New Release: Harry Potter Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince Ultimate DVD, Blu-ray

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix movie scene

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Warner Home Video released two more installments in its collection of Harry Potter Ultimate Editions on June 14, 2011, timed to the theatrical release of the final movie in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Editions were issued on DVD and Blu-ray.

Warner has been releasing these Ultimate Editions for the past few years, two titles each year, and each of the discs includes a one-hour section of the eight-hour Creating the World of Harry Potter documentary detailing the production of the entire franchise. Part five, Evolution, and six, Magical Effects, will be on the Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince discs, respectively. Featuring interviews with actors Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, as well as other cast and crew members, Evolution looks at how the movies evolved to maintain the integrity of J.K. Rowling’s book series, and Magical Effects looks at the creation of Quidditch players, dragons and other effects in all the films.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince movie scene

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

The last two sections of the documentary will be on the Ultimate Editions of the two Deathly Hallows films, which will most likely be released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012.

Both Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince Blu-ray and DVD Ultimate Editions also offer heaps of other special features. Here are the lists:

Order of the Phoenix

  • In-Movie Experience allowing viewers to explore the people, places, creatures and the moviemaking magic behind them while they watch the movie
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Behind the Magic
  • Building the Magic: The Sets of Harry Potter
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Rebellion Begins
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Fulfilling a Prophecy
  • Additional scenes in high-definition
  • Trailing Tonks, with Natalia Tena, who plays Nymphadora Tonks, leading a very personal film set tour
  • Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing with director David Yates and editor Mark Day showing what a difference a good edit makes
  • 44-page photo book
  • lenticular card
  • two limited edition character cards, with Luna Lovegood and Dolores Umbridge
  • and a digital copy of the movie.

Half-Blood Prince

  • Maximum Movie Mode with Radcliffe leading an exploration of the movie while it plays, including picture-in-picture, focus featurettes and scene comparisons
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Behind the Magic
  • Additional scenes in high-definition
  • J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, a look at the journey in creating and launching the final book
  • Close Up With the Cast of Harry Potter, with cast members guiding viewers through aspects of moviemaking including editing, makeup, stunt, set design, props, costumes and more
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a sneak peak at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort
  • What’s on Your Mind? lightning-round Q&A with cast/crew
  • One-Minute Drills, in which cast members sum up their characters
  • Gallery of five Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ABC Family promo spots
  • 44-page photo book
  • lenticular card
  • two limited edition character cards with Draco Malfoy and Albus Dumbledore
  • digital copy of the movie.

The Ultimate Editions were priced at $39.92 for the three-disc DVD and $49.99 for the two-disc Blu-ray.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban were released as Ultimate Editions on DVD and Blu-ray on Oct. 19, 2010. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets were released in 2009.

The initial DVD and Blu-ray release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 arrived on April 15, 2011.

And, no doubt, a megaset of all the movies on DVD and Blu-ray will be coming in the future.

 

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.