Harry Potter fans take heart. Just because Warner Bros says it won’t ship more DVDs or Blu-rays after December 29, that doesn’t mean Hogwarts will immediately vanish from physical or virtual shelves. Or that it won’t be available for streaming, video-on-demand or downloading. “There will be Potter product come the first of the year,” says Jeff Baker, SVP/GM of Warner Bros’ Theatrical Catalog. “Over time, there’ll be less and less of that inventory,” Baker told EW. “At some point, whether it’s next April or May or June or July, it’ll probably be very difficult to find Harry Potter product, especially if you’re looking for the third movie or the fifth movie, for example.” Pulling classics out of circulation, even a big hit like the Potter movies, isn’t uncommon. Disney has been doing it forever with animated classics that are re-issued a few years hence in newer, “enhanced” or digitally remastered versions with more extras. Warner Bros has done it too with catalog titles such as The Wizard Of Oz, Gone With The Wind, and Blade Runner — only to be reintroduced with a big splash. Even Harry Potter: The Complete 8 Film Collection, which hits stores November 11, won’t include “an Ultimate Edition on the final two films,” which means there inevitably will be “some grand kind of piece” Baker says could come at “the end of 2012 or the beginning of ’13.”
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