Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001

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Harry Potter has spent the first 10 years of his life with his horrible aunt and uncle, and bully of a cousin unaware that his parents were magical. Then he's invited to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardly - and his life will change for ever as he switches between two worlds.

Starring:
Daniel Radcliffe,Rupert Grint
Runtime:
2 hours, 26 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Fantasy, Children & Family, Science Fiction
Director Chris Columbus
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint
Supporting actors Emma Watson
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Parental Guidance
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mole on 15 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'd never read the books, so had no preconception of the film. At the time when I first saw it, it was still fairly new; unless you have been living in cave for the last 10 years, you probably know the main story, so I won't bother to summarise it.

The film itself is very well produced. The characters are allowed to develop as the film progresses, the acting is great, the scenary is superb and the effects are just astonishing. It has a great cast of very well known actors, and the overall production is everything that you could want. I have a widescreen TV, so this edition worked really well for me.

The second disk contains some fascinating insights into the story and the making of the film. If you have children, they are probably going to really love this.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Quinn on 21 Dec. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This set looks fantastic. It has a cardboard sleeve and the main box inside is large, solid and and very well-presented with lovely detailing. If you have all the sets together, they are quite phenomenal to behold! Inside there is a 'Creating The World of Harry Potter' photo album and this contains photographs of many of the Harry Potter film sets. There is also a paper folder which contains two artcards -Snape and McGonagall - and a digital film code leaflet.
The discs themselves are housed in a separate fold-out dvd set:
Disc 1: Blu-Ray Movie (Theatrical Version)
Disc 2: DVD Movie (Theatrical Version)
Disc 3: DVD Movie (Extended Version)
Disc 4: DVD Special Features (Additional Scenes, A Conversation With The Film-Makers, Visit Diagon Alley, Enter The Library, Attend Classes, Learn More About Quidditch, Seek The Mirror of Erised, Gallery of Art & Architecture)
Disc 5: DVD Creating The World of Harry Potter Part 1: The Magic Begins (1. The Magic Begins 2. Characters 3. Magical Creatures 4. Sound & Music 5. The Evolution of Harry Potter 6. Special Effects 7. Growing Up Potter 8. The Harry Potter Phenomenon)
Although this set is marketed as a Blu-Ray set please note that only one disc is Blu-Ray which is why I don't think it's perfect. Unlike the US version of this boxset, the UK version does not contain a Blu-Ray extended version of the film which is very disappointing. The special features from Disc 4 are not unique to this set but the hour long documentary on Disc 5 offers a spectacular behind-the-scenes look at the movies and how it all began. The real highlight is definitely the extended version of the film.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sam Collins on 30 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
I thought this DVD was excellent, it had superd graphics and really brought the magic of Harry Potter to life, my two children always ask to see it again and again. I can't help myself from sitting and watching it too
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
What a sensational family movie! Daniel Radcliffe stars as Harry, a rather pitiful orphan, who lives with his mean aunt and uncle. On his 11th birthday, Harry discovers he is a wizard! He happily leaves home for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and makes his first-ever friends - classmates Ron and Hermione, whose friendship is heart of the story. We follow the trio as they go through their first year at school attending magic classes, finding adventure, and even solving a mystery that involves the evil wizard who killed Harry's parents!
Radcliffe captures the innocence and sadness of Harry, as well as his daring-do and sense of fun. Rupert Grint, as his sidekick Ron, delivers most of the comedy lines and is very likeable. Emma Watson plays Hermione with a heart of gold underneath her bookish bossiness. They are surrounded by a stellar list of British character actors, including Maggie Smith, Richard Harris, and Alan Rickman. All ages can enjoy this movie, even if you haven't read the book. It's wholesome family entertainment that will leave you feeling good and looking forward to the next film in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Hill on 30 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
If like me, you are so in love with the Harry Potter series that you thought that no one and nothing on this earth could make something to rival the pure awesomness of the books, you were wrong.
The film matches the book as closely as it is possible to do without it being 7 hours long. It is probably the best of all the films and has some classic movie moments - 'Yer a wizard Harry' being my particular favourite.
The magic really does come alive on screen, whether it is the enchanted ceiling in the great hall, the sorting hat (minus the song,, unfortunately), Fluffy, McGonagalls giant chess set or the spells and shenannigans of the trio, you will be amazed at how the film makers have done it.
The film is every Harry Potters dream, and by far the best film released (bar DH, that one is the best). The only thing that I missed from the books was Peeves, but they more than made up for that with the brilliant decision to make the staircases move!
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful By "reliable_simon" on 5 Mar. 2002
Format: DVD
I took my 3 young children to see this film with a little trepidation, knowing it to be 2.5 hours long. Also, having read the books to all of them as bedtime stories, they each had pre-conceived ideas about the characters, portrayed so vividly in the text.
My fears were groundless. From the moment Dumbledore walked onto the screen in the first act they were mesmerised, their sweets and drink were left untouched as they were transported to the magical world of Hogwarts. The time passed far too quickly as they were taken on a roller coaster ride of fun and excitement.
The atmosphere created by Columbus is engrossing, totally convincing. I watched my children's faces as the story developed, from looks of pure delight as the Dursleys house was bombarded with owl post, to hatred as Alan Rickman's Snape bullied the kids and finally to tears as Ron was knocked from his Knight.
The film is not perfect, some of the children's acting is a bit wooden (not helped by the script, which tries to stay too close to the book), some scenes should not have been cut (lets hope we see some of these on the DVD !!) and some subtle clue's provided in the book for eagle eyed kids are missing, but none of this detracts from the overall experience.
As we left the cinema, the first thing my children said to me was "when can we see it again ?". "Soon", I replied. I began to realise that I had probably enjoyed the film as much as they had.
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