This is a surprise move in terms of timing rather than action. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has made an announcement that as of December 29th this year, the studio will stop shipping all copies of the “Harry Potter” films on DVD and Blu-ray.
The move is akin to Disney Studios with their animated film titles, releasing them on DVD and Blu-ray and then pulling them off shelves a year later to increase both their value and interest in a re-release.
The key difference here however is “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2”. The last of the Potter films hits shelves on November 11th meaning both it and the ‘Complete 8-Film Collection’ box set will only be available for a short window – just under two months.
With this move it’s likely we’ll see some sort of special edition DVD & Blu-ray sets offered down the track either late next year or in 2013.