Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2- Disc Special Edition)

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Harry Potter

on 12/28/2007

I received the order of Harry Potter movie and came in and arrived little bit late because of the date. It was good movie. Read More

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on 12/28/2007

I enjoyed the movie in the theater, but was looking forward to the DVD. Allowed me to catch the smaller subtle hints and review the dialog. This movie opens new areas, and wraps up some of the open plot items. As some have said there is a lot about nothing, but this movie was needed to bridge the gap from the earlier movies to the next 2 movies. The cast went from kids to adults in how they handle situations, went from playtime to serious issues. Read More

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Product Overview

Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth - including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic, a select group of students decides to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader, these students (who call themselves "Dumbledore's Army") meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. New adventure - more dangerous, more thrilling than ever - is yours in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Prepare for battle!

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 206459612
UPC 085391174929
UPC 14 00085391174929
Format DVD
Release Date 5/6/2008
Rating Rating
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Family (General)
Sequel
Theatrical Release
Witches
Editors Note
Note In the silver-screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX, the fifth chapter in the beloved book series, everyone's favorite wizard-in-training (Daniel Radcliffe) finds himself in increasingly perilous situations. Not only is Harry in trouble with the Ministry of Magic for using his abilities outside of school, his trusted mentor, Professor Dumbledore (Michael Gambon), has grown distant, and an icy new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton), has arrived to bring a frightening level of discipline to Hogwarts. And waiting in the shadows is the demonic Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), an ominous figure whose very existence is questioned by the powerful Ministry, leaving Harry and his friends--most notably Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson)--to form a rebel group, Dumbledore's Army.^Helmed by little-known British director David Yates and written by Michael Goldenberg (the first scribe to fill the boots of Steve Kloves), THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX continues the darker tone of the two preceding POTTER installments and deftly follows Harry, Ron, and Hermione as they face new foes and impending adulthood. While Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson all continue to imbue their characters with vitality and complexity, Staunton steals the show as the strict, merciless Umbridge, though the story, which lacks some of the special-effects-heavy set pieces of past chapters, happily leaves room for other actors to shine, most notably Alan Rickman (as the ever-enigmatic Severus Snape), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), David Thewlis (Remus Lupin), and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange). Another fine offering of POTTER movie magic, PHOENIX may not astound quite the way that THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN did, but it easily stands as one of the best films in the series.
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "[Staunton's] showstopping Dolores slays her charges with pepperminty steeliness....The character is a Pepto-Bismol-tinted bolt of energy..." -- Grade: B 07/20/2007 p.56
New York Times "[A] sleek, swift and exciting adaptation of J.K. Rowling's longest novel to date....A tense and twisty political thriller, with clandestine meetings, bureaucratic skullduggery and intimations of conspiracy hanging in the air." 07/10/2007 p.E1
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "PHOENIX is one of the stronger entries in the Potter cine-canon, fizzing with exceptional FX..." 09/01/2007 p.38
Ultimate DVD 3 stars out of 5 -- "The opening is fantastic, both stylish yet understated as it sees the magical and muggle world clash unexpectedly." 08/01/2007 p.80
Sight and Sound "[T]his seems a return to the more straightforward action-adventure format of the first two Chris Columbus-directed films....[With] pacey action and CG thrills..." 09/01/2007 p.60
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "The last act is the reward here, a series of breathtaking magical showdowns....This is a proper, grown-up adventure. And that bodes well for the films to come." 09/01/2007 p.52
Directors
David Yates
Actors
Emma Watson
Daniel Radcliffe
Rupert Grint
Cast & Crew
Alan Rickman - Actor
Andrew Ackland-Snow, et. al. - Art Director
Brendan Gleeson - Actor
Daniel Radcliffe - Actor
David Heyman - Producer
David Thewlis - Actor
David Yates - Director
Emma Watson - Actor
Gary Oldman - Actor
J.K. Rowling - Based On Novel By
Julie Walters - Actor
Lionel Wigram - Executive Producer
Maggie Smith - Actor
Mark Day - Editor
Michael Gambon - Actor
Michael Goldenberg - Screenplay
Nicholas Hooper - Original Music By
Ralph Fiennes - Actor
Robbie Coltrane - Actor
Rupert Grint - Actor
Slawomir Idziak - Cinematographer
Stuart Craig - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 1000026194
UPC 00085391174929
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 139 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Awards
Nominee (2007) MTV Award, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With its fifth cinematic outing, the Harry Potter film series has ascended to another level. In addition to providing a self-contained, well-paced adventure, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix also begins to coalesce the epic ether that has been building over the past four films (especially the last two). With this movie, we sense that we're on the brink of something big, dark, and ominous...For a franchise that began under the lightweight guardianship of director Chris Columbus, these pictures have gotten progressively darker. The Order of the Phoenix is easily the gloomiest yet. The movie is not suitable for young children...With The Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter has truly come into his own, fulfilling the promise of The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Goblet of Fire. These are no longer cute stories of wizards and magic and things that go bump in the night. They are dark tales where the themes and creatures become increasingly distorted as the frames whiz by. The Order of the Phoenix is the best on offer to-date from the Harry Potter cinematic franchise, and one of the few reasons during the summer of 2007 to venture out to a multiplex.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Variety
Review The students at Hogwarts leave youthful hijinks behind once and for all in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix." Considerably grimmer and grittier than the previous pictures in the phenomenally successful series, new entry finds the young charges' head-on collision with adolescence taking a backseat to their sober confrontation with unvarnished evil...Extravagantly produced in the expected manner, pic nevertheless marks a notable departure in tone from those that preceded it. From the opening scene, portents of bad tidings ahead hang over everyone and everything connected to the wizarding world, even as the magical establishment insists there is no threat at large in the land...Concentrated focus results in an unsettling mood and dramatic scenes of unusual intensity. But condensing the book, which at 870 pages is the longest J.K. Rowling has written, into the shortest film in the series has come at a price. Many viewers won't at all mind that this is the first "Potter" picture without a Quidditch match, nor that house elves and cutesy ghosts are largely absent as well.
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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Special Edition
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
A.O. Scott, The New York Times Sleek, swift and exciting.
Colin Bertram, New York Daily News It's action-packed, darker, more epic and thankfully schmaltz-free...the best "Harry Potter" film yet.
David Edelstein, New York Magazine This is the best Harry Potter picture yet.
Larry King, CNN Miraculous! A feast for the eyes...magical movie-making!
NewsDay 'KidsDay' Once you see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix you'll want to see it again and again.
Pete Hammond, Maxim The most successful film series since James Bond continues with another rousing winner...a wild ride all the way.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...the best of the series so far...has the laughs, the jitters and the juice to make even nonbelievers wild about Harry.
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