Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Director: Chris Columbus

Cast: Chris Columbus, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson

     
 

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It nearly took Hogwarts-type magic to contain all the extras Warner Home Video packed into the two-disc Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Warner spared nothing in the creation of this disc. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the colors pop and the blacks appear deep and rich. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround is an amazing audio experience,See more details below

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It nearly took Hogwarts-type magic to contain all the extras Warner Home Video packed into the two-disc Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Warner spared nothing in the creation of this disc. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, the colors pop and the blacks appear deep and rich. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround is an amazing audio experience, capturing every explosion and each whisper. English closed captions, English subtitles, French subtitles, and Spanish subtitles are also included. Disc one contains nothing more than the movie, the cast and crew listings, and a couple of trailers. But pop disc two into the DVD player and sit back for a magical experience. Nineteen deleted scenes are presented in anamorphic widescreen. The entertaining "Conversation with J.K. Rowling and Steve Kloves", focuses on the process of adapting the books for the screen. The "Interviews with Students, Professors & More" contains a collection of cast members reminiscing about their filming experiences. Viewers can embark on a 3-D interactive journey in "Dumbledore's Office." Not only does this extra look amazing, but it's an incredibly enjoyable, educating experience. The first choice in this feature is "Build a Scene." This lengthy featurette takes a look at the entire production process by analyzing one location, Dumbledore's office, and everything in it. Interviews with both director Chris Columbus and crew members are included. In the second part, "Tour Dumbledore's Office," viewers can embark on a three-dimensional tour of the room. Enjoyable for fans of Kenneth Branagh is the feature "Gilderoy Lockhart's Classroom." The "Spellcaster Knowledge Challenge" is a nifty little trivia game. As far as DVD-ROM features are concerned, Warner stepped up to the plate in this game, too. From weblinks to an animated Hogwarts timeline, the computer-based features are plenty. But the rather magical "One Voice DVD technology" is amazing, allowing users to navigate through all the DVD-ROM features using their voices. Printable trading cards, games, and jigsaw puzzles round out the features.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The hotly anticipated sequel to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone didn't disappoint the millions of fans who eagerly awaited its release. Even more imaginative and elaborate than its predecessor, Chamber of Secrets abounds in magic, mystery, and adventure. Chamber now comes to DVD in a deluxe two-disc edition that teems with special features, and the film itself has been beautifully transferred to the digital medium. As the story begins, young wizard-in-training Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) embarks on his second year at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with his loyal friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson). But something's not quite right: Harry constantly hears a mysterious voice that warns him of impending danger, and while investigating a series of attacks bedeviling Hogwarts he uncovers a sinister, dangerous secret. Kenneth Branagh is a colorful addition to the Hogwarts faculty, and his blustery, egotistical instructor fits right in along with Harry veterans Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, and Alan Rickman. Although they've tried to keep Chamber of Secrets lighthearted with a full quota of humorous episodes, director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steven Kloves have actually made this sequel a darker, more grimly suspenseful tale. Very young fans should watch the film with their parents, as its vivid depiction of fanciful monsters and perilous combat makes for an occasionally intense viewing experience. Watching the DVD edition could easily be an all-day affair: The film is accompanied by no fewer than 19 deleted or extended scenes, conversations with cast and crew members, interviews of Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling and screenwriter Steven Kloves, and a wide variety of interactive special features that include self-guided tours of the Chamber of Secrets itself, Dumbledore's office, and Diagon Alley. There are also some 15 animated puzzles, sliders, and screen savers to be accessed. All told, these two discs will provide families with countless hours of entertainment.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is more enjoyable and better made than its predecessor. Paced well and effectively balancing thrills and laughs, Chamber feels much shorter than its intimidating 161 minute running time. The plot is occasionally fuzzy -- reasons are left unclear as to why the bad guys have to go through the complicated plan that they do, but complaining about that is the equivalent of quibbling with a Bond villain. Hogwarts looks more like a real place and less like a movie set this time around. The characters and sets have a familiarity that helps make this film feel more natural than Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The actors acquit themselves well, although only Kenneth Branagh as the vain, egotistical Gilderoy Lockhart truly shines. Branagh is obviously spoofing himself, and his joy is infectious. Although the film delivers the goods, disappointing neither fans of the books nor admirers of the first film, there is a certain restrictive feeling about the film that is hard to place. That Chris Columbus so closely follows the books seems to be a big reason why the series has succeeded (financially) as much as it has. However, there is an inevitability that disappoints ever so slightly. One has difficulty sensing much individuality in the film. Chamber of Secrets feels like a mission accomplished more than an inspired piece of storytelling, but it is a worthy mission and it is accomplished with skill.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Brimming with invention and new ideas, and its Hogwarts School seems to expand and deepen before our very eyes into a world large enough to conceal unguessable secrets -- What a glorious movie.
Variety - Todd McCarthy
Darker and more dramatic, this account of Harry's troubled second year at Hogwarts may be a bit overlong and unmodulated in pacing, but it possesses a confidence and intermittent flair that begin to give it a life of its own apart of the literary franchise, something the initial picture never achieved.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/11/2003
UPC:
0085392359226
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
2:41:00

Special Features

19 additional and extended scenes, including more Dobby mischief, more flying car adventure, a frightening encounter with the Malfoys in Borgin and Burkes; self-guided tours let you linger on the details of the Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore's office and Diagon Alley, including places never shown in the film; lead and supporting performers talk about making the film, favorite scenes, what their friends think, and more; interview with author J. K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves about rendering the adventure to the screen; Escape the Forbidden Forest, sneak into the Chamber, visit Lockhart's class and more; DVD-ROM features; voice-activated features; Hogwarts animated timeline; 15-plus animated puzzles, sliders, screensavers, matching challenges, magical trading cards and more.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter
Rupert Grint Ron Weasley
Emma Watson Hermione Granger
Kenneth Branagh Gilderoy Lockhart
Robbie Coltrane Hagrid
Richard Harris Albus Dumbledore
Sean Biggerstaff Oliver Wood
David Bradley Argus Filch
Alfred Burke Armando Dippet
John Cleese Nearly Headless Nick
Christian Coulson Tom Riddle
Warwick Davis Professor Flitwick
Tom Felton Draco Malfoy
Richard Griffiths Vernon Dursley
Robert Hardy Cornelius Fudge
Shirley Henderson Moaning Myrtle
Jason Isaacs Lucius Malfoy
Gemma Jones Madam Pomfrey
Matthew Lewis Neville Longbottom
Miriam Margolyes Professor Sprout
Rik Mayall Peeves the Poltergeist
Kathrin Nicholson Pansy Parkinson
Chris Rankin Percy Weasley
Alan Rickman Severus Snape
Fiona Shaw Petunia Dursley
Maggie Smith Minerva McGonagall
Julie Walters Mrs. Weasley
Mark Williams Mr. Weasley
Bonnie Wright Ginny Weasley
Julian Glover Aragog the Spider
Toby Jones Dobby the House Elf

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director,Executive Producer
J. Rowling Source Author
Andrew Ackland-Snow Art Director
Mark Bartholomew Art Director
Peter Francis Art Director
John King Art Director
Steve Lawrence Art Director
Lucinda Thompson Art Director
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Karen Lindsay-Stewart Casting
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
Tanya Seghatchian Co-producer
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Honess Editor
Michael Barnathan Executive Producer
David Barron Executive Producer
Mark A. Radcliffe Executive Producer
Nick Dudman Makeup Special Effects
David Heyman Producer
Stuart Craig Production Designer
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
Patricia Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
David Randall Thom Sound/Sound Designer
Cinesite Special Effects
Moving Picture Company Special Effects
Mill Film Special Effects
Framestore Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Movie
1. In a Cage
2. Dobby's Warning
3. Car Rescue
4. The Burrow
5. To Diagon Alley
6. Flourish and Blotts
7. Flying to Hogwarts
8. Whomping Willow
9. Not Expelled...Today
10. Mandrakes; Ron's Howler
11. Gilderoy Lockhart
12. Mudbloods and Murmurs
13. Writing on the Wall
14. About the Chamber
15. Rogue Bludger
16. No Longer Safe
17. Dueling Club
18. A Parselmouth
19. Nothing to Tell
20. Polyjuice Potion
21. Harry and Ron Transformed
22. The Diary
23. Tom Riddle
24. Petrified
25. Cornelius Fudge
26. Aragog
27. Spider Attack
28. Missing
29. Chamber of Secrets
30. Backfire
31. Heir of Slytherin
32. The Basilisk
33. Healing Powers
34. Out of the Hat
35. Dobby's Reward
36. Welcome Back
37. End Credits

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