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Review: Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix & Half-Blood Prince
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Written by Red   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 21:17
 
With less than a month before the release of the last film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, the Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince are the perfect build-up to get ready for the end of the film series. Highlights of the Ultimate Editions are of course the latest installments of the eight-hour documentary, Creating the World of Harry Potter; the fifth and sixth installments contain the Evolution and Magical Effects used in the series so far. 
 
The evolution of the series, as featured, of course starts years before Chris Columbus' release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in 2001, and back to a time where David Heyman was still contemplating what new project to produce in the late 1990s. The feature includes new interviews from the set of Deathly Hallows: Part II with Daniel Radcliffe, who spoke with great fondness about his work in the series, and how much the franchise has evolved in 11 years, not just for the young actors learning their place as proper thespians, but everyone from the top producers to the visual effects team and general crew. It is rather remarkable to be taken back on such an exciting and sad ride of nostalgia, being so close to the end of the series, but enjoyable all the same. Even the biggest Harry Potter fans will be surprised by what's revealed in the documentary, including how much the structure and silhouette of Hogwarts changed from bright and friendly castle in the first two movies to a darker, more frightening school in the latter half of the series. 
 
The magical effects look that come with the Ultimate Edition of Half-Blood Prince show how the green screen and real life sets and characters blend together in one, with the use of graphics itself. The evolution of the special visual effects, from rather computerised-looking owls in the teaser trailer to Sorcerer's Stone to the breathtaking work, effort, time, and endurance on Daniel Radcliffe's part to create the seven Potters sequence in Deathly Hallows: Part I is very evident, as is the love and enjoyment the effects team has in bringing the magic to life.
 
Key highlights for fans to enjoy will be comments from J.K. Rowling on the evolution of the series via two retrospective interviews, comments from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, and Davids Heyman, Barron, and Yates from the set of Deathly Hallows: Part II, and the creative process all four directors and two screenwriters went through to bring the eight-part series to life. The segments also include never-before-seen on-set looks from the final film, Deathly Hallows: Part II, including the trio running through Hogwarts to defeat Voldemort, and Ron extracting a basilisk fang from a skull down in the green screen room that will become the Chamber of Secrets, with Hermione looking on.
 
The Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince are available beginning Tuesday, June 14, 2011, and can be ordered at Amazon.com.
 

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