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Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2019
Missing entire parts of the movie. Just an example - when the other schools make their appearance, the part where Hogwarts sings, is missing. Also, during the ball, when Harry goes outside and sees Snape and Igor talking is missing. Got so frustrated I stopped watching it.
Reviewed in the United States on September 6, 2019
i'm just infuriated. We have been watching a series of movies and ordered the next in the sequence. While you are ordering it always displays the LAST order and asks if you want to rent it. Unless you are paying CLOSE attention you just check "order" and voila! you have ordered something you just watched again. The help gives you a wonderful video on some imaginary screen that you can't actually get to in order to cancel. I can only feel this is intentional just to make a few more bucks on video purchases because Amazon has calculated they don't really have to provide any recourse. People will just give up at the bogus instructions and who wants to call some phone line!!!
If you wanted to alienate good customers just to sell another $5 video, mission accomplished!
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2018
I love this one! David Tennant, Robert Pattinson, and all the usuals...I wonder who would win between Doctor Who and Harry Potter?! Sonic Screwdriver vs Wand! Tardis vs. Dragon! Ok, enough of that... This is Harry Potter’s last year as a kid really. At the end, he finally has to grow up and assume responsibility for his destiny that comes in the final movies/books, and he’s at that awkward “jr. high” age where he’s caught between just doing what’s right and being the hero. He figures it all out, but sadly, not everyone is as lucky and the last 20-30 mins is not recommended for younger Potter viewers, at least without some parental guidance.
I have watched the Harry Potter series several times now, mini marathons. Each time I see something new, some connection, a buried clue foretelling events to come, character traits that reveal so much about the characters and their role in the overall story, and how those characters had to be constructed the way they were in order to bring about the reactions that led to future events. It is a beautifully threaded tale, truly a modern classic. One of the telling attributes of a classic is that the story is timeless and the telling and retelling never gets old. I am 61 years old, a writer and an avid reader and movie buff and this shall continue to remain one of my all time favorites, for it is in the Goblet of Fire that the true insidious nature of the evil represented by Voldemort becomes apparent. While the Sorcerer's Stone, The Chamber of Secrets, and even The Prisoner of Azkaban all are splendid stories in them selves and vital to the overall plot, it is in the Goblet of Fire that Harry and friends find themselves confronted with the true horror that is the evil represented by Lord Voldemort. The following tales expound on that vision of evil and terror, leading inexhorably to the final confrontation in The Deathly Hallows. I was fortunate to have read the entire series before ever having seeen the first movie release, and as such can put them both in perspective. While the movies are spectacular, remaining true to the primary story line and clearly evoking the essence of the tale woven by Ms. Rowlings, the books are, as is usually the case, far more complete and vivid. Small things make the difference, and the decisions made by the screen writers and directors, while necessary in order to encapsulate such rich complex stories in the time alloted, nonetheless leave out significant details that only a reading of the original text can render. See the movies, by all means, starting from first and making your way through to last in order. But do yourself a favor. If you find the story compelling, take the time to read the original text. Your time spent will be well reqarded by the added depth and insight provided. Enjoy!
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
I was a movie-watcher first, then went back to read the books, and I must say, anyone who down rates the movie because "it wasn't as good as the book" or "it cut this thing I like" is merely looking at it through bias glasses.
I love the movie, and I enjoy the books, but everything they cut from the books is completely understandable. We don't need a huge side track into Hermoine's SPEW, which amounts to nothing. We don't need a 15 minute segment of yet another quidditch match. True, the other tri-wizards are a tad underdeveloped, but seeing as we never meet them again, it's perfectly okay and doesn't add to the story.
The only thing that might have been nice was a bit of Hermoine teaching Harry the Accio spell, so that we understand where he got it for the Portkey later on. But, while it would have been a nice touch, it wasn't entirely necessary (though I would argue I'd rather see that than the ridiculous dragon scene).
And in fact, a lot is reworked and reordered in the movie to make a bit more sense, especially for viewing. The only thing that might go a bit too fast is the fact that the male school professor (forget his name) was a Death Eater, as he's the same one in the flashback, and later talking to Snape. It's kind of hard to catch, since he's kind of crazy and weird in the memory scene. But still, it's a minor point for the movie as he's not set up as a red herring.
Overall, the movies are wonderful adaptations of the books and even without the book knowledge are perfectly fine. You *do not* need all that extra "background" that is in the books to enjoy the movies, despite what people might say. IMO, Rowling wasn't the best author and really had way too much going on that, while okay filler for books, never amounts to much of anything.
Product came brand new but the case was smashed. Luckily the dvd isn’t harmed. Not great though as this could have been for a present, and now I have not got a case for this dvd? As this could cut your hands it’s that sharp.