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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Ultimate Edition) - Double Play (Blu-ray + DVD)  [Region Free]
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This Ultimate Edition features the sixth 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
Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.Read more ›
Perhaps this movie should have been called: "Harry Potter and the Half-Plot Prints" or "Harry Potter and the Half-Snogged Kids". Key elements are omitted (the muggle prime minister, the Dursleys, Tom Riddle's parents, Bill Weasley and others don't exist in the movie), the teen romance is over-emphasised and there are arbitrary changes & additions (why does Luna discover Harry on the train instead of Tonks? How did Dumbledore injure his hand? Why was the Weasley's house torched? Why add the cafe scene - yes, she's an attractive girl, but what was the point? Did she win a walk-on role in a HP competition?).
Q1) Whatever happened to fundamental film-making concepts like "plot", "motivation", "character development" and "internal consistency"?
Q2) Why didn't J.K. Rowling take a firmer stand?
Jim Broadbent is very believable as Horace Slughorne. Is there anything this excellent actor can't do? I look forward to seeing more of him in HP7.
Maggie Smith's brief appearances confirm the rumours that she is ill.
Alan Rickman will get more screen time in HP7 and HP8.
For those lamenting the omission of the funeral scene - don't worry, they'll probably start HP7 with it to provide "continuity" ;-)
We can only hope that some of the missing scenes were actually filmed & will be included in an extended "director's cut".
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.
Year six sees Hogwarts become a dangerous place to be, with Death Eaters on the rampage and adolescent hormones raging. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) is spending increasing amounts of time with Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), who is preparing the young wizard for the battle ahead. Meanwhile, Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) carries out a secret mission for Voldemort, as the Dark Lord continues his return to power.
The main problem with HP6 is that it lacks the central focus which the previous films had. Films one and two focussed on setting the scene; film three focussed on Harry's past; film four had the Goblet of Fire and the return of Voldemort at its centre; and film five saw the battle lines starting for form between Good and Evil.
The central focus of the current instalment thought appears to be lots and lots of teenage angst. Despite the fact the future of magical world is at stake, the characters seem to be more concerned with who's snogging who. This is then followed by twenty minutes of actual plot, which due to the mess that it followed, feels tagged on at the end. It's at this point that `The Tragic Event' occurs and it feels strangely empty, as there was no real build up to it throughout the film.Read more ›
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A great film full of story and action. I loved the books and the film is just as good. It's a big hit with the adults and children in our family! Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jade Chapman
Bought as a part of my collection. Great film and value for money.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer