Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001

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(258) IMDb 7.4/10
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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

Available in HD on supported devices

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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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
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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29 of 32 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sam Collins on 30 Sep 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig R. Hodge on 11 May 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I was one of the only people in the country not to see this film in the cinema. So I was really looking forward to the video release. I've read all the books so far & been highly entertained. So what of the video? Okay it remains fairly true to the book. But maybe looses slighly on the nastiness of some of the characters. The Dursley's, Professor Snape & the relationship between Harry & Draco Malfoy, could have been portrayed with slighly more venom. But over all the special effects were superb. The Quidditch scenes especially realistic. All in all as long as you don't expect to see everything in the book brought to life. (Would end up being the longest film in cinematic history) You'll really enjoy this film. Was I disapointed? No definately not. A highly entertaining film for fans (& muggles) who have not already been bitten by the Potter bug. I think I'll be dragging my nephew & neice along to the cinema for the next chapter!!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Blu on 8 Jan 2010
Format: Blu-ray
The film is wonderful, for me clearly the better of the two Christopher Columbus 'family films', and in many ways my favourite before the obsession started with making Harry Potter increasingly 'darker'. Extras are not bad including around nine minutes of deleted scenes and numerous behind the scenes features. But the main issue here is the Blu-Ray quality and that is why this great film gets only three stars.

The video quality is not very good. Contrasts are surprisingly poor, with many scenes too bright (Harry and his owl during the Xmas holidays) and the children's faces often looking vampirically pale due to excessive contrast. There is also far too much soft focus and too little sharpness for the film to ever really shine let alone 'pop' as the jargon has it. Scenes which are just made for HD, lingering close-ups, for example, often appear surprisingly soft and lacking definition. There are moments of HD magic - like the moving bricks in the wall before Diagon Alley - but they are far too rare and are never of reference character. Faces, particularly the children, often lack detail almost as though some form of digital noise reduction (DNR) had been applied! I say "almost" because the film is not short of grain/noise.

Audio quality is pretty good but well short of what it could have been. The PCM track is only 48khz and sometimes lacks the extra detail and spaciousness associated with HD audio. Surround sound is very well used though, particularly in the Quidditch match.

All in all a disappointing BD. The new audio-mix on the "Ultimate Editions" available in the US and continental Europe seems to be an open admission that the soundtrack wasn't good enough. But I wouldn't hold your breath for a new transfer.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kat on 11 Oct 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I came to the film without reading the book (which I've subsequently done) so I came with no preconceived ideas at all. The 3 main child leads are brilliant. Hermione trying to boss the boys, the lovable brave Ron and Harry who has the right mix of normal and the 'there's something about him' sort of quality you would expect from the novels' hero. But the real star of the film is Hogwarts, moving staircases, ghosts, talking paintings. It's a lovely textured world that rivals the BBC's Narnia chronicles, sharing their Sunday afternoon serial feel.
But there is menace but it waits until the end of the film where you realize these kids really are going to go up against something evil and the tension builds and builds before resolution and you get that nice tea and cake feel at the end.
Some of the concepts doesn't make it good for young kids or overly imaginative kids prone to nightmares but for the rest of us it's a good family round the televison after Christmas/Sunday Dinner kind of a film.
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