Harry Potter’s Page was given the opportunity to review the Ultimate Editions of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Goblet of Fire. I received the Blu-ray formats. First off, I have to tell you that if you haven’t had the chance to purchase the Ultimate Editions of Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, you’ve really missed out. They were absolutely great! You can see my review for them here. The third and fourth Ultimate Editions didn’t let me down, either.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban‘s package comes with a holographic cover. The interior box holds all the content in what looks like a book. The cover opens to Sirius’ mug shot. The contents include the Ultimate Edition Creating the Creatures of Harry Potter hard back book. The book includes many photos from the creatures for films 1 through 6. There’s concept art and photos all the way up to actual animals (Fang!). The package also includes two character collector cards. I got two of Sirius, but I don’t mind, since I’m a huge fan of Harry’s Godfather (and Gary Oldman, as well). The Blu-ray set included three discs. One Blu-ray was the movie. It included no extra features. The second disc is a DVD with Special Features. For me, I always want to pop this in first, but I resisted my urge and watched the film first. The third disc is a Blu-ray called Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures. There is no digital copy. Instead, a card is provided with a code, so it can be downloaded.
I watched the entire film. Admittedly, it’s been a while since I’ve watched this film. I’ve always enjoyed the color scheme – the grays, blacks, and silver hues. This is when things really start going dark for Harry. It’s such an interesting switch. Unfortunately, none of the deleted scenes are included with the movie. Nor was there any commentary. However, watching it in Blu-ray was a real treat. The Dementors are just so much more real.
I always love the special features, so I was excited to get to this DVD. Creating the Vision includes an interview with J.K. Rowling and the filmmakers. I always enjoy watching J.K. Rowling in interviews. She seems so humble. Other features include:
- Additional Scenes, including:
- The Knight Bus Spins
- Hagrid Swats a Bird (extended)
- Harry Receives a Sneakascope in the Great Hall
- Sir Cadogan Asks for the Password
- McGonagall Lectures Students about the Password
- Conjuring a Scene: Creating Buckbeak and the Dementors for the Screen
- Johnny Vaughan and the Shrunken Head Lead Raucous interviews with the Cast
- Self-Guided Tours of Honeydukes and Professor Lupin’s Classroom
- Meet the Animal Trainers in Care of Creatures
- 3 Great Challenges (narrated by Jim Dale who does the US audio books): Test Your Memory with Magic You May Have Missed; Help Crookshanks Catch Scabbers; and Go on an Unexpected Quest with Sir Cadogan
After seeing all the exciting content in Prisoner of Azkaban, I couldn’t wait to see Goblet of Fire. I was happy to see that the film included BD Live and an In-Movie Experience with the Weasley Twins (James and Oliver Phelps). I enjoyed listening to their funny antidotes and learning more about the film’s process with the many behind-the-scenes footage shown during the experience.
This film is always a joy for me. This is when you start realizing that life isn’t going to be too fun for Harry. At least not in the near future. Dark and scary things are happening to Harry and you start to wish he’d just get a break. But it just isn’t going to happen. Poor Harry is pulled into the Triwizard Tournament through no fault of his own. The media hounds him, Ron is angry with him, and he can’t seem to get the girl he wants. Then he has dragons, Grindylows, Moaning Myrtle, and nightmares. Jeez, enough already! But, not this kid. A school mate is killed right in front of his eyes and then his blood is taken and is used to bring He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named – Lord Voldemort – back to his former self. Then Voldemort tries to kill him, but Harry’s wand has other ideas…instead the Priori Incantatum occurs, bringing back the souls of those who Voldemort’s wand last killed, including Harry’s parents. And the poor kid doesn’t even have a chance to be happy to see his parents; instead he’s fighting for his life. This film’s deleted scenes are not included in the film.
The second disc is a DVD with Special Features which include:
- Preparing for the Yule Ball
- Conversations with the Cast (an interview with Dan, Emma, and Ron where fans get to ask questions, too)
- Reflections on the Fourth Film
- Triwizard Tournament: Dragon Arena – Harry vs. the Horntail: The First Task – Meet the Champions
- Triwizard Tournament: Lake – In Too Deep: The Second Task
- Triwizard Tournament: Maze – Maze Challenge 0 to the Graveyard and Back Challenge – The Maze: The Third Task – He Who Must Not Be Named
- Extra scenes include:
- Students Sing the Hogwart’s Hymn
- Durmstrang Dating Etiquette
- Harry Misses Cho
- The Yule Ball (extended) – shows an entire song with the band’s performance including Professor Flitwick falling into the pit
- Karkaroff and Snape at the Ball
- Mad-Eye Warns Harry (extended)
- Debating Crouch’s Murder and Clues
- Investigating Snape and Karkaroff
The third disc, a Blu-ray, is Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 4: Sound & Music. The package also includes a book by the same name with color photos and art work and music information from all of the films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. There are also two character cards. Again, as with the third film’ package, you can download the digital copy.
These Ultimate Editions are for the fans who are missing the books and need MORE Harry Potter. You can feed that addiction with these Ultimate Editions. The extra features alone could help feed my Potter addiction for the next month because there’s so much information. It really is a must for Potter fans.
You can order the Ultimate Editions in our Amazon store at the following links:
Prisoner of Azkaban
Goblet of Fire
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