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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (+ BD-Live + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] by Directed by David Yates
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B000ZELISO
Date: 30 December 2009 List Price $35.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Having read the book and enjoyed the film in the theater, I was eager to see what fantastic bonuses were waiting for me on the 2-disc version of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince on Blu-ray.

From official release/information:

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort's defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information. Even as the decisive showdown looms, romance blossoms for Harry, Ron, Hermione, and their classmates. Love is in the air, but danger lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same.

The Blu-ray disc of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince features 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.

The disc also includes Warner Bros. BD-Live, which allows users with web-enabled Blu-ray players to access exciting additional content and connect and share with other BD-Live users via the My Commentary and Live Community Screening features. Another feature of the BD-Live interactivity is Facebook Connect, which allows users to interact with their friends from Facebook, update their Facebook status while in BD-Live, and invite their Facebook friends to a Live Community Screening.

Disc 1 Contains:
Promo for The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (2:11)

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (153:30)

Maximum Movie Mode:
Focus Points:
"The Millennium Bridge" with Stephen Woolfenden (Second Unit Director), Marc Wolff (Aerial Coordinator), and Tim Dixon (City of London Police) (3:27)

"Shooting On Location" with David Heyman (Producer), David Barron (Producer), and Stuart Craig (Production Designer) (1:57)

"Professor Slughorn" with David Yates (Director), David Heyman (Producer), Jim Broadbent (Professor Horace Slughorn), and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) (2:48)

"Building Relationships" with David Yates (Director), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and David Heyman (Producer) (2:05)

"Director David Yates Returns" with David Barron (Producer), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), David Yates (Director), and David Heyman (Producer) (2:45)

"Wool's Orphanage" with David Heyman (Producer) and Stuart Craig (Production Designer) (2:50)

"Ron and Lavender's Kiss" with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) (2:07)

"The Burrow" with Stuart Craig (Production Designer), Stephen Woolfenden (Second Unit Director), and John Richardson (Special Effects Supervisor) (2:56)

"Harry and Ginny's Kiss" with Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) (2:04)

"Aragog Returns" with Nick Dudman (Make-up & Creature Effects Designer) (2:59)

"Creating The Cave" with Stuart Craig (Production Designer) (2:29)

"Designing The Virtual Cave Environment" with Tim Burke (Visual Effects Supervisor), Tim Alexander (Visual Effects Supervisor), and Robert Weaver (Associate Visual Effects Supervisor) (3:41)

"The Inferi" with Tim Alexander (Visual Effects Supervisor), Tim Burke (Visual Effects Supervisor), and Aaron McBride (Visual Effects Art Director) (3:26)

"The Underwater Sequence" with Tim Burke (Visual Effects Supervisor) (2:06)

Warner Bros. BD-LIVE

Disc 2 Contains:
Special Features:
Behind The Story:

"Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter"

  • Editing with Daniel Radcliffe and Mark Day (Editor) (4:18)

  • Special Effects with Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) with Matthew Harlow (Special Effects Dept.), John Richardson (Special Effects Supervisor) (4:21)

  • Owl Training with Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) and Guillaume Grange (Owl Trainer) (2:32)

  • Stunt Training with Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Nick Daines (Stunt Performer) (2:06)

  • Costume Design with Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Jany Temime (Costume Designer) (3:45)

  • Art with Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and Eduardo Lima (Graphic Designer) (2:15)

  • Behind the Camera with James Phelps (Fred Weasley) – He talks about working as an Assistant Director. (3:50)

  • Make-up with Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Amanda Knight (Make-up Designer) (5:27) Includes funny outtakes with Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas).

One Minute Drills – James and Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and Emma Watson have one minute to individually summarize what their characters have done over the course of the first 6 films. (6:45)

Preview of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with David Heyman (Producer) and David Yates (Director) – in Theaters, Part 1: November 2010 and Part 2: July 2011 (1:50)

"JK Rowling: A Year In The Life" by James Runcie (Writer / Filmmaker) (49:47)

"What's On Your Mind?" Hosted by Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), he asks some of his fellow castmates a number of questions that require snap answers. His castmates include Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Jessie Cave, Matthew Lewis, Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan), Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe), and Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle). (6:43)

"The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter At Universal Orlando Resort" with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Thierry Coup (Vice President, Universal Creative, Universal Parks and Resorts), Mark Woodbury (President, Universal Creative, Universal Parks and Resorts), Paul Daurio (Show Producer, Wizarding World Of Harry Potter), David Heyman (Producer, Harry Potter Film Series), Stuart Craig (Production Designer, Harry Potter Film Series), Alan Gilmore (Supervising Art Director), David Barron (Producer, Harry Potter Film Series), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Stev Jayson (Executive Chef, Universal Parks and Resorts), Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) , Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom). Opening Set for Spring 2010 (11:40)

Additional Footage:
Harry and Hermione walk through the halls of Hogwarts (0:29)

Harry and Hermione discuss Marauder’s Map (1:02)

Harry, Ron, and Hermione discuss the Vanishing Cabinet (1:07)

Harry and Dumbledore arrive at cave entrance (0:41)

Harry and Dumbledore leave cave (0:21)

Clouds gather over Hogwarts as Flitwick conducts choir (1:42)

Harry joins Ron, Hermione, and Ginny in the Common Room (0:43)

Harry and Hermione discuss Ron at Astronomy Tower (0:45)

Plus Downloadable WB Digital Copy NOTE: Not on either disc.

(Source: Warner Home Video)

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