Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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Welcome to the First Harry Potter Ultimate Edition in Hi-Def!

Spellbinding 3-Disc Set Includes New Feature-Length Documentary: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 1: The Magic Begins

For the First Time Ever … Uncover the intimate details of the search to cast Harry Potter and his friends • See Daniel, Rupert and Emma’s never-before-seen audition tapes • Be there with stars and filmmakers walking onto the set of the exciting first day of sh… More >>

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

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5 Comments
  1. Excellent Fantasy Advanture! Can anyone tell me if the new Ultimate Additions have more footage than the original Blue Ray version?
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. I find it interesting that both the books and the movies in the Harry Potter saga got much better as they went along. The book did not have to go as far as the movies to become excellent, but both of them got good with HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN. The difference in quality between the first two Harry Potter movies and the third is vast. Most of it was due to Alfonso Cuarón’s amazing direction in the third film, after Chris Columbus’s rather timid direction in the first two films. Alfonso Cuarón raised the standard in the film series to an entirely new level, and subsequent directors (Cuarón turned down offers to continue directing films in the series, instead opting to make the absolutely extraordinary CHILDREN OF MEN instead, easily one of the best films of the past decade) took THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN as the model to follow, instead of the lackluster first two films.

    The first film especially is hurt by the inexperienced lead actors. Daniel Radcliffe especially would improve as an actor in later films, but in this one he is often painful to watch, especially in the many shots in which Harry grins hugely, with the director holding the shot way beyond anyone’s reasonable comfort level. Those in charge of casting might have wondered after the first film if they had done a wise job, but with each movie the three leads got better and better in their roles, to the point now where they are actually very good actors. Whatever gamble there was in casting the three definitely paid off. The general opinion at the time of the first film was that some or all the three young actors would need to be replaced by the time the final films were going to be made. Thankfully, they were able to complete all the films while the actors were young enough. Still, as good as they have become in later films, they were all, especially Daniel Radcliffe, difficulty to watch in this first film.

    But the real weakness in the film remains the incredibly bland direction. The first two films seem to have been made with 10-year-olds in mind. There is no darkness and they proceed from one gee-whiz moment to another.

    Still, the film is not without its merits. While the three young leads had not yet grown into their roles, the casting for most of the other roles was exceptional. Richard Harris before his death made a very fine Dumbledore. And how perfect is Robby Coltrane as Hagrid? The casting of the great Alan Rickman was prescient, since at the time of the first film it hadn’t yet been made clear how important Snape would be to later installments. But as great as all of these people would be (and through THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE the supporting characters have been persistently brilliant), for me the single most delightful supporting actor is Richard Griffiths as Harry’s utterly absurd and completely delightful Uncle Dursley.

    But still, too much of the film is nothing but set pieces and special effects and the like. There isn’t much substance. Most kids that I’ve talked to seem to enjoy THE SORCERER’S STONE; almost all adults that I have talked to find it pretty dull.

    The best thing, however, is that the movies get much, much better as they go along. THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN is easily the best of the bunch, but all of the films released after it were much stronger than the first two. My big hope now is that the final two films (which will recount the final novel) will be as good.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  3. Excellent fantasy adventure.Can anyone tell me for certain if these new releases are Extended versions with extra footage?
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. This gift set includes the following…..

    *Each Ultimate Edition Includes

    New 1 hr feature from Creating the World of Harry Potter (an 8- hr documentary that reveals the filmmaking magic behind all 7 years) *Theatrical and Extended Versions of the Films *Over Two Hours of Special Features and *Magical Collectibles.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. I would have given this 5 stars except that for some reason, the In-Movie Experience would not play. I could play both movies (theatrical version and extended) but not this Special Feature. The strange thing is, that I couldn’t get the In-Movie Experience to pay on my Year 2 blue ray disc either! Has anyone else had this problem? I am going to return them in exchange for new copies and hopefully it will work and I can make this a 5 star review!!
    Rating: 2 / 5

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