Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

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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 205746074
UPC 085391173618
UPC 14 00085391173618
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Adventure
Based On A Novel
Buddies
Coming Of Age
Essential Cinema
Family (General)
Fantasy
Kids Adventure
Magic
Theatrical Release
Witches
Witches And Wizards
Editors Note
Note American director Chris Columbus (HOME ALONE) brings the magic of British author J.K. Rowling's beloved best-selling fantasy novel to life in HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE. Eleven-year-old orphan Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) finds his world turned upside down when he discovers that, like his deceased parents, he is a wizard and has been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. With fellow first-year students Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) by his side, Harry's adventures begin in the rambling castle that is Hogwarts. Vivid special effects make Hogwarts' magic a reality with paintings that come alive, staircases that move themselves, friendly ghosts, and fast-paced Quidditch (the school sport) matches in which students zoom around on their flying brooms. Mixed in with the miracles of Hogwarts are its dark hidden chambers and secrets, which Harry and his friends encounter as they embark on a quest to keep a treasured powerful object from falling into the wrong hands. Staying true to the book with this film adaptation, Columbus follows Rowling's story to the tiniest detail, making it a special treat for readers who were smitten with the novel. Radcliffe is especially engaging as Harry, infusing him with a believable sense of wonderment. The star-studded cast also includes Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, and Robbie Coltrane.
Reviews
USA Today "...HARRY POTTER, the film, looks just as dazzling as readers of Rowling's captivating book might hope..." 11/16/2001 p.1E
New York Times "...[Mr. Radcliffe] possesses a watchful gravity....Ms. Watson has the sass and smarts to suggest she might cast a spell of her own..." 11/16/2001 p.E1
Box Office "...A stunning achievement in set design, costumes, make-up, special effects and a well-chosen cast rendering perfectly and vividly an iconic and universally renowned fantasy world..." 01/01/2002 p.60
Sight and Sound "...Rupert Grint is very good....HARRY POTTER will captivate younger children..." 01/01/2002 p.43-4
Variety "...The script is faithful, the actors are just right, the sets, costumes, makeup and effects match and sometimes exceed anything one could imagine..." 11/12/2001 p.27-33
Chicago Sun-Times "...A red-blooded adventure movie, dripping with atmosphere, filled with the gruesome and the sublime and surprisingly faithful to the novel....Director Chris Columbus seems to have created a classic..." 02/17/2002 p.6
Directors
Chris Columbus
Actors
Robbie Coltrane
Rupert Grint
Emma Watson
Daniel Radcliffe
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2001
Catalog ID 1000026104
UPC 00085391173618
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
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, Widescreen, Collector's Edition
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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