Harry Potter and the
Rupert Grint, Emma Watson,
Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane
Director: Chris Columbus
Based on the
popular first book of the series by J.K. Rowling; Harry (Daniel
Radcliffe) is a nobody, an orphaned son of two powerful wizards,
heís treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who inherited him
when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort.
letter to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is
delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane),
come to bring Harry to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and
Wizardry, where he will study to fulfill his true calling as a
wizard. It is at Hogwarts where Harry meets classmates Ron
Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), who
will become close friends. The Hogwarts School experience
embarks Harry on the adventure of a lifetime, discovering a
world of magic and fantasy where he is destined to live.
and the Sorcererís Stone was entertaining and well
developed. Iím not a Harry Potter fan, nor have I ever
picked up any of the novels, but after speaking with people who
have, Harry Potter and the Sorcererís Stone is a
faithful adaptation to itís novel Ė the film delivers as
promised. I thought the film explained the story well, covering
all the key points that are necessary for people like me to
realm into other Potter adventures.
intends to make Harry Potter a seven book series,
following Harry and his friends through their schooling
and transition to adulthood. I honestly admit this film is not
perfect, but itís not bad either, it is still an impressive
beginning to what may be a future franchise of Harry Potter
films provided that the filmmakers don't mess things up too
badly Ė remember the Batman franchise - Joe Schumacher /
Batman and Robin Ė yikes.
novel to film adaptations, fans of the book will likely love or
hate the movie based on how closely things match their
preconceived notions. I have to give Chris Columbus credit on
this one, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone stands
out as a good piece of entertainment. The magic in what Columbus
and his crew have done is fantastic; of course while no movie
could ever do justice to the film that stays inside everyone's
head like this one, Columbus is able to do a great job at
bringing the book to life on the big screen.
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and the Sorcererís Stone
is presented in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1
on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been
enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The movie seemed a little
grainy at times, but this was probably related to the use of fog
effects in many scenes. Sharpness looked solid. The image
appeared crisp and defined. Color was good, bright and vivid.
Black levels were deep and rich, while shadow detail appeared
fine with no major concerns. I was not very impressed with the
picture quality on this DVD; Warner Brothers has released some
fine looking DVDís, this is clearly not one of them.
uses a great Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX mix. The sound
field was involving throughout the movie. All five channels were
used as it created a lively surround mix. Audio quality was
fine. Dialogue consistently sounded natural, no concerns related
to edginess. Effects came across distinct and accurate
displaying a solid dynamic range. Bass response was deep; the DD
5.1 mix provided a very good sound experience.
Self-Guided Tour Of Hogwarts
Mix Potions, Perform Transfigurations, Explore Diagon Alley,
Catch a Snitch and Much More
Be Sorted by the Sorting Hat
Collect Wizard Trading Cards
Download Screensaver and Remembrall
Receive Owl E-mails
Link To The Web
Potter and the Sorcererís Stone
isnít a classic film, but I felt it provided a fun experience.
This film helps prepare us for the next film,
Harry Potter and the Chamber of
Secrets, in which we learn more about Harry's
past, and the beginnings of the evil Lord Voldemort.
The DVD offers
good picture and a great DD 5.1 EX sound mix. Should you rent it
or buy it? Personally, the movie did little for me. It offered a
couple of decent sequences but not enough to keep me focused.
Fans of Harry Potter will love it, and those who haven't
seen the movie should give it a look as well; I think it's one
of those films everyone should see and decide for themselves.