Disc 3: Special Features The third disc is comprised of standard definition features, all of which have appeared on previous releases of the film. It's as if they took the image in my mind and transferred it to the screen. Disc 1 Here you'll find two versions of the film. The case it all comes bundled in is an act of overkill as well. The green colors of Slytherin and the green landscapes surrounding Hogwarts are all rich and bold. Without a doubt, however, it is camaraderie between the film's three young actors that remains most crucial to the sustainability of a seven-strong franchise. It offers up a PiP video commentary, which includes storyboards, explanations about scenes with Chris Columbus, and other tidbits from the cast and crew.
Alas, this respect is also what prevents Sorcerer's Stone from ultimately being a truly transformative film -- simply put, it just plays it too safe for greatness. Fleshtones, though frequently lifelike, occasionally appear flushed and oversaturated. The sound, for the most part, is engulfing. And in all honesty, the first two films in the series do fall under that umbrella. Some of the magic spells and effects look awesome; others don't capture the imagination nearly so much.
As he learns to harness his newfound powers with the help of the school's kindly headmaster, Harry uncovers the truth about his parents' deaths -- and about the villain who's to blame. Another good scene came at the beginning of the film with the millions of Hogwarts letters flying in at once. Rowling contractually required Warner to only use British actors to fill out the many denizens of her world, and the studio certainly assembled a first-rate adult cast to buttress the film's less experienced younger actors. However, it may not stand up to detailed analysis. In the title role, Daniel Radcliffe pulls off the very difficult task of playing an introverted hero who spends most of the movie reacting to the amazing sights and events around him.
I would have liked to see a little more emotion on the actors' faces at certain times. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he's a powerful wizard -- with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I was pleasantly surprised that he did not direct the Harry Potter film in this way. Unfortunately, the PiP track is terribly spotty. Film Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. I watched this movie first time when I was left with no choice. Black levels are very deep and inky without any crush and skin tones are natural at all times.
Ultimately, Warner's transfer isn't going to leave Potter fans shaking their fists at the heavens, but it won't leave them singing its praises either. As Harry learns more about Voldemort and the death of his parents, he has to prevent the dark lord's resurrection, protect a magical stone, and survive the many dangers of Hogwarts. Time and money are sadly finite, cinema owners need to be pleased as well as fans and computer animation ain't perfect. Flaws notwithstanding, it has something to offer Potter regulars and Hogwarts inductees alike. Director: Writers: , Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , , , , » Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Blu-ray Review The airy filler that dominates this series opener will make fans long for later entries. Particularly notable performances by Emma Watson and Alan Rickman. Perhaps some of the scenes would have been better with more conventional special effects? There's one scene which gives her too little chance to truly express panic; otherwise her performance needs no changes.
Still, seeing the visual effects and images on screen gives the books new life and to date the first Harry Potter movie is the highest-grossing in the series. When Warner first announced that 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' would be adapted for the big screen, the growing legions of Potter fans held their breath as they awaited word on who would direct the project. While it borrows more than a few tonal cues from The Lord of the Rings production documentaries, that certainly isn't a bad thing by any means. John Williams' score is legendary and never drowns out any other sound aspect. And much of what makes the Harry Potter phenomenon unique is that it is the first time in ages that a children's book, without a movie accompanying it, has generated this much popularity.
This is an awesome mix that never forgets a speaker and does so with accuracy and a nice balance between the vocals, score and effects. Depth: Dimensional work sees a nice little uptick here in the 4K release. Faces occasionally seemed a tad washed out when the bright lights hit them just at the right time. Simpler sounds such as the students walking from class to class along the insane stairwells sound impressive. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone From J. The professors are uniformly excellent, though Richard Harris' Dumbledore comes off as disappointingly flat until the end. Although I personally would have liked for Columbus to have taken a few more risks in filtering Rowling's text through his own vision, 'Sorcerer's Stone' remains a respectable and, at times, breathlessly exciting first installment in what has become one of Hollywood's finest fantasy franchises.
Harry was to be next, but something happened and the spell that was supposed to end his infant life backfired and killed Voldemort instead. The gently satirical aspects of Hogwarts School aren't in the movie at all. It must explain to us what a muggle is, how a sorting hat works, and just how the heck a jump through a wall at a train station can magically lead to Hogwarts Academy -- all without coming off as some sort of Cliff's Notes version of Rowling's original vision. Warner seems intent on releasing the 'Harry Potter' franchise in every conceivable fashion. Given these limitations, this film is about as close to human perfection as it is possible to achieve. You'll even be able to see the wax drippings from all the candles in the movie. Columbus clearly understands that fantasy works best when it's played most real.
Harry's adventures getting along in the school are fun and interesting, but as they are presented to us in the film, there isn't enough tying them all together. Those unaffected by Lady Nostalgia's song will find little more than a decent children's film; a flawed, slightly awkward introduction to the Potter Universe that rises and falls with its dated special effects, its syrupy pacing, and the at-times shaky performances of its fledgling stars. His strongest expressions are the bemusement that must be inherent at entering a world where science does not rule alone and the bravery that Harry shows in his achievements. After thinking about it, it does seem like parts of the movie fail to convey a sense of urgency. Three cheers to the film makers for giving three unknown child actors the top billing they deserve.
Nothing at all ever seems very confusing, outlandish or silly. It's the ultimate fantasy for young and old. Likewise, Columbus never lets style get in the way of story, demonstrating above all a respect for the heroes of Rowling's original novels. There are exterior shots at night of Hogwarts that now look rather beautiful. Its lack of fullness, and its dependence on the book, might actually increase the popularity and endurance of Rowling's series by making those who see the film yearn for more, which they can get from the real thing.