Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009) artwork

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

Thursday 29th October 2009

No one is safe as Harry Potter returns for his sixth year at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, out on Blu-ray and DVD on 7th December 2009 from Warner Home Video.
Geraldine Somerville, Jim Broadbent, Elarica Johnson, Dave Legeno, Michael Gambon, Daniel Radcliffe
David Yates
John Trehy, Tim Lewis, David Heyman, David Barron
Warner Home Video
2 hours 33 minutes

Wizards and muggles beware! No one is safe as Harry Potter returns for his sixth year at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Out on Blu-ray and DVD on 7th 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.

Yours to own and relish, 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 boxsets 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.

Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses--critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office...and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

  • Close-Up With The Cast of Harry Potter : Hosts Matthew Lewis ("Neville Longbottom") and Alfred Enoch ("Dean Thomas") lead us on an entertaining look at the cast of Harry Potter as they explore their interests away from acting and spend a day on set with the production team
  • Editing with Daniel Radcliffe : Daniel and editor Mark Day have a light-hearted conversation about film editing and how to get the right shot for a scene.
  • Special Effects with Matthew Lewis, Oliver Phelps and Tom Felton: The guys get a "science lesson" from Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson and technician Matthew Harlow.
  • Owl Training with Jessie Cave: Jessie heads outside for training tips with "hootie" and owl trainer Guillaume Grange
  • Stunt Training with Rupert Grint: Rupert shows off his thrill for danger with the stunt department
  • Costume Designs with Evanna Lynch: Evanna shares her jewelry designs with Costume Designer Jany Temime
  • Art with Bonnie Wright: Bonnie and graphic designer Eduardo Lima show off the fun props, products and set designs
  • Behind the Camera with James Phelps: In his debut performance in the assistant director department, James actually becomes a crew member on set
  • Make-Up with Emma Watson: Emma and designer Amanda Knight talk about the biggest challenges on this year's film
  • J.K. Rowling: A Year In The Life - A fascinating and intimate look into the life of J.K. Rowling over the last year of writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
  • One-Minute Drills - The cast has 60 seconds to describe their character's personality, history, relationships and other traits before time runs out
  • What's On Your Mind - Hosted by Tom Felton, the cast is put on the spot when asked a series of rapid-fire questions on their likes and dislikes
  • The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Sneak Peek: Get an "inside look" at the amazing world of magic and excitement being created at Universal Orlando® Resort in Florida
  • Additional Scenes
  • Maximum Movie Mode - As the darkest hour approaches, this is the one thing you MUST see to prepare yourself for the final battle in Deathly Hallows! This interactive viewing experience will examine the entire film with such things as Focus Points, Picture-In-Picture, photo galleries and much more!
  • The Millennium Bridge
  • Shooting On Location
  • Professor Slughorn
  • Building Relationships
  • Director David Yates Returns
  • Wool's Orphanage
  • Ron and Lavender's Kiss
  • The Burrow
  • Harry and Ginny's Kiss
  • Aragog Returns
  • Creating the Cave
  • Designing the Virtual Cave
  • Environment
  • The Inferi
  • The Underwater Sequence
  • None or TBC

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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