|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Widescreen Edition)
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 01/29/2008 Rating: Pg
Some movie-loving wizards must have cast a magic spell on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, because it's another grand slam for the Harry Potter franchise. Demonstrating remarkable versatility after the arthouse success of Y Tu Mam¨˘ Tambi¨¦n, director Alfonso Cuar¨®n proves a perfect choice to guide Harry, Hermione, and Ron into treacherous puberty as the now 13-year-old students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry face a new and daunting challenge: Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison, and for reasons yet unknown (unless, of course, you've read J.K. Rowling's book, considered by many to be the best in the series), he's after Harry in a bid for revenge. This dark and dangerous mystery drives the action while Harry (the fast-growing Daniel Radcliffe) and his third-year Hogwarts classmates discover the flying hippogriff Buckbeak (a marvelous CGI creature), the benevolent but enigmatic Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), horrifying black-robed Dementors, sneaky Peter Pettigrew (Timothy Spall), and the wonderful advantage of having a Time-Turner just when you need one. The familiar Hogwarts staff returns in fine form (including the delightful Michael Gambon, replacing the late Richard Harris as Dumbledore, and Emma Thompson as the goggle-eyed Sybil Trelawney), and even Julie Christie joins this prestigious production for a brief but welcome cameo. Technically dazzling, fast-paced, and chock-full of Rowling's boundless imagination (loyally adapted by ace screenwriter Steve Kloves), The Prisoner of Azkaban is a Potter-movie classic. --Jeff Shannon
- Sad Installation To the Saga
I will keep this brief. I tolerate this movie because it is part of the Saga but in my opinion the director fouled up horribly. The movie is relate to the book but it skips and omits in an unbelievable fashion. The entire time thing just does not make sense. The complete overhaul of the castle is horrifying. The alteration of the movie so as to remove Quiditch entirely from the plot line is abhorrent. Please don't get me wrong - I enjoy the movie but as I said - only because its apart of the series. But in my opinion the director did not really care much about the storyline or the book. He had an idea - he had never read the book - he altered, cut, mutilated and destroyed. So. Thats all I have to say. Just dissapointed that this movie could have been so much more... and it wasn't....more info
- Well, Yeah, It IS Different...
Darker and more atmospheric than the first two movies, "Prisoner of Azkaban" sets out to show how different it is... with mixed results.
+ There is more attitude, and the acting has vastly improved
+ Instead of trying to squeeze the entire book in, more attention is paid to cinematography and the quality of the film
+ Best CGI werewolf I've seen
+ Attention is paid to individual character detail
+ The time-turner scene at the climax of the film is flawlessly done
+ The Shrunken Head is annoying. I will never again watch the special features, simply because they are Shrunken Head dominated.
+ It feels as if this movie tries hard to make itself more grown up, and at times feels as if I'm looking at a young boy dressing up in his father's clothes.
+ The Shrunken Head really was one of the only bad things.
So while the movie is as good as (while very different from) the first two entries in the film series, it isn't as well done as the later movies: "Goblet of Fire" and the nearly flawless "Order of the Phoenix."
- Harry Potter Movie Purchase Review
Purchased this item for gift for grandchildren. Received order within a short time. Very fast service....more info
- Don't read this review if you haven't read the book!
So, I'm a BIG Harry Potter Fan, and even with the cast changes and directorial differences, I was a fan of this movie over all.
Stop reading here if you haven't read the book!!!
HOWEVER - I feel that a major part of the story was left unexplained! That being the identity of the creators of the Marauder's Map; Moony, Padfoot, Wormtail, and Prongs. In the book much more is explained about Harry's father and the relationship he had with his fellow students (the Professors with whom Harry is now interacting). Also, the history behind why Pettigrew, James, and Sirius became animagus (to empathize with Lupin). It would have taken only a few minutes for one of the chracters to explain to Harry about the map, perhaps in the scene with Lupin at the end when he returns the map to Harry. All the back story fits - nothing contradicts the book, they just didn't bother putting the explanation in there, and I thought it was very important to the story. Maybe they have saved this information for the 4th movie, I haven't watched it yet - but I felt that was a serious omission on the part of this film. Otherwise, I found it entertaining and true to the book. ...more info
- Good family fun
I find all of the Harry Potter films to be good family fun, and this film is no different. It is hardly a masterpiece, and it has nothing new to offer. It does't even break any ground in any aspect of film making. What it is good for is entertaining the grand kids, and for that it deserves three stars....more info
- Audio and Picture Quality if Superb on Blu-ray
If you have surround sound, this movie is fun to watch. The high quality audio that Blu-ray offers makes the film so much more fun. It's just like being at the theater....more info
After reading the 3rd book, I was highly anticipating the release of the movie. I'm sorry to say that I was extremely disappointed. Alot of people I know loved this movie, but none of them had read the book. The book was AMAZING! It made the movie look dim. There were alot of main points that occured in the story that were not brought out in this movie. The fact that authors have no say in the way the movie of the book they wrote turns out, is ridiculous....more info
- A very good movie.
The movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", was a very good movie and I did enjoy it. Soon after the beginning, there is an odd bus ride that I did not enjoy as much as I did in reading about it in the book. Also, the movie overdoes the warnings of potential dangers from Sirius Black. Finally, there are some serious changes from the book that appear in the movie. And, there is a bunch of things in the book that do not make it to the movie.
However, once we are past the first quarter of the movie, it really got much better in my estimation. The movie is less confusing than is the book for the last three quarters of the story. There is a serious exception. We get to the Shreeking Shack and, just when we need clarity, the movie is confusing. Nevertheless, at the end, I appreciated the story that J. K. Rowling had created more than I had at the end of the book. On the other hand, I think I would have been totally lost if I had not read the book first.
I recommend this movie but read the book before going....more info
- No brainer
I have all the HD-DVD movies. All of them are superb. HD-DVD may be down and out, but that also translates into cheaper HD movies. Unless you plan on surrendering your HD-DVD player, you can't go wrong with the HD-DVD Harry Potter movies. The picture quality is just too good. My sound system is currently dead, so I can't say much on sound....more info
- ANOTHER HARRY POTTER WINNER
THE DVD IS GREAT. IT ARRIVED QUICKLY WITHOUT A SCRATCH. I WAS VERY HAPPY WITH PURCHASE....more info
- Great movie; one of the best of 2004
Hermione nearly kills Draco!
Harry zaps Snape!
Ron's pet rat is a Deatheater!
These are just some of the surprises in the 3rd film installation of Harry Potter. The overarching story again is Harry's family, specifically the return of his uncle, Sirius Black. Background stories are also abound, such as Hermione's excellence in school, Hagrid's new pet, and several new professors at Hogwarts, one of which was close to Harry's parents, Remus Lupin. The series has a new director, Alfonso Cuaron, who has a long history of adapting books into movies, such as Great Expectations and A Little Princess. Cuaron here turns the Potter films towards a darker, more sinister mood. How this movie got a PG rating is still a wonder to me. Again the special effects are wonderful, as is the dialog, action scenes, cinematography and manifestations of magic. All in all, a great movie.
Just one question; if there is so much magical powers between Harry and the various wizards at Hogwarts, why can they not cure his eyes so he does not have to wear glasses?...more info
- Harry Potter Movie
This movie is a little bit darker than the other movies, and Harry seems to start having teenager angst. Although not my favorite, it is still a great movie in the series, and no movie collection would be complete without it. ...more info
- The best Harry Potter film yet!
I remember seeing the all of the Harry Potter films in theaters. The first one I saw twice in the theater, the fifth one I saw only once. The rest I saw three times, however, the third Harry Potter film is the only one that I saw in the IMAX theater. And not to say is that because I saw it in IMAX, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" remains my favorite of the Harry Potter series. And while at that, I thought the series has gotten better as the time goes along.
Harry Potter and all of his friends are on their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. This time around, Harry Potter hears that a deadly prisoner escapee has escaped from Azkaban prison and Harry Potter is afraid that Sirius Black (that's the name of the escapee) wants to kill him. But as soon as Harry Potter meets Sirius Black, he actually turns out to be his godfather.
Sure, the story was short to explain, but on the other hand, I actually didn't mind that at all. However, be warned a lot of stuff gets left out of the book. What I would say is the worst change of all is that Harry Potter gets his broomstick at the very end. But for some reason, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" did manage to not follow-up from the book but made it in a way where it can be turned into a great movie.
Overall, I thought "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" was the best Harry Potter film. But that's just my honest opinion....more info
- It's has an artistic feel to it.
This is one of my favorite harry potter movies. I like hoe the director made the movie feel and look darker than the second one. I'm also glad that I bought this DVD because they don't sell the double disk one. I try looking for it in stores but they only sell the single disk. And this one is the original released DVD with the two disk....more info
- Not Harry Potter
I was very pleased with the first Harry Potter film. The school was just as I had imagined it in the book, most of the actors did a very good job representing their character (particularly Hagrid, Snape, and Dumbledore), the music was positively wonderful and fit perfectly, and it had a kind of charm to it that was simply fantastic. The second movie (despite being my least favorite book) was even better.
However, this new movie takes everything the first two did and throws it away. To start with, the actor that replaced the old Dumbledore is dreadful. He turns the wise old wizard, the only man "He-who-must-not-be-named" ever feared and turns him into a character of the dopey school principal. I also hated the way Lupin was portrayed. He was nothing like he was in the book. In the book, he was one of my favorite characters but the movie turned him into a bland, uninteresting teacher. It was also completely ridicules how the wizards (even at school) were wearing normal clothes. In the books, wizards don't even know how to where normal clothes when it is necessary. I'm not even sure how they managed to turn Malfoy into a sissy baby.
The plot is manipulated in ways that are completely unnecessary (things like changing the time when Harry got his new broomstick). It also lingered on unimportant parts, and cut down or left out entirely important and interesting parts. The scene in the shrieking shack (one of my favorite parts in the book) was cut down terribly. The only part that was done well was the part with the time-turner.
I also hated the new mood of the movie. The director tries to give it a darker feel, but it ends up drastically overdone, to the point of being extremely pretentious. However, some parts of the movie are simply silly for silly's sake and are not pulled off successfully. One such scene is the night bus. The same thing is done with he portrayal of Professor Trelawny. She is made into a whimsical character, rather than a realistic one with funny qualities. Throughout the whole movie, the director completely looses the entire feel of harry Potter. He could have made it darker without completely discarding the first two.
I also hated John William's new score. The new music composed is significantly less lyrical than the first and takes out the sense of "wonder" the first two had. Even the main theme is only played for several seconds at the beginning. To me, the old music had a much greater emotional effect and fit much better with the feel of the books.
However, the worst thing in this new movie was how the new director completely changed the orientation of Hogwarts, the students' school. The school now looks completely different. Nothing is in the same place it was before. There is now a giant clock tower at the entrance, and Hagrid's cabin has been moved from a flat pasture within sight of the school to a rocky hillside hidden in a small valley. The Wamping Willow was not in the same place, there was a bridge that didn't appear in the first two,
I really hated this movie. It's as if the new director wanted to completely disregard everything done before him and pretend as though, not only that no previous movies had been made, but that it was his own story as well. The only reason this movie was worth watching is because it stuck loosely to the magnificent plot J.K Rowling crafted in the book....more info
- Lost Interest
As with all 5 of the HP movies, it just seems like way too much is going on: too much special effects, too many characters, too many subplots, too much artificial and temperamental drama-and try as I might-my mind wanders and honestly I just don't care. The characters, conventions, dialogue etc all seems like such stale unsurprising cliches: The horribly neglected and opressed orphan, the overachieving girl who ends up with the slacker goofy but sweet boy in loving bickering, the emotionally matrubatory almost soap opera drama queen dialogue over poorly drawn conflicts I can't keep track of, etc. And none of Brittain's most aclaimed actors can save it.
Perhaps the books are different and I'm just not a kid anymore. I wanted to like HP, but I just couldn't make myself. I can't be the only one....more info
- An entrancing, darker version, with some exceptions...
This is a much darker version than the previous two movies. Director Alfonso Cuaron creates a movie that is permeated with a menacing air, and with creatures such as soul-sucking Dementors about, this is quite natural. The bright, bold hues of the previous two movies gives way to misty dark hues that seems depressing at times, yet is very crucial to the story as the plot does get darker, as does the series progressively.
The trio of Harry [Daniel Radcliffe], Ron [Rupert Grint], and Hermione [Emma Watson] have definitely matured as actors and seem more confident in their respective roles. We have Michael Gambon as Dumbledore here [since actor Richard Harris died], and the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is played convincingly by David Thewlis [though at times I felt that his character in the book seemed more commanding than on screen]. Emma Thompson plays the Divination teacher, Sybil Trelawney, and I felt that though she is a good actress, her character in the book was much darker and meaner. On screen she seems more of an airhead than anything else.
The reason I gave the third movie instalment of Harry Potter 4 stars instead of five is because I read the book, and felt that some crucial plot points that explains a lot had been sacrificed in order to keep the movie to a manageable length. I understand this, especially so since the books in the series do get much longer in length, but I felt that at least some of the important plot points should have been included...for example, there is no real explanation as to the dynamics of the four friends - Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs, or the significance of the stag patronus that Harry conjures[ his father was Prongs, as he could tranfigure into a stag]...there should have been a short scene at least about why the three friends minus Lupin decided to become Animagi [tranfigure into animals].
Oh well, I guess its too much to ask that all crucial plot points be included in the movie version. On the whole though, this is really a pretty good adaptation with credible acting, and wonderful CGI effects [the dementors, the hippogriff Buckbeak, the conjuring of the patronus etc]. And the scene where the Time Turner is used [where Harry & Hermione go back in time] is pure genius....more info
- good but not the best
I like widescreen stuff and Only Purchased this to finish my collection of Widescreen HP movies. its not as good as the rest HP films and im sure that the Director could have given us more movie and less Fading/tree sequences...more info
- Another fantastic Harry Potter movie
Cauron brilliantly presents this third Harry Potter film. Great new casting for Gary Oldman as Sirius Black, Michael Gambon as the new Dumbledore, David Thewlis as Remus Lupin and Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew. Old actors still show their brilliance like Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Great script. Great performance all round....more info
- Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban
After a start of pathetically bad proportions, HP is back, and they actually did a good job this time. After Chris Columbus was gone (thank God) the HP franchise got Alfonso Cauron. Alfonso got it right. The sets were great, the screenplay was awesome, the directing fantastic, the acting, very good. While this movie is not perfect, it still amounts to a recommended film on my list. The film has a much darker tone than the last two, this tone helps the film alot, it's much more easy to take seriously. John Williams cooks up his best score of the series, making it moodie, creepie, happy, and at points terrifying, the best of this score is probably the children's choir singing "Double Trouble".
I highly recommend this film, for me, it is currently (December '07) the second best film of the franchise. ...more info
- Different Director; Great Adaptation
The third movie in the Harry Potter franchise brings us a new director in the form of Alfonso Cuaron. While there are some obvious stylistic changes to the movie, it still expertly captures the third book in the series.
This year finds Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) facing a personal threat from day one. Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from the wizard prison of Azkaban. His betrayal led to the deaths of Harry's parents years ago. Everyone assumes that Black is heading to Hogwarts to kill Harry and avenge You Know Who's death. Is he out to get Harry? Will he catch up with our young hero?
Naturally, as the books get longer in the series, the films have to cut more out. This one does a decent job by cutting out most of the Quidditch matches and streamlining the plot. The plot loses some of the twists and bumps, but it certainly works. I first saw it without having read the books and really enjoyed it. Only now that I've read the books do I know the details I was missing. While they help, they aren't necessary to enjoy the film.
Having watched the first three films in such close proximity, I really noticed the difference in the films this time. If you are paying attention, it's obvious they've changed the setting for Hogwarts. Even the insides of the castle look different with the Great Hall being less ornate but the halls have many more portraits. These are minor things and didn't hamper my enjoyment of the film at all.
The cast does their normal great job. All three of our leads are growing into fine young actors. Michael Gambon takes over the part of Headmaster Dumbledore, and he does a great job. There is a little difference, but not much. The special effects are once again amazing.
Book purists may be disappointed by the changes made to the story. But I think you'd hard pressed to find a better film version of this book no matter who was involved....more info
- Best one
This is so far my best Harry Potter movie so far. Picture quality is also great...more info
- I LOVE Harry Potter!
Its my little secret. I dare not tell any of my friends. Shhh!
This movie is my favorite of the Happy potters. Snape seems nicer, and there is a twist! Ron's rat turns out to be something its not. And someone is a warewolf! Guess who!
This movie is the greatest, I'm going to buy all of them!...more info
- I was Totally Taken by Surprise
After experiencing the monotony of the first two films, I never expected I would go back to watch another.
The only reason I started viewing this third installment is when Guillermo del Toro mentioned the film in a video interview posted on the website Rotten Tomatoes. I found out that the director of Pan's Labyrinth, a superb film that revives and restores the original and true meaning of the authentic fairy tale, had either collaborated on this third Harry Potter film or was somehow connected to it. If my statement as to the connection between del Toro and Harry Potter 3 sounds too abstract, that would be because the video on that site has since been edited down, so I cannot confirm or remember how he was connected. I will provide indirect evidence shortly, but let me continue with my story.
The year of 2006 has already become known as the year of the Mexican directors because the three most important films of the year were directed by Mexicans, as you would have guessed. The first film is Babel, directed by Alejandro Gonz¨˘lez I?¨˘rritu. The second film is Children of Men, directed by Alfonso Cuar¨®n. And, the third film is Pan's Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro. These are the top three films of 2006, all directed by people from Mexico. Guillermo del Toro was not responsible for directing Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban; that was directed by Alfonso Cuar¨®n, of Children of Men. Anyway, the name of this particular Harry Potter film had kept popping up one-way-or-another in my research, so I borrowed the film from a friend and watched it.
I found that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was remarkably similar to del Toro's new fantasy film Pan's Labyrinth, a film which had greatly impressed me for its dark and adult themes. And, seeing that del Toro's name had not been credited on the DVD box made me remember the trailers I'd seen on Rotten Tomatoes for Pan's Labyrinth where del Toro mentions The Prisoner of Azkaban. And so, this is my dilemma: one of the videos there for Pan's Labyrinth had been either altered or omitted. I did not invent this story, but, admittedly, I probably don't seem too credible right now. So, the only way I can explain is by talking about the similarities between The Prisoner of Azkaban and Pan's Labyrinth.
They are similar. The "Alice" character in Pan's Labyrinth goes under a tree trunk to take the key from the toad that lives there. In Potter 3, it's Harry who goes under the tree. In Pan's Labyrinth, the "Alice" character discovers a magical book that writes itself just before an action occurs. In Harry, there is a magical book that tells Harry who is near him like a GPS monitor. In Pan's Labyrinth, the "Alice" character draws chalk marks on her bedroom walls to create doors into another place. In Potter 3, the house under the tree constantly moves with the tree.
Pan's Labyrinth probably cost less than Potter 3, so del Toro wouldn't want to dump a lot of money into computer graphics, especially since he wanted to emulate the visual style of the stop-motion Harryhausen-animated fantasy films anyway, according to the interview still available on Rotten Tomatoes; in the Potter film, Hagrid shows to the students a creature called a hippogriff named "Buckbeak," a creature appearing as a cross between Harryhausen's chicken in Mysterious Island to the Pegasus in Clash of the Titans. Also, there are at least two darkness-related monsters in both films: the dementors and the werewolves in Potter 3; and, Pan and the Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth. There are also a few small--as in having a small size--characters in both films: the fairies in Pan's Labyrinth and the were-rat in Potter 3. Additionally, they are both extremely dark films, especially for a fairy tale like Pan's Labyrinth, and especially for a film franchise that never used darkness in its vision until its third incarnation, directed by a man who, coincidentally, is also a Mexican. The two visual styles have too much in common for me to ignore a memory because I can't corroborate it, or even fully understand the mode of their connection, but they are connected, regardless.
Since I haven't provided anything but a choppy review so far, let me make some semblance of a claim here. This Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is the only Harry Potter film of the four so far that actually held an interest. The first two, directed by Chris Columbus, were based on very superficial plots that bored me to tears. His second one was much better than his first one, but the two still longed greatly for depth. Chris Columbus must've been listening to the consensual advice which probably sounded something like what I'm saying now about depth, and so the second would've had to have been an improvement over the first, but it wasn't enough. The fourth one is directed by Mike Newell who has occasionally done good work, like the Al Pacino-Johnny Depp film Donnie Brasco; but, this is a different kind of film altogether, and a different kind of budget, too, and maintains that status quo of two-dimensional superficiality preoccupying this franchise.
With The Prisoner of Azkaban, despite sitting though some similar nonsense that created problems with the rest of the films in the franchise--action without substance--this one actually has a lot of substance and it uses it to express the action, most of the time, except for those occasionally lapses back into the "Potter-esque" brainlessness that seems done as though it were a prerequisite to the Potter name. Except for this, it was much more of an interesting film than all of the others put together. Forgive me for saying so, but I also wish to note that the work of John Williams would have to befit the same lack of intellectuality that accompanied many of Spielberg's earlier films, which I did not like; luckily, he has become slightly more tolerable over the years, but not much, in his attempts at imitating the great Bernard Herrmann who composed Citizen Kane and several peak-Hitchcock films.
I particularly liked the scene on the train near the beginning which reminded me of the classic Hitchcock train sequences of films like North by Northwest, and the Val Lewton-produced film by the classic horror director Jacques Torneur, The Night of the Demon (a.k.a. The Curse of the Demon) where at the end of the film the psychologist-protagonist is trying to pass the runic scroll back to the sorcerer who gave it to him. There's even an homage through an unrelated conversation on "Ancient Runes." The train sequence is very short, but it creates an immediate feeling of spookiness that is right out of the best of the classic horror films.
The "boggart" is a monster of the id in this film, and this shape-shifting creature appears throughout the film, but the film generally doesn't delve in to the meaning of the subconscious mind maybe as much as other films like Forbidden Planet or Frankenstein, but it is integrated in with the story and more than a plot-based curiosity.
One scene has all the students sleeping in a main room so the teachers can keep an eye on the students while the dementors are outside. The idea for this part of the script might've come from Dario Argento's finest horror film, Suspiria, where, because of a student who is murdered, the teachers order the students of the dance school to sleep in the gymnasium, separated from the teachers merely by hung sheets.
The ending with the werewolf fight in the forest at the end of the film is also very dark and an homage to the old Hammer Studio-styled visuals.
The very beginning of the film, when Harry is having dinner with his family, reminded me of the Roald Dahl stories like The Twits or James and the Giant Peach, and this part seems done with some competence in its fantasy elements. Even here, the film provides more depth than its others in the franchise.
Actually, the film is nearly nothing like the franchise in that everything can be associated to some form of depth, either by the visual imagery or by the subconsciousness of the protagonist, like the scene where the English double-decker bus picks up Harry from his home. Additionally, the acting is much more quantifiable here than before, and the pedigree of the cast appears higher, or at least the roles and the dialogue do.
Now that I've given just a little too much away, you can go see for yourself what I mean....more info
- Continuing the Harry Potter story... Another great movie!
Review of the 2-disc full-screen edition:
I really enjoyed this movie as the trio of main characters (Harry, Ron, and Hermione)continue to mature and grow in their 3rd year at Hogwart's. Sirius Black ( a great Gary Oldman) has escaped Azkaban and is on his way to "kill" Harry at Hogwart's. New characters are introduced, including Professor Lupin (played by David Thewlis) who plays a mentorship role to Harry. The movie is darker than the first 2 movies, as the storyline continues to follow the progress of the characters at Hogwart's. I enjoyed the introduction of the Hipogriff as a new creature and the deadly Dementors'(guards of the Prison of Azkaban).
* Cast/Crew : which actor plays which character
* Trailers for the first 3 movies
- Trelawneys Crystal Ball ( 5 unfinished scenes)
- Creating the Vision: An interview with JK Rowling and Director Alfonso about the transition from book to movie. The interview is done by a guy and one of the shruken heads that were in the movie. Pretty funny.
- Head To Shrunken Head: Interviews with the cast and crew. (43 min)
* Great Hall
- "Catch Scabbers" the rat game
- Choir Practice: song lyrics with scenes from the movie
- "Quest of Sir Cadogan" game
* Tour Honey dukes: tour of the candy store (boring to me)
* Hogwart's Grounds
- Hagrid's Hut: Has "Care of Magical Creatures" which shows the different training of the various animals in the 3rd movie. In "Conjuring a Scene", it shows how the Dementors came to film, and it showed how the scene of the Knightbus was filmed which was interesting. This section also has what is on the DVD-Rom for your computer.
* Defense Against the Dark Arts: has a tour of Lupin's classroom and magic you may have scene in the movie.
Overall a great movie, and the 2 disc edition has many great extra's on it for those of us who like them!...more info
- Great movie.
I saw this movie in theaters after only having read the first Harry Potter book, years before. I liked it so much that it got me interested in reading the other books as well.
The Prisoner Azkaban movie was a wonderful companion to the book. The first two movies were not nearly as good as the books. They missed the mark of fantastical wonder, opting instead for childlike wonder akin to Kevin McCallister walking into Duncan's Toy Chest in Home Alone 2: Lost In New York, which was also directed by Chris Columbus. In terms of sticking to the book there were some missing elements, as always happens with adaptations. But the main elements were there and they worked very well.
What Cuaron brought to the movie was a darkness and seriousness that really matured the movie series to a proper level. He handles the terror of Azkaban and the Dementors very nicely, not skirting around their inherently horrifying qualities.
The cinematography was excellent, and the set design appropriately accentuated the emotional weight of the story, such as in the scene when the Hogwarts Main Gate is dramatically locking up or when Harry is standing in front of a giant clock pendulum.
In short, the story introduces a lot of gravity and emotion to the characters and the story of Harry Potter, and it was extremely important that the movie portray this. The fact is Harry is growing up and the responsibilities that come with that are difficult and painful. Cuaron takes these on directly, which I found most appealing about the movie....more info
- Underrated Masterpiece
This film, because it's a fantasy and features children, has been underrated and overlooked by most critics. What Alfonso Cuaron has achieved here has not, in fact, been recognized by any critic. His true subject is not Harry Potter, but rather the magic of cinema itself. The clues are too be found in the literally magical camera moves, such as through windows, and the use of transitions from scene to scene which have not been generally used since silent cinema. This movie is the most perfect film fantasy yet made, which is an enormous achievement because fantasy movies are the hardest to bring to a state of perfection. The proof is to ask yourself: what perfect fantasy movie do I remember watching? Probably you will answer with "The Wizard of Oz," which is an immortal achievement, but probably the only real competition to Cuaron's Azkaban....more info
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Great product. i already knew i loved the movie, but it was in amazing shape....more info
- Another Harry Success
Another Harry Success. Fine story twists...great new characters & actors...special effects, excellent as usual. Overall..thoroughly engrossing...a delight watching Harry, Ron and Hermione growing up....more info
- The Best Movie of the Series
Good Camera work in this installment. The previous two by Chris Columbus were very good but they were laden with his trademark close-up shooting (as evident in the 'Home Alone' series). The pulled back camera shows our aspiring witches and wizards as part of larger world and adds the element of mystery for the viewer.
There are some very good special effects in this film and it was one of only three films nominated for an Oscar in 2004. 'Prisoner' is also the only Potter movie to make AFI's top 400 films of all time list.
The only failure of film is we don't have enough time to fall in love with or even have the movie 'flesh out' the characters. That seems to be the problem with all the films.
It seems that no one has made the connection that most successful Potter film was the first and co-incidently the longest. Brevity has had no effect on the success of the Potter films so I don't know why its enforced. I sure would have liked to linger longer in Cuaron's vision of Harry Potter's world...but I guess I have to be satisfied with what I can get. I would like another helping of Cuaron and Potter...but it doesn't seem to be in the cards.
This installment requires more thought by the viewer than the others...it probably won't be as well recieved by youngsters. I found it entertaining and sometimes unsettling, and yet very enjoyable none-the-less.
Cheers to the 'Best' and 'Most Artistic Potter Film' to date!
- This is a great movie
This is one of the best movies I ever watched.For an old vhs,it is still just as good as a DVD. ...more info
- Good Movie, but not as good as the first two
This movie was OK. It was good but The Sorcerer's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets were better. Although, something funny was that there was this scary book that went wild! I watched this in class. This was just OK overall.
Note: Rated PG. Parental Guidance Suggested--Some material may not be suitable for children.
Rated PG for scary images, mild violence and brief language. May not be appropriate for children under the age of 8 years....more info
- Cuaron's Potter Rules!
As the first director change in this series, Alfonso Cuaron had big shoes to fill. Not only did he fill them, but he has delivered a fantastic film that is not only as good as the previous two, but surpasses them.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets immensely. I just happened to enjoy Prisoner of Azkaban immensely-er. The acting continues to get better and better, as Daniel Radcliffe turns in a very good performance. The movie stays true to the book, without repeating it exactly. It's the same, and fresh at the same time.
The SFX team nailed the dementors. They really provided the most terrifying effect they could without actually coming off the screen and sucking happiness out of the audience.
And then, the final sequence with the time-turner was executed to perfection. Buckbeak was awesome, Gary Oldman was casted perfectly. Lupin was played well, too.
I just can't say enough good things about this film. I don't even think five stars does it justice. ...more info
- When the Fat Lady Sings
"Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban" was a gripping film. The myriad of DVD extras on the bonus disc give the viewer a feel for what it was like for the actors and filmmakers. The shrunken head comedy routine was cute on the Bonus disc. Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter is developing into a strong actor. Rupert Grint as Ron and Emma Watson as Hermione give strong support. Maggie Smith continues as a strong presence in the films, as her two Oscar wins for "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "California Suite" might foreshadow. I found the transition to Michael Gambon's Dumbledore to be seamless, although it's hard to replace an actor of Richard Harris' stature. David Thewlis as Lupin adds a nice flare to the film as does Gary Oldman's Serius Black. I also appreciated Julie Christie's brief appearance as Madame Rosmerta and Dawn French as the Fat Lady. This film received two Oscar nominations for John Williams' score and for Best Visual Effects. Director Alfonso Cuaron does an excellent job at the helm. I found the Death Eaters to be very scary. This is an excellent addition to this film series. Enjoy! ...more info
- My six and four Year olds love this
My two daughter's love watching the Harry Potter movies and this one is no exception. ...more info