Harry Potter DVD is a Mixed Bag – Excellent Movie, Ok but Confusing DVD

Today is the day millions of wizards and witches around the world have been waiting for. It’s the worldwide release of one of the highest money making films of all time. Whether you be muggle or magical, young or old, you must be aware that Harry Potter hits the video store today in a lavish two disc DVD Set.The Pre-Orders for Warner Home Video’s latest effort has already broken all sales records, and this promises to be one of the biggest DVD releases of all time. But hype and sales aside, should you buy this?

THE MOVIE -I absolutely adore this movie. It’s enchanting, good fun. It’s a fine example of how to translate a book into a film. When I saw this in the theater I had no clue or concept of what Harry Potter was. I Didn’t know a muggle from a mug of coffee. And it was the film that started it off. God love Hermonine, Snape and Ron. I find Harry himself to be quite boring, but it’s the world he lives in and his friends that make the movie such a joy to watch. After viewing the film, I was so enchanted by it’s world, the positive values of friendship and loyalty that I went out and purchased the books. I read all four books two or three times since the film’s release and have read at least 50 fanfiction stories, it’s safe to say that I’m now addicted. I was curious to see how much the film was truly different from the books, and to be honest, I couldn’t tell. The casting was absolutely perfect, and hey how can you not like Alan Richtman as Professor Snape? And the kid who plays Draco? The film gets an A.DVD SPECIAL FEATURES For such a packed DVD, it feels pretty hollow to me. Most of the material on the DVD is children’s games, there are NO commentary tracks, just a few quick interviews with the folks from the movie, that looked like it was taken from the original EPK (Electronic Press Kit) which I already saw. The Navigation was confusing as heck, and I still haven’t found the deleted scenes or much of anything. You have to solve various puzzles in order to unlock the deleted scenes, and other things on the DVD. Which I find irritating beyond belief.I for one absolutely HATE “”easter eggs””, if I shell out $20 for a DVD or $60 for a game then dammit, just give me all my features, I don’t want to have to spend days trying to find some “”cool”” extra feature.The DVD Rom include a demo of the Harry Potter PC Game, more puzzle games, this way cool voice navigation thing (unfortanetly, all it does is open up various WB promotional websites, and once they are open you can no longer use the voice recognition feature).Again, after spending about 3 hours navigating and going through all the DVD Extra Features, it still feels weak, like you’ve accidently picked up the “”ear wax”” every flavor beans. DVD Feature’s Grade – C- Now that I think about it, I probably should add a separate grade for Kids, since the DVD special features are clearly aimed for them, and for it’s target audience, it would probably get a B+. I think kids will love the puzzles, and all the web based activities found through the DVD Rom.—————————————As I said, the movie still enchants and on DVD the transfer and 5.1 Dolby Surround is nice and crisp, although where’s the DTS? Where are the commentary tracks? Where are the trailers or set reports from “”Chamber of Secrets””. If Warner’s had waited another few months, this DVD probably could have been great, instead it’s just merely “”good””.For any fan of the film this is a must own. If you are not a fan of the film, what, are you high? Go out and get this DVD, just to watch the movie. Hermonie and Snape rules! Overall DVD Grade – B Review ByMichelle AlexandriaTuesday, May 28, 2002

Batman – Matrix Style

Although this is in no way confirmed, it has been rumoured before.Apparently, after the success of The Matrix the Wachowski brothers were offered the next Batman film – Year One. Not only that, but they were offered full creative control for the film, as well as the option to work on a Batman trilogy. However, the Wachowsi Brothers, despite being bit Batman fans decided to simply focus on the Matrix series.

One point from the article, is that apparently the Wachowski Brothers, and Joel Silver have been given $600 million for the remainder of the Matrix series, this includes Reloaded and Revolutions, the AniMatrix projects and the recently announced online Matrix game, which is apparently costing $45 million to make.

Forums At The Bottom – Holly Cow

Holly Cow,

I put the forums at the bottom of the page. I didn’t like having them at the top of the page, drowning out our many exclusives, and I didn’t want to take them off the home page either, otherwise a lot of folks will piss and moan. So I came up with this compromise, I put the forums at the end the page. And changed the setting to display the last 20 forum posts.

That way threads are easier for you guys to find.


Superman Movie News

An interesting supposed plot point is rumored for the upcoming SUPERMAN movie with McG directing – one that was disparaged by DC Comics fans a few years ago. Updated!

PeopleNews had the word:

Anyone who has ever dreamed of seeing Brendan Fraser, in tights will be ecstatic to learn that the Mummy actor looks set to play Superman in the next movie about the superhero.

The film, which is as yet untitled, will feature the death of superman, who will then come back to life to defeat his arch-rival Lex Luthor. Several famous Hollywood actresses, including Catherine Zeta Jones, Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz, have expressed interest in playing the journalist/love interest part of Lois Lane. Christopher Reeve played the Man of Steel in the three Superman films made in the late 1970s and early 1980s.


Mirko from Superhero Hype had this to say:

The death of Superman story was scrapped a long time ago, they have no idea what they’re talking about.
Still, potential casting is interesting for Lois.

Digital Projection

Has anyone else seen the digital projection of Star Wars at the Merrifield theater in Falls Church?

I saw it on Tuesday, the crispness is pretty amazing. I’d seen AOTC already, on saturday, and noticed as others have that almost the entire movie looked slightly out of focus on a regular projector. If you have any interest in the technology be sure to check it out, I think there are only about 25 theaters nationwide showing it on a digital projector. It really is impressive how much nicer it looks.

The thing I can’t figure out is why THAT theater snagged the digital equipment. It’s one of the worst theaters in the area and the last place I would have liked to see Star Wars. Old, kinda junky vinyl seats and mediocre sound. The equipment supposedly costs around $100,000 so the only think I can think of is that they had a pile of cash sitting around because they never improved the theaters in any other fashion.

If you decide to go make sure you see one of the digital screenings, I believe they only have it in one of the theaters. There are several other screens showing Star Wars but they’re just standard projections.

Frontier House on PBS

Did anyone watch this last night? What did you think… were they nuts or what? I thought the family with all the kids needed to go home… I don’t think they had any idea what they were getting them selves into and all they did was whine. I gathered these children had never been made to do so much as wash their own clothes or cut the grass… they had hired help to take care of everything and while the parents may have been trying to teach them a lesson… their stupidity was putting the whole group in danger…

The Believer

The Believer is comming to our area July 14th (I think). I had a chance to catch this movie at last year’s Virginia Film Festival. I urge everyone to see this movie. This is the kind of film that inspires other people to get into filmmaking. To start it’s a truely independant film. Bean used money he made from other scripts to finance this picture. It’s also a film that makes you think. You cannot watch this film without immediately getting into a discussion afterwards with complete strangers. It’s main focus is religion and how it can affect people. Great performances and an intelligent story. It’s the kind of movie that makes up for crap like Life as a House, The Majestic, Titanic, etc. See it if for no other reason than to support independant film.

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