Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

The celebrity kid wizard makes his DVD debut in Chris Colombus' magnificent screen version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It's a captivating fantasy romp, bubbling with visual sorcery and paranormal thrills. The performances are generally spot on: Daniel Radcliffe is a winning Potter, while Robbie Coltrane does a hugely affable Hagrid, Alan Rickman is a superbly creepy Snape, and Richard Harris is wisdom incarnate as Dumbledore. Young Rupert Grint and Emma Watson steal the show as His Potterness' garrulous sidekicks Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

All the book's magical setpieces are visualized with all the astoundingly tangible realism that the CGI wizards can muster. High points? The goblin bank, the sorting hat, the mountain troll, the three-headed dog, the breathtaking quidditch sequence, the invisibility cloak, the terrifying forest scene, the climactic chess game ... there are many. Some critics have grumbled about this film, claiming it fails to reproduce the novel's unique magic. It is a measure of how brilliant the novel is that such a stupendous movie could seem inferior by comparison.

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling. It is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted.
Actor(s):
Daniel Radcliffe Alan Rickman Emma Watson Robbie Coltrane Rupert Grint John Cleese Julie Walters Richard Harris
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DVD

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The celebrity kid wizard makes his DVD debut in Chris Colombus' magnificent screen version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. It's a captivating fantasy romp, bubbling with visual sorcery and paranormal thrills. The performances are generally spot on: Daniel Radcliffe is a winning Potter, while Robbie Coltrane does a hugely affable Hagrid, Alan Rickman is a superbly creepy Snape, and Richard Harris is wisdom incarnate as Dumbledore. Young Rupert Grint and Emma Watson steal the show as His Potterness' garrulous sidekicks Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

All the book's magical setpieces are visualized with all the astoundingly tangible realism that the CGI wizards can muster. High points? The goblin bank, the sorting hat, the mountain troll, the three-headed dog, the breathtaking quidditch sequence, the invisibility cloak, the terrifying forest scene, the climactic chess game ... there are many. Some critics have grumbled about this film, claiming it fails to reproduce the novel's unique magic. It is a measure of how brilliant the novel is that such a stupendous movie could seem inferior by comparison.

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone is the first film in the Harry Potter series based on the novels by J.K. Rowling. It is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted.

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Rating:
All Ages
Duration (sec):
9120
Animated:
false
Zone:
Region 2

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Wonderful start to the series

Whilst not managing to capture every element of the book, enough of the essence is there that the experience is wonderful!

Good series opener

On his 11th birthday, young Harry Potter discovers the life he never knew he had, the life of a wizard. In his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he meets his two best friends Ron Weasley, an expert at Wizard Chess, and Hermione Granger, a girl with non-magic parents. Harry learns the game of Quiditch and Wizard Chess on his way to facing a Dark Arts teacher who is bent on destroying him

Rip Off

Get the video, this is in normal tv format. A waste of money. Wait for a widescreen version to come out.

EXCELLENT DVD

The picture and sound quality is unreal its even better than the cinema crystal clear picture i have never seen a dvd with this quality as for the movie its got a good story line its almost as good as the book

A fun movie, poor release

This was a fun movie, but while there are many good things on the DVD release the movie itself is totally ruined by having nearly half the picture cut off. South Africa is the only country where this is the case.

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