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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 (243 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 (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005WIIMB4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,467 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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98 of 103 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This film completely puts the first two in the shade. The change of director works very successfully and the main thing we notice is that the schoolwizards aren't constantly in uniform! Yes, we actually get to see Harry et al in jeans, hoodies and trainers. The characters are a great deal more rounded with much more humour and feeling. The CGI is stunning, even when used for mundane background action. I only have two complaints about this excellent film; the first is that I just cannot get away from Hermione (Emma Watson) and her complete overacting. It is something which bugs me like an itch through the whole film. The other problem is that if you have read the book, there are several glaring plot omissions which are very noticeably absent. It doesn't explain how Lupin became what he is, who made the Marauders' Map, or why Harry's Patronus is a stag. It also omits the very satisfying part where Harry's Hogsmeade permission slip has been signed. There are others besides and, while I am by no means a Potter nut,their absence was a pain in the bum because they were all relevant and I was very surprised that they were left out. However, this is thoroughly enjoyable and along with a cracking story it gives us a much more expansive view of life at Hogwarts and even a closer look at the surrounding grounds.
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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
By DVD Fan
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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5.0 out of 5 stars One more of the series
Having read the books, the movies are worth seeing but they seriously lack the depth of the books. Still, it was fun to watch.
Published 10 days ago by Bernardus
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film
The first two films in the series were great, but I believe the third installment is even better. This time they bring in a different director, Alfonso Cuaron, and he does a really... Read more
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Always amazing - this is our family favorite all of all of them - needed to buy another copy for my daughter!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can't compete with the book
Really after reading the book the film seems to be non so perfect, things are too complicated to understand for the one who has never read the book but watched the other films 2... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dep
5.0 out of 5 stars great quality and dirt cheap
Got Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkerban for my 6.5 year old, since only the first 3 Harry Potter films are PG rated. Used but great quality and dirt cheap. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nimesh Mody
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I had bought it for my sister as a present for Christmas & she absolutely loved it. Thank you :)
Published 3 months ago by sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Attention to anyone buying this from the USA
This is a great cost alternative to the skyrocketing price of the USA version. However, something I did not realize until I received this and Goblet of Fire, is that the bonus... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steven L Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I have had this dvd since it first came out. I remember going to the cinema and seeing this about 7 times, when it first came out I wasn't sure about it, the director had changed... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I still have an HD DVD player as in my view this is better quality than Blu-ray so am collecting the older movies on this format
Published 5 months ago by Kevin Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great item
Bought for my partner and very pleased, arrived quickly and even though pre owned was in perfect condition as new, made up Thankyou, great seller!
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