Harry Potter: The Complete 8-film Collection [Blu-ray]   [Region Free]
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As myth and magic combine to weave their dark spell, Harry uncovers a few more crucial secrets about his mysterious past. It looks as if getting to Hogwarts will be impossible when Ron and Harry find that the magical gateway to Platform 9¾ is sealed against them, but a little ingenuity and the theft of Mr Weasley`s flying Ford Anglia insures that they make it to school in time for the beginning of term.
So we get the cinema shortcut of newspaper headlines spelling out significant plot developments and as a shorthand for the clock turning. When Dementors attack Harry and his cousin Dudley in Little Whinging, magic is the only way to save them both, but the Ministry of Magic aren’t as forgiving of Harry’s underage use of magic as they were when he inflated his aunt two years previously. Among the Tutors Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman) the mysterious and seemingly stern teacher who through the years Harry would be wary of despite knowing that Dumbledore had much faith in Snape, would Harry's doubts be proved right? Will Harry be able to keep up with his studies, lead his team to victory in the school sport Quidditch, and still triumph over the dreaded Voldemort? The actual narrative that we do see on screen is held together by this movie trickery, but it still feels like a Cliff Notes version of the story.Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone with a complimentary commemorative Limited Edition Remembrall enamel pin from the Harry Potter Fan Club Pin Seeking collection. That it’s very much a visual film, one that revels in its dark and moody atmosphere, one that really paints its story on screen is an obvious plus.
Year 4: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Harry must overcome a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He Who Must Not Be Named. Surround English audio, resounding, and enveloping, although this time there are a couple of moments where dialogue can be lost beneath aggressive action sequences. I suspect that it was never meant to be, it was instead supposed to grab the fans of the books at the age when what they wanted to see was the book faithfully recreated on screen. As it is, it’s difficult for me to judge this film on its own, and I really have to watch the final instalment also to see how well The Deathly Hallows fares on its way to the screen.For the conclusion of the film, we follow Harry’s arc all the way through, which is a great choice, as it hold the narrative and emotional focus of the film while all the action set pieces and destructive conflict happens around him. It’s all about the Triwizard Tournament leading to the momentous climax of the film, and any scene not at first appearing to be associated with that, winds up adding to that plot anyway. They could so easily have gone the Jake Lloyd route, cute, photogenic, button nosed future Dark Lord of the Sith in 1999, who grew up to be a normal looking, everyday guy. The Triwizard Tournament is taking place this year, and Hogwarts is competing against Durmstrang and Beauxbatons schools. But Dobby`s warning is portentous, as the heir of Slytherin has opened the Chamber of Secrets at Hogwarts, and death roams the corridors once more.
The music for the film is supplied by Alexandre Desplat, but for the first time since The Chamber of Secrets it really felt cohesively like a John Williams score. That’s with the exceptions of The Prisoner of Azkaban, and The Half Blood Prince, two films which make me forget their respective source materials, and which I can appreciate wholly as movies in their own right.
Such movies need to find one or maybe two or three ongoing plot lines and develop them through the script so that you get a narrative flow through the film.