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HTF REVIEW: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED).



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#1 of 188 OFFLINE   Herb Kane

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Posted November 15 2004 - 09:22 AM


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#2 of 188 OFFLINE   Nick Sievers

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Posted November 15 2004 - 10:09 AM

I'm all over this, while I like the first two HP films and own the DVD's this one really took me by surprise. Loved it and can't wait to add it to the collection. Regarding the audio, is it not encoded for EX this time around?
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#3 of 188 OFFLINE   Michael Lee

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Posted November 15 2004 - 10:36 AM

It doesn't say anywhere that it is encoded for EX. I checked the box and the DVD itself. I agree with the blueness..and it is a solid film.

#4 of 188 OFFLINE   Mike Frezon

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Posted November 15 2004 - 10:49 AM

Herb: Excellent review! Cannot wait to get my copy. Am especially looking forward to hearing the 5.1 track. I am also glad to hear they've done a respectable job transferring a film with as many dark scenes as this one has. One small typo in your review under "Disc 1: Cast and crew"...I think you mean "text" sted "test"

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#5 of 188 OFFLINE   Chris Tedesco

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Posted November 15 2004 - 11:07 AM

Yeehaw!! Bring it on!!!

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Posted November 15 2004 - 12:53 PM

While I did enjoy the visual elements in this film, the story and the execution of it left me scratching my head. I hope I don't tick anyone off-- but I kind of got the same vibe from this film that I got from the last two Star Wars film and the Lord of the Rings films. To me it seems like since they have such beautiful visuals and/or grand scope, the directors feel a need to put in the same number of story elements as well. And for me they just strike me as being all subplot in search of a story. I guess what I'm saying is is that I find it hard to care for the different people in these films when they're just one of many characters involved in one of many subplots. Plus I think the computer animation takes away the "realness" of the movie as well. I found all of these films relatively entertaining, but once I left the theatre or turned off the DVD player, I never gave the movie a second thought. Does that make any sense to anyone??
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Posted November 15 2004 - 02:08 PM

They're pop movies. Having said that, I enjoy them immensely. I did notice that the theatrical presentation was also highly stylized and lacking in detail as well (presumably from all pre and post process work) and was done deliberately.

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Posted November 15 2004 - 03:14 PM



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Posted November 15 2004 - 03:53 PM

Great review Herb! One of my favorites of 2004. This film series has really grown on me too. I loved this film and it might be my favorite, or at least comparible to the Sorcerers Stone.

Glad to hear the disc looks and sounds good. I've already pre-ordered this from FYE.

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#10 of 188 OFFLINE   Bill Thomann

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Posted November 15 2004 - 04:23 PM

Great review. Can't wait to pick up the box set of the first 3 movies. Lost the first 2 HP in Hurricane Charley (along with all my other dvds, home theater equipment, home, car etc...). Thank God for insurance. I've replaced most of my dvds through B&M sales & the new DDD 20% coupon but I've waited for this 3 pack. Sounds awesome.

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Posted November 15 2004 - 04:50 PM

Whether this is flagged or not, the film was mastered in EX. Clayton

#12 of 188 OFFLINE   Roger Rollins

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Posted November 15 2004 - 06:38 PM

Another wonderful review from the masterful Herb Kane! I can't wait to pick this one up! Perfect for the family at Thanksgiving (along with GWTW and THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT!).... ...and LOONEY TUNES too!

#13 of 188 OFFLINE   Michael Osadciw

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Posted November 16 2004 - 03:13 AM

Thanks Herb...I really want to check this one out... ...and The Chamber of Secrets... ...and The Philosopher's Stone... Mike

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Posted November 16 2004 - 07:19 AM

Loved this film.

the best of the bunch so far.

Can't wait!!!

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Posted November 16 2004 - 08:35 AM

I've noticed that several sites have removed the Nov 23 release date for the DVD.

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Posted November 16 2004 - 08:44 AM

Woo-hoo!! Mine arrived this morning... I've put it into the ROM drive here at work and watched the first 5 minutes or so and am now really hanging out to go home this afternoon and put this into the HT. By the way, the trailers at the start are for Polar Express and Elf.

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Posted November 16 2004 - 05:37 PM

i noticed at about 17m 33s into the dvd just as weasley is saying "harry" the number 302 appears for maybe 1 or 2 frames. anyone else see this? i didnt know at first it was 302, i just saw a blip as the movie played so i paused it and went through some frames, and ther it was. hank, what sites might they be.
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#18 of 188 OFFLINE   Lou Sytsma

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Posted November 17 2004 - 01:08 AM

Missed this in the theater so I will be checking it out. You have to wonder if the Potter mania is subsiding somewhat though. Look at this thread, lots of views, few replies. Looking forward to seeing it - excellent review Herb!
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#19 of 188 OFFLINE   Ernest Rister

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Posted November 17 2004 - 01:55 AM

"I grow tired of listening to complaints of films not equaling their inspirational novels and frankly I think it’s silly to expect a two+ hour film to contain the same extraordinary detail as say a three or four hundred page book. A film simply doesn’t have the luxury of time." I agree, however, the...ahem...animal that...ahem...makes a surprise appearance during the climax of the film has a specific shape for a specific reason. The names on the Marauder's Map (Padfoot & Prongs et. al.) play into this and foreshadow the ending. It's such a quick bit of info, the exclusion of it in the movie left me scratching my head. I was also sorry to not see any of the action in Azkaban Prison, a truly vivid nightmarish locale as presented in the book. I agree you can't do everything in a movie, but Azkaban is the shortest of the HP films, and I'll take an extra five minutes if those five minutes divulge a key bit of information that gives the ending an emotional wallop. Without that info, the "animal" just comes off as a bit of special f/x. With that info, it is a deeply personal touch.
For those who haven't read the book, Harry's father was an "animagus", meaning he could shape shift into a specific animal. All of the authors of the Marauder's Map were shape-shifters, and their names reflect their ability. Sirius was Padfoot (a dog), Pettigrew was Wormtail (a rat), Lupin was Moony (a wolf), and James Potter - Harry's father - was Prongs (a deer - a stag, to be precise). When Harry conjures protective magic and it takes the form of a deer, it is proof that the essence of James still lives within Harry. He thinks he sees his father, that his father is alive, and it is true, to an extent. His father lives within him. Without knowing Harry's father was a shapeshifter who could transform into a deer, the appearance of the stag just comes off like stylized special f/x. In my opinion, natch.


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Posted November 17 2004 - 02:46 AM

Ernest, fair enough. I agree, it is an event that has significance in the movie and that those who have not read the book will not pick up.

My Top 25 Noirs:

25. 711 Ocean Drive (1950), 24. Odds Against Tomorrow (1959), 23. Desperate (1947), 22. Pushover (1954), 21. The Blue Dahlia (1946), 20. The File on Thelma Jordon (1949), 19. He Ran All the Way (1951), 18. The Asphalt Jungle (1950), 17. The Killing (1956), 16. I Walk Alone (1948),...