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Format: DVD
Sku: 202172704
UPC: 012569593886
UPC 14: 00012569593886
Rating: Game Rating Code
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When Harry Potter's name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a grueling battle for glory among three wizarding schools - the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He Who Must Not Be Named. In this fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, everything changes as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave childhood forever and take on challenges greater than anything they could have imagined!

"Thrills galore...you'll be on the edge of your seat from start to finish.   Bill Zwecker, CBS-TV
"Terrific entertainment. Fueled with endless invention.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
Adults who may have been turned off by the more kid-friendly elements of the first two Potter films should sit up and cheer; this fourth installment of Harry's adventures at the magic school of Hogwarts is more mature and darker than its immediate predecessor. This year, Hogwarts is hosting the Tri Wizard festival, and there may be a plot afoot to off Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) during the proceedings. Hermione (Emma Watson) finds a man worthy of her in competing Russian Quidditch champion Viktor Krum (Stanislav Ivaneski), to the chagrin of Ron Weaselly (Rupert Grint) who, though growing into a fine, shaggy orange-haired figure of a lad, is still not quite mature enough to ask Hermione to the Yule ball. Krum's teacher may be involved in the dastardly get-Harry plot, which involves writhing snake tattoos, skull clouds, death-eaters, tournaments with live dragons, a submersible schooner, and a competing school of poised and beautiful girls run by Maxime (Frances de la Tour), who shares a romantic past with gamekeeper Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). All the other favorites of the series are back as well, including Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, and Gary Oldman, with Timothy Spall as the odious Wormtail, while a new addition to the A-list thespian roster is Ralph Fiennes. Director Mike Newell takes plenty of time to explore character development, but the story still gallops along at a breathless pace, with memorably intense moments involving fire-spewing dragons, dark magical rites, and near-drownings at the hands of slimy mer-people, all of which may prove too much for the youngest of viewers. Everyone else is advised to hold on tight.
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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner Home Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/19/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 157 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 59388
Video UPC UPC: 00012569593886
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Daniel Radcliffe
Video Cast Info Emma Watson
Video Cast Info Ralph Fiennes
Video Cast Info Rupert Grint
Video Cast Info David Barron - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info J.K. Rowling - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Mick Audsley - Editor
Video Cast Info Mike Newell - Director
Video Cast Info Patrick Doyle - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Roger Pratt - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Steven Kloves - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Tanya Seghatchian - Executive Producer

Awards


British Academy Awards (2006)
   Video Award Name Jim Mitchell, Nominee, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Nick Dudman, Amanda Knight, Eithne Fennel, Nominee, Best Make Up/Hair
Video Award Name Stuart Craig, Winner, Best Production Design

Oscar (2006)
   Video Award Name Stuart Craig, Stephanie McMillan, Nominee, Best Achievement in Art Direction

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"Newell has a gift for light comedy, and he knows just how to release the sour-ball charms of his fellow Brits..." 11/25/2005 p.76-78

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "With the cast getting looser and the mind games kinkier, it's hard to resist." 12/01/2005 p.136

New York Times
"[T]he director Mike Newell embraces the saga's dark side with flair....[T]he combination of British eccentricity, fatalism and steady-on pluck remains intact." 11/17/2005 p.E1

Uncut
"As Harry's life becomes more complex, so this film takes on a darker hue....Brit director Mike Newell enlivens the brooding atmosphere with stunning action sequences..." 01/01/2005 p.130

USA Today
"Harry's climactic duel with Lord Voldemort packs an emotional wallop. And it's fun to watch the kids grow." 11/23/2005 p.7D

Sight and Sound
"[I]n granting THE GOBLET OF FIRE an earthier real-world tone, Newell has crafted a parable about the pains and pangs of adolescence. In doing so, he has made the most grown-up Potter yet." 01/01/2006 p.57

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "GOBLET OF FIRE is crisp, vibrant, and absolutely magical." 08/01/2007 p.91

Wall Street Journal
"Dark and scary...the film is bursting with such brilliant effects as a flying coach drawn by seven white birds and a fully rigged ship rising from beneath a lake." 07/15/2011

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
Well into "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Albus Dumbledore intones as only he can: "Dark and difficult times lie ahead." What does he think lay behind? In this adventure Harry will do battle with giant lizards, face the attack of the Death Eaters, and in perhaps the most difficult task of all for a 14-year-old, ask a girl to be his date at the Yule Ball. That Harry survives these challenges goes without saying, since in the world of print his next adventures have already been published, but "Goblet of Fire" provides trials that stretch his powers to the breaking point. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) was just turning 13 in the previous movie, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004), and the Potter series turns PG-13 with this installment. There is still at least a mail-owl, and what looks like a mail-raven (it may represent FedEx), but many of the twee touches of the earlier films have gone missing to make room for a brawnier, scarier plot. Is it fair to wonder if the series will continue to grow up with Harry, earning the R rating as he turns 17? Certainly Lord Voldemort seems capable of limitless villainy. Although we glimpsed his face in "The Sorcerer's Stone," we see him in full on screen for the first time in "Goblet of Fire," and he does not disappoint: Hairless, with the complexion of a slug, his nostrils snaky slits in his face, he's played by Ralph Fiennes as a vile creature who has at last been rejoined by his Death Eaters, who were disabled by Harry's magic earlier in the series. Hogwarts School and indeed the entire structure of Harry's world is threatened by Voldemort's return to something approaching his potential powers, and the film becomes a struggle between the civilized traditions of the school and the dark void of Voldemortism. The film is more violent, less cute than the others, but the action is not the mindless destruction of a video game; it has purpose, shape and style, as in the Triwizard Tournament, which begins the film. Three finalists are chosen by the Goblet of Fire, and then the Goblet spits out an unprecedented fourth name: Harry Potter's. This is against the rules, since you have to be 17 to compete in Triwizardry, and Harry is only 14, but Dumbledore's hands are tied: What the Goblet wants, the Goblet gets. The question is, who entered Harry's name, since Harry says he didn't? The Triwizard Tournament begins near the start of the film, but after the Quidditch World Cup, which takes place within a stadium so vast it makes the Senate Chamber in "Star Wars" look like a dinner theater. The cup finals are interrupted by ominous portents; the Death Eaters attack, serving notice that Voldemort is back and means business. But the early skirmishes are repelled, and the students return to Hogwarts, joined by exchange students from two overseas magic academies: From France come the Beauxbaton girls, who march on parade like Bemelmans' maids all in a row, and from Durmstrang school in central Europe come clean-cut - Roger Ebert

Variety.com 8 of 10
No more kids' stuff at Hogwarts. In "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," the budding teenage wizards-in-training grapple with incipient romance, jealousy and mortality. Last year's "The Prisoner of Azkaban" seemed dark, but this excellent fourth film derived from J.K. Rowling's books is the darkest "Potter" yet, intense enough to warrant a PG-13 rating. This factor alone will prompt another modest dip in franchise B.O. performance, as some younger viewers will steer clear, at least until homevid release. But pic's excitement and quality bode well for sustained fan interest and confidence through the enterprise's remaining three installments. Worldwide theatrical gross for the three features stands at a staggering $2.6 billion, although totals have dropped with each subsequent film, from $974 million for "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" to $879 million for "The Chamber of Secrets" to $749 million for "Azkaban." After Mexican helmer Alfonso Cuaron elevated the series so considerably last year, producer David Heyman gave a second chance to Mike Newell, who turned down "Sorcerer's Stone." Newell becomes the first English director to have a go at Harry, and he doesn't let the home team down. The books' millions of readers, youthful and otherwise, will know what's coming: the emergence of Lord Voldemort, the ubervillain who killed Harry's parents, was later sapped of his powers by the tyke but has now concocted an ingenious plan to trap his nemesis at the conclusion of the interschool Triwizard Tournament. Screenwriter Steve Kloves, faced with the task of boiling the 734-page book down to manageable length (157-minute running time makes it the second-longest "Potter" picture, after "Chamber"), makes short work of Rowling's bloated 157-page prologue devoted to the Quidditch World Cup. In economical fashion, pic reels off Harry's nightmare about Voldemort's return, his journey to the White Cliffs with Hermione and the Weasleys to attend the match (in an astonishing modern stadium), the fiery assault on the wizards' massive tent city by the Voldemort's Death Eaters (outfitted in pointy Klan-style hats) and the threatening apparition of Voldemort's Dark Mark -- a ghostly skull and snake -- in the night sky. After just 14 minutes, we're back on the Hogwarts Express with the Fourth Years, all noticeably taller, older and more mature than in the last installment. That this year will be different from all previous years is announced by the arrival of a flying-horse-drawn carriage bearing the French female students of Beauxbatons, and the emergence from under the lake of a vintage sailing ship carrying the Middle European boys from Durmstrang. As Dumbledore explains, this exercise in international cooperation among wizarding schools is meant to foster the age-old tradition of the Triwizard Tournament, a trio of daunting tasks to be undertaken by an exemplary representative from each institution. General acclamation greets the selection of the represen - Todd McCarthy

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Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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