Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

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In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends Ron and Hermione return as teenagers to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who seems to pose a dangerous threat to Harry.


Studio Warner
SKU 205746075
UPC 085391173687
UPC 14 00085391173687
Format DVD
Release Date 12/11/2007
Rating Rating
Based On A Novel
Coming Of Age
Family (General)
Kids Adventure
Theatrical Release
Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
Note In this adaptation of the third book in J.K. Rowling's best-selling series, Harry Potter (Danielle Radcliffe) and his best friends Hermoine (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), must face the dangerous convict Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), who has ties with their enemy Lord Voldemort. The spectacular fantasy-adventure action of the earlier movies (SORCERER'S STONE and CHAMBER OF SECRETS) is once again presented here, as Alfonso Cuaron lends his unique directorial style to recreating Rowling's magical story on celluloid. A scarier, darker story than the first two, this one concerns the mystery behind why Sirius Black is tracking Harry Potter. Slowly Harry and his friends unravel the clues, and learn secrets about Harry's parents that had all along been hidden from him. Meanwhile, because the deranged Sirius poses a threat to all students at Hogwarts, the school enlists a group of daunting black ghosts called Dementors to stand guard. These flying ghouls have a powerful effect on Harry and frighten him to his core. Yet even these chilling obstacles don't dampen the spirits of the youthful wizards, who meet Buckbeak--a giant flying hawk-horse creature, welcome a new dark arts teacher (David Thewlis) and a new divination teacher (Emma Thompson), and are still determined to beat the rival Slytherin team in Quidditch. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN offers a visually stunning interpretation of the revered book, and will thrill viewers with its special effects, it's penetrating John Williams score, and its superb performances.
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he first movie in the series with fear and wonder in its bones, and genuine fun, too....The whole movie zips along with a matter-of-fact cleverness that stays a step ahead of you." 06/11/2004 p.93-4
Rolling Stone "Not only is this dazzler by far the best and most thrilling of the three Harry Potter movies to date, it's a film that can stand on its own..." 06/24/2004 p.186
New York Times "This is surely the most interesting of the three Potter movies....It feels at once more dangerous, more thoroughly enchanted and more real." 06/04/2004 p.E1
Sight and Sound "The magic here works not just on the level of weird and wonderful ghosts and monsters but through a series of haunting images that draw attention to key themes and a breadth of imagination..." 08/01/2004 p.51-4
USA Today "Alfonso Cuaron directs for mood, and the result is the most satisfying HARRY to date." 11/26/2004 p.4E
Los Angeles Times "[Cuaron] brought a new style and intelligence to Hogwarts." 11/25/2004 p.E27
Wall Street Journal "The movie's set pieces seduce you with elegance, wit or suspense." 11/18/2010
Alfonso Cuaron
Daniel Radcliffe
Emma Watson
Rupert Grint
Cast & Crew
Alan Gilmore, et. al. - Art Director
Alan Rickman - Actor
Alfonso Cuaron - Director
Daniel Radcliffe - Actor
David Heyman - Producer
David Thewlis - Actor
Emma Thompson - Actor
Emma Watson - Actor
Gary Oldman - Actor
J.K. Rowling - Based On Novel By
John Williams - Original Music By
Julie Christie - Actor
Maggie Smith - Actor
Michael Barnathan - Executive Producer
Michael Gambon - Actor
Michael Seresin - Cinematographer
Richard Griffiths - Actor
Robbie Coltrane - Actor
Rupert Grint - Actor
Steve Kloves - Screenplay
Steven Weisberg - Editor
Stuart Craig - Production Designer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 1000026111
UPC 00085391173687
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Winner (2005) British Academy Awards, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Audience Award
Nominee (2005) British Academy Awards, David Heyman, et. al., Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film,British Academy Awards, John Richardson, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,British Academy Awards, Amanda Knight, et. al., Best Make Up/Hair,British Academy Awards, Stuart Craig, Best Production Design,Grammy, John Williams, Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media,Oscar, John Williams, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score,Oscar, Tim Burke, et. al., Best Achievement in Visual Effects,People's Choice, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Favorite Sequel,People's Choice, Gary Oldman, Favorite Villain Movie Star
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It's interesting to note that, of the three Harry Potter novels thus far filmed, the longest on the written page has turned into the shortest on screen. This is a good thing, because it means that the filmmakers are becoming less literal and more cinematic in their adaptations. A flaw of the first two movies, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, is that they tried to cram every nuance into the screenplay - an act that had a negative impact upon the films' pacing. For Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, script-writer Steve Kloves has pared J.K. Rowling's story to its essence, resulting in a more streamlined motion picture...With both The Lord of the Rings and the Harry Potter movies proving to be solid box-office performers, there's little question that the [fantasy] genre is here to stay. Although Tolkien's story is done, J.K. Rowling's has at least four more installments to go (the final two of which haven't even been published). If the filmmakers continue to keep the quality level high, there will be plenty of pleasurable hours ahead. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban proves that a new director with a different perspective can freshen a series that could otherwise resort to stale repetition.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review Pardon the pun, but when it comes to Harry Potter films, the third time's a charm. Not that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets weren't excellent movies. They were. But Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban eclipses both of them...First, important information for Potter purists: 1) Three key points have been changed to streamline the story, which results in a nice adaptation, but not a faithful one. Whether these changes will affect future books/films is a question many are pondering. Author JK Rowling, in an interview with USA Today, claimed that director Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mama Tambien) unintentionally made choices that foreshadow events in Books Six and Seven; 2) Numerous subplots have been deleted entirely; 3) There is only one Quidditch scene (you know which one)...Whereas the first two films were clearly kids' movies--despite grownups showing up in costume for midnight premieres--the mood of Azkaban reflects the adolescence it portrays...If you are new to the world of Harry Potter, fear not. Although Azkaban provides only minimal backstory, a fellow reviewer said she was able to follow along with no problem--and she thoroughly enjoyed the film.
Reviewer Sarah Chauncey
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Widescreen, Collector's Edition
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Ebert & Roeper Two big thumbs up for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Peter Rainer, New York Magazine Powerfully entrancing! This true kid's classic is just as magical for adults.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Irresistible fun.
Richard Corliss, Time A smart enjoyable film...this one is truly wizard!
Ryan Sucher, ShowTime One of the Best Films of all time!

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