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DVD Shopping Bag: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 Blu-ray

Will you buy? Will you wait?

By Robert T. Trate     April 12, 2011

Harry Potter 7 now on Blu-ray and DVD
© Warner Bros. Home Entertainment


We are at the precipice of it all ending. It is amazing that the Harry Potter journey has taken us ten years to complete. In that time the Star Wars Saga wrapped and then launched an animated series. I never thought that would have happened, the cartoon part. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy cleaned up at the Oscars and now looks to The Hobbit to continue, but we all knew that was going to happen. There have been countless would be Harry Potter clones too. Eragon, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, and of course Narnia all wanted a little piece of the Potter pie. Potter has endured and now with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 on Blu-ray and DVD I have to ask, are you going to buy this today or not?
Along with the wrapping and launching of new sagas and trilogies we have also seen formats come and go. Remember HD DVD? Blu-rays are now the established format, but not everyone has been as quick to convert as the studios would like. HP7.1 today is available in a Blu-ray / DVD Combo with a Digital Copy to boot. This is appealing to people and in essence it hopes to convert the stubborn, with one nice little package. I am sure that many of you have the previous Potters in multiple formats on your shelves. I stopped buying Potter films at Harry Potter 4 with the thought of, I’ll wait for a box set. My question today is, even if you have them all on one format are you really going to pick up Part 1? It is a well made film but with all the hype and hoopla to follow come July wouldn’t it be better to wait? There will be tons of midnight screenings of Part 2 accompanied with a double bill of Part 1 to be screened ahead of time. I thought of waiting until that night, July 15, to see them both for the first time. The hype got to be more than I could bear and I saw it back in November.
Outside of seeing David Yates completed films as one work, in one night, this Blu-ray / DVD Combo pack is kind of weak on the special features. It is a far superior Blu-ray to that of the first Avatar release yet we all knew there was another one coming. There will undoubtedly be an ultimate special edition two pack of both Part 1 and 2 come November. Do not buy the first edition coming in September / October a la the early releases of Lord of the Rings. I hope I am preaching to the choir here yet, I know several people that will buy this version today and shell out the money again later. Not to mention the version that comes in the Albus Dumbledore tomb or whatever they come up with (see Dobby Bookend version below).
I am not knocking Mr. Potter nor Warner Brothers either. I am just trying to get a good consensus of our community. Who will hold out for a better longer Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and who needs their quick fix now?
Top 3 Picks of the Week:
1. The Incredibles (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
2. Cars (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo in Blu-ray Packaging)
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Three-Disc Blu-ray / DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
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Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.


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karas1 4/12/2011 5:12:59 AM

H.R. Pufnstuf: Complete Series Collector's Edition

Talk about a blast from the past!

ddiaz28 4/12/2011 7:20:55 AM

I'm definitely waiting for the eventual blu ray box set.  I'll probably rent it to get my HP fix though.  I only saw it once in the theaters and would like to see it again.  I'm also looking forward to seeing a double bill before the last part is released.  I just hope IMAX does that.

Miner49er 4/12/2011 11:31:04 AM

Don't forget that HP will eventually get released in the Ultimate Editions sets.

spiderhero 4/12/2011 11:32:13 AM

I'm not buying this. If I ever buy any of them it will only be #4. My favorite of the books & movies.

redhairs99 4/12/2011 12:58:19 PM

I'll most likely shell out for the price of the regular DVD of this and sad to say that when they release The Ultimate HP 1-8 Blu-Ray box set, I'll pick it up then as well.

zathras6767 4/12/2011 1:15:44 PM

Judging by the way the way HP7.5 ended so abruptly,I,m predicting that once the second half is released on video WB will re-release both halves as one uber-movie with some extra footage thrown in to boot.Hence why I'll wait 'till Christmas or later.

Wyldstaar 4/12/2011 2:57:11 PM

I'll wait for the Super-Ultra-Mega-Deluxe Edition- now with Retsyn!



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