Rise of the Planet of the Apes ? Blu-ray Review

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

I?ll start with a confession?I, Neil Gardner enjoyed the Tim Burton remake of the original film. OK, the ending was silly, but the ape affects were good, the storyline faithful (ish) and Helena Bonham-Carter made for one curiously attractive simian (which mirrored, somewhat, the original book?s almost-relationship between man and ape) Anyway, I just wanted to say that, clear the air and now we can move on.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a very clever film indeed. Fears of remake-hell have been consigned to the rubbish-bin of internet paranoia, as Rupert Wyatt?s film is a prequel. But before you get visions of Gungans and trade disputes, this is one prequel you will be VERY happy to sit through. A superb ?how it all began? plot, with a plethora of nods to the original movie (not the Burton one, shame!) the film deals with the dual storylines of ape ascendency and the slow downfall of mankind.

As with the original film(s), there is very little of Pierre Boulle?s novel in here. Some themes do survive, including vivisection and research, inter-species relationships and superiority complexes. I for one would like to see a film version of the book, just to see what it could be like. And if anyone were to do it, Rupert Wyatt and the WETA Workshop team should do it, because with Rise of the Planet of the Apes they have brought us a masterpiece of live-action and CGI-as-reality. The motion-capture techniques WETA have been pioneering since Lord of the Rings come to the fore here, with not one, but numerous fully-rendered, stunningly realistic digital ape characters. Led by a career-defining performance by the superb Andy Serkis, the motion-capture artists are the real stars of the film. Working in concert with WETA?s animators, this team of stunt-people and performers bring to life an army of apes that at no time seem fake or plastic. This is the first CGI heavy film I have seen where the effects matte in perfectly, and where the HD nature of Blu-ray doesn?t show up the deficiencies of the CGI process.

The plot follows the birth of chimpanzee Caesar (played by Serkis), genetically altered and ?rescued? from the lab by a scientist (an underwhelming James Franco) who is trying to cure Alzheimer?s. As the ape grows and ages, his intelligence grows with him, leading Franco to try the drug out on his ill father, who rapidly recovers from his Alzheimer?s. All goes well for several years, with Franco meeting and falling in love with a ?sexy? zoo vet (Freida Pinto) and Caesar getting ever-more intelligent. But, as predictable as the pointless ?love story? is, so too is Caesar?s sudden anger management breakdown and subsequent removal to a handily local ?ape sanctuary?. The sanctuary not only recuses/imprisons chimps, gorillas and orang-utans, but also British actors, as both Brian Cox (not the nerdy physicist) and Tom Felton (being just as nasty as he was as Draco Malfoy) are pretty much locked in, not just as ape-keepers, but also as bad-guys (I do hope Felton gets to stretch himself sometime soon, I would hate for such a promising talent to be resigned to generic bad guy roles). From here on in Caesar learns about the ?plight of apes? and the story builds towards the inevitable escape and revolution. Throughout there is a subplot about how the human race is slowly being infected and wiped out by the same drug that has caused the apes? increased intelligence, as well as a brilliant but subtle nod to the original Charlton Heston film and how that movie?s events are set in motion.

So?does this ever-so-clever prequel work? Yes, it does?oh boy does it! In spades. This is one of the finest films of recent years, with an impressive merging of physical and digital effects, stunning performances from Andy Serkis and his ape troupe, and a storyline that gets just about everything right. John Lithgow gives the movie heart as the father with Alzheimer?s, and the issues surrounding animal testing are never painted as purely black and white. Does the movie need the Franco/Pinto love story?no. Are there occasional ?WHAT?!? moments?yes. But do these small mis-steps matter?no, not at all! This is a superb film that entertains from the very first minute to the closing credits (don?t miss the great use of a map over the end credits to progress the death-of-humanity plotline). I for one hope there will be a sequel to this prequel. More Andy Serkis is never a bad thing. And who knows, maybe we?ll get to see the death of sappy love sub-plots as well as the death of mankind?! We can only hope.

The Blu-ray has one of the finest images I have yet seen, with a wonderful audio track. The usual problem of HD Blu-ray showing up the matte lines with CGI is much less of an issue in this presentation (although there is a slightly dodgy helicopter shot towards the end!) The apes look real?seriously, they do. You will not be disappointed with how this film looks and sounds, and it could even become a go-to disc for showing off your system to friends and family.

The disc includes several interesting making of documentaries, including a fascinating behind the scenes look at the finale bridge scene and how WETA worked with multiple motion capture artists outside (a world first), plus a much-deserved ?The Genius of Andy Serkis? feature which, as the name suggests, waxes lyrical about what an incredible actor and performer Mr S is (and I should know, I had the pleasure of directing him in a 13-part comedy drama audio series back in 2007, and he was excellent, and yes, a very nice bloke too!)

So, if you are looking for a great film, that will suit just about anyone?s tastes, that will engage your brain and entertain the rest of your body, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is one to go for. The revolution has begun, and this time it is furry with long prehensile arms.

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes DVD / Blu Ray Details

A single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a battle unlike any other when RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES makes its worldwide debut on Blu-ray, DVD and digital download on December 13 th in North America and starting December 7 th Internationally.? From the Oscar-winning? visual effects team that brought to life the worlds of Avatar and Lord of the Rings comes revolutionary new ground – a CGI ape that delivers a dramatic performance of unprecedented emotion and intelligence, and epic battles on which rest the upended destinies of man and primate.

James Franco ( 127 Hours ) stars as Will Rodman, a neuroscientist living in ?San Francisco trying to develop a cure for Alzheimer?s disease by testing on chimpanzees, giving them a human level of intelligence.? After a test subject?s baby, Caesar, is orphaned, Will decides to raise him at home on his own with his Alzheimer-stricken father (John Lithgow; ?Dexter?).? What begins simply as a continuation of his experiment quickly turns into a problem for Will, as Caesar is taken away from him and forced to live in a primate facility.? As Caesar?s intelligence continues to grow, he begins to stake his claim as the leader of his new primate counterparts, which will ultimately lead to the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES .

Directed by Rupert Wyatt ( The Escapist ), this special effects blockbuster features fantastic supporting performances from Freida Pinto ( Slumdog Millionaire ), Brian Cox ( Red ), Tom Felton ( Harry Potter films) and Andy Serkis ( The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) in a ground-breaking performance.? The RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray is a must-own and loaded with bonus material and behind-the-scenes features.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Blu-ray & DVD

UK Release date: 12 th December 2012

Running Time: 104 minutes

Format: Blu-ray Triple Play and DVD

Certification: 12

Price (BD): ?24.99

Price (DVD): ?19.99

Planet of the Apes Evolution Collection (BD): ?79.99

Planet of the Apes Evolution Collection (DVD): ?44.99

Special Features ? DVD

? ???????? Digital Copy

? ???????? 2 Deleted Scenes

? ???????? Mythology of the Apes

? ???????? Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis

Special Features ? Blu-ray Triple Play

? ???????? Digital Copy

? ???????? 12 Deleted Scenes

? ???????? Pre-vis for The Future

? ???????? The Evolution of Apes

? ???????? Studying the Genius of Andy Serkis

? ???????? Multi-Angle: Rocket Cookie Scene

? ???????? A New Generation of Apes

? ???????? Breaking Motion Capture Boundaries

? ???????? Breaking New Sound Barriers: The Music and Sound Design of Rise of the Planet of the Apes

? ???????? Ape Facts

– ????????? Chimpanzee

– ????????? Gorilla

– ????????? Orangutan

? ???????? Audio Commentary by Director Rupert Wyatt

? ???????? Audio Commentary by Writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver

? ???????? Character Concept Art Gallery

Harry Potter – Looking Back Video Feature



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The ?Boy Who Lived? comes face to face with the enemy of the wizarding world for a final, epic battle in ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2? when it arrives on Blu-ray 3D Pack, Blu-ray Triple Play, DVD and Digital Download on 2nd December from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson return for the closing installment of the most successful film franchise of all time. ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2? has earned more than $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office.

?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2? is directed by David Yates who also helmed the magical blockbusters ?Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,? ?Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? and ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.? Returning from previous ?Harry Potter? films is an all-star supporting cast, including Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

The collective Harry Potter films are the highest-grossing franchise of all time, a global record it has held since the success of the sixth film, 2009?s ?Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.?

The release of ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2? will also be marked by a special celebration at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, where the Harry Potter stories live on. The Harry Potter Home Entertainment Celebration will consist of a series of special events to be attended by cast and filmmakers from the Harry Potter films. The three-day celebration will take place from Friday, November 11 to Sunday, November 13.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 2
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 2? is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much-anticipated motion picture event is the second of two full-length parts.

In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort.

It all ends here.

?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 2? stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, reprising their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film?s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciar?n Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

The film was directed by David Yates, who also helmed the blockbusters ?Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,? ?Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? and ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 1.? David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, produced the film, together with David Barron. Screenwriter Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.

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Behind the scenes, the creative team was led by director of photography Eduardo Serra, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Alexandre Desplat, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and costume designer Jany Temime.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,? which marks the last installment in the most successful film franchise of all time.

?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 2? will be released worldwide in theatres and IMAX, in 3D and 2D, beginning July 15, 2011.

The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Premier Info…

Warner Bros. Pictures today announced that the world premiere of the final instalment of the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2, will take place in London?s Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square on 7th July 2011.

This will be the first red carpet film premiere event in Trafalgar Square, the instantly recognisable landmark providing the iconic backdrop for one of the biggest film premieres to ever take place in the capital.

The cast, filmmakers and guests attending the final Harry Potter premiere will begin the night on the red carpet in Trafalgar Square with the world?s media in attendance.? Special areas will be reserved within the square for fans and competition winners from all over the world to see the actors and creators of some of the most beloved characters of all time.? Cast and guests will then make their way to Leicester Square?s cinemas to watch the film.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “For the last decade we’ve been gripped by the on-screen battle between Harry Potter and his arch enemy Lord Voldemort and this is one of the most eagerly awaited films in history. As befits a great British triumph, I can think of no better venue than the iconic surroundings of Trafalgar Square in which to stage the most spectacular of send offs for this dramatic finale?.

Josh Berger, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Pictures UK commented ?We are delighted that our plans for the finale of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will take place in such a spectacular venue.? We pride ourselves on the creativity of our premieres and the space within Trafalgar Square will lend itself to being a magical experience for both guests and fans.?

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

The final part in the film series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 2 is directed by David Yates, director of the last three films.? The producers are David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, David Barron who has produced six of the films and J.K. Rowling.? Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling.? Lionel Wigram is the executive producer, with John Trehy and Tim Lewis as co-producers.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 opens in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on July 15th 2011.

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows pt 1 DVD / Blu Ray

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 DVD Artwork

NEW 11 Feb 2011: To celebrate the 60-day countdown to the Blu-ray and DVD release of the blockbuster film ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,? Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, announced yesterday that 100 Limited Edition Blu-rays will be given away via the Harry Potter UK page on Facebook. The specially created Limited Editions will only be available to fans entering the promotion through the Harry Potter UK page on Facebook.

The official Harry Potter UK page on Facebook currently has 928,325 fans, breaking all previously held records for a UK Facebook film page. www.facebook.com/HarryPotterUK

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 11th 2011.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a motion picture event, told in two full-length parts.
Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the Horcruxes?the keys to Voldemort?s immortality. On their own, without the guidance or protection of their professors, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the Wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort?s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as Voldemort?s followers look for Harry with orders to bring him to the Dark Lord?alive.

Harry?s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale?the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.

Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became ?the Boy Who Lived.? No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films Production, a David Yates Film, ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 1,? beginning the last chapter of the most successful motion picture franchise of all time.



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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 11th 2011.

Heading the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise the roles of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film?s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Rhys Ifans, Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Toby Jones, David Legeno, Simon McBurney, Helen McCrory, Nick Moran, Peter Mullen, David O?Hara, Cl?mence Po?sy, Natalia Tena, Julie Walters, Mark Williams and Bonnie Wright.

?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 1? was directed by David Yates, who also helmed ?Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? and ?Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.? David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, again produced the film, together with David Barron and J.K. Rowling. Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram is the executive producer, with John Trehy and Tim Lewis serving as co-producers.



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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 11th 2011.

Behind the scenes, the creative team was led by director of photography Eduardo Serra, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Alexandre Desplat, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and costume designer Jany Temime.

Concurrently with its theatrical release, the film will be released in select IMAX? theatres. ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 1? has been digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience? through proprietary IMAX DMR? technology. With crystal clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and maximized field of view, IMAX provides the world?s most immersive movie experience.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 11th 2011.

Harry Potter Fans Asked To Choose Blu Ray Art Work

To celebrate the countdown to the Blu-ray and DVD release of the record-breaking ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1,? Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, announced today that fans will be given the opportunity to choose the cover art for the UK and Irish Blu-ray release via the Harry Potter UK Page on Facebook.

A poll within the Facebook page will give fans in the U.K. and Ireland the chance to vote for their favourite artwork with the winning choice reproduced on the Blu-ray edition. The official Harry Potter UK page on Facebook currently has 913,439 fans, breaking all previously held records for a UK Facebook film page. www.facebook.com/HarryPotterUK

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Sarah Bird, Marketing Director, Warner Home Video UK said: ?We?re delighted to be offering our UK and Irish Harry Potter fans the chance to get more involved in the film franchise. This exciting and innovative Facebook initiative for the Blu-ray launch of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 is the first of its kind and further demonstrates our commitment to loyal fans?

In ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 1,? Harry, Ron and Hermione set out to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort?s power ? the Horcruxes. On their own and on the run, the three must rely on one another more than ever?but Dark Forces threaten to tear them apart. Part 2 in this epic finale to the Harry Potter film series will be in cinemas from July 15th 2011.

?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? is directed by David Yates, who also helmed the blockbusters ?Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? and ?Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.? David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, produced the film, together with David Barron. Screenwriter Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the book by J.K. Rowling. Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.

Heading the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The film?s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Helen McCrory, Bill Nighy, Miranda Richardson, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Movie Poster
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Movie Poster
?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? is the seventh and final adventure in the Harry Potter film series, is a much-anticipated motion picture event to be told in two full-length parts.

Part 1 begins as Harry, Ron and Hermione set out on their perilous mission to track down and destroy the secret to Voldemort?s immortality and destruction?the Horcruxes. On their own, without the guidance of their professors or the protection of Professor Dumbledore, the three friends must now rely on one another more than ever. But there are Dark Forces in their midst that threaten to tear them apart.

Meanwhile, the wizarding world has become a dangerous place for all enemies of the Dark Lord. The long-feared war has begun and Voldemort?s Death Eaters seize control of the Ministry of Magic and even Hogwarts, terrorizing and arresting anyone who might oppose them. But the one prize they still seek is the one most valuable to Voldemort: Harry Potter. The Chosen One has become the hunted one as the Death Eaters search for Harry with orders to bring him to Voldemort?alive.

Harry?s only hope is to find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But as he searches for clues, he uncovers an old and almost forgotten tale?the legend of the Deathly Hallows. And if the legend turns out to be true, it could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks.

Little does Harry know that his future has already been decided by his past when, on that fateful day, he became ?the Boy Who Lived.? No longer just a boy, Harry Potter is drawing ever closer to the task for which he has been preparing since the day he first stepped into Hogwarts: the ultimate battle with Voldemort.

?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? is directed by David Yates, who also helmed the blockbusters ?Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? and ?Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.? David Heyman, the producer of all of the Harry Potter films, again produced the film, together with David Barron, and J.K. Rowling. Screenwriter Steve Kloves adapted the screenplay, based on the book by Rowling. Lionel Wigram is the executive producer.

Heading the cast, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reprise their roles as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

The film?s ensemble cast also includes Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Julie Walters and Bonnie Wright.

Behind the scenes, the creative team was led by director of photography Eduardo Serra, production designer Stuart Craig, editor Mark Day, composer Alexandre Desplat, costume designer Jany Temime, and visual effects supervisor Tim Burke.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Heyday Films production, ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,? which marks the last film of the most successful motion picture franchise of all time. ?Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ? Part 1? will be released worldwide starting November 19, 2010, and ?Part 2? starting July 15, 2011.

Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince DVD / Blu Ray

Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince DVD
Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince DVD

Out on Blu-ray and DVD on 7 December 2009 from Warner Home Video, the entire ensemble cast is back for the sixth installment of the record-breaking franchise based on the best-selling book series by J.K. Rowling.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? will be released as a 2-disc special edition DVD. There will also be a 3-disc Blu-ray pack that will feature the Maximum Movie Mode interactive viewing experience and a bonus copy of the film on DVD. As if that wasn?t enough, fans can also look forward to the simultaneous release of Harry Potter? 1-6 box sets on both the Blu-ray and DVD formats.

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?, Voldemort tightens his grip on Hogwarts as Harry and Dumbledore work to find the key to unlock the Dark Lord?s defenses. But the students are under attack from a very different adversary?teenage hormones.? Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

From celebrated director David Yates (BBC?s State of Play, Harry Potter series Years 5-7), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? brings back the highly-acclaimed cast including Daniel Radcliffe (BBC?s My Boy Jack, December Boys), Rupert Grint (Driving Lessons) and Emma Watson (The Tale of Despereaux) as well as two-time Academy Award? Winner Maggie Smith (Gosford Park, A Room With
A View), Academy Award? Nominee Helena Bonham Carter (Sweeney Todd, Tim Burton?s Corpse Bride), Alan Rickman (Love Actually, Die Hard) and Michael Gambon (The Good Shepherd, Gosford Park). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? also introduces Academy Award? winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge!) as Professor Horace Slughorn.

The Blu-ray disc of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? will feature Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode, an interactive viewing experience that examines the entire film with such features as Focus Points, Picture-in-Picture, photo galleries and more. Maximum Movie Mode includes commentary from director David Yates, producers David Heyman and David Barron, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? will be available as a 2-disc DVD for ?24.99 and 3-disc Blu-ray pack (x2 Blu-ray discs and 1 x bonus copy of the movie on DVD) for ?28.99.

Harry Potter? box sets on both Blu-ray and DVD and featuring all six films released in the franchise to date will also be released on 7 December 2009.