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Harry Potter & Half-Blood Prince [Blu-ray] [US Import]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (652 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZELISO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,866 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Death Eaters are running amok as Dumbledore has an important task for Harry and Voldermort has one for Draco; all set to the backdrop of raging adolescent hormones. While Harry also acquires a rather helpful book written by the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

Potter 6 is not as dark as the pre-release chattings suggested it would be. Yes there's the usual dark moments, including a shattering turn of events that sets it up nicely for the finale, but this instalment is mostly fun, gentle and even sexy. Harry, Ron & Hermione are more under threat from their own adolescent urges than they are from the swirl of a Death Eater or the appearance of one young & creepy Tom Riddle. This of course makes for good viewing to most of us who have grown with the characters, with the principal young actors having nicely grown into said characters. But can it sustain a two and half hour running time? No it can't is the ass numbingly honest answer. There's some quality set-pieces including Quiddich (for a change) and a swamp attack by the Death Eaters, but by and large it's talky and breezy in equal measure.

A filler Potter movie then, one that is far breezier than expected. Good but not great, but as a set up for the epic conclusion it hits all the right buttons. 6/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amatheya on 24 April 2010
Format: Blu-ray
This adaptation of the half-blood prince while entertaining fails to remain very true to the books. Much of the story is missed or dumbed down and towards the end there's a dissapointing lack of a number of pivotal and exciting scenes. Dispite this I found the acting, scenery and effects in this movie to be far better than the previous ones and the movie is far more watchable and entertaining.
As for the arangment on Blu-ray I was very impressed. This is the first Blu-ray that I have bought and I was impressed to see that not only is there the movie disc and a special feature disc but also a DVD copy and a digital copy for use with media players such as itunes.
All in all this is a very worth while purchase despite the less than perfect adaptation. I'll be looking farward to the next instalment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ja McLaughlin on 22 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
The film of the penultimate Potter book is a pretty mixed bag. It has a great start with nasty wizards launching random attacks on hapless Muggles in London and a powerful ending as Harry and Dumbledore have to fight for their lives in an eerie underground lake and even within the not-so-safe walls of Hogwarts itself. There's also a welcome return to some of the humour and lightness of earlier episodes and a less rushed feel than that of its immediate predecessor Order of the Phoenix.

Unfortunately, the often rather sedate pace does lead to the film's momentum grinding to a halt on more than one occasion. Puppy love and the first buds of commitment are very much in the air for our teenage heroes, and although this does lead to some merriment and emotional connection, there's a degree of repetition that leaves the nagging suspicion of deliberate padding. Occasionally you have to remind yourself what the main story is actually supposed to be about, and at 153 minutes, you do feel that the film could benefit from a 10-minute pruning.

Nonetheless, this is a film with far more positives than negatives. Prime among them is the work of director David Yates, who did a solid but uninspired job on Order but is in much more confident and creative form here. His direction, and indeed the look of the whole film, is clearly influenced by Alfonso Cuaron's work on Prisoner of Azkaban. Like Cuaron, Yates is happy to let his establishing camera do most of the work, avoiding unnecessary close ups and excessive cross-cutting and allowing Stuart Craig's exemplary production design to come to the fore throughout.
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Format: DVD
I've been an on off viewer of Harry Potter. I've read a couple of the books, watched the films in no particular order. In other words i'm not an obsessive, and i haven't invested half my childhood in the series, but i do like it. Therefore i feel i'm in a better situation to review it a little more objectively.

I wasn't impressed by the film of Order of the Pheonix, but thought this one, Half Blood Prince wasn't half bad. I don't think the director David Yates is the best director in the world, but he does an alright job under (i suspect) difficult circumstances, and having Steve Kloves back as screenwriter too i think really saved it. It's been on a slow transition since Christopher Columbus left after the 2nd film, from childhood adventure fantasy, to something which dares to be a bit more darker and serious, and deal with real thinks, alongside keeping up the fantasy aspect. I think that the ambition is commendable, and occasionally so is the storytelling.

I wasn't quite convinced with the ending, and the mourning (i'll say no more than that if you haven't seen it), and death is something which seems to be easily forgotten in this series. After the guy died at the end of Goblet of Fire, and after Sirius Black died at the end of the last one, everyone seems to have moved on and forgotten very quickly.

I did, on the other hand, very much enjoy the way the characters are developing, things from the books are necessarily left out (that may annoy people but filmmaking is very different to writing) but all efforts have been made to make the story flow and understandable. And though some people will inevitably claim about the darkness, it's no darker than a lot of other 12 rated films, and does not treat it's more serious moments with a flippancy that they do.
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