(March 28, 2002 – Burbank, CA) – On May 28, Warner Home Video (WHV) offers fans of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” the opportunity to create some magic of their own with all-new, interactive DVD-ROM features that will leave viewers spellbound! Featured on the DVD-ROM portion of the two-disc DVD set, the One Voice technology allows users to navigate through the DVD-ROM special features using only their voices and enables them to uncover secret spells (hidden features/Easter eggs). Harry Potter enthusiasts all over the world, in addition, will be brought together through the Magical Trading Cards, a virtual online community where fans can collect and trade digital Harry Potter cards containing special features and content accessible only with the “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” DVD. One Voice DVD Feature Lets Viewers Conjure Up Some Magic! Developed by One Voice Technologies, the One Voice option gives viewers the chance to navigate the DVD-ROM special features – including a personalized tour of Hogwarts and game demonstrations – by speaking directly into their computer’s microphone. The navigation commands are available in several languages including U.S. English, U.K. English, French, Spanish, German and Italian. Fans Across the Globe Can Access Magical Electronic Trading Cards! Fans will be able to learn even more about the mystical world of Harry Potter when they visit www.harrypotter.com! When users login and begin their Magical Trading Card collection, they will receive a virtual trading card booklet containing six sets of blank pages that they can fill with 72 different Harry Potter cards. Every time a user logs in, he or she will receive a new card. Registrants can complete their booklets by trading cards online with other subscribers, completing online treasure hunts, referring friends to the site and watching the DVD to find answers to a Harry Potter online movie quiz. When participants access the site with their DVD, special film clips and a unique trading card are unveiled via the DVD-ROM. Also, players will have a chance to win great Harry Potter merchandise and prizes. The Magical Trading Cards, based on artwork from the phenomenally popular Harry Potter trading card game by Wizards of the Coast, use predetermined messaging and simple navigational icons, making interaction among Harry Potter fans of all ages possible. This interface and the global nature of the Internet will allow fans across the world to trade cards. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” will be available on May 28, 2002, and the highly anticipated DVD is releasing in both widescreen and full-frame formats for $26.99 SRP. Harry Potter enthusiasts will also be whisked away by the special VHS edition, featuring never-before-seen scenes, available for $24.99 SRP. With operations in 78 international territories – more than the video division of any other studio – Warner Home Video commands the largest distribution infrastructure in the global video marketplace. WHV’s film library is the largest of any studio, offering top-quality new and vintage titles from the repertoires of Warner Bros. Pictures, Turner Entertainment Company, Castle Rock Entertainment, HBO Home Video and New Line Home Entertainment.
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