Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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When Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)'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.


Studio Warner
SKU 205746071
UPC 085391173700
UPC 14 00085391173700
Format DVD
Release Date 12/11/2007
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Family (General)
Fantasy Worlds
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Mike Newell
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Cast & Crew
Alan Rickman - Actor
Brendan Gleeson - Actor
Daniel Radcliffe - Actor
David Barron - Executive Producer
David Heyman - Producer
David Tennant - Actor
Emma Watson - Actor
Gary Oldman - Actor
J.K. Rowling - Based On Novel By
Maggie Smith - Actor
Mark Bartholomew, et. al. - Art Director
Michael Gambon - Actor
Mick Audsley - Editor
Mike Newell - Director
Patrick Doyle - Original Music By
Ralph Fiennes - Actor
Robbie Coltrane - Actor
Roger Pratt - Cinematographer
Rupert Grint - Actor
Steve Kloves - Screenplay
Stuart Craig - Production Designer
Tom Felton - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 1000026113
UPC 00085391173700
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 157 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Winner (2006) British Academy Awards, Stuart Craig, Best Production Design
Nominee (2006) British Academy Awards, Jim Mitchell, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,British Academy Awards, Nick Dudman, et. al., Best Make Up/Hair,MTV Award, Daniel Radcliffe, Best Hero,MTV Award, Daniel Radcliffe, et. al., Best On-Screen Team,MTV Award, Ralph Fiennes, Best Villain,Oscar, Stuart Craig, Stephanie McMillan, Best Achievement in Art Direction
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The best thing to happen to the Harry Potter movie franchise was for journeyman director Chris Columbus to step down. After turning out adequate adaptations of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Columbus was replaced by Alfonso Cuaron for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. With the third movie, the Harry Potter saga began to take on a legitimate cinematic life of its own. No longer was it content to regurgitate to content of the source novels. Now, with Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) at the helm, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire proves to be the darkest and most ambitious Harry Potter outing to-date. To trim the book's massive content down to a reasonable size (the movie is about 2 1/2 hours long, sans credits), screenwriter Steve Kloves (who has adapted all four novels) had to do a lot of compression. The resulting production is faithful to its source novel in broad strokes, but varies greatly when it comes to the details...Harry Potter has become a rare cinematic constant - something to be anticipated every year or two. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is imperfect, but magical nonetheless.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Well into "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," Albus Dumbledore intones as only he can: "Dark and difficult times lie ahead"...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...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...With this fourth film, the Harry Potter saga demonstrates more than ever the resiliency of J.K. Rowling's original invention. Her novels have created a world that can expand indefinitely and produce new characters without limit. That there are schools like Hogwarts in other countries comes as news and offers many possibilities; the only barrier to the series lasting forever is Harry's inexorably advancing age. The thought of him returning to Hogwarts for old boys' day is too depressing to contemplate..."Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" was directed by Mike Newell, the first British director in the series (he turned down the first Potter movie). Newell's credits range from the romantic "Four Weddings and a Funeral" to the devastating "Donnie Brasco" to the gentle "Enchanted April."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Collector's Edition, No Longer Produced
David Edelstein, Slate ...I couldn't be more pleased with what the screenwriter, Steven Kloves, and the director, Mike Newell, have wrought...
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter The best one yet.
Sara Brady, Premiere Newell puts his own stamp on the franchise and delivers the best Potter movie yet filmed.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian A mature, tense, frightening and altogether masterful film.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...an intelligent, visually seductive and mostly very satisfying fantasy epic of the first order.

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