According to Deadline, Warner Bros. will stop shipping physical copies of all eight Harry Potter movies on DVD and Blu-ray — including the Complete Collection of all 8 movies mega-set that releases on November 11 — as of December 29, 2011. Digital purchases will still be available after this date, and stores and resellers may stock up in anticipation, so it may be visible on shelves for a while after.
Harry Potter is the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, and Warner appears to want to find more ways to make money from it. Presumably, announcing “get it now or never!” will increase Christmas sales, and this allows for future re-releases, a la Disney’s “vault” system.
According to another version of the announcement,
Warner Home Video plans to release a comprehensive Harry Potter film collection, with even more extras and collectible premiums in 2012. More details about the collection will be available at a later date.
Hold off for better extras, or gotta have it now? It’s tough being a collector.