Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

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Product Overview

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) learns on his 11th birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses magical powers of his own. At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, discovering a world of magic and fantasy where he is destined to live.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 205746073
UPC 085391173601
UPC 14 00085391173601
Format DVD
Release Date 1/29/2008
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Cast & Crew
Alan Rickman - Actor
Andrew Ackland-Snow, et. al. - Art Director
Chris Columbus - Director
Daniel Radcliffe - Actor
David Heyman - Producer
Emma Watson - Actor
J.K. Rowling - Based On Novel By
John Cleese - Actor
John Seale - Cinematographer
John Williams - Original Music By
Maggie Smith - Actor
Richard Francis-Bruce - Editor
Richard Harris - Actor
Robbie Coltrane - Actor
Rupert Grint - Actor
Steve Kloves - Screenplay
Stuart Craig - Production Designer
Todd Arnow - Producer
Tom Felton - Actor
Verne Troyer - Actor
Warwick Davis - Actor
Zoe Wanamaker - Actor
Awards
Nominee (2002) British Academy Awards, David Heyman, Chris Columbus, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film,British Academy Awards, David Heyman, et. al., BAFTA Children's Award - Best Feature Film,British Academy Awards, Robert Legato, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects,British Academy Awards, Amanda Knight, Best Make Up/Hair,British Academy Awards, Robbie Coltrane, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,British Academy Awards, Stuart Craig, Best Production Design,British Academy Awards, John Midgley, et. al., Best Sound,MTV Movie Award, Daniel Radcliffe, Breakthrough Male Performance,Oscar, John Williams, Best Music, Original Score,Oscar, Stuart Craig, Stephanie McMillan, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Judianna Makovsky, Best Costume Design
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is unquestionably a member of the fantasy genre. However, while the majority of fantasy novels strike a tone that straddles the somber and the ominous, Rowling keeps it light, falling somewhere between that of David Eddings' Belgariad and Piers Anthony's A Spell for Chameleon. Harry Potter's most apparent antecedents are J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit (which is written in a much lighter style than The Lord of the Rings), C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, and Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain. Like Harry Potter, those books find their most enthusiastic supporters in the bracket of ages 10 to 15, but feature enough character development, plot, and thematic content to attract an older audience...J.K. Rowling has given her full support to the finished project, gushing how closely it meets her vision of what the characters and their world should look like. Fans of the book will likely love or hate the movie based on how closely things match their preconceived notions...Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone stands out as a solid piece of entertainment. The film's spell may not be as potent as that of the book, but there's still some magic in what Columbus and his crew have wrought.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review ''Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is a red-blooded adventure movie, dripping with atmosphere, filled with the gruesome and the sublime, and surprisingly faithful to the novel. A lot of things could have gone wrong, and none of them have: Chris Columbus' movie is an enchanting classic that does full justice to a story that was a daunting challenge. The novel by J.K. Rowling was muscular and vivid, and the danger was that the movie would make things too cute and cuddly. It doesn't. Like an "Indiana Jones" for younger viewers, it tells a rip-roaring tale of supernatural adventure, where colorful and eccentric characters alternate with scary stuff like a three-headed dog, a pit of tendrils known as the Devil's Snare and a two-faced immortal who drinks unicorn blood. Scary, yes, but not too scary--just scary enough...During "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," I was pretty sure I was watching a classic, one that will be around for a long time, and make many generations of fans. It takes the time to be good. It doesn't hammer the audience with easy thrills, but cares to tell a story, and to create its characters carefully. Like "The Wizard of Oz," "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Star Wars" and "E.T.," it isn't just a movie but a world with its own magical rules.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Bill Diehl, ABC Radio Network ...Columbus has brought Harry's world to the big screen in all its glory. You'll be charmed, dazzled and delighted!
Claudia Puig, USA Today ...looks just as dazzling as readers of Rowling's captivating book might hope...The production design is stunning...superbly rendered.
Rex Reed, New York Observer Pure, uninterrupted enchantment. Destined to leave audiences of all ages cheering.
Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper The Wizard of Oz of its time. A complete triumph.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...eye-filling, well-cast, often very funny and executed with great imagination and flair.

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