Big thank you to Warner Bros. Home Entertainment for allowing me to review the 4K Ultra HD version of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone!
What can be said about Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone that already hasn’t? It’s Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) for the Potter-verse. Harry Potter is dropped off on the doorstep of an aunt and uncle. He then sees letters come together and summon him to become a student at Hogwarts School, a sort of Oxbridge for Magicians. You get to see the long hallways and lunchroom that sets the tone for special effects (in the hallways). At this school is where Harry meets Hemione Granger, Ron Weasley and his nemesis Draco Malfoy.
I do have to say it’s been quite a while since seeing the original movie in theaters and when the DVD was released! Right when you insert the disc, you can tell that Warner Bros. spared no expense when it comes to the 4K Ultra HD version of this movie. The menus are well put together. This is the kick-off to the Potter-verse on film. J.K. Rowling had started the book series in 1997, with the movie following in 2001. Not ALL CGI-heavy parts of the movie are effected by the 4K transfer. One scene that stands out in a positive way is the Quidditch match that makes the red and gold colors stand out along the blue sky backdrop.
The HDR is magnificent! Harry Potter movies are shot rather dark, but with the HDR, you can still see people and/or background and still distinguish them from the darker background. The colors also stand out bright and vivid when there is color on the screen. The picture quality makes you feel like you are watching the movie on a theater screen all over again, crystal clear! There are too many great things in the 4K transfer, including the minute details, such as skin texture and what a strand of hair might movie. The only parts that I have anything remotely negative to say about the movie as a whole, is some of the parts that are CGI really stand out in the 4K Ultra HD because of the quality of special effects from 2001.
The audio quality is also top notch! You can literally feel the Dolby Atmos mix (if you have Dolby Atmos capability on your surround sound). From the moment the movie starts, you can consumed by the sound and this is a good thing! The John Williams score is a definite upgrade over the DVD version.
I also watched the Blu-Ray that is included. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it does fail in comparison to the 4K Ultra HD version of the movie. If you have the ability to, 4K Ultra HD is THE way to go!
The movie itself takes me back 16 years, when my oldest son was 3 years old. This movie, along with Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire, kicked off his cinematic experience. This is him as a 7-year old…
Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Harris, Maggie Smith Robbie Coltrane, Saunders Triplets, Fiona Shaw, Harry Melling, Richard Griffiths, Derek Deadman, Ian Hart, Ben Barowiecki, Warwick Davis, Verne Troyer, John Hurt, Richard Bremmer
This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the grounds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted.
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