Big thank you to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for allowing me to review the 4K Ultra HD version of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban!
This is year 3 of the 8-film Harry Potter 4K Ultra HD Collection that is available to order at the bottom of the page! The group (Harry Ron and Hermione) are back together for a third time and this time, as teenagers! The Prisoner Of Akaban that escaped, Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) comes into play in this movie (hence the title). He was once a trusted ally of the evil Lord Voldermort. Black is looking high and low for Potter to finish the job that his master never completed. Dementors are introduced and proect the stuents and are there at the school to capture Black if he shows up. The Dementors also have an effect on Harry that makes their intentions get called into question. Everything is not as it appears. Harry then starts to wonder about what happened to his parents, the threats of Black and now wonders even more about Voldermort.
We are getting further and also farther along in the Harry Potter story, which also means in the next movie or two, the picture quality will start to pick up. There’s nothing at fault here with what’s on the screen, given that most movies were still shot in 35mm and the special effects are done digitally. The 4K Ultra HD still looks amazing! The HDR makes the darker colors stand out, especially the true blacks and then the colors are very vivid and bright. One of the standouts that caught my eye: the big pumpkins that are in the field, look great as a contrast to the green of the grass pastures and the brown houses. The grass and the varying colors in it stands out as well.
If you pay attention to the werewolf in the moonlight, you’ll be able to see the very small details of the each individual hair that shows up in he bright backdrop of the moon. Sirius Black’s wardrobe and dirt on his clothes show up with very small details on the screen. Buckbeak’s feathers are another major detail that show up very well.
The Dolby Atmos again makes the audio stand out on the 4K Ultra HD version of the movie. When the Dementors appear, it feels like you are going to get taken by them. The rain storm that takes place after the start of the Quidditch match shows the students flying by and all the balls zooming across the screen but also, you can hear which direction they are going with the audio, along with the thunder and rain falling down. The raindrops feel like they are millions and millions of raindrops recorded individually and placed as needed in the soundtrack.
This IS the best movie as far as storyline of the first three movies and it has a new director, Alfonso Cuaron, taking the reigns from Christopher Columbus (Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone & Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets).
Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Griffiths, Pam Ferris, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling, Adrian Rawlins, Geraldine Somerville, Lee Ingleby, Lenny Henry Jimmy Gardner, Gary Oldman, Jim Tavare, Robert Hardy, Abby Ford, Rupert Grint
Harry Potter is having a tough time with his relatives (yet again). He runs away after using magic to inflate Uncle Vernon’s sister Marge who was being offensive towards Harry’s parents. Initially scared for using magic outside the school, he is pleasantly surprised that he won’t be penalized after all. However, he soon learns that a dangerous criminal and Voldemort’s trusted aide Sirius Black has escaped from the Azkaban prison and wants to kill Harry to avenge the Dark Lord. To worsen the conditions for Harry, vile creatures called Dementors are appointed to guard the school gates and inexplicably happen to have the most horrible effect on him. Little does Harry know that by the end of this year, many holes in his past (whatever he knows of it) will be filled up and he will have a clearer vision of what the future has in store…
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