You get six films for your money here, as the Harry Potter
franchise takes our bespectacled young wizard from his early days at Hogwarts, through to some of his darkest. And it’s wonderful to look back and see just how far the character, and the films, have come.
The weakest Harry Potter films are arguably the first two, but even these are really good family entertainment. Sure, they rely a little too much on the novelty factor, and they lack some of the edge of the later films, but they’re fine in their own right. The cinematic franchise only really kicked firmly into life though with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a far darker, visually striking film that sets a tone and course that the subsequent films wisely follow.
Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire thus manages to pack a tremendous amount into its running time, before handing things over to the outstanding Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And this box set then leaves us at the eve of the ultimate showdown in the Harry Potter saga with the brooding Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
Different people, clearly, have different views on which their favourite Harry Potter film is. But it’s hard to argue that this is a compelling, quality collection of family films, each of which benefits generously from high definition presentation. Expect each disc here to be spun many, many times in the years ahead… --Jon Foster