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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: 2 Disc Special Edition (Limited Edition With Free Art Cards - Exclusive to Amazon.co.uk) [DVD]

Daniel Radcliffe , Emma Watson    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, Robbie Coltrane
  • Format: Colour, Dolby, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Dutch
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W8KJR4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,959 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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While many movie franchises slide as they reach their later instalments, the Harry Potter films just keep getting better. The latest, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is easily the darkest of the series to date, and it’s also one of the best. For while it could easily have been little more than a holding film to set up the big encounters to come in the last two instalments of the series, it’s to the credit of British director David Yates that the end result is really very good.

It finds Harry coming under suspicion from his wizarding colleagues, who don’t believe his claims that the evil Lord Voldermort has returned. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix thus finds its title character on the backfoot for much of its running time, with a select band who firmly believe his story, and very powerful figures who don’t.

Where the movie of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix excels though is in its three trump cards. Number one is a far tighter script than we’re used to with Potter films, which, combined with trump card number two--the aforementioned David Yates behind the camera--cuts much of the slavish loyalty to the text away in favour of a film with real momentum. The third, and best, card though is the casting of Imelda Staunton as Professor Dolores Umbridge, who simply flies away with every scene she’s in. It’s a superb performance, and the film is poorer whenever she’s not on screen.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is not a film without a few problems, certainly: it’s a fair criticism that not too much actually happens, and one or two bits feel superfluous. But it overrides its problems with ease, to emerge as a compelling, highly enjoyable family film, which will leave you salivating for the Christmas 2008 release of movie number six in the series. --Simon Brew

Product Description

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) returns for his fifth year of study at Hogwarts and discovers that much of the wizarding community has been denied the truth about his recent encounter with the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, in an inspired bit of casting). Fearing that Hogwarts' venerable Headmaster, Albus Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), is lying about Voldemort's return in order to undermine his power and take his job, the Minister for Magic, Cornelius Fudge, appoints a new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher to keep watch over Dumbledore and the Hogwarts students. But Professor Dolores Umbridge's Ministry-approved course of defensive magic leaves the young wizards woefully unprepared to defend themselves against the dark forces threatening them and the entire wizarding community, so at the prompting of his friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), Harry takes matters into his own hands. Meeting secretly with a small group of students who name themselves "Dumbledore's Army," Harry teaches them how to defend themselves against the Dark Arts, preparing the courageous young wizards for the extraordinary battle that lies ahead...


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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Film on the Worst Disc ever produced? 24 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
This film carries on the traditions of the previous installments. This review isn't here to criticise the film as a piece of storytelling...it's one of my favourites so far.

The problem I have is with the DVD itself, this is by far the worst quality DVD picture I have seen in a very long time. Since Warner Bros have produced consistently high quality DVD discs (all the previous Harry Potter films for example) I can only assume the worst possible reason...that the disc quality has been deliberately down-graded so people might convert to an HD format.

This isn't necessary, HD formats are very high quality and everyone knows it.

There is severe artifacting around edges, pixelization in areas of contrast (such as highlights on faces etc) and some heavy moire on parallel lines. Add to this the constant sharp/smooth shifting on the picture and you have a very poor viewing experience.

This is not me being an AV-Phile...these faults are blatent and you will be seriously disappointed with the disc. If you think this is nonsense, buy the disc...watch it and compare it to another of the 'darker' Harry Potter films such as Azkaban or Goblet of Fire. It's quality doesn't even stand up next to the very first DVD release of the Philosopher's Stone.

To the film's storytellers - Great Work....to Warner Bros for allowing such a poor quality transfer - Bad Form and not at all professional. Do you really think that by lowering the product quality of the current-generation format you can convince everyone to switch over to an HD format you support?
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter 5 star magic.... 27 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
Having seen this film at the cinema, which just made it all the more enjoyable, I understood why the reviewers had said....much darker than the others....yes it was, not so much scary, although for younger viewers it may have had its moments but on the whole it took Harry and friends to a different level...a more adult level, with lots of enjoyable sarcasm between characters. The effects are amazing and really make you get 'into' the film with the characters and leave you clinging to the edges of your seat, wondering whats going to happen next.
I will buy this on dvd, as I have all the others and still find them amazing to watch over and over...this will definitely be my favourite!
Roll on numbers six and seven......If you've got kids or are yourself a very big kid like me, buy it for christmas...you wont be dissapointed!
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92 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 2-Disc Special Features: 25 Oct 2007
Format:DVD
Rather than just add yet another review of the film (like we haven't had enuff of those already!), I thought I'd actually talk about this particular product, the DVD set itself!
So here's a list of the special features included in this 2-disc set that you can look forward to:

Additional Scenes - 17 minutes of never-before-seen footage.

Trailing Tonks - Spend a day with Actress Nat Tena and receive a very personal and often wacky tour of the Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix stages.

Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing - Director David Yates and Editor Mark Day show what a difference a good edit makes to allow the viewers to edit a scene.

A&E Documentary: The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter - Viewers take a thrilling look back at the past Harry Potter films in search of clues to the mysteries of the upcoming Harry Potter saga.

ROM - Includes a timeline, a link to sneaks of HP6, along with other materials.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Blu Ray transfer 12 May 2008
By Mr P
Format:Blu-ray
This review is more about the blu ray transfer than the film itself.

The film is actually my second favourite after the prisoner of Azkhaban. Certainly gloomy but never dull, the secret training of Dumbledore's Army is great fun, and a climactic battle with Dumbledore himself is staggering.

The picture quality of this blu ray film is outstanding. Watched on a 40 inch sony with PS3 at 1080/24 it is brilliant. I did not notice any juddering mentioned in other reviews. The only quibble I have is that the picture quality is so good you notice some of the blue screen sfx, especially the flying on broomsticks through London, that was pretty sub par to be honest.

The visual display of the battle that Dumbledore has is absolutely amazing on Blu Ray. This film has some of the best visual quality scenes I have seen on Blu Ray.

The sound is only 5.1, I did not see any other options like DTS which is a disappointment, though the sound was still very good.

There are loads of extras, the walk through the set with Tonks is great fun, she is a talented singer ;) and I am frankly a bit smitten with her.

Overall an excellent blu ray disc, that I would frankly recommend buying or at least renting it even if you already have it on DVD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD FILM BUT BY FAR THE WORST HP MOVIE! 25 Aug 2010
A Kid's Review
Format:DVD
'HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHEONIX' is sadly not as good as i had hoped. You can tell by the length of the film. 136 mins and the adult version of the book is 966 pages long! They missed out half the story and the OWL's were'nt shown and that is what school was about! Its stupid! Although the acting was amazing and the action scene at the end was great! Helenah Bonham Carter was brilliant as Bellatrix Lestrange!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great film, but I have some misgivings 13 Dec 2007
By Sonia
Format:DVD
Book 5 of the Potter series is rather gloomy. Harry is feeling alienated, nightmarish and insecure, and Voldemort is rising in power. However, what worked extremely well for the book, works a bit against the film. A film is a different means of communication from a book and to strive to follow the book too closely is to do an injustice to both.

In this case the gloom drips off the screen and almost takes over everything else. Aside from the end there is little suspense, the much needed comic relief is scarce and even the characters seem only to be partly present. The film focuses a lot on Harry, but does not always reflect his feelings very well. Hermione and especially Ron are reduced to minor characters with little to say, and other minor characters, such as Ginny Weasley and newcomer Nymphodora Tonks seem to be merely window dressing.

In my opinion, this is still a good enough film, but because it has tried too hard to incorporate as much of the 800 pages of the book as possible, in events, and not in depth, quality has had to make room for quantity. Better to have extended the film to add some depth, or trimmed down some of the events and the amount of characters, than to have a somewhat watered down and rushed story, where an important event (the death of someone very dear to Harry) almost seems inconsequential.

The positive aspects of the film are of course the story, but also the excellent typecasting of the characters Luna Lovegood, Dolores Umbridge and Bellatrix Lestrange. There are still a few funny moments, and if you can get used the gloom, this is a beautiful film, though I believe the previous two were a tad better.
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as good as the book and follows the story line, great acting from the cast and enjoyable to watch the special effects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film!
This was bought for my daughter who is a big Harry Potter fan.Anyone who is a fan would definitely give this film a thumbs up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One more in the series.
Having read the books, the movies are worth seeing but they seriously lack the depth of the books. Still, it was fun to watch.
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Another very well made Harry Potter instalment. Enjoyed watching it, it definitely given the visual effects a wow factor, good one!
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