Better late than never

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Báo Thanh Niên English - 29 month(s) ago 5 readings

A high school netizen who goes by Bella Binh says she shed tears in class last week upon hearing that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 2 will finally be released in Vietnam this February, six months after opening in theaters worldwide.

“While others watched the movie online or bought the DVD to watch at home, I kept hoping that one day it would come to my country.

“Now my dream will be fulfilled.”

Megastar and Galaxy, the main distributors of the Harry Potter series in Vietnam from 2001 to 2010, has not provided official explanation regarding the delay. However, it was rumored that the Warner Bros mistrusted Megastar for allegedly altering figures and avoiding independent audits in order to pay a lower copyright fee to the American film giant.

Together with other Warner Bros hits released last year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 2 marks a comeback for the iconic American film company within the Vietnamese market.

According to Megastar, Vietnam’s leading film distributor, a 3D version of Happy Feet 2 will be screened on January 20, followed by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on January 27, all leading up to the 8th installment of the Harry Porter series on February 3, which will include both 2D and 3D versions.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 2 was released worldwide the week of July 13-17 with the exception of Vietnam and China and became last year’s top moneymaker, racking in US$1.3 billion. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: part 1 opened locally in November, 2010, grossing US$548,000.

Following part 1, other Warner Bros’ blockbusters including The Hangover 2, Unknown, Red Riding Hood, and Green Lantern were not released in Vietnam.

Over the past six months, numerous local fans teamed up to launch an online petition, www.petitiononline.com, urging Vietnamese netizens to gather “a million signatures to ask Warner Bros to screen Harry Porter in Vietnam,” in hopes the studio would change its mind, explaining that Harry Potter has played a tremendous role in their childhoods.

Many of them purchased pirated versions of the film and some even traveled to Singapore or Thailand to watch the latest in the Harry Potter film series, which has earned over $7.7 billion so far.

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