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"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen

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Synopsis

Resuming the final book in the Harry Potter series, Voldemort had just retrieved the Elder Wand from the tomb of Dumbledore, giving him one third of the Deathly Hallows.  Harry, Ron, and Hermoine are continuing on their quest to find and destroy the horcruxes that contain bits of Voldemorts soul.  Their next task is to retrieve one from the vault of Bellatrix Lestrange deep inside of Gringotts Bank.

Back at Hogwarts, the students and teachers rebel against the leadership of Snape, and set the stage for a final showdown with Voldemort and his forces, as they hope to destroy Harry Potter and his friends once and for all.

Specifications

  • Warner Brothers
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 hr 10 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Codec: MVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint
  • Directed by David Yates
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I never read the books, but I’ve been going to the films with my wife for years now and have really enjoyed them as time went on.  Aside from one scene set in a train station that just didn’t seem to work, the rest of the film was very entertaining and a good wrap up to the series after all these years.  Not nearly as kiddy as the first couple of films, and much better for it, but nothing really too objectionable for the kids to watch either.

Technical

Much like the first film, the tone is a little bit drab and most color has been removed from the image.  However, that is how it looked in the theater and overall the picture looks very, very good.  There were a couple of shots that were not as sharp as they could have been, but overall a very good image.  The soundtrack, however, spares nothing and sounds just fantastic.  The ride through Gringotts surrounds you, and when Voldemort speaks to the school his ghoulish voice moves all around your head, really brining it home.  I only wish the new subwoofers I was evaluating were here in time for some of the scenes, but I’ll just watch them again in a week!

Extras

The extras are contained on a separate Blu-ray disc, which features the Maximum Movie mode that Warner Brothers has done recently, as well as multiple featurettes, additional scenes, a conversation with Daniel Radcliffe and J.K. Rowling, as well as a DVD copy of the film.  This is also one of the first films with the Ultraviolet digital copy scheme, so you should be able to register your copy and then watch it on other devices, including an iPhone or iPad and a PC.