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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2" - {Blu-ray} - (Ed)
Reviewer:
Edward McNulty
Studio: Warner Brothers
Genre:
Sci-Fi
Release Date:
11/11/11
Special Features:

See Below

Review:

At last Harry Potter fans can watch and rewatch at home their favorite moments in the final episode of J.K. Rowlings’ epic series. Hard to believe it has been ten years since the films first graced our screens. Both the characters and young actors have matured before our eyes, and hasn’t the tone or mood of the films ever darkened! There was no problem in bringing small children to the first film or two, but now parents would do well to see this film before exposing a young child to its many scenes that might prove too scary for viewers below middle school age.***

The film starts out slowly, with Harry kneeling at the grave of his beloved house dwarf Dobby. (No one should watch this without having seen Part 1, and fairly recently at that, the film taking right up where Part One left off with a minimum amount of recapping.) Harry (Daniel Radcliff), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) must find the three remaining Horcruxes. For the uninitiated, these are objects that contain a portion of the Dark Lord’s soul, and thus must be destroyed in order to defeat him. Harry makes a deal with the spiteful dwarf Griphook to gain access to the vault in the Gringotts bank where one of the horcruxes is hidden, Helga Hufflepuff's Cup. There follows a tense, exciting time of action, betrayal, and for some, when the Dark Lord shows up, death.***

Harry’s saga ends where it began, back at his beloved Hogwarts School, where Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) has become the headmaster. But not for long, because Harry shows up, challenging his authority. Most of the professors and students stand with him. Snape flees to Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), who mounts a siege with his minions of wizards and monsters. Plenty of exciting action and a lot of going back into the past where some fascinating background facts are provided concerning Harry’s nemesis, Prof. Severus Snape, Harry’s parents, and the boy wizard’s destiny. All is not what we had been led to believe—not only concerning the past, but also the fate of Harry.***

What has always been implicit in the previous movies, Harry’s cruciform life style, is much more explicit this time. In virtually every episode Harry puts others first, often risking his life for them (and not all were friends), so it is fitting that when he confronts the Dark Lord face to face, the latter should say that he is the boy who has come to die. Everything in the series has led up to this. There is even a neat bow to the Christian theme of the Communion of Saints, this being the sequence in which Harry communes with his dead parents and his beloved mentor Prof. Dumbledore. The themes of love, self-sacrifice, and resurrected are blended together to present a fully satisfying moral parable of the Good Life.***

 

Image and Sound:

Video Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video resolution: 1080p Aspect ratio: 2.40:1 Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1 Audio English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 French: Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1 English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 French: Dolby Digital 5.1 Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1 Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1 (less)

Blu-ray image and sound quality was fantastic and the sound couldn't be better I give this film 150% overall brilliant.

Special Features:

One of the best features of this format that fans look forward to are the extras, and we are not disappointed by this release. Among them are 'A Conversation With JK Rowling and Daniel Radcliffe,' a short entitled 'The Goblins of Gringotts,' and even 'The Women of Harry Potter' plus, of course, deleted scenes (quite a film of them—almost 50 minutes). Also just on the Blu-ray disk is 'Maximum Movie Mode', which action lfans will love, 'Blowing Up Hogwarts.'

Final Words:

How anyone can believe that this epic tale of Good vs. Evil is anti-Christian because of the heroes’ use of magic is beyond me. Parents of very young children would do well to heed the rating due to the violent battle scenes and scary dragons. David Yates, who directed three other Potter films, and screenwriter Steve Kloves have done themselves (and, of course, J.K. Rowling) proud, giving us a film that we will want to go back to many times in order to appreciate its richness of character, exciting action, hidden theology and moral lessons.

 

 
 
 
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