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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Soundtrack)
Harry Potter - Boxed Set of Books 1 - 4
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)
The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter
The Sorcerer's Companion: A Guide to the Magical World of Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Review

Directed By: Chris Columbus.
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, John Cleese and Robbie Coltrane.

Nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Check out our Academy Award 2002 Nomination Page here!

After four novels and already a rabid following one has to figure that, in terms of box-office, Harry Potter is going to be pretty critic proof. For the most part kids don't read movie reviews and if they do they probably think adults are pretty whiney when it comes to flicks. Why not just enjoy the flick and let it go?

They've got a point in a way...however...

Harry Potter the movie is so faithful to the book that it hurts itself. Clocking in at two and a half hours this overly long film takes too long to tell what it should, and then spends too little time on the moments it should linger. It's hard to believe that being faithful can hurt the movie but there are reasons why some directors deviate from the text and pacing should always be held as one of the reasons.

That's not to say Harry Potter is bad's just not a great film. The potential is there. The casting of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry is pretty on the nose but even more so was Rupert Grint who plays Ron Weasly, Harry's sidekick at Hogwarts. One of the few offers of humor in an otherwise dreary screenplay Rupert brings a lot of charm and wit to his role.

It just seems that, in the end, director Chris Columbus spent so much time getting every detail right in the way author J.K. Rowling conceived it he missed the joy of the book, the pure unadulterated imagination and flights of fancy. Sort of like a copy of the Mona Lisa. It looks right, it seems right but something is missing, the original artistic intention perhaps. Not a bad copy, one that sets up a lot of the other characters for the next film but one that could have done with some more slimming down.

There are moments though in this film where it does work. The constant picking on Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) is another find and Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid the giant makes the film. The few appearances of Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) could have been longer and perhaps even darker, as it is Rickman is left sneering a lot but little more.

I suppose, like I said earlier in the review though, that none of this matters. It is going to be huge, maybe not Titanic huge, but huge nonetheless. Besides, they have already begun pre-production on Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, due out...Nov. 15, 2002.

Synopsis: Have you been hiding under a rock? Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is an adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling's popular children's novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents' mysterious deaths at the hands of a powerful adversary.

Oct. 27, 2001 - Update: Two and a half hours of Harry!

According to the British Board of Film Classification Harry Potter and The Philospher's Stone was submitted at 152 minutes and 13 seconds, and "the work was passed with no cuts made."
Although Britain's film classifications differ from the U.S. it stands to reason that the print shown there should match. However, a verbal warning accompanied the announcement saying parents may want to decide for themselves if a child eight and under should attend. You know, frightening scenes and all that. Personally, I think it's good for them. I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark and that scared me to death when I was kid and I loved it for that.

Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul

DVD Information:
Region One

Special Features:

Disc 1: The Movie itself Original Trailers

Disc 2: Never-Before-Seen Footage
360 Degree Self-Guided Tour Of Hogwarts Controlled by Your Own Remote
New Interviews with Director Chris Columbus and Producer David Heyman
Learn How To Play Quidditch with an Original Quidditch Montage Featuring Oliver Wood and Harry
Catch A Snitch With Your Remote
Have A Wand Choose You At Ollivanders Wands
Meet The Ghosts Of Hogwarts
Cast A Spell Over A Scene In Eight Languages with "Harry Potter Throughout The World"
Create Potions Correctly or Wind Up In The Infirmary
Sneak Past Fluffy and Other Challenges To Reveal The Secret in the Mirror of Erised

DVD-ROM Features:
Be Sorted by the Sorting Hat
Collect Wizard Trading Cards
Download Flying Owls in the Great Hall
Quidditch Screensavers and your own Remembrall
Receive Owl E-Mail Messages
Ample Game Demos And Much More

Video: Widescreen 2.35:1 (Anamorphic)

Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

The DVD Review:
Okay folks: I've had a few emails inquiring as to where all the 'extra' hidden treats are on this disk and here are the first few that have been tracked down.

First - Getting to the 7 Deleted Scenes:

1. On the Opening screen on Disc two, select Diagon Alley (Hedwig).

2. Put the selector thingy on Gringotts, then press down selecting the key, click to get to the gringotts area then select the Galleon, Sickle, and Knut and click enter.

3. Now you should be back at the main page for Diagon Alley, go to Ollivander's and have fun selecting your wand (this may vary disk to disk).

4. Go back to the main screen and select the wand and click enter, this should take you to the classrooms.

5. Select Transfiguration (the cat), then hit down to select the owls on the torch, then hit up to select the H on a Shield. Click enter.

6. At Fluffy, select the Flute and click enter again.

7. At the Keys, select the Silver one in the middle with a bent wing (its the only one that is completely over the door in the background)

8. At the Bottles select the round one with the yellow liquid.

9. Select the Red stone in the mirror to get to the cut scenes.

This will give you the following scenes:
Scene 1 - Smeltings uniform
Scene 2 - Letters in Eggs
Scene 3 - Hagrid and Harry on the Underground
Scene 4 - Harry and Ron befriend Hermione
Scene 5 - More Christmas
Scene 6 - Dumbledore's Card and Neville's legbinding
Scene 7 - Extended Potions Class


Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans(New)
On Disc 2 in the main menu go to Diagon Alley (The Owl)
To get In Diagon Alley you need to pass the puzzle.
Go left 1, up 2 and hit enter
Up 1, hit enter
Up 1, hit enter
Right 1, down 2, hit enter
Down 1, hit enter

Note: Don't fret if you make mistakes, after three attempts it relents and lets you in anyway.

Click on the Gringotts Bank sign. Once in the bank, go down to select the box by the pile of papers and hit enter. You will be taken to a screen where you can try 4 different flavors of Every Flavor Beans.

House Points Counting Machine: When you get to the dining hall proceed until you get to the Teacher's Table. You will be presented with the option of Left, Up or Right. Go against the choices and click down instead. You will see a machine 'sparkling' to the right of the table. Click on the table and press enter to see what it is.

Evil Ash

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