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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Ultimate Edition) - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD) [2011] [Region Free]

Daniel Radcliffe , Rupert Grint    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Nov 2011
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WIIMB4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,193 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Adapted from JK Rowling's third novel, this installment of the family fantasy adventure story finds trainee wizard Harry Potter (played by Daniel Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), facing the dangerous convict Sirius Black (played by Gary Oldman). Black has escaped from Azkaban Prison and is on his way to Hogwarts, so the school calls in supernatural assistance in the form of Dementors -- but will they turn out to be a great help or a further threat?

The first of the Harry Potter films to be directed by acclaimed Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is generally regarded as the most stylised and darkest entry in the series thus far. It stars the actors from the preceding films in the series, except for the role of Albus Dumbledore, which sees Michael Gambon take over from the late Richard Harris. Much of the original crew also returned, including screenwriter Steve Kloves.

The film broke several opening records around the world upon its release, including the top opening film in UK film history, and made approximately £20m in its first three days, totaling £90.3m in ten days.

Product Description

This Ultimate Edition features the third film in the Harry Potter series on both DVD and Blu-ray. Also included is a 48-page photo book with rare images from years 1-7 and two Ultimate Edition character cards.

Special Features
  • Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 3: Creating the Vision: Interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers
  • Conjuring a Scene: Creating Buckbeak and the Dementors for the screen
  • Johnny Vaughan and the shrunken head lead raucous interviews with the cast
  • Self-guided tours of Honeydukes and Professor Lupin's classroom
  • Meet the animal trainers in care of magical creatures


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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Yet! 17 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
A lot of people are less than enthusiastic about Alfonso Cuaron's take on The Prisoner of Azkaban, and I must admit that I too was a little displeased at first. There are some interesting--some would say unnecessary--changes to the geography of Hogwarts (a new location for Hagrid's cabin, and the clock tower in the front of the school, for instance), as well a whole new directorial style that perhaps threw some people off.
But it seems to be the creative license taken with the plot that has caused the most discomfort for die hard fans of this imaginative and playful series. This movie is easily the least faithful to the letter of the book so far, and many fans can't seem to get past that.
I say it is least faithful to the letter, but in spirit it is right on target. This is the story where Harry begins to really delve into his past, learning more than he ever knew about his parents. This is facilitated by the appearance of Professor Lupin, an old school chum of Harry's father, and the escape of Sirius Black from Azkaban, who's relationship to Harry I shall not divulge for those few who have been in a coma for the last several years.
In essence, this is a coming of age story, and Cuaron really hits the nail on the head in this respect. His treatment of Harry's reaction to learning the connection between himself and Black is brilliantly played (I love the shots filmed from under the invisibility cloak in the Three Broomsticks), and Harry's relationship with Lupin was also spot on. And let's not forget the clever asides displaying Ron & Hermione's budding romance (surely you can see that one coming?!).
The casting, as usual, seemed to have tapped into the collective imagination of the fans. Who better to play Professor Trelawney than Emma Thompson?!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best one there'll ever be! 4 Oct 2004
Format:DVD
First of all, let me say that, contrary to what one of the other reviewer said, it is my experience that those who loved the first two films, are often not too fond of this one, and the other way around. I have heard people who adored the first two films be rather rude about this one, actually.
Prisoner of Azkaban is not fluffy, it has no exaggerated emotions (they've even managed to tone Ron down. Well, a bit anyway.), has no cringeworthy scenes - although there could have been one, but Gary Oldman pulled it off -, and has a great (British) sense of humour. Cuarón manages to convey Lupin's sense of fun without needing him to shoot a wad of gum up Peeves's nose, several blue birdies meet a sticky end, and even in the thick of the action Harry comes out with the odd dry remark.
It is odd that some say the film "butchered" the book, since, in fact, parts of it have been taken word-for-word from the book.
This film is not as spoon-fed as the other two films. You have to think (although having read the books does help). There is plenty of action -the only bit that had my 5-year old son bored is the Shrieking Shack scene, and believe me, he gets bored easily - and, well, it's generally a cracking romp.
My son's opinion: he no longer wants to see the first two films, this one has spoiled him forever.
My opinion: I loved it!
So: a good one for young and old(ish)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's going to be a bumpy ride! 7 Aug 2005
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Format:DVD
Yes this film is better than the first two, the direction, pace of the film, special effects and acting are of a higher standard. It also feels a little more grown up now, the lead characters are a few years older now and have adjusted to their roles, and the story of this one is much more darker and menacing. I have not read any of the books, but think the films are great and are getting better one by one. Featuring a strong UK cast this is a shown piece of British film making and acting. A highly enjoyable film but probably not suitable for very young children. It features talking shrunken voodoo heads, and a werewolf transformation as well as the ghoulish Dementors.
The DVD comes with a ton of extras varying from pointless to rather good. You can have a tour of Honeydukes, and professor Lupin's classroom. A very bad interactive game to catch the rat. Slightly better is the portrait quest game which is quite interactive. There is also a memory game featuring scenes from the film. A trailer for the game as well as trailers for all 3 films. A short 5 min feature on the animals in the film. One of the better extras is a 15 min look at the creation of Buckbeak and the look of the Dementors, showing the problems encountered and special effects used for them. There are 5 deleted scenes which don't vary to much from the final version. The best features are a 12 min talk with the director and J.K .Rowling giving an insight into the design of the overall look of the film and locations. Then there are interviews with the main characters in the film totaling 43 mins with Johny Vaughan and the Shrunken head,Lenny Henry. Which although fairly short on each group and not that insightful of the film, is still fairly fun and a good extra. Overall a great package for Potter fans and those who love magical films.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best in the series 14 Dec 2004
Format:VHS Tape
When I say the best in the series, I am not being subjective and describing the book. For me, The Goblet of Fire is the best Potter book. However, Prisoner of Azkaban is the best film, as it transcends the easy adaption of Rowling's characters and plotlines and utilises movie magic.
This film has a dark, atmospheric quality to it, so that it's more of a gothic drama than a family adventure film. The camera shots are more urgent and expressive, in contrast to Columbus' bog standard sentimental scenes. The adult actors (Thompson, Oldman, Rickman etc) are on top form, over-the-top one minute and subtle the next.
The extras to the dvd are satisfactory, although it seems likely that commentaries and extensive behind-the-scenes footage are being held back to a later planned Special Edition.
The only real complaint I had with the movie was the severe underusage of poor Crookshanks...
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