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Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
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Directed by Mike Newell, the fourth installment of the hugely popular 'Harry Potter' series sees Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he will attend his fourth year of magical education. Shortly after his reunion with his best friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry is introduced to yet another Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher: the grizzled Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson). Of course, Harry's wishes for an uneventful school year are almost immediately shattered when he is unexpectedly chosen, along with fellow student Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson), as Hogwarts' representative in the Tri-Wizard Tournament, which awards whoever completes three magical tasks the most skilfully with a thousand-galleon purse and the admiration of the international wizard community.
The latest entry in the Harry Potter saga could be retitled Fast Times at Hogwarts, where finding a date to the winter ball is nearly as terrifying as worrying about Lord Voldemort's return. Thus, the young wizards' entry into puberty (and discovery of the opposite sex) opens up a rich mining field to balance out the dark content in the fourth movie (and the stories are only going to get darker). Mike Newell handily takes the directing reins and eases his young cast through awkward growth spurts into true young actors. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, more sure of himself) has his first girl crush on fellow student Cho Chang, and has his first big fight with best bud Ron. Meanwhile, Ron's underlying romantic tension with Hermione comes to a head over the winter ball, and when she makes one of those girl-into-woman Cinderella entrances, the boys' reactions indicate they've all crossed a threshold.
But don't worry, there's plenty of wizardry and action in Goblet of Fire. When the deadly Tri-Wizard Tournament is hosted by Hogwarts, Harry finds his name mysteriously submitted (and chosen) to compete against wizards from two neighboring academies, as well as another Hogwarts student. The competition scenes are magnificently shot, with much-improved CGI effects (particularly the underwater challenge). And the climactic confrontation with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, in a brilliant bit of casting) is the most thrilling yet. Goblet, the first installment to get a PG-13 rating, contains some violence as well as disturbing images for kids and some barely shrouded references at sexual awakening (Harry's bath scene in particular). The 2 1/2-hour film, lean considering it came from a 734-page book, trims out subplots about house elves (they're not missed) and gives little screen time to the standard crew of the other Potter films, but adds in more of Britain's finest actors to the cast, such as Brendan Gleeson as Mad Eye Moody and Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter. Michael Gambon, in his second round as Professor Dumbledore, still hasn't brought audiences around to his interpretation of the role he took over after Richard Harris died, but it's a small smudge in an otherwise spotless adaptation.--Ellen A. Kim, Amazon.com --This text refers to the HD DVD edition.See all Product description
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This year the tri-wizard tourment is to be held at Hogwarts and when Harry even thought he isn't old enough is chossen to take part by the goblet of fire Ron turns his back on Harry.
The Yule Ball is great fun some famous faces appear in this film.
Apart from the normal now famous face of lovely Emma Watson (Hermoine)
Harry and Ron and the other regulars.
We see Trigger of Only Fools and Horses fame appear and David Tennant (Doctor Who 10th Doctor).
In this film Voldmort the Dark Wizard that Harry stopped while his was young is reborn in this film.
This film has everthing you want and lots of action this is a great film and perfect to add to any Harry Potter collection plus a must for any Potter fan (But I guess most guy are Hermoine or Granger fans) I am.
Emma really steals the shows and Malfoy gets his just want he should have gotten years ago.
You may have thought he would have learnt his lesson after Emma (Hermione)punched him last year.
Back to the product as with UMD's the picture quailty I standard and the sound even though good better with headphones.
As with all UMD's the film is full length but no extras as always but a great buy.
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