his books are a publishing phenomenon with over 120 million books sold worldwide since its 1997 first printing. This is much more popular than the estimated 66 million Goosebumps books sold since its debut in the 1980’s, or the 5-7 million estimated books sold of “Gone with the Wind,” or the 2-3 million estimated books sold of “The Wizard of Oz.” The DVD will sell for $26.99 and the VHS will be $24.99. Not only is there the theatrical and more bonus material of additional never-before-seen footage on the DVD, but there is a whole other disc of special features, including 360 degree self-guided tours of enchanting classrooms, exclusive trading cards, and unique challenges to uncover the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Here’s a list of features that will appear on the Harry Potter DVD: ^ Available in Both Fullscreen and Widescreen [16×9 2.35:1] Versions.
DISC 1 – INCLUDES THE FULL FEATURE PLUS: ^ DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 AUDIO. ^ ORIGINAL TRAILERS AND MORE. ^ LANGUAGES AND SUBTITLES: ENGLISH AND FRENCH (DUBBED IN QUEBEC).
DISC 2 ^ NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN FOOTAGE ^ 360 DEGREE SELF-GUIDED TOUR OF HOGWARTS, INCLUDING THE GRYFFINDOR COMMON ROOM, THE GREAT HALL, HARRY’S ROOM, HAGRID’S HUT CONTROLLED BY YOUR OWN REMOTE. ^ NEW INTERVIEWS WITH DIRECTOR CHRIS COLUMBUS AND PRODUCER DAVID HEYMAN. ^ LEARN HOW TO PLAY QUIDDITCH WITH AN ORIGINAL QUIDDITCH MONTAGE FEATURING OLIVER WOOD AND HARRY. ^ CATCH A SNITCH WITH YOUR REMOTE! ^ HAVE A WAND CHOOSE YOU AT OLLIVANDERS WANDS. ^ MEET THE GHOSTS OF HOGWARTS. ^ CAST A SPELL OVER A SCENE IN EIGHT LANGUAGES WITH “HARRY POTTER THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.” ^ CREATE POTIONS CORRECTLY OR WIND UP IN THE INFIRMARY. ^ SNEAK PAST FLUFFY AND OTHER CHALLENGES TO REVEAL THE SECRET IN THE MIRROR OF ERISED. ^ TRANSFIGURE OBJECTS, OPEN A SCREAMING BOOK, ENJOY VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDENTS AND PROFESSORS, AND MUCH MORE.
DVD ROM FEATURES: ^ BE SORTED BY THE SORTING HAT. ^ COLLECT WIZARD TRADING CARDS. ^ DOWNLOAD FLYING OWLS IN THE GREAT HALL, QUIDDITCH SCREENSAVERS AND YOUR OWN REMEMBRALL. ^ RECEIVE OWL E-MAIL MESSAGES. ^ AMPLE GAME DEMOS AND MUCH MORE.
Interestingly, according to Warner’s own research, the most favorite scenes rank: ^ 1. Quidditch Match ^ 2. Chess Game ^ 3. Fluffy ^ 4. Troll ^ 5. Dark Forest ^ 6. Snake in Zoo
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