There’s really not much coming out on DVD this week, no TV, no big time special editions just a couple very small films and one mega-behemoth about a boy wizard about whom you may have heard.

Yes, Harry Potter is back on DVD for the seventh time with part one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. But is this necessarily a good thing?

Read on to find out…


Feature Films

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1

This movie gives me pause because I feel like it’s starting a dangerous trend. We saw it here, and we will see it again with the Twilight series: studios splitting films in two in order to make more money.

Now it’s true, there are creative reasons for doing this with each of these films – the books are very long, there’s more chance to explore the plot, etc. – But don’t for a second think that creative reasons factored within 1/100th of the importance that money did in these studios decisions to split these books into two films.

It’s just good business. Why would you stick to just one $500 million profit machine when you could make two just as easily with the same level of risk? It’s foolish not to.

Until you realize how this may apply down the road. Look at the next hot kiddie property – “The Hunger Games”. If these first two films do boffo box office biz, what’s to stop the studio from turning “Mockingjay” into a two-parter. Don’t worry about the fact that it’s half as long as the final “Harry Potter” book – two movies will make more money than one. It just makes sense.

And if that happens, what’s the next logical step? Breaking books down by chapters? Telling every story from multiple characters’ perspectives? Rebooting the book series as a new film franchise once you’ve run out of source material? It’s all in play now.

First it’s Potter, then “Twilight”, next it’s “The Hobbit”. Just you wait. That nine-part adaptation of “The Giver” is right around the corner.

But if you enjoy getting two “Harry Potter” films instead one one. You can buy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part One on DVD.


And Just So You Know, This DVD Exists…