Harry Potter Collection Years 1-5

Harry Potter Collection Years 1-5

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Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Robbie Coltrane

     
 

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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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Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
UPC:
0883929036608
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
12:30:00

Special Features

Special Features Disc 1 - Additional Scenes; Capturing the Stone: Casting and Bringing the Novel to Life; Around the World Multilanguage Clip; Ghosts of Hogwarts; Yearbook Character Clips; Lessons in Quidditch and What it Takes to Hatch a Dragon Egg; ; Year 2: Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets - Additional Scenes; Conversation with Author J.K. Rowling and Screenwriter Steve Kloves; Building a Scene: Moviemaking Magic; Visit Lockhart's Classroom to View his Certificates and Required Reading; Interviews with Students, Professors ; ; Year 3: Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban - Additional Scenes; Creating the Vision: Director Alfonso Cuarón, Author J.K. Rowling and Others Reflect; Conjuring a scene: The on-set Magic of Cinematic Craftspeople; Shrunken Head Interviews with Heroes, Gryffindors, Slytherins, Teachers, Dursley and Filmmakers; Choir Practice; Care of Magical Creatures; ; Year 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Additional Scenes; Conversations with the Cast; Preparing for the Yule Ball ; Reflections on the Fourth Film; Harry vs the Horntail: The First Task; Meet the Champions; In Too Deep: The Second Task; The Maze: The Third Task; He Who Must Not Be Named; ; Year 5: Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix; ; Focus Points: Featurettes and Production Diaries; Additional Scenes; The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter: Revisit the First 5 Movies for Clues; Trailing Tonks: Personal Film; Set Tour; Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing - Director David Yates and Editor Mark Day Show ; What a Difference a Good Edit Makes and then allows you to edit a scene; ; Closed Caption

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