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


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Product details

  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Dave Legeno
  • Directors: David Yates
  • Writers: J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves
  • Producers: David Barron, David Heyman, John Trehy, Lionel Wigram, Tim Lewis
  • Format: Special Edition, Widescreen
  • 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
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (566 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZELISO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,232 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The sixth installment of the Harry Potter series begins right where The Order of the Phoenix left off. The wizarding world is rocked by the news that "He Who Must Not Be Named" has truly returned, and the audience finally knows that Harry is "the Chosen One"--the only wizard who can defeat Lord Voldemort in the end. Dark forces loom around every corner, and now regularly attempt to penetrate the protected walls of Hogwarts School. This is no longer the fun and fascinating world of magic from the first few books—it's dark, dangerous, and scary.

Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) suspects Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) to be a new Death Eater recruit on a special mission for the Dark Lord. In the meantime, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) seems to have finally removed the shroud of secrecy from Harry about the dark path that lies ahead, and instead provides private lessons to get him prepared. It's in these intriguing scenes that the dark past of Tom Riddle (a.k.a. Voldemort) is finally revealed. The actors cast as the different young versions of Riddle (Hero Fiennes-Tiffin and Frank Dillane) do an eerily fantastic job of portraying the villain as a child. While the previous movies' many new characters could be slightly overwhelming, only one new key character is introduced this time: Professor Horace Slughorn (with a spot-on performance by Jim Broadbent). Within his mind he holds a key secret in the battle to defeat the Dark Lord, and Harry is tasked by Dumbledore to uncover a memory about Voldemort's darkest weapon--the Horcrux. Despite the long list of distractions, Harry, Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) still try to focus on being teenagers, and audiences will enjoy the budding awkward romances. All of the actors have developed nicely, giving their most convincing performances to date.

More dramatic and significant things go down in this movie than any of its predecessors, and the stakes are higher than ever. The creators have been tasked with a practically impossible challenge, as fans of the beloved J.K. Rowling book series desperately want the movies to capture the magic of the books as closely as possible. Alas, the point at which one accepts that these two mediums are very different is the point at which one can truly enjoy these brilliant adaptations. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is no exception: it may be the best film yet. For those who have not read the book, nail-biting entertainment is guaranteed. For those who have, the movie does it justice. The key dramatic scenes, including the cave and the shocking twist in the final chapter, are executed very well. It does a perfect job of setting up the two-part grand finale that is to follow. --Jordan Thompson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By oldbillie on 16 Dec 2009
Format: DVD
When all is said and done, Harry Potter is fantasy. You want to board the Hogwarts Express and be swept away. And what sweeps you away isn't special effects or cinemagraphy, but good storytelling. Sadly, there's little of this in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The narrative is lumpish and perfunctory. There are many scenes that are neither exciting nor important. It must be said that David Yates seems a very incurious sort of director. He is not noticeably interested in the characters for their own sakes, nor the relationships between them, nor even in the magical world of Hogwarts. Instead he sticks to the script, gets everyone to say their lines in the correct order while standing stiffly in the middle of the screen ... and leaves the rest to the special effects guys.

There's no playfulness or subtlety, and no sense of things going in the background. The romantic subplot, which should have been carefully threaded into the main plot, is given a solid chunk of screen time all to itself and becomes very boring. The crowd scenes are dreadful. And I laughed aloud in the very last scene when Harry or one of his friends says, `It's beautiful, Hogwarts,' ... and right on a cue a magical pheasant goes flying across the sky. Not very subtle, that.

The film belongs to the bad guys -- Draco Malfoy and both of the young Voldemorts are rather good. So is the dark, ominous face that keeps appearing in the sky. And the last half hour is exciting enough. But it lacks unity and coherence. You never feel that there's a story beneath the story, if that makes sense. If ever I wanted to become a film director (God forbid) I'd begin by watching this film again, and then Alfonso Cuaron's version of the Prisoner of Azkaban. It'd be a good way to examine the difference between a mediocre film and a truly good one.
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1 of 1 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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Format: DVD
There are two predominant ways in which one can scrutinise any of the Harry Potter series' films. The first, relative to having read J.K. Rowling's novels and, secondly, as a film in its own right independent of its origin. The former always presents a difficult audience for filmmakers. David Yates impressed with Order Of The Pheonix, but would now have to move from the filmic freedom permitted from adapting a heavily diluted narrative to portraying what many would consider to be the beginning of the end for Harry Potter. Readers of The Half Blood Prince will be all too aware that the sixth book of Rowling's series is heavy on plot and character development, and perhaps more substantially significant in this way that any of its predecessors. So how, and who, to please?

The fundamental presumption that one of these two audiences must be excluded is untrue, although that is hard to believe based on the illustrated evidence. Potter 6 is a charming and visually stunning, and where it may please adults and kids who have yet to read the novel, it is likely to displease those that have.

The film starts promisingly, offering a spectacular desecration of London by the infamous Death Eaters - the Dark Lord Voldemort's loyal servants. However, Half Blood Prince is, on one hand, intended to chart Harry and Dumbledore's examination of Voldemort's broken past in the hope of plotting to find and destroy him; and on another, an exploration of teenage angst; the latter being, perhaps unwisely, the prominent focus for Yates. Unbeknownst, naturally, to the uninformed and unread, Yates severely shortens and occasionally cuts Voldemort's chilling back story, scenes in the book eerily reminiscent of a mid-west horror.
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114 of 138 people found the following review helpful By A. Moriarty VINE VOICE on 25 July 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am reviewing this film after seeing it at the cinema on Friday and not after seeing the DVD (which is obviously not out yet!). I think that if you saw the film without reading the book you would probably enjoy it more, although I think it would have been important to have seen the five previous films to understand the plot.

First to the negatives points, which were few. I hate to critisize anything Potteresque but I do think that if you are going to adapt such a great book for the screen, you should only omit scenes/characters that are not important to the plot. Also, any changes to the plot should be for the better. Personally, I did not much like the scene with Harry and the girl in the station cafe. It meant omitting the wonderful scene at the Dursleys where Dumbledore appears and tells them exactly what he thinks of them. I wanted to see the goblet of mead tapping Uncle Vernon on the head while he tries unsuccesfully to ignore it! I also thought it strange that, immediately after the Burrow burns down, the next scene show Ron smooching and laughing with Lavender Brown as if nothing had happened. I know time was restricted but I felt there should have been more 'memories' of Voldemort. The one where we met his grandfather and his bedraggled and put-upon mother should have been included and especially the one where the Dark Lord approaches Dumbledore for the Post of DADA professor. His appearance has alredy altered, leading Dumbledore to suspect that his dabbling in the Dark Arts has already gone further than any wizard before him.

However, now to what WAS included in the film. I thought the acting by all the principal characters was excellent, especially the now very suspicious and troubled Harry.
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