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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (Blu-ray) Blu-Ray DVD 1 of 1

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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 220208453
UPC: 883929162116
UPC 14: 00883929162116
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Editor's Note
Though HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN director Alfonso Cuaron still holds the crown for best film in the series, David Yates is making an attempt at a coup with HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE. Dark, gleefully funny, and beautifully shot, this adaptation of J.K. Rowling?s novel should please fans despite numerous changes to the 650-page source material. In this sixth film in the series, Harry?s (Daniel Radcliffe) inevitable confrontation with the dark wizard Voldemort grows closer, and Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) wants the young student to be prepared. He guides Harry through a memory of a young Voldemort, but an important moment is missing. Harry must extract this memory from the new Hogwarts teacher, Horace Slughorn (a perfectly slimy Jim Broadbent), who is as eager for fame as he is reluctant to revisit this painful moment. Meanwhile, romance rules the school of witches and wizards, with Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint) refusing to admit their feelings for each other. Harry also harbors a secret love of his own: Ron?s younger sister, Ginny (Bonnie Wright). But despite his crush, Harry keeps an eye on Snape (Alan Rickman) and Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), who may be responsible for attacks on the school.

HALF-BLOOD PRINCE deftly balances the humor of Hogwarts heartbreak and the thrills of dark villains attacking the school. The cast is as talented as ever, and the youngest members--Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson--have developed their talent well. However, this film is most remarkable for its fine cinematography from AMELIE director of photography Bruno Delbonnel. Using a muted palette, Delbonnel makes Hogwarts look hauntingly beautiful in a way that fans have never seen. There?s always plenty of fun and adventure in the series, but this entry boasts impressive visuals as well.

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/14/2011
Video Play Time Running Time: 153 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00883929162116
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
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Expert Review Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Michael Prince Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 7/7/2011 1:00 PM
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a landmark film in the series with many scenes that evoke emotion and conflict within the world of Harry Potter. The film was already an edgy, suspenseful, and terrific entry in the franchise and becomes that much better with the Ultimate Edition treatment. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince begins in a much different way than all the other films. Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is recovering from the shock of seeing his surrogate father Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) get killed and is forced to grow up in ways he never expected....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Tom Felton
Video Cast Info Helen McCrory
Video Cast Info Robbie Coltrane
Video Cast Info Daniel Radcliffe
Video Cast Info Emma Watson
Video Cast Info Hero Fiennes Tiffin
Video Cast Info Alan Rickman
Video Cast Info David Bradley
Video Cast Info Warwick Davis
Video Cast Info Rupert Grint
Video Cast Info Michael Gambon
Video Cast Info Jim Broadbent
Video Cast Info Helena Bonham-Carter
Video Cast Info Maggie Smith
Video Cast Info Bonnie Wright
Video Cast Info Nicholas Hooper - Composer
Video Cast Info Tim Burke - Visual Effects Supervisor
Video Cast Info Nick Dudman - Makeup Designer
Video Cast Info John Richardson - Special Effects Supervisor
Video Cast Info David Heyman - Producer
Video Cast Info J.K. Rowling - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Jany Temime - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Steve Kloves - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info David Barron - Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Day - Editor
Video Cast Info Stuart Craig - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Bruno Delbonnel - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info David Yates - Director

Professional Reviews

Hollywood Reporter
"Composer Nicholas Hooper, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel and designer Stuart Craig deliver a singularly muscular and vigorous chapter while all the visual and digital effects have now blended seamlessly into the package." 07/05/2009

Box Office
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "With Harry, Ron and Hermione feeling the pangs of love and ominous signs that the final battle is nearing, this is the most spectacular and richly satisfying POTTER movie yet, topping all that have come before it." 07/06/2009

Variety
"Dazzlingly well made...this one is played in a mode closer to palpable life-or-death drama than any of the others and is quite effective as such." 07/05/2009

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Bumbling, funny and gentle, the rom-com tween heartache feels nicely played by a cast more at home with cheeky humour than dramatic heavy-lifting." 07/07/2009

Los Angeles Times
"Yates in his second Potter film seems more comfortable with the franchise. He's turned out to be what the series has always felt it needed, a good steward of the material who is respectful of the novels but not overly reverential." 07/14/2009

USA Today
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[S]pellbinding....The cinematography is stunning, and the story unfolds in a stately and unhurried fashion." 07/14/2009

Washington Post
"[T]he three leads, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, give their most charming performance to date....HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, with its romantic triangle, its Quidditch high jinks, its gorgeous production design and its bang-up final action sequence, might be the most enjoyable Harry Potter movie yet..." 07/14/2009

A.V. Club
"[T]hose involved will find that the series has matured much as the books did. This is the darkest, saddest, most sophisticated HARRY POTTER film yet." 07/10/2009

Movieline
"Yates is generous with this ensemble, and they repay him with interest....[The cinematographer] makes gorgeous, Oscar-worthy panoramas of everything from impromptu tarantula memorials to handheld-shot, nightmare battles in tall, swampy grass." 07/15/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his sixth chapter is a darker, more ominous Harry Potter film....It opens and closes well, and has wondrous art design and cinematography as always..." 07/12/2009

Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he filmmakers have found a way to refresh our eyes and enhance our appreciation for this rich, amazing creation." -- Grade: A- 07/24/2009

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Harry is better than ever, a triumph of wonder and emotional storytelling....All the actors excel at pulling us into the film's mysteries." 07/14/2009

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Harry Potter
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   Blu-ray DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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