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Review: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Blu-ray DVD
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Saturday, 12 December 2009 20:11

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Get it on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital Download December 8th

Blu-ray DVD Review
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Synopsis

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Voldemort tightens his grip on Hogwarts as Harry and Dumbledore work to find the key to unlock the Dark Lord’s defenses. But the students are under attack from a very different adversary—teenage hormones. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

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Video

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was filmed with a very grand scope, thereby featuring impressive footage of London, Hogwarts, and of course the cave scene with Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) near the end of the movie. The high-definition disc comes in very useful to view these dramatic events with spectacular filming, bringing the movie to life. The somber tones and hues of the movie are perfectly matched with the seriousness of the book and the characters aging up throughout the film series. Fred and George’s magic shop in an otherwise subdued, dark and depressing Diagon Alley brings a welcome bit of color though. The milky softness of the memories as they slip into them is amazingly beautiful and the detail with which you can see everything down to the costumes is exceptional. Overall the clarity, sharpness and transfer of the Blu-ray quality is excellent.

Audio

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Blu-ray disc features Dolby TrueHD 5.1. Everything from whispers to roaring flames during the Inferi attack can be heard in true-to-life stunning clarity. Background noise such as Hogwarts students going about their business and conversations make the ambient audio and effects magnificent. Dialogue is crisp and clear and keeps you listening struggling to hear the audio. The sweeping score by Nicholas Hooper emotes a deep richness to the overall feel of the movie. Dolby Digital 5.1 in English, French and Spanish are also included as additional tracks.

Special Features

The Blu-ray three-disc set includes Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in three different formats. Inside you’ll find the Blu-ray disc, a DVD disc loaded with special features and a third disc with the standard definition widescreen version of the movie plus a digital copy for convenience and portability. The high-def feature film and interactive features can be located on disc one. The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Blu-ray disc will feature Warner Bros. Maximum Movie Mode, which is an interactive viewing experience that lets you watch the film with features such as Focus Points, Picture-in-Picture, photo galleries and much more. Also included is Maximum Movie Mode with commentary from director David Yates, producers David Heyman and David Barron, and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy).

The disc also includes Warner Bros. BD-LiveTM, which allows users with web-enabled Blu-ray players to access exciting additional content and connect and share with other BD-Live users via the My Commentary and Live Community Screening features.Â

The special features on disc two include:

-- Close-Up with the Cast of Harry Potter
-- One-Minute Drills
-- Footage from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
-- J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life
-- What's On Your Mind?
-- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Sneak Peek
-- Additional Footage

The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Blu-ray edition comes packaged in a lenticular slipcase, which goes between images of Harry with Dumbledore and Draco with Snape (Alan Rickman).

OVERALL RATING
(9 out of 10 )

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince will be available as a Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray discs featuring the theatrical film and special features, standard disc featuring the theatrical film and Digital Copy of the film) for $35.99, 2-disc special edition DVD for $34.99 and on single disc DVD for $28.98.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince available on Blu-ray, and Digital Download12/8.

Amazon.com: Standard DVD, 2-disc DVD, Blu-ray

Amazon.co.uk:Â 2-disc DVD, Blu-ray

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 December 2009 21:03
 

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