Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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Director: Chris Columbus

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

     
 

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For all but the most nitpicking Potter-philes out there, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is nothing less than the perfect visual incarnation of J.K. Rowling's world of swooping owls and flying broomsticks. However, it's never precisely more than that, either; the very act of giving image and voice to these rich literary precepts places them in aSee more details below

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For all but the most nitpicking Potter-philes out there, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is nothing less than the perfect visual incarnation of J.K. Rowling's world of swooping owls and flying broomsticks. However, it's never precisely more than that, either; the very act of giving image and voice to these rich literary precepts places them in a realm inevitably less magical than the imagination. Still, it's hard to picture a more essentially faithful adaptation of Rowling's tone and story, which weighs in at a hefty two and a half hours despite streamlining some of the more vestigial elements of a quick 300-page read. Steve Kloves' adaptation of the wildly popular bestseller lingers less on some of the episodic Hogwarts' adventures, only briefly touching on such red herring plot points as the wise centaur and Hagrid's dragon. The eye-popping visuals have numerous other opportunities to shine, chief among them the grippingly rendered Quidditch match, in which players on broomsticks zoom and jockey like the speeder bikes of Endor in Return of the Jedi. It's no surprise that Harry Potter should occasionally invoke a Star Wars movie, since its hero is an orphaned boy who yearns for a destiny beyond what his aunt and uncle can provide, and who possesses unparalleled mystical powers that the dark side seeks to corrupt. The landscape Chris Columbus and cinematographer John Seale have created with its levitating banquet hall decorations, animated games of wizard chess, ominous trolls, and three-headed dogs is of equal vividness and complexity as that galaxy far, far away, and it should make just as much if not more money. Besides the film's many technical achievements, the actors really deliver, well beyond the who's who of British thespians who comprise the Hogwarts' teachers. Daniel Radcliffe has the look and reluctant heroism of Harry down perfectly, if a little too languidly; he's bested by Emma Watson's deliciously petulant and precocious Hermione, as well as the masterful line deliveries and comic timing of Rupert Grint as Ron.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A remarkably faithful adaptation of J. K. Rowling's bestselling children's novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone brings its characters vividly to life and presents their supernatural adventures with verve and imagination. Director Chris Columbus (Bicentennial Man) hews closely if not slavishly to Rowling's original, but his few embellishments enhance the yarn's cinematic effectiveness. Daniel Radcliffe is enormously appealing as Harry, the wistful and gifted orphan whose life changes radically when he is accepted into the Hogwarts School for aspiring young wizards. Accompanied by new friends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), the bespectacled sorcerer-in-training makes a name for himself and figures prominently in the perilous search for a long-lost talisman. Fans of Rowling's books will be delighted with the film's visualizations of their favorite Potter people, including headmaster Dumbledore (Richard Harris), professor McGonagall (Maggie Smith), and gamekeeper Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). The special effects are truly dazzling, but Columbus doesn't rely solely on virtuoso visuals to thrill his viewers; he takes time to flesh out the characters and imbue their surroundings with the proper mystical atmosphere. Ultimately, what he creates isn't just a rousing fantasy film -- it's a unique, magical little world that will envelop and entrance all who venture near.
All Movie Guide
For all but the most nitpicking Potterphiles out there, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is nothing less than the perfect visual incarnation of J.K. Rowling's world of swooping owls and flying broomsticks. However, it's never precisely more than that, either; the very act of giving image and voice to these rich literary precepts places them in a realm inevitably less magical than the imagination. Still, it's hard to picture a more essentially faithful adaptation of Rowling's tone and story, which weighs in at a hefty two and a half hours despite streamlining some of the more vestigial elements of a quick 300-page read. Steve Kloves' adaptation of the wildly popular bestseller lingers less on some of the episodic Hogwarts' adventures, only briefly touching on such red herring plot points as the wise centaur and Hagrid's dragon. The eye-popping visuals have numerous other opportunities to shine, chief among them the grippingly rendered Quidditch match, in which players on broomsticks zoom and jockey like the speeder bikes of Endor in Return of the Jedi. It's no surprise that Harry Potter should occasionally invoke a Star Wars movie, since its hero is an orphaned boy who yearns for a destiny beyond what his aunt and uncle can provide, and who possesses unparalleled mystical powers that the dark side seeks to corrupt. The landscape Chris Columbus and cinematographer John Seale have created -- with its levitating banquet hall decorations, animated games of wizard chess, ominous trolls, and three-headed dogs -- is of equal vividness and complexity as that galaxy far, far away, and it should make just as much if not more money. Besides the film's many technical achievements, the actors really deliver, well beyond the who's who of British thespians who comprise the Hogwarts' teachers. Daniel Radcliffe has the look and reluctant heroism of Harry down perfectly, if a little too languidly; he's bested by Emma Watson's deliciously petulant and precocious Hermione, as well as the masterful line deliveries and comic timing of Rupert Grint as Ron.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
[Alan] Rickman is practically incandescent with purpose; he emits a high-voltage zap of electricity with every glare.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a red-blooded adventure movie, dripping with atmosphere, filled with the gruesome and the sublime, and surprisingly faithful to the novel.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2007
UPC:
0085391173618
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:32:00
Sales rank:
1,921

Special Features

Includes free collectible trading cards

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter
Emma Watson Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint Ron Weasley
Maggie Smith Professor McGonagall
Robbie Coltrane Hagrid
Alan Rickman Professor Snape
Richard Harris Albus Dumbledore
Richard Griffiths Vernon Dursley
Ian Hart Professor Quirrell
John Hurt Mr. Ollivander
Warwick Davis Goblin Bank Teller,Professor Flitwick
Fiona Shaw Petunia Dursley
John Cleese Nearly Headless Nick
Julie Walters Mrs. Weasley
Sean Biggerstaff Oliver Wood
Zoë Wanamaker Madame Hooch
Tom Felton Draco Malfoy
Harry Melling Dudley Dursley
Matthew Lewis Neville Longbottom
David Bradley Argus Filch
Bonnie Wright Ginny Weasley

Technical Credits
Chris Columbus Director,Executive Producer
Andrew Ackland-Snow Art Director
Todd Arnow Associate Producer
Michael Barnathan Executive Producer
Michael Boone Set Decoration/Design
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Peter Dorme Set Decoration/Design
Nick Dudman Makeup Special Effects
Susie Figgis Casting
Peter Francis Art Director
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Rosie Hardwick Set Decoration/Design
Duncan Henderson Executive Producer
David Heyman Producer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Jane Jenkins Casting
Patricia Johnson Set Decoration/Design
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
Michael Lamont Art Director
Simon Lamont Art Director
Steve Lawrence Art Director
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
John Midgley Sound/Sound Designer
Paula DuPre Pesman Associate Producer
Mark A. Radcliffe Executive Producer
John Richardson Special Effects Supervisor
John Seale Cinematographer
Tanya Seghatchian Co-producer
Lucinda Thompson Art Director
Sarah "Toad" Tozer Set Decoration/Design
Clare Le Vesconte Makeup
John Williams [composer] Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
1. Doorstop Delivery [4:05]
2. Vanishing Glass [4:05]
3. Letters From No One [4:06]
4. Keeper of the Keys [6:07]
5. Diagon Alley [3:18]
6. Gringotts [2:57]
7. Ollivanders [4:07]
8. The Boy Who Lived [2:15]
9. Platform 9-3/4 [3:00]
10. Ron and Hermione [3:43]
11. Welcome to Hogwarts [3:39]
12. Sorting Hat [4:43]
13. Nick and Other Residents [4:15]
14. Potions and Parcels [4:35]
15. New Seeker [5:50]
16. Three-Headed Sentinel [2:48]
17. Facts and Feathers [4:04]
18. Mountain Troll [5:55]
19. Quidditch [:05]
20. Interference Overcome [6:28]
21. Christmas Gift [3:36]
22. Cloaked in Darkness [4:37]
23. Mirror of Erised [3:09]
24. Norbert [4:59]
25. Forbidden Forest [5:51]
26. Up to Something [6:29]
27. Through the Trapdoor [4:16]
28. Wizards Chess [4:47]
29. Sacrifice Play [5:34]
30. Man With Two Faces [3:11]
31. Magic Touch [3:59]
32. Mark of Love [3:23]
33. House Cup Winner [3:10]
34. Not Really Going Home [4:14]
35. End Credits [2:26]

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