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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Widescreen) [Import]

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  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane
  • Directors: Chris Columbus
  • Writers: J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves
  • Producers: Chris Columbus, David Heyman, Duncan Henderson, Mark Radcliffe, Michael Barnathan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Release Date: May 28 2002
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1,268 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00003CXI1
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's

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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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Format: DVD
Just as the first three Harry Potter books are the best of the novel series, the first three Harry Potter movies represent the best of the films series. After that, both the books and the films turn excessively dark and pretentiously wordy, adding nothing new of wonder to the world created. The first three books and films, however, are an imaginative delight. Chris Columbus directs the first two films and produces the third. Under his direction he creates a glowing and richly detailed world that is lavishly faithful to Rowling's books, giving you the same wondrous yet homey feeling of hanging out with your friends Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Gryffindor common room.

"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.
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This was a near impossible task with a very decent result. Translating the epic story and themes and feel of Harry Potter into the celluloid world and not angering the devoted fanbase is not something any wizard would attempt. But thankfully, with much control and input from J.K., so much of what we love about Harry survives Hollywood and even thrives.

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.
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Il y a deja eu beaucoup de commentaires concernant les films de la franchise Harry Potter. Personnellement, je les aime beaucoup (j'adore les livres, lus en anglais et en francais). Notre fille de 6.5 ans decouvre le monde magique de Harry Potter. Elle regarde principalement les films en V.O (en anglais) mais par moment, elle aime les voir en francais. Les USA ne proposent pas les 3 premiers films de HP avec un doublage francais, et avec la France, il y a le probleme des zones. Mais, merci le Canada pour offrir une version bilingue = doublage et sous-titres en francais !!
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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