The follow-up to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone finds young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to discover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.
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Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Will Be a Sequel 3/31/2014 3:42 PM EDT
J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" spin-off films, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them", will be a trilogy according to the New York Times.The series was announced in Spetemmber, and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara said that he hoped to "build a film franchise" from the project. The films will be based on Rowlings book by the same, which was a textbook published between the fourth and fifth... More>>
New Harry Potter Inspired Film on Horizon 9/12/2013 9:19 AM EDT
Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced an expanded creative partnership with world-renowned, best-selling author J.K. Rowling. At the center of the partnership is a new film series from Rowling's world of witches and wizards, inspired by Harry Potter's Hogwarts textbook "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and the adventures of the book's fictitious author, Newt Scamander. The announcemen... More>>
Daniel Radcliffe Admits To Being Drunk On The Set of Harry Potter 2/6/2012 1:22 PM EDT
One of the world's most recognizable people, Daniel Radcliffe, admitted that while filming some scenes for the "Harry Potter" movies he was actually drunk. According to Radcliffe in an interview, this condition occurred during a period in his life where he was drinking "nightly.""I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem. People with problems like that are very adept at hiding i... More>>
Harry Potter Cast Answers Fan Questions At Harry Potter Event at... 11/16/2011 10:47 AM EDT
To celebrate the home video release of the last film in the Harry Potter saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Universal Studios Orlando teamed up and held a celebration. During the long three-day weekend, numerous stars came to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to discuss the film series, visit the theme park centered on the Harry Potter franchi... More>>
Warner Bros. and Universal Studios Bring out a Star Studded Cast... 11/14/2011 10:56 PM EDT
The stars were out the night of Saturday November 12, 2011 at new Harry Potter village Universal Studios Islands of Adventure Theme Park Orlando, Florida for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Blu-ray release celebration. Being on the carpet at this amazing event was a thrill with a background of Hogwarts and Hogsmede surrounding the 100-foot red carpet. Press from all over the worl... More>>
Harry Potter DVD And Blu-rays to be Pulled From Shelves 10/25/2011 11:54 AM EDT
Harry Potter fans will have to be sure they rush out to get their copies of any missing DVDs or Blu-Rays from their collections. As of December 29 of this year, Warner Bros. will stop shipping all copies of the films.This surprise move will give fans only a two month window to go out and grab the latest in the series, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2", as well as the "Complete 8-Film... More>>
Warnes Bros. Announces First-ever Worldwide Live Community Scree... 10/21/2009 12:13 PM EDT
Experience the first-ever worldwide Live Community Screening (LCS) exclusive to owners of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Blu-ray Disc and hear star Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates answer your questions during this live LCS on December 12th, 2009. Also be the first to see footage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, featured on the Blu-ray and 2-Disc Special Editio... More>>
Exclusive Harry Potter Theatrical Clip Podcast and App Now Avail... 7/9/2009 3:56 PM EDT
Warner Bros. Digital Distribution today announced the availability of exclusive Harry Potter content on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com). Harry Potter fans can download for free and enjoy never before seen footage from the highly anticipated film "Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince" and a Harry Potter and... More>>
Museum of Science and Industry Extends It's Run of Harry Potter:... 3/12/2009 10:28 PM EDT
The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is pleased to announce that it will extend its world premiere run of Harry Potter: The Exhibition, which opens on April 30, 2009, by nearly three weeks in response to fan feedback and the demand for tickets. The exhibit, which was originally set to end its run on September 7, will now close on September 27, 2009. The extended run will enable more fan... More>>
Warners Bros. Responds To Harry Potter Complaints 8/20/2008 10:43 AM EDT
Warner Bros. President and Chief Operating Officer Alan Horn has released an official response to all the complaints that have been circulating online regarding the pushing back of the new Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to 2009. "Many of you have written to me to express your disappointment in our moving "Har... More>>
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Teaser Debuts Online 7/30/2008 2:44 PM EDT
A teaser trailer for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" has been released by Warner Bros. The film which is due out on November 21 is the sixth installment of the series. The film was directed by David Yates from a script by Steven Kloves, the anticipated sixth installment stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, David Bradley, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, ... More>>
Harry Potter DVDs Owners Get Suprise Gift 12/14/2007 10:43 AM EDT
Customers who ordered the 5-disc set, Harry Potter: Years 1-5 Limited Edition Gift Set, got a surprise this week when they opened their Blu Ray formatted set to find that the fourth disc, "The Goblet of Fire," was actually an HD DVD.While stores were making good on the mix up, it is still unclear whether or not Warner Brothers would be sending replacement discs to consumers as well.... More>>
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Staff Review
As we have almost now come to the end of the Potter films and have passed the end of the books where we learned all of the secrets, e.g. Rowling's assertion that Dumbledore was gay, we are now getting to watch the films actually come out on Blu-ray for our home collections. The 2002 movie was the second, and thankfully last, of Chris Columbus' hyper-literal interpretations. Someone noted that the Bible was usually filmed with less fidelity than the first two Potter flicks, and workman-like filming.
To be sure, he did a credible job -- just not an inspired one, and as we can see as we now live in the series' future, he nailed the cast. The school has become more impressive as time wore on, but the essential nature of Hogwarts, which Columbus gets the credit for, has remained unchanged. If you want to own the Harry Potter series of films, you will want to own this one. If you are not a fan, I believe the common understanding of which I share to a degree, is that the books get more interesting later in the series; although the sense of whimsy wears a little thinner as they top 300 pages each.
Secrets reunite Radcliffe (Harry), Grint (Ron), and Watson (Hermione) who are together at Hogwarts again for their second year. This time the threat comes from a deadly giant snake and a haunted notebook left behind by Harry's ever-present nemesis, Lord Voldemort. Harry gets help from a house elf (Dobby), who, it is conjectured, was designed to look like Vladimir Putin, and the resemblance troubled the Russian leader. The movie runs 161 minutes (174 in extended edition) and has only one major distinction from the book that I could find.
The movie's video and audio are both excellent -- assuming your TV can do adequate blacks as the film tends towards the darker pallet and the new soundtrack mix is simply amazing.
Over all it is a sufficient rendition, but nothing I am overly excited about. This Ultimate edition is vastly superior to the original Blu-ray release including: an extended version of the film with 13 minutes of footage not shown in theatres, and bonus features such as Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters, and a 48-Page Photo Book with never-before-seen images from Years 1-7 and 2 Ultimate Edition Character Cards (Card No. 3: Rubeus Hagrid, Card No. 4: Severus Snape).
This truly is the Harry Potter Ultimate Edition and I can't wait to see the entire series get this treatment.
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