Warner Bros Pulling a Disney, Harry Potter movies out of Circulation in 2012
This holiday season is the last chance you’ll have to own Harry Potter in your home, atleast for the time being. Warner Bros. has made an announcement that as of December 29, 2011 all copies of Harry Potter movies, including the November 11 releases of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and Harry Potter: The Complete 8-Film Collection will be taken out of circulation. This is a smart move by Warners since it made me just buy Deathly Hallows Parts 1 & 2 when I might’ve waited before. This opens the door to re-release the films in theaters at a later date similar to what Disney has accomplished with Toy Story and Lion King. This makes the Harry Potter finale one the hottest properties of the year since it will only be on shelves for a month!
Official Press Release from Deadline:
Burbank, CA – October 24, 2011 – Harry Potter, the #1 motion picture franchise of all time, will soon disappear from shelves, as Warner Bros. stops 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). The Harry Potter franchise has grossed more than $12.1 billion for Warner Bros. Entertainment – with $7 billion at the worldwide box office for Warner Bros. Pictures and $5.1 billion for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.