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    Unique ID Code: 0000037711
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 4/8/2002 00:42
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    Harry Potter and The Sorcerer`s Stone (Widescreen) (US)

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    "You`re a wizard, Harry"
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 152 mins
    Retail Price: $26.99
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    Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon`s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him whose parents have been killed in a `car crash`. He is bullied by them and his fat spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing black overnight!) to cause him much to think about.
    Until he is rescued by a beetle eyed giant of a man, enrols at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, learns to play Quidditch and does battle in a deadly duel. All because Harry Potter is a wizard!

    Follow the adventures of Harry Potter as he discovers the magical, the dangerous, the unpredictable world of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

    Special Features:
    Never-Before-Seen Footage
    Self-Guided Tour Of Hogwarts
    Mix Potions, Perform Transfiguratons, Explore Diagon Alley, Catch a Snitch and Much More
    Theatrical Trailers
    Scene Access

    DVD-ROM Features:
    Be Sorted by the Sorting Hat
    Collect Wizard Trading Cards
    Download Screensaver and Remembrall
    Receive Owl E-mails
    Link To The Web

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital EX 5.1 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Chris Columbus

    Written By:

    Alan Rickman
    Emma Watson
    John Hurt
    Daniel Radcliffe
    Maggie Smith
    Rupert Grint
    Fiona Shaw
    Robbie Coltrane
    Richard Harris

    Casting By:
    Karen Lindsay-Stewart
    Janet Hirshenson
    Jane Jenkins
    Susie Figgis

    Soundtrack By:
    John Williams

    Director of Photography:
    John Seale

    Richard Francis-Bruce

    Costume Designer:
    Judianna Makovsky

    Production Designer:
    Stuart Craig

    David Heyman
    Paula DuPré Pesman
    Tanya Seghatchian
    Todd Arnow

    Executive Producer:
    Ilya Salkind
    Michael Barnathan
    Mark Radcliffe
    Duncan Henderson
    Chris Columbus

    Warner Bros

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    7 / 10
    This is an intoxicating fantasy. It works grandly as entertainment, and being a cynical git I was surprised at how taken in I was by Harry`s plight. The film is expensive and certainly looks it; it`s filled to the rafters with impressive locations, fairly good CGI effects and a wonderful fantasy milieu unparalleled in many a year. The film is also very well cast, with young Daniel Radcliff making a fine Harry (although I was even more charmed by his two young cohorts in crime, Rupert Grint as Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione.) The supporting adult cast is also a treat, with Alan Rickman appropriately slimy as the evil (?) Severus Snape, and Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith and, briefly, Richard Harris all chewing the scenery with barely restrained glee.

    The only real flaw with the movie is that it seemed to get caught up with its own grandeur a few times, stretching scenes out a bit longer than they needed to be, showing off the scenery just to let us know how hard they worked to get it all right. This is fine when we first see the school itself as the sweeping views of Hogwarts are quite spectacular, but after the Quidditch match between Slytherin and Gryffindor it seemed a bit excessive to be doing panning shots of Harry.

    The film moves along at a good pace and despite its 150-minute running time, there are few slow moments in the film and Director Chris Columbus paces the film to perfection. "Harry Potter" is a modern day classic that more than lives up to the hype and is well worth seeing for fans of all ages. The second film in the series is already under way and I must say that for many people, myself included, I look forward to seeing what future adventures Harry and his friends have in store for audiences.

    But for goodness sake, are there no Philosopher`s in the U.S.A.?
    posted by Aslan on 29/9/2002 05:46