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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition)
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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (DVD) (WS)
Based on the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, the live-action family adventure film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone tells the story of a boy who learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. Invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. At Hogwarts, he finds the home and the family he has never had.]]>
Here's an event movie that holds up to being an event. This filmed version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, adapted from the wildly popular book by J.K. Rowling, stunningly brings to life Harry Potter's world of Hogwarts, the school for young witches and wizards. The greatest strength of the film comes from its faithfulness to the novel, and this new cinematic world is filled with all the details of Rowling's imagination, thanks to exuberant sets, elaborate costumes, clever makeup and visual effects, and a crème de la crème cast, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, and more. Especially fine is the interplay between Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his schoolmates Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), as well as his protector, the looming Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). The second-half adventure--involving the titular sorcerer's stone--doesn't translate perfectly from page to screen, ultimately because of the film's fidelity to the novel; this is a case of making a movie for the book's fans, as opposed to a transcending film. Writer Steve Kloves and director Chris Columbus keep the spooks in check, making this a true family film, and with its resourceful hero wide-eyed and ready, one can't wait for Harry's return. Ages 8 and up. --Doug Thomas
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These caveats aside, the film is a success. The movie brings the first book to life in rich and elaborate visualization. The set designers do a fantastic job of creating the locations described in the book in exciting detail. The plot is well developed and the acting matches the characters.
all the films were excellent. Dumbledore was most faithfully played by Richard Harris, who unfortunately passed away before the
series got even half way through. His successor was OK but weak compared with Harris. But the wittiness of the characters such
as Herminine and Ron and the brilliant special effects kept the series strong especially later on when they became darker. I will
write about the other movies later.
I only objected to the title which in England was called Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone instead of the Sorcerers Stone.
I guess Warner Bros figured people in the US would not know what a Philosophers Stone was. Some minor changes in the story
did not alter the main story sequence from the book, which were brilliantly written by J. K. Rowling. She never talked down to the
reader even though the books were supposedly written for children. The text is sophisticated and detailed and very descriptive.
And I loved the train; I have a passion for steam locomotives and though the British ones look kind of odd without the cow catcher
on the front, I will still take a dozen. Beautiful photography and scenery enhanced the visuals. And flawless special effects.
If you haven't seen the films or read the books, I strongly recommend them if you like charming, funny, some sophistication and
just good story telling; these are not fairy tales yet are top notch fantasy movies. I got all of the movies from AMAZON as well
as the books. I give this book five stars. And little Harry, Ron and Herminine are so cute!
The three discs included in this edition are:
• DISC 1 (Blu-Ray): Theatrical and Extended versions of the movie (extended version is 7 minutes longer), in-movie experience available for the Theatrical version
• DISC 2 (Blu-Ray): Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe, documentary "Creating the World of Harry Potter - Part 1: The Magic Begins", international TV special "A Glimpse into the World of Harry Potter", additional scenes, comprehensive gallery of trailers and TV spots
• DISC 3 (DVD): Special features for Sorcerer's Stone (BEWARE: this DVD is region 1, this means it can only be played in the US and Canada, unless you play it on a computer)
• BONUS DIGITAL COPY (DVD): Useless, as the Digital Copy offer expired December 8, 2010.
• 48-page photo book with images from years 1-7
• Two character cards (Harry Potter and Professor McGonagall)
Audio for the Theatrical Version is DTS-HD Master Audio: English 6.1, Dolby Digital: Español 5.1 EX. For the Extended Version it's DTS-HD Master Audio: English 5.1, Dolby Digital: Español 5.1. Subtitles for both versions are English SDH and Español.
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