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Audio: Q&A Session with Vice President of Special Features for Warner Bros

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Posted by: Rosi
May 15, 2011, 01:50 PM

Warner Bros. have kindly passed along a link to a Q&A session conducted last month with Paul Hemstreet, the Vice President of Special Features for Warner Brothers Home Video who has overseen the enhanced content for all of the Harry Potter film releases over the past decade. The Q&A mainly discusses the enhanced content on the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" Blu-Ray, but also Hemstreet's experience working with the cast and crew over the last ten years.

Hemstreet describes himself as "creative producer on the projects" and notes, "a lot has changed since when this began" in terms of the process of acquiring and putting in enhanced content.

When we started with Harry Potter, DVD was so new we found we had to educate people what it was what it could do what enhanced content could be and we were more of an afterthought, whereas today we are fully embraced, fully supported from the beginning. When Harry Potter started we weren't even on the set. (…) the windows [between filming and release] were much longer back then and we became involved when they started shooting Chamber of Secrets within a day or two.

Back then we really had to live within the world of Harry Potter, we couldn't reveal the magic. As Harry Potter aged up in the stories and the franchise, the fans grew with it, there became a new willingness and openness to learn about how things were put together. By ["Prisoner of Azkaban" we were able to have more in depth conversations] when we actually got an interview with Alfonso Cuarón and J.K. Rowling, and that has involved to the point where in "Deathly Hallows" we had a team in place at Leavesden Studios on set every day. A crew who could be called at a moment's notice.
Have a listen at this link. Many thanks to Warner Bros. for passing this on!

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803 Points

They have been so stupid about all the special features. Even the narnia kids did an audio commentary.

Posted by abandonedboyjon on May 15, 2011, 02:43 PM report to moderator
799 Points

I don’t know how proud I would be of the job done if I were in charge of the “special features.” Ah well. What I would really like to know is what the complete ultimate collection is going to look like when the full set comes out around Christmas (as we know it will). I would like to start adding them one by one for cost purposes of the full collection will not include more than they already are when purchased one at a time. Has anyone heard anything about the full collection? Thanks.

Posted by DeliaDee on May 15, 2011, 05:03 PM report to moderator

This man has absolutely nothing to be proud about. If they had treated the core Potter fans with 1/4 the love and respect shown by the LOTR people, we would have had fully intergrated extended editions, commentaries etc……

To say the least, WB have lost a huge money making opportunity and WE have lost the true DVDs we deserve.

Posted by Beazle on May 15, 2011, 05:19 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

I guess they didn’t get on the set until later, so they were on a learning curve. Beazle is right. LOTR stuff was really good.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on May 15, 2011, 06:53 PM report to moderator
10471 Points

This interview just says Harry Potter has bloomed like a blossom over the years . . . News flash: WE ALL KNOW THAT! lOl. :)

Posted by . on May 15, 2011, 09:36 PM report to moderator
5439 Points

cool interview.

Posted by Fleur-de- Lily on May 16, 2011, 03:27 AM report to moderator
524 Points

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Posted by Potterhead777 {ROAR!} on May 16, 2011, 08:36 AM report to moderator
948 Points

Haha, they had to educate people about what DVD was…that must have been infuriating!

Posted by Miss Weasley on May 16, 2011, 01:10 PM report to moderator
799 Points

Speaking of LotR, Fellowship was released on DVD around the same time as SS. They were able to figure out what those funny little discs were easily enough. Hemstreet seemed to be using the relative newness of the format as an excuse. First of all, when compared to LotR’s special features…yeah. Secondly, what’s the excuse for the later movies? Again…yeah.

Posted by DeliaDee on May 16, 2011, 01:29 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

Another stuffed suit… Feh!

Posted by Won_Two on May 16, 2011, 01:49 PM report to moderator
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