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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]

Daniel Radcliffe , Emma Watson , David Yates    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (534 customer reviews)
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  • 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: DVD-Video
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Portuguese, Spanish, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (534 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002CYIQYE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,094 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Emboldened by the return of Lord Voldemort, the Death Eaters are wreaking havoc in both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that new dangers may lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. He needs Harry to help him uncover a vital key to unlocking Voldemort's defenses--critical information known only to Hogwarts' former Potions Professor, Horace Slughorn. With that in mind, Dumbledore manipulates his old colleague into returning to his previous post with promises of more money, a bigger office...and the chance to teach the famous Harry Potter.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry's long friendship with Ginny Weasley is growing into something deeper, but standing in the way is Ginny's boyfriend, Dean Thomas, not to mention her big brother Ron. But Ron's got romantic entanglements of his own to worry about, with Lavender Brown lavishing her affections on him, leaving Hermione simmering with jealousy yet determined not to show her feelings. And then a box of love potion-laced chocolates ends up in the wrong hands and changes everything. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof with far more important matters on his mind. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

Only on the Blu-ray Version:
Experience the first-ever worldwide* Live Community Screening (LCS) exclusive to owners of the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Blu-ray Disc and hear star Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates answer your questions during this live LCS on December 12th , 2009. Also be the first to see footage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, featured on the Blu-ray Edition of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The worldwide* LCS, which showcases the expansive capabilities and interactivity offered with Blu-ray and Warner Bros. BD-Live, will take place on December 12th at 8:00PM GMT live from London. The LCS will allow BD-Live capable Blu-ray users to simultaneously watch the movie together with Daniel Radcliffe and director David Yates and hear an interactive Q&A where fans can ask questions about the blockbuster film directly to Daniel and David, directly from their home.

Warner Bros. BD-Live community members who have registered and signed up for the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince LCS will receive an emailed invitation to participate in the event. The first 100,000 members who RSVP will secure a spot for the screening. WB BD-Live registered users from the participating territories who own the Blu-ray Disc and have signed up for the BD-Live LCS event will be able to insert the disc, connect to WB BD-Live and logon to the LCS at this designated time to participate in this ground breaking exclusive event.

Special Features:
Warner Bros. BD-Live is an interactive feature exclusive to the Blu-ray format that allows users to experience a variety of exclusive interactive features. In addition to access to the multi-territory Live Community Screening, other exciting BD-Live content available to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Blu-ray owners include:

• An exclusive introduction to the upcoming Harry Potter Ultimate Editions by Daniel Radcliffe
• My Commentary – fans are able to post user-generated Picture-in-Picture commentary over the film and share it with their friends and other BD-Live community members
• Live Community Screenings – Allows users to send invitations and have a virtual screening with friends and family while chatting together through the BD-Live platform
• Facebook Connect - allows users to interact with their Facebook friends, update their Facebook status while in BD-Live and invite their Facebook friends to Live Community screenings.

Disc 1:
Maximum Movie Mode: As the darkest hour approaches, this is the one thing you must see to prepare yourself for the final battle in Deathly Hallows. This interactive viewing experience will examine the entire film with such things as Focus Points, Picture-In-Picture, photo galleries and much more.
As Voldemort’s grip tightens, the dark secrets from the past prepare Harry for the future…and the final battle. It is at this critical moment, where no one is safe, that Harry and his friends are tested by the bonds of friendship and trust of true allegiances that will ultimately reveal the choice between good and evil.

• The Millennium Bridge
• Shooting On Location
• Professor Slughorn
• Building Relationships
• Director David Yates Returns
• Wool’s Orphanage
• Ron and Lavender’s Kiss
• The Burrow
• Harry and Ginny’s Kiss
• Aragog Returns
• Creating the Cave
• Designing the Virtual Cave Environment
• The Inferi
• The Underwater Sequence

Disc 2:
Behind the Story: Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter: Hosts Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Alfie Enoch (Dean Thomas) lead us on an entertaining look at the cast of Harry Potter as they explore their interests away from acting and spend a day on set with the production team:
Editing with Daniel Radcliffe: Daniel and editor Mark Day have a lighthearted conversation about film editing and how to get the right shot for a scene.
Special Effects with Matthew Lewis, Oliver Phelps and Tom Felton: The guys get a "science lesson" from Special Effects Supervisor John Richardson and technician Matthew Harlow.
Owl Training with Jessie Cave: Jessie heads outside for training tips with “hootie” and owl trainer Guillaume Grange.
Stunt Training with Rupert Grint: Rupert shows off his thrill for danger with the stunt department.
Costume Designs with Evanna Lynch: Evanna shares her jewelry designs with Costume Designer Jany Temime.
Art with Bonnie Wright: Bonnie and graphic designer Eduardo Lima show off the fun props, products and set designs.
Behind The Camera with James Phelps: In his debut performance in the assistant director department, James actually becomes a crew member on set.
Make-Up with Emma Watson: Emma and designer Amanda Knight talk about the biggest challenges on this year’s film.

One Minute Drilles: The cast has 60 seconds to describe their character’s personality, history, relationships and other traits before time runs out.

Extras:
J.K. Rowling: A Year In The Life: A fascinating and intimate look into the life of J.K. Rowling over the last year of writing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
What’s On You Mind: Hosted by Tom Felton, the cast is put on the spot when asked a series of rapid-fire questions on their likes and dislikes.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Sneak Peak: Get an inside look at the amazing world of magic and excitement being created at Universal Orlando® Resort in Florida.

Additional Scenes:
• Harry and Hermione Walk Through the Halls of Hogwarts
• Harry and Hermione Discuss Marauder’s Map
• Harry, Ron & Hermione Discuss The Vanishing Cabinet
• Harry and Dumbledore Arrive At Cave Entrance
• Harry and Dumbledore Leave Cave
• Clouds Gather Over Hogwarts as Flitwick Conducts Choir
• Harry Joins Ron, Hermione and Ginny In The Common Room
• Harry and Hermione Discuss Ron At Astronomy Tower

Disc 3: Bonus copy of the Feature on DVD

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half Blood Prince 24 Nov 2011
By Ade
Format:DVD
Another movie in the Potter series. This one takes a bit of following though, seems a bit disjointed! To say the least. Long gone are the happy days at Hoggwarts, as this movie is very dark and mysterious and not at all easy viewing. However there are some good scenes in it throughout the film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unmagical 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated movie of the franchise. 1 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray
In my opinion Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the most underrated of the Harry Potter movies. True, it is not the best of the films, but it is far better than a lot of people give it credit for.

Most people who critized the movie complained about most of the memories being cut from the film, as only two make an appearance. In my opinion attempting to put multiple dream/memory sequences don't work in a film which is why I think it was the right decision to remove most of them.

Another complaint has been the focus on the romantic relationships between Ron/Hermione/Lavender and Harry and Ginny. Most people seem to think that they take up a vast majority of the film, when in fact they only take up just under 1/4 of the film ( I even timed them; in total they only take up about 25 minutes of the 145 minutes of film time).

This films still contains great humour and dark storytelling that featured in the previous 3 movies and the last half hour is some of the best work of the series.

In conclusion this is one of the better entries in the series and deserves a lot more praise because of it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Well filmed, but very very boring 20 Dec 2009
Format:DVD
JKR Rowling hit her writing peak with Book 3, after which each book got progressively worse (and longer) until the dismal Deathly Hallows which meandered along until a deeply unsatisfying ending.

The films have followed a similar pattern: Philosopher's Stone as long and clunky as it followed the book too literally, but it was still entertaining and John Williams' score was superb. Chamber of Secrets was better, but Azkhaban was simply excellent; not just a good Potter film, but a great film in its own right. Since then, the films have been overlong and stodgy - just like the books which started getting far too long and self-indulgent as Rowling became a superstar and clearly uneditable.

HBP drags forever - it takes literally hours for anything to happen (actually, nothing does happen, at least I can't recall anything of any note happening). From the start it's all exposition and cringe worthy teen romance. The only times this film comes alive is when Snape is on screen. Some of the other quality characters like Hagrid and Lupin are granted about 5 minutes of screen time in total (even then, they outshine the child cast by some margin). Otherwise it's just a very dull drag, set in almost complete darkness for all of the film. The picture was very sharp and crisp and the cinematography was very impressive, but that's about it. Other than that, all the good things from the series, like the wonderful Williams score, have disappeared. And the fact Quidditch rears its very ugly head again for what feels like 30 minutes tells you all you need to know about this travesty.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Harry Potter That Should Have Been 14 Dec 2009
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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