Harry Potter Films In High-Definition on HD DVD (Updated Nov 8)
In North America (December 11)
- All the Harry Potter films produced to date will be available to own in high-definition on HD DVD, starting this December 11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be available to own in high-definition on a HD DVD/DVD combo disc. It is expected to be priced at $35.99 SRP. The disc will contain a lossless audio option - Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Full details of the North American HD DVD release is up and can be accessed here.
- The Harry Potter 1 - 5 Limited Edition HD DVD Giftset, also available on the same day, will be priced at $149.99 SRP. The gift set includes Harry Potter Years 1 - 5 HD DVDs, a Harry Potter DVD game Hogwarts Challenge, along with a bonus disc containing over 2 hours of enhanced content, an exclusive "Harry Potter's Bookmark Collection" and collectible trading cards. Full details of the HD DVD gift set here.
- All the 4 earlier films in the Harry Potter film franchise will also be available as individual HD DVD releases, and each is expected to be priced at $29.99 SRP. For a limited time only, the HD DVD version will contain a set of four trading cards specific to the title purchased. Full details of:
- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone HD DVD
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets HD DVD
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban HD DVD
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire HD DVD
In Australia (December 5)
- The first four films of the Harry Potter series will be available on HD DVD, come December 5.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix HD DVD will be released on the same day.
- All the first four films of the Harry Potter series will be available on HD DVD, this November 16.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be available to own on HD DVD, starting November 16.
- The specs for the first four films are available via this webpage (from areadvd.de). Based on similar information provided by other sources, it seems that none of the high-definition releases will have lossless or uncompressed audio tracks. Audio options on HD DVD will be in Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1 or 5.1 EX.
- Amazon.de exclusive Harry Potter 1 - 5 HD DVD Box Set will also be available, starting November 16.
In Japan (November 21)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will available in high-definition on a 2-disc HD DVD set. The 2nd disc will hold the other special features ported over from the DVD release including focus points featurettes and other documentaries/featurettes. (We're told to expect that all the special features on the 2nd disc will be presented in high-definition, pending further confirmation.) Full details here.
- In addition, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire HD DVD will also be released on the same day.