Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone [Import]
In this enchanting film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's delightful bestseller, Harry Potter learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and posseses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime. He learns the high-flying sport Quidditch and plays a thrilling game with living chess pieces on his way to face a Dark Wizard bent on destroying him. For the most extraordinary adventure, see you on Platform 9 3/4!
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 ThomasSee all Product Description
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"The Philosopher's Stone" takes its sweet and glorious time introducing us and Harry to the wizarding world, but the second film, "The Chamber of Secrets," may be the best of the "Columbus Trilogy," as it launches us into a dark mystery from Hogwarts' past and contains the brilliant Polyjuice Potion scene. Alfonso Cuarón directs the third film, "The Prisoner of Azkaban," which is the best of the novels but the movie strays a little too much from the story. It fails to provide important information about the Marauders while inserting pointless scenes with shrunken heads or the Whomping Willow killing harmless birds. It's quirkiness for the sake of being quirky and that's never a good thing. The film also suffers from looking also overly processed and contrasty. Still, the climactic scene with the Time Turner is brilliantly executed (no pun or spoiler intended) and more than makes up for Cuarón's hubris. All three films represent a great achievement in cinema and will remain timeless family classics.
As a note, I usually do not partake in a dvd review unless I have seen all the extras, commentaries, easter eggs, and assorted other goodies available. Call it my anal-retentive crazy side, but I like to immerse myself fully in something I like this much. But not all the dvd's in this series that I have come with these specials. Much crying now ensues. And the extras will be consumed by me soon enough, which shall be fun.
Mush of my liking of the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is how much is harvested from the delightful source material. From characters matching what you expect in your mind's eye to Hogwart's moving and creaking just like it should to Hagrid being the most amazing Hagrid. Let me be clear on this one point, Hagrid Rocks! Slightly mushed cake and all.
With all the absolutely essential parts in place, the movie presents a necessarily streamlined version of the story. This works for what they have to do here, compressing everything into two hours and a half. Very early on in my viewing, my mind switched the Harry Potter movie cannon into a parallel universe. It is the only way to enjoy the films for what they present and not drive your senses crazy because a favourite scene or character vanishes or is given short shift. Everytime a little something you consider essential does not make the cut, a little piece of you dies.Read more ›
C'est parfait. Ma seule remarque serait que le menu du disque n'est pas vraiment pratique. Le menu est en anglais (je pensais qu'il y aurait des options "francais/English" comme dans certains blu-ray, ou bien je ne l'ai pas trouvee), avec une liste detaillee des bonus que l'on trouve dans la version DVD avec les 2 disques. Sur ce coup, je suis agreablement surprise.
Tout ca pour dire que je suis contente de mes achats (HP 1 a 5) :)
A lot has been said and written about the Harry Potter movies. I personally like them a lot and I love the books. Our 6.5YO daughter watches the movies in English but every once in a while, she likes watching in French. However the USA do not have the first 3 movies dubbed in French and France has a different dvd/blu ray region (that can easily fixed). Thanks Canada for having bilingual versions = dubbed in French AND French subtitles. It is perfect! My only complaint is that the menu is not user friendly. First, it's in English (I thought we could have the option "Francais/English" like for some dvds or blu-rays, or I might not have found this option), the list of bonus is quite large (still everything in English and so many bonuses) which is actually is good surprise. I thought we only got the film. And there is no scene selection. Okay, this not a big deal.
Overall, I am really glad I got the bilingual versions.
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Lots of extra features and even games. Packaged beautifully, and a fantastic value.Published 1 month ago by Emily Cousineau
This review is about the seller and not the movie. Order was as advertised, works well. Great price, would buy from this seller again.Published 5 months ago by Brad N.
I already love Harry Potter, so this was an easy buy. The movie came in good condition.Published 6 months ago by Rebecca
Dvd was defective. Amazon however was amazing . Money returnrd to my account in less than a week.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie, comes with lots of extras. Definitely a must have for all Harry Potter fans.Published 6 months ago by octobersown19
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