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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ultimate Edition) - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)  [Region Free]
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This Ultimate Edition features the second film in the Harry Potter series on both DVD and Blu-ray. The DVD includes an extended edition of the film with a runtime of 167 minutes. Also included is a 48-page photo book with rare images from Years 1-7 and two Ultimate Edition character cards.
- Creating the World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters: Explore how the cast and creative team of directors and designers take the character's descriptions on the page to the actor's performances on film.
- Screen tests of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Revealed - 2002 HBO First Look special
- Trailers and TV spots
- Deleted scenes
- Lockhart's classroom
- Photo gallery: Certificates--have a look at Gilderoy Lockhart's many achievements; Required Reading--Find out what text books you'll need for Lockhart's Defense Against the Dark Arts class
The world's most famous boy wizard dives straight into a darker and more thrilling magical adventure in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. It's practically the same set-up--something evil's afoot at Hogwarts; Harry and his pals must put it right--but fans of the books won't be disappointed. Director Chris Columbus, whose artistic licence is necessarily limited by the demands of adapting JK Rowling's phenomenally popular novel, does a spectacular job rendering Rowling's imaginary world: the production design and costumes are fascinating in their own right; such is the impressive attention to detail.
Daniel Radcliffe gives a more assured performance here as Harry, though he's not quite strong enough to carry the film without the aid of an excellent ensemble cast of experienced adults, notably a twinkly-eyed Kenneth Branagh. Of course, most avid fans will already know what's going to happen as far as the story is concerned, so for them the pleasure in watching The Chamber of Secrets lies in the visualisation of Rowling's magical creations and the verve brought to the action sequences. It's fantastic fun for kids and there's plenty of childhood nostalgia for the rest of us. --Laura Bushell
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There were shocks and surprises along the way. The first shock was how much Daniel and Rupert have grown since the last film, in looks, height, and confidence. Daniel's lower voice took a few scenes to get used to as well. The biggest surprise was the brilliant portrayal of Gilderoy Lockheart by Kenneth Branagh, who stole every scene he appeared in and brought much of the humor of the books into the script.
Obviously keen to overcome some criticisms of the first film, director Chris Columbus tried to include as many parts of the storyline from the book as he reasonably could in the time and as a consequence the pace never lets up. Fortunately the plot isn't too complicated (unlike the next book) so kids won't have too much trouble keeping up.
Once again excellent performances from the adults and the 3 lead children, Emma Watson settling into the role of Hermione as if she was born to play her. Ruperts facial expressions of fear, whilst funny at first, did start to wear thin towards the end, and Tom Feltons portrayal of Draco was, to be honest, embarrassing, but cut thankfully short.
All in all a thoroughly enjoyable film, better than the first, a little scarier (especially if you are afraid of spiders !) and a must have DVD for your collection when released.
What is it that I love about Chamber of Secrets then? Well; the special effects, the fact that Harry and Ron have to solve the problem WITHOUT Hermione, the moment when Hagrid enters the Great Hall at the very end, Christian Coulson as Tom Riddle *swoon* to name but a few. It's the last Potter film to feature the late Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore, the first to feature the amazingly talented Jason Isaacs as the slippery Lucius Malfoy... All in all, a corker!
The writer, Steve Kloves, manages to capture the humour of J.K. Rowling's writing in this film and creates a picture that is child friendly yet with the lingering threads of something sinister that are so beautifully woven into all of these stories which makes them so easy to love, even as an adult.
As I said before, I really love the special effects in this film; the flying Ford Anglia, the whomping willow, the “freshly caught” Cornish pixies riding on the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, not to mention the phenomenal battle at the end between Tom Riddle and the Basilisk vs Harry and Fawkes, the Phoenix. You have to admit that the CGI especially in these films will stand the test of time.
Speaking of Tom Riddle, Christian Coulson's portrayal is both enticing yet scary. He has the gift that very few actors have of being able to be sultry yet terrifying at the same time.Read more ›
The discs themselves are housed in a separate fold-out dvd set:
Disc 1: Blu-Ray Movie (Theatrical Version)
Disc 2: DVD Movie (Theatrical Version)
Disc 3: DVD Movie (Extended Version)
Disc 4: DVD Special Features (Conversation With J.K.Rowling and Screenwriter Steve Kloves, 16 Mins of Additional Scenes, Sketch Gallery, Build A Scene, Tour of Chamber of Secrets, Diagon Alley, Dumbledores Office, Character Q&As, Character Snapshots
Disc 5: DVD 'Creating The Characters of Harry Potter' Documentary with Screen Tests, Trailers & TV Spots (1. The Magic Begins 2. Characters 3. Magical Creatures 4. Sound & Music 5. The Evolution of Harry Potter 6. Special Effects 7. Growing Up Potter 8. The Harry Potter Phenomenon)
Although this edition is marketed as a Blu-Ray set, please be aware that only one disc is a Blu-Ray which is my only complaint. Unfortunately the UK version does not contain a Blu-Ray extended version of the film which is really disappointing, especially when the US version of this boxset has one. However, the DVD extended version of the film is still great to watch with some worthwhile scene additions. Some of the extras here have been featured before on other Potter discs but the documentary on Disc 5 is new and interesting, offering a fantastic behind-the-scenes look with the cast.Read more ›
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