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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, a review by Dragonfire

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Uncover the intimate details of the search to cast Harry Potter and his friends. See Daniel, Rupert and Emma's never-before-seen screen tests. Be there with stars and filmmakers walking onto the set of the exciting first day of shooting. Learn about Chris Columbus' critical, step-by-step decisions behind the creation of Harry Potter's world on screen. Look back on an amazing decade's worth of movies with Daniel, Rupert and Emma in new and vintage interviews never seen before.

My Thoughts

I think I've mentioned before that I really love the Harry Potter books and movies.  So once I got a Blu-ray player, it wasn't long before I picked up this version of the first movie. 

I first saw this one in the theater and I don't know how many times I've seen it since.  The movie has held up really well and is definitely worth watching.  It does stay fairly close to the book, though a few things are changed or left out.  I have heard some people complain that the movie follows the book too closely.  I don't feel that way at all.  The first book especially is full of all kinds of foundation that will play a part in the later books/movies, and I think it was important to include that stuff in the movie for things to be set up properly.

The plot is very entertaining and not at all boring, even on repeat viewings.  I love all the magical things and how they are used in the movie.  I think there is a decent amount of mystery to what is going on that helps to keep things interesting.  Things progress at a fairly fast pace, though I never felt like it things were rushed.  The sets are amazing and really help to bring the story to life.  This was the first time I had watched this movie in a while, and I had forgotten how different some parts of Hogwarts look compared to how they look in the later movies.  The basic looks is the same, but certain things here and there are a bit different.  I did notice more details in general this time to the castle, but I was looking more closely for things too.  I finally saw the house hourglass things in this movie.  They are really just in the background, but they are there.  The special effects look good and I think they have held up well overall.

The cast is wonderful and absolutely perfect.  Daniel Radcliff, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson look like how I imagined the characters when I read the book.  Their acting has a few issues at times, but it isn't horrible..and it gets better with every movie.  I adore Alan Rickman as Snape.  He is perfect in the part.  He puts so much menace into just a look.  Watching this one again made me really miss Richard Harris as Dumbledore.  Michael Gambon has been good overall in the part, though his Dumbledore has felt a tad off to me.  Richard Harris is just better in the part...I think he better fits the character from the book.  He has a bit of a mischievousness to him that Gambon has never attained.

This version has a new extra focused on the making of the movie.  Each Ultimate edition of the movies will have a different featurette focused on a different part of making the movie.  The casting is covered and there are interviews with various cast members, some from during the filming and some from during the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  There is some clips of Daniel, Rupert, and Emma from that time early time immediately followed by the newer footage, which really makes it stand out how much they have grown up and changed during the process of making these movies.  There is a lot of focus on the development of the sets and different locations used as well.  The featurette is highly entertaining and I really enjoyed it.  The book that comes with it has lots of pictures, including a few that have to be tied to the last movies.  It makes this version of the DVD/Blu-ray definitely worth picking up.

I love this movie and this version of it is wonderful.  I'm so glad I decided to double dip on this one.

I did post a review on Epinions back in 2001 after seeing the movie in the theater.  This was only a matter of months after I started posting reviews there.  I am thinking I'm going to update it at some point.  I just haven't taken the time yet.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

(From Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on June 21st, 2010)

Member's Reviews

Alien Nation: Millennium, a review by addicted2dvd

Alien Nation: Millennium
With the twentieth century drawing to a close, a stolen Tenctonese artifact provides the key to a bizarre religious cult which promises instant spiritual fulfillment but delivers something far more sinister. When Francisco's son Buck is drawn into the deadly cult,its up to Francisco and Sikes to save him and uncover the startling truth.

My Thoughts:
Another really good movie off the TV series. I liked how they revisited one of the plots of the episodes.... with the portal box... and continued that storyline. Even though I did like this movie very much... I do think this series of movies is just starting to go downhill... as I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first two movies in the series.  The release is nicely done... audio/video quality was good... and you get a nice little collection of extras for this movie as well.

(From Weekend Movie Marathon: 7/11 - 7/13 on July 12th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom

     Freaks and Geeks: The Complete Series (1999/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Shout! Factory, Sony Music Entertainment (United States)
Length:798 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Commentary: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo

The fans demanded it, and so it has come. Freaks and Geeks, the Emmy award-winning series about the trials and tribulations of outsiders in 1980 Michigan is finally on DVD in its original form, with all of its original music. The complete series includes all 18 original episodes; the director's cut of the pilot with never-before-seen footage; deleted scenes; outtakes; behind-the-scenes footage and 29 commentary tracks by the actors, writers and directors who made the show. If you wanted it, it's in here. Even if you didn't want it, it's in here. So rock on and enjoy!

Freaks and Geeks
1.01 Pilot
Cast: Linda Cardellini (Lindsay Weir), John Francis Daley (Sam Weir), James Franco (Daniel Desario), Samm Levine (Neil Schweiber), Seth Rogen (Ken Miller), Jason Segel (Nick Andopolis), Martin Starr (Bill Haverchuck), Becky Ann Baker (Jean Weir), Joe Flaherty (Harold Weir), Dave "Gruber" Allen (Jeff Rosso), Ben Foster (Eli), Chauncey Leopardi (Alan White), Tom Wilson (Coach Ben Fredricks), Steve Bannos (Mr. Kowchevski), Brianna Brown (The Cheerleader), Lizzy Caplan (Girl #1), Gabriel Carpenter (The Football Player), David Michael Gangler, Jr. (Don), Marco Gould (Kevin), Sarah Hagan (Millie Kenter), Anna Coman-Hidy (Mousy Girl #2), Stacy Hogue (Karen), Jason Lansing (Bully #2), Jarrett Lennon (Colin), Ron Lester (Seidleman), Natasha Melnick (Cindy Sanders), Ashley Power (Popular Girl #1), Busy Philipps (Kim Kelly), Alan Simpson (Tom), Lea Sheppard (Harris), Mark Allan Staubach (Mark), Shaun Weiss (Sean), Kristy Wu (Mousy Girl)

A great series which sadly only got one season. This series felt more real than any other TV series about high school life that I have seen. I was constantly reminded about my own school. Nothing specific but the general feel to it.
This series also introduced me to a lot of actors who later popped up in many movies and TV shows. Like James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen.


(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 19th, 2011)