|Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Lord Voldemort has returned but few want to believe it. In fact the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth - including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic a select group of students decides to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader these students (who call themselves "Dumbledore's Army") meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. . New adventure - more dangerous more thrilling than ever - is yours in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Prepare for battle!Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: SCI-FI/FANTASY/FANTASY UPC: 085391174929 Manufacturer No: 1000026194
Alas! The fifth Harry Potter film has arrived. The time is long past that this can be considered a simple "children's" series--though children and adults alike will enjoy it immensely. Starting off from the dark and tragic ending of the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix begins in a somber and angst-filled tone that carries through the entire 138 minutes (the shortest of any HP movie despite being adapted from the longest book). Hopes of winning the Quidditch Cup have been replaced by woes like government corruption, distorted media spin, and the casualties of war. As the themes have matured, so have the primary characters' acting abilities. Ron (Rupert Grint), Hermione (Emma Watson), and especially Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) are more convincing than ever--in roles that are more demanding.
Harry is deeply traumatized from having witnessed Cedric Diggory's murder, but he will soon find that this was just another chapter in the continuing loss he will endure. Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) has returned and, in an attempt to conceal this catastrophe from the wizarding public, the Ministry of Magic has teamed up with the wizard newspaper The Daily Prophet to smear young Potter and wise Dumbledore (Michael Gambon)--seemingly the only two people in the public eye who believe the Dark Lord has returned. With no one else to stand against the wicked Death Eaters, the Hogwarts headmaster is forced to revive his secret anti-Voldemort society, the Order of the Phoenix. This welcomes back characters like Mad-Eye Moody (Brendan Gleeson), kind Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), fatherly Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), and insidious Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), and introduces a short list of intriguing new faces. In the meantime, a semi-psychotic bureaucrat from the Ministry (brilliantly portrayed by Imelda Staunton) has seized power at Hogwarts, and Harry is forced to form a secret society of his own--lest the other young wizards at his school be left ill-equipped to defend themselves in the looming war between good and evil. In addition, Harry is filled with an inexplicable rage that only his Godfather Sirius seems to be able to understand.
This film, though not as frightening as its predecessor, earns its PG-13 rating mostly because of the ever-darkening tone. As always, the loyal fans of J.K. Rowling's books will suffer huge cuts from the original plot and character developments, but make no mistake: this is a good movie. --Jordan Thompson
On the DVD The second disc of The Order of the Phoenix features "The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter," a retrospective on the series so far, with "Potter experts" (i.e., people who run fan sites) weighing in on what's to come. This must have been filmed during production, because all their speculation about the conclusion of the saga is clearly dated and therefore superfluous (since Order released theatrically at the same time as the seventh book, one would've expected a more current analysis). Many of the deleted scenes are mostly extensions, with the exception of one hilarious take of Professor Trelawney (Emma Thompson) trying--unsuccessfully--to eat gracefully during Dolores Umbridge's introduction at Hogwarts. The chatty actress Natalia Tena, who plays Tonks, gives a tour of the set in "Trailing Tonks," even playing a Christmas song she wrote on her guitar, and director David Yates and editor Mark Day demonstrate editing 101 with a feature that lets you edit your own scene from the movie. Watch the feature but skip the self-editing part; the controls are too complicated to navigate and too frustrating to work properly (plus, hit the wrong button and you've gone all the way back to the beginning). A digital copy of the movie is also included on the bonus disc. --Ellen A. Kim
- HP & the Order of the Pjoenix
I love the Harry Potter books and movies but this was a disappointment. Too many pieces were left out. I expected to see the hospital seens with Mr. Weasley. I expected more of Fred, George, Ginny and Neville. The seen where Harry was taken from Little Whinging was disappointing. The whole entourage was missing. I did like Luna Lovegood. They should have done more with Professor's Snape's character.
I think the first three movies were best. The should bring back Chris Columbus.
This movie just feels rushed. There's too much Harry and not enough of his cohorts without whom he wouldn't succeed. ...more info
I ordered the movie for my 2 grandsons for Christmas.The DVD arrived very soon after I ordered it,in excellent condition,and the 2 boys enjoyed it very much.I appreciate the fact that I can trust this seller when I want to order more items....more info
- Harry Potter, The Order of the Phoenix
I love Sci-Fi, Wizards, and Adventure stories like Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Complex adventures like Indiana Jones and the Hunt for Red October (Tom Clancey). They take to places I have never been away from my dull existence. I can't wait to see the next Harry Potter, The Half-Blood Prince!
Product received in good condition within a week . Thanks!...more info
- No surprise
I purchased this on May 2009, years after its first release. No doubt, I cannot go without it....more info
- Never read the books...
but I love the movies. Maybe one day I'll break down and read them....more info
- Not as good as the others...
I thought that this movie was just okay. I really love all of the Harry Potter books, and all of the movies. The Order of the Phoenix was my least favorite book, and the movie didn't have my favorite parts of the book. (of which there were very few) This made the movie very bland and dull. During the middle, it really dragged. Although I liked both the beginning and the end (except for the part where Sirius died) the middle part was just too slow. I am hoping that movie 6 will be much better....more info
- Great Novie
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Thank you for the DVD. I did receive it on time but had a hard time getting to send a feed back. I like the movie and I would order from you again. Thank yuu again....more info
- Harry realizes how fear of evil's return acts as rot upon even the best of intentions
That age-old method by which a viewer or reader dismisses an interpretative form of art--based upon the superiority of its alter-ego--has personally always mystified me, as comparing a book to a movie seems inherently illogical. The internal monologue character's have with themselves can never be adequately transmitted onto the silver screen without extending the movie to a running time of several days. Likewise, facial expressions and nuances of body language portrayed by actors can only be transferred to the page by the most gifted of authors. In other words, saying that "the book was better" seems a bit off, rationally-speaking.
Well, this time the book is not better. J.K Rowling's fifth book in the popular "Harry Potter" series was a bloated, rambling affair which entertained only if you were able to "buzz" through the chaff. Director David Yates cuts through the fluff, strengthens the plotline, and improves the focus of a story which desperately required such changes. Fans need not worry--although there are some noticeable changes, the movie remains true to the book.
The film opens with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his semi-relative Dudley again about to lock horns when the duo is attacked by Dementors, those demonic Azkaban guards capable of instilling everlasting ennui in the minds of their victims. Harry uses the Patronus charm to dispel the fiends, thus saving his own and Dudley's souls. Unfortunately, the usage of magic off the grounds of Hogwarts in the presence of Muggles is strictly forbidden for underage spellcasters, thus provoking Harry's immediate expulsion from school. Luckily, he is permitted an appeal before the Ministry of Magic, where he possesses as ace-in-the-hole the most influential wizard alive: Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon). From there, the protagonist is thrust into a dazzling game of political brinksmanship, where the players are willing to evade facts to retain a feeling of security. However, the fate of the world remains unclear, ignored by those seeking to play their games and hide from one, terrible truth: Lord Voldemort has returned.
Defense Against the Dark Arts instructors are changed as rapidly as "Harry Potter" movie directors, and we find the same in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), an associate of Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, has accepted the position, and quickly reveals herself to be short on instruction and long on malice. In the name of efficiency, she enacts as series of increasingly-stifling edicts, targets Harry for punishment whenever he professes that Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) is gathering his forces, and attempts to undermine Professor Dumbledore's authority. The truly vile nature of this character does not come across as clearly in the movie as in the text, and that is probably a good thing--this creation from Rowling's imagination is a near-sociopath who inflicted many readers with a desire to reach through the pages to strangle her. The lengths to which she and Fudge go to suppress the truth conjure up the ghosts of Neville Chamberlain and Joe McCarthy in the mind of the viewer. That she believes she is a force of good in the struggle against the dark is a terrifyingly subtle commentary on the real nature of delusion. As an aside, if you would enjoy seeing a situation in which not one, but two characters like Umbridge do not get their comeuppance, may I gingerly suggest watching "Funny Games."
Of course, Harry is not without allies as he remains stalwart. His twin pillars of fortitude, Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), provide much-needed reservoirs of strength to our hero as he confronts Umbridge, Voldemort, and a deadly new horror: first love. Heroism itself is examined thoroughly in the film, and is shown to contain several sharp edges us mundane citizens may never understand. He sees that his peers expect him to lead, to save others, to sacrifice his normal life, and to triumph against the forces of night. Indeed, he is coming closer to an ultimate epiphany: that his life is, figuratively and literally, not his own to live. His existence is irrevocably tied to his duty, and coming to gripes with this fact is something with which Harry struggles constantly. Unfortunately, his personal demons are sharing space with some real-world evil entities--one of which who may just be able to read Harry's thoughts.
"The Order of the Phoenix" is dark without being dreary. Harry's relationship with his fugitive uncle Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), his bittersweet attempt at romance, and the antics of the Weasley twins help balance the tone of the film. The set design is uniformly impressive, and the realism of the otherworldly creatures can easily suspend one's disbelief. There were a few sections from the book that I would have preferred included in the film; nevertheless, one's enjoyment is preserved throughout the entirety of the movie, despite the disappearance of a certain screaming portrait. The acting is quite good, with the exception of some of the actors portraying Aurors and Deatheaters. In summary, all of our favorite friends have returned to populate a realm which exists only in Rowling's mind, yet Yates makes them seem real enough to the rest of us Muggles. This is one of the better film translations thus far, and well-worth the time of any aficionado of mysteries from the magical world....more info
- Great movie; not meant for kids
The 5th movie in the Harry Potter series is again a great installment in this movie franchise. As usual, the mood is darker than the previous movie, though we do have some true romance in this one. The cast is big, as we have numerous characters from all the previous movies, with several new ones, both students and professors. Alas this is the first movie without any Quidditch scenes, though this is more than compensated by some awesome broomstick flying thru downtown London. And we finally have some extensive duels to the death between adult wizards and witches, with two of them forming the movie's climax. Overall, a great movie....more info
- All the wrong stuff was cut out, all the unimportant stuff was left in
This movie was way to short! They left out a lot of stuff that is sgnificant in Deathly Hallows (i.e. the mirror that Sirius gave Harry, that has a BIG part in DH). Well, I guess a five hour movie wouldn't be a success. Let me tell you something, the special effects were AMAZING, the best I've ever seen in a Potter movie. But I was extremely dissapointed by the pensieve scene (the one that was kinda like a flashback from when Snape, Lily, and James were at Hogwarts). It was really rushed, and if I hadn't read the book I would have been wondering what the heck happened. But this movie is good in some places. If you love movies that have awesome special effects, Potter fan or not, you need to see this....more info
- Harry Potter continues
This movie had some surprises along the way. It kept you waiting on the edge of your seat, knowing that something was happening to Harry and the truth would become more clear on many things. It left you with wanting more and anxiously waiting for the next movie. Although the young actors are doing a superb job, are they going to be young enough looking to pass for the age they need to appear to be by the time the next movie comes out? ...more info
- My favorite movie of the 5
Some people may say they took too much out from the book. That may be true, but I loved what they did put in! Disc 2 has some good special features too. ...more info
- A Crucial Make Or Break For The Harry Potter Film Series
When I first put down the fifth Harry Potter book I had told my friends that when the movie was made it was going to be amazing. 'Order of The Phoenix' was a real step up in the Harry Potter saga. A story that originated around magic spells and fairytales became a real world of war and politics. Harry Potter knew that this year at Hogwarts was going to be no different than the previous. Witnessing a fellow student die at the hands of his enemies the previous year things have gone from bad to worse. The Wizadering World has been torn between believers of the dark lords' return and those who just want to live in denial. Unfortunatly the second side is the side with all the power as the Ministry is trying to keep everyone in line including the children at Hogwarts. With a new teaching on the grounds insituting new rules to keep Harry's mouth shut, Harry and his friends are not going to take it lightly.
This film was going to be a challenge for whomever took the directors chair. Small time director David Yates created a great film rich in the detail of the story. Eventhough a great amount of the books material was cut it was just like 'Goblet of Fire' There is a lot of pointless side story which really has no reference to the meat of the story and that is why you do not see those in the film. The characters have really come a long way acting wise. The children have really evolved since the begining and new commer Imelda Staunton nailed Umbridge. What David Yates did that was very different from the previous directors was that he made these characters real. With all the wizardry and magic there was a real sense of realisim through the diologue and the emotions expressed by the characters. Now with Yates signed on for the final 2 installments (3 technically due to the divison of Deathly Hallows) I am even more excited to see how the rest of this story emerges on to the big screen. ...more info
- Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix
I really enjoy ordering products from Amazon. I enjoyed this movie very much. It was delivered to me in about three days. I also like to be able to order products in advance before they are published....more info
- Harry Potter and Big Brother
After three and four, this fifth installment is disappointing. Order of the Phoenix is too short and leaves out a little bit too much. Make that way, WAY too much by serious fans of the books, but when isn't that the case? At times the viewer is not provided with background and significant details which would make the story more interesting and sensible. All of these movies seem to made with an assumption that everyone has read the book. This movie should have included more and that it was shorter running than previous adaptations is inexcusable and the wrong decision by the filmmakers. This fifth story leaves you eager for six and seven while making many people concerned about the choice of David Yates (director of Phoenix) to be director of all three. However, what is very promising is Yates's desire to do the seventh and last book as two seperate films in order to do justice to the story.
I had a problem with the bluish tint seen in much of the movie and that sort of digitale film look, I guess you could call it. Hagrid's giant half-brother was just sad. I mean, how could they accept that result? It's acceptable by mid-90s standards. Maybe they figured people wouldn't care.
There are a few things that stand out in this movie, however.
I liked the Department of Mysteries. You wondered what it would look like on the screen and it did not disappoint. Dolores Umbridge is evil incarnate. She is one of the most horrible, disgusting, unlikable, disturbing villains I've ever seen. Most of the time villains, particularly in the movies, are famous for having the best lines and great style. They have a stricking apperance and often more personality and charisma than the heros. Not the case with Dolores Umbridge. She has none of this going for her. No great lines but some slightly memorable ones like she confesses, "You know, I really hate children." That squeaky voice, the knit pink oufit, and torturing kids... It's Big Brother in pink with a bad hair-do as your worst nightmare teacher from grade school and "a cross between Margaret Thatcher and Hyacinth Bucket"(The Daily Mall). Well, truth is she is not as horrible as Margaret Thatcher. All the performances are good. Gary Oldman is great as Sirius Black as is Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange. She is the embodiment of the twisted, evil, cackling witch.
The obvious highlight and climax of Order of the Phoenix is the battle at the Ministry culminating in the epic duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort. Out of all the wizard fights I've seen portrayed in the movies, this one was the most impressive. It was fierce and conveyed the two masters awesome abilities without seeming cartoonish or leaving you feeling like your favorite character was short changed. (I umm, have a couple movies in mind here. You guess what they are.)
- One of the best-looking Blu-Rays; great adaptation of the book
This is one of the best-looking Blu-Ray movies out there. The battle in the Ministry will wow you if you've got an HDTV and a Blu-Ray player.
The movie should have been longer, and they left out some important stuff, but I prefer the movie's version of the events that transpired in the Department of Mysteries and the battle.
A fantastic movie overall, and a Blu-Ray that should definitely be in your collection if you're looking for the 'wow factor'....more info
- highly disappointing adaptation
"Order of the Phoenix", as a novel, is mostly about character development. This is the novel where Harry and his friends truly begin to grow up. For this reason, the cut the movie producers decided upon hurt, mostly because they made many poor decisions in what to cut. Cuts are necessary, but must be done intelligently. However, the cuts are not the fatal flaw of the film. No, that's the climatic battle with the Deatheaters. Here is where we are supposed to truly glimpse the mortal danger Harry and his friends are in. Instead, we get a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing. Watching it, I came away with an overwhelming sense the Deatheaters were going easy on the kids, because they were kids. You never feel they are actually in any real danger. Completely kills the movie. Overall, I've liked the film adaptations. This one was botched though. Read the book, avoid the film....more info
- Reminds me of where I used to work!!
The opening scenes reminded me of where I used to work in London just off Whitehall at Great Scotland Yard before the building was shut.
The steam locomotive used in the film is a GWR preserved Hall Class No 5972 Olton Hall, although painted in Maroon and Black when Great Western Railway steam locomotives would have been painted Malachite Green!!
This edition can only be played on my computer as my dvd/combi is unable to play NSTC DVD'S.
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- Highly recommend
Up to the high quality I would expect from the Harry Potter series. Highly recommend. Lots of action....more info
- Magic of Harry Potter Never Looked So Good
I saw this movie in the theaters when it came out, but it looked so much better at home. The BluRay 1080P added so much more detail to the film. The deep blacks in the background and the vibrant colors gave the picture a realness that I didn't get in the movie theater. I was sort of dissapointed that the sound track wasn't in Dolby TruHD or DTS Master Audio, but after I got into the movie I never gave it another thought....more info
- Completing collection
My least favorite movie so far in the series but I have all the other ones... Infinity better than the DVD! Yay BluRay!...more info
- Case is broken when the shipment arrived
I bought this DVD as part of my collection. Shipment was fast, however, the DVD case was broken (like something heavy was put on top of it, one side is really crashed). Good thing the DVD itself is in good condition.
- The Best HP Movie,Yet!
Another great installment to an already hit series! A must-have for any serious Harry Potter fan! Just when you thought the story couldn't get better!Great FX and another wonderful performance for this amazing cast!...more info
- Order of the Phoenix is Great!
Having read all the books in the series I was interested in seeing "The Order." I was and remain happy that so much concern is given to adhering to the essence of the book. Naturally, it is impossible to include in a 2 0r 3 hour movie every detail as laid out by J.K. Rowling but the screenwriter(s) do a masterful job of delivering the true feeling of the book(s)....more info
- The Book is Better
Unfortunately, they now have to take more shortcuts with the movies. The 1st 3 movies were very close to the books but now the series is getting much to complicated for the cinema to depict properly. They did a very good job with the movie but once again the book is better....more info
- Quite fair
Its an awesome movie, getting darker by the minute..you will completely love it. The wise screen version is fantastic...more info
- Good service
The order was delivered in good time and the DVD is just what I expected! No problems at all what-so-ever....more info