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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1
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339 of 367 people found the following review helpful
on April 29, 2011
Great road trip movie. A bit slow at times, but excellent character building, and even some decent acting by the main three. They really have come a long ways. Especially Harry / Daniel who over the past few films has grown immensely as an actor.

However, I am SO, SO sick of the studios PURPOSEFULLY doing a bad job on their DVD transfers only to promote Blu-Rays. The explosion of combo packs has driven this further, because many folks with a 32" or smaller 720p set can't see the difference between a Blu-Ray and upcoverted DVD...UNLESS the DVD is a *terrible* quality source. The studios are now MALICIOUSLY doing horrible transfer jobs in order to make the Blu-Ray look better. This is not conspiracy theory. Watch for yourself by comparing HP7 with HP4 or 5 on DVD!

There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON that the HP7 DVD should look this bad. First off, it is only using a fraction of the available DVD dual-layer space available, and as such is *riddled* with compression artifacts. You need no more proof than that, but the real proof is in the pudding! Compare the HP4 and HP5 dark scenes with those in HP7 pt 1 and you will see NIGHT AND DAY difference in quality. Things should be better today, not worse. You can't tell me it was on accident. This was almost certainly found and raised during quality control, and quietly snuffed by the marketing folks. It was engineered this way on purpose.

While we are a Blu-Ray household with 4 total BD players (living room, MBR, newest desktop, newest laptop), we have nearly a dozen DVD Players counting older laptops, desktops, portable DVD players, and cars. Overall, this movie undoubtedly will be watched more on DVD than on BD. We shouldn't be subjecdted to inferior quality just because some bozo in Marketing things it will impact BD sales 1% to 2%. I don't care if he's right. It's not fair. We pay a good price for the DVD, and we should get a product that is the best possible for the money. Not one that is artifcially neutered for marketing reasons!!!

I blame Warner Brothers. There is no excuse for this. I do not feel this was an accident, and this needs to stop!

Rhino
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2011
The movie is great, but the DVD is lacking. Warner brothers promised that the dvd release would include in it the opening of deathly hallows part 2. It doesnt. it contains only four of the promised deleted scenes, and is missing all the other promised material.

luckily, the price was low, but WB needs to make the opening sequence avalible for DVD people, because they promised us that feature, and not everyone can afford to keep dropping hundreds of bucks to buy blu ray players, and whatever format will replace it.

it may be a small promise, but the opening of part two was a promise, nonetheless.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Seen the movie, love it, no complaints there. I have an issue with this combo pack, I love all the special features that comes with most dvd's. No where in the description of this product did it indicate that you can only watch that disc if you have a blu-ray player. We plan on eventually purchasing one, but all the same if I had known I couldn't see the special features without one I would have chosen a different dvd pack.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2011
I purchased this in October 2011 expecting the Blu-Ray, DVD, & Digital Copy (as advertised), but when the movie arrived, I found that the digital copy expired on 9/13/2011! Sure enough, there is nothing on the site indicating that the digital copy has expired, so I call shenanigans. Amazon needs to update the site and give everyone who bought it under false pretenses their digital copy.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2011
Disappointed that there are no extras for the regular DVD version in this combo pack (the single disk DVD version that you can buy apparently has no extras either). That means that folks without a Blu-Ray player don't get any extras. That really wasn't clear in the product details and I would probably have just bought the single disk version if I had known.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2011
I started watch it on DVD with an upscale player and first thing I did notice was the poor quality in video. Usually with new releases and the upscale DVD player, it turns out really well, not as good as Blu-Ray but still a pretty good picture. Not the case with this one. WOW. Lots of jagged lines around the images like I was watching a bad copied version. I never thought they would have done this to todays Harry Potter.

As for the movie, It was slow alot of the times. I started to get bored really. The action scenes were good but it felt to me like they were trying to kill time around the middle part of the movie. That with the poor quality, I didn't enjoy this release as much as the past chapters. I hope they fix part 2.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2011
This review is for the Bly-ray/DVD combo pack. Buyers should be aware that the only way to watch the special features for DEATHLY HOLLOWS is on the bluray disc. They are not included on the DVD or digital copy. As for the special features on the bluray disc, they are okay, consisting of mostly standard featuretts and the maximum movie gimmick that has all sorts of interviews and even readings from the book included while the movie plays. It's okay but I can't imagine watching it more than once. Beware of the digital copy as it includes lots of spyware and garbage you may not want on your computer (and the download takes up a mind boggling amount of space). The transfer of both the bluray and the parts of the DVD that I checked seemed fine to me. Complaints about the darkness and lack of color in the film seem to be fairly true to the original look of the film and are not really the result of a terrible transfer. This is however by no means an exceptional looking disc. Take "professional" reviews of discs on sights like HighDef Digest with a grain of salt as negative reviews from them mean repercussions from the studios who send them all sorts of freebies, swag and other forms of "payment" for good reviews. On a well calibrated HDTV above 46 inches the bluray (and upconverted DVD transfer) of DEATHLY HOLLOWS will look fine but it certainly isn't ever going to pop or look colorful (and it isn't supposed to). There is also some digital noise during a few sequences on the BD and they were more pronounced on the DVD. There isn't any excuse for it other than slopiness from Warner. As far as the playability issues, they are most likely due to a DRM change at Warner and you will have to do a firmware update to your BD player. If you have a player more than a couple years old (unless you are using a PS3) you will probably be out of luck and will have to watch the DVD or buy a new BD player. / This is a very standard 3 disc release these days which means you get (mostly) the same thing in three different versions. If you want all the special features the only way to get them is on the BD version. Walmart has a DVD only version that has special features but it DOES NOT include the maximum movie material which makes up the bulk of the special features. This scenario is becoming more and more common (standard practice for Disney with every release) and if studios make money from it ... it isn't going away any time soon so do your homework before you buy a disc. It sucks but thats the way things are going.

By the way...the PQ on the DEATHLY HOLLOWS bluray isn't any brighter or more vibrant than the DVD but there is a bit less noise. THE AQ is noticeably better. Undoubtedly Warner is saving lots of good stuff for the Ultimate box set edition which will be released after the final film. Then the Limited Collectors Edition. Then the Anniversary Edition. Then the MudBlood Half Prince Hedwig Memorial Edition with collectible film cell made from genuine digital frame capture. Then the Hagrid's Hut Edition with Keepsake keychain............
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 18, 2011
As others have said, `Deathly Hallows Part I' is a good film for fans of the 7th book. David Yates is faithful to the novel (to a fault, perhaps), and those who enjoyed reading JK Rowling's final book in the Harry Potter series will be satisfied (especially since `Part II' is coming to theaters in just a few weeks).

As a stand-alone film, however, `Part I' suffers for the same reason Rowling's book suffers - too much exposition, too many over-complicated plot threads to set up, and too little action. It's not that nothing happens - actually, Yates manages to include all of the action sequences from the first 500 pages of the novel (the escape from Privet Drive, the aftermath of the wedding, the visit to Godric's Hollow, the incident at Luna's house, the Gringotts break-in, etc.). But it all feels somewhat like a series of disconnected scenes cobbled together with too much talking, whining, and camping in between. Like the book, the film focuses almost exclusively on our trio of teenage heroes as they try to track down and destroy a series of Horcruxes (magical objects containing segmented parts of Voldemort's soul) while at the same time avoiding detection and capture by followers of the Dark Lord. Unfortunately, an awful lot of exciting-sounding things are happening to the characters who are NOT Harry, Ron, and Hermione, but neither the book nor the film lets us experience any of them. And these other characters are sorely missed.

There is so much sheer plot in this movie that it's difficult to keep up with it - there are so many things we need to understand to make sense of it all (the mythology of Horcruxes, the meaning of the titular Deathly Hallows, convoluted wand lore . . . and how they all play into the mission to bring down Voldemort and save the world for Wizards and Muggles alike). And none of it goes anywhere in this film. The final film will probably be more satisfying, since it actually has an ending . . . `Part I' does not.

Several characters die in `Part I' - only one of them generates the kind of pain I expected (and as we see in the novel). If anything, Yates sacrificed the emotional heart of the story in trying to stay so close to the overriding plot, probably the result of breaking the novel into two parts. The pay-off will come in `Part II,' so it may all come together fine in the end. Actually, Yates has a chance to improve on the novel in this final film - Rowling left us hanging a bit with her final few chapters (no Harry/Snape resolution, no Harry/Ginny reunion, no sense of the aftermath of that final battle at Hogwarts). The `Part II' trailers suggest that Yates may have understood this. I hope so.

If you love the Potter universe, you've undoubtedly already seen this film. If you're just curious, watch the other movies first. And wait until July 14 to watch `Part I' - then you can rush right out and see `Part II' on July 15. Perhaps together the films will do what `Part I' can't do alone.

One final note - I watched this on a standard DVD on a pretty ordinary and inexpensive TV, and I did not find the scenes excessively dark or difficult to see. Since so many reviewers mentioned the poor quality of the "transfer" on the DVD, I'm not sure what this means. I had no problems.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2011
Unlike Potter films 1-6, this digital copy expired on September 13, 2011. They may re-enable it after part 2 comes out, but I highly doubt it. Save yourself a few bucks and get the version of the film that you can play with conventional players.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2011
You know the feeling when you come in late in a movie - say miss the first 5 minutes? You never feel like you've caught up with the plot. You feel frustrated and confused the entire time. You want to ask someone, "Who are these people, what are they doing, and why are they doing it? What did I miss?"

That's how I felt with this movie. Since I was watching the DVD, obviously I didn't come in 5 minutes late, but it felt like it. I felt I had missed part of the plot, and never quite caught up with the story line. I believe the cut scene at the start, when Harry is talking with his aunt, would have helped, but it still might have felt this way.

None of the others did this. I always felt I came in at the beginning, and was able to follow the plot.

This movie has to be watched if one is going to have any clue at all when Part II comes out, but I was (for the first time in the series) very disappointed.

No, I haven't read the books. However, one should not have to read the books to understand the movies. They should be true to the books, but not depend on them for comprehending the plot.
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