The Boy Who Lived won’t be living on store shelves for much longer.
It’s hard to deny that there’s a big market for the “Harry Potter” film franchise. The final film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” went on to gross $380.5 million domestic and $1.3 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing “Potter” movie to date. But less than a month and a half after “Part 2″ hits DVD and Blu-Ray on November 11, Warner Bros is going to put all the “Potter” films on moratorium until an unannounced future date.
Can we be the first blog to dub this the “Gringotts Vault” after Walt Disney’s “Disney Vault”?
All eight “Potter” films are going to be pulled off store shelves on December 29, including the eight-film collectors edition boxed set. Stores won’t be able to reorder any more copies after that until WB decides to release a new edition of the film. So make sure you put the “Harry Potter” films on your Christmas list if you want them because they’re going to be pretty hard to come by after that.
Disney fans should be familiar with this sales move, as it’s the main way Disney distributes their animated films. Movies like “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lion King” and “Aladdin” are locked away in the Disney vault for several years until the studio decides to release a new, updated version of the movie often with better animation, new special features and a more expensive price tag.
This move by Warner Bros seems to be an attempt to maintain interest in the film series. It’s also a guarantee that a new, better version of the films with new special features and added bonuses will likely hit Blu-Ray and DVD within the next few years, so that might influence whether you decide to buy that deluxe boxed set now or wait until the better one comes out down the road.
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