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The Harriest Potter of Them All!

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(That sounds dirty, doesn’t it? Well, it sounds dirty to me.) Have you ever wished you could re-purchase the Harry Potter DVDs, but this time, pay more money for them? Well, now you can with this winter’s Harry Potter Ultimate Editions. The first two movies will come in new four-disc “Ultimate Edition” sets — containing one DVD of the theatrical movie, one of the new “director’s cut” (with only 20 minutes of additional footage between Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets) and two DVDs of extras apiece. I sound like a bastard as per usual, but it’s really not a bad deal if you’re a Potter-phile. Here’s the extras for the two setsmovies, as per /Film:

Chamber of Secrets:

  • Diagon Alley
  • Tour the Gryffindor Common Room, Harry’s Room and the Great Hall –
    Welcome to the self-guided tour of Hogwarts, home of witches and
    wizards in training, and take in the sights.
  • Classrooms: Defense Against the Dark Arts; Spells and Charms; Potions; Transfiguration;
  • Third Floor Corridor; Deleted Scenes.
  • Sorting Hat
  • Library: Gallery of Art & Architecture; Hogwarts Yearbook;
    Guide to Ghosts – Discover the many marvelous and mysterious ghosts of
    Hogwarts.
  • Hogwarts Grounds: Quaffle and Bludger – Get a lesson from Oliver
    Wood on how to play Quidditch; Tour Hagrid’s Hut – Welcome to the
    self-guided tour of Hagrid’s Hut, home of Rubeus Hagrid, the keeper of
    keys and grounds at Hogwarts, and his faithful companion, Fang.
  • Extra Credit
  • Interview – Capturing the Stone: A Conversation with the Filmmakers
    – Director Chris Columbus, Producer David Heyman, Screenwriter Steve
    Kloves and Production Designer Stuart Craig talk about casting and bringing the novel to life
  • Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe – An introduction to the many special features for the Harry Potter films [NEW]
  • Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins –
    Discover the story of how one vision for the Harry Potter films came
    together out of limitless possibilities to create the visual world we
    have come to know and love. [NEW]
  • A Glimpse Into the World of Harry Potter 2001 International TV Special
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trailers and TV Spots

Chamber of Secrets:

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Lockhart’s Classroom
  • Photo Gallery: Certificates – Have a look at Gilderoy Lockhart’s
    many achievements; Required Reading – Find out what text books you’ll
    need for Lockhart’s Defense Against the Dark Arts class.
  • Extra Credit
  • Behind Hogwarts
  • A Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves – The author and
    screenwriter detail how the books are brought to life, and the changes
    that happen in the process.
  • Dumbledore’s Office
  • Build a Scene – Building a scene as magnificent as Professor
    Dumbledore’s office takes more than wood, plaster, nails and paint. It
    takes imagination.
  • Tour Dumbledore’s Office – Welcome to the self-guided tour of
    Professor Dumbledore’s office, one of the most fascinating rooms at
    Hogwarts.
  • Interviews with Students, Professors and More
  • Gallery of Production Sketches
  • Activities
  • Spellcaster Knowledge Challenge [Game]
  • EA Game Preview
  • Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters – Explore how the cast and creative team of directors and designers take the character’s descriptions on the page to the actor’s performances on film.
  • Screen Tests of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Revealed – 2002 HBO First Look special
  • Trailers and TV Spots

These things are coming out on December 8th, will be available on Blu-ray, and are available for pre-order on Amazon this very second if you have a wand up your ass about getting ’em.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.