For someone who isn’t a big fan of wizardry and ridiculous make-believe, I checked out the Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince flick reluctantly. But considering the cash cow that is the Harry Potter phenomenon, I figured what the heck. I need to see what these peeps are obsessed with. Therefore, here is the DVD review of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Ok, so here’s the low down on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The battle between the boy wizard Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and his ghostly nemesis Voldermort (Ralph Fiennes) nears its climax during the student’s sixth term at Hogwarts, and for all the twists, turns and surprises the revelation that the end is nigh might just be the most startling one of all.
Now while I have not always been a Harry Potter fan, this particular chapter was decent. As I attempted to watch other chapters of the Harry Potter series, both one and two were both shows I had to struggle to stay awake through. This one ALMOST cast a spell on me that had me interested throughout the entire show.
Sure, the stars Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have transformed and matured from children into full-fledged actors and have proven they have evolved as actors, making for a more enjoyable movie-watching experience.
But while we are finding the series coming to an ending, will Harry learn to embrace his destiny discovering new powers and abilities thanks to a mysterious spell book while at the same time questioning the motivations of fellow student Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton)?
So what about those extras included on the DVD? Were they necessary? Well, they weren’t exactly necessary (i.e. the featurette on J.K. Rowling), but they were pretty damn cool. The collection of deleted scenes was better than DVD’s past, but I must say that the Maximum Movie Mode was the best part of the additional features. Much of the information is obviously culled from semi-standard featurettes, but the integration into the film was flawless. This particular feature helped to catch up the viewer on all you ever wanted to know about both the series itself.
I haven’t read the books, so this is hard for me to do the comparison, but the DVD with the additional features would be necessary to buy for that ultimate Harry Potter fan.
J.K. Rowling: A Year In The Life – Check out what it was like in the life of the author and creator of the boy wizard as she wrote the final book in the series. A whole hour is devoted to Rowling in this feature. Spoilers included. (49:43)
Close Up With The Cast Of Harry Potter – The cast of the film get candid in behind-the-scenes footage. (28:33)
Sneak Peek at the Wizarding World Of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort – A promotional piece on the new land that will be coming to Universal Studios in Orlando. (11:40)
What’s On Your Mind – Cast is interviewed. (6:43)
One Minute Drills – The cast gets asked questions about each other’s past. (6:44)
Trailers – Harry Potter Ultimate Editions on DVD and Blu-ray and Free Willy: Escape From Pirate’s Cove
Warner Home Video presents Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: 2-Disc Special Edition. Directed by: David Yates. Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Jim Broadbent, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, and many more. Written by: J.K. Rowling & Steve Kloves. Running time: 153 minutes. Rating: PG. Released on DVD: December 8, 2009. Available at Amazon.com
Overall, without being biased, I give the movie a 3 out of 5 stars. For a true Potter fan, the additional features are well worth it.