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    Unique ID Code: 0000047654
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    Added on: 13/4/2003 11:21
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    Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (Widescreen) (US)

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    Something evil has returned to Hogwarts
    Certificate: PG
    Running Time: 161 mins
    Retail Price: $29.95
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    Cars fly, trees fight back and a mysterious elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of the second year of his amazing journey into the world of wizardry. This year at Hogwarts, spiders talk, letters scold and Harry`s own unsettling ability to speak to snakes turns his friends against him. From dueling clubs to rogue Bludgers, it`s a year of adventure and danger when bloody writing on a wall announces: "The Chamber of Secrets has been opened". To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione`s magical abilities and courage in this spellbinding adaptation of J.K. Rowling`s second book. Get ready to be amused and petrified as Harry Potter shows he`s more than a wizard, he`s a hero!

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment in the Harry Potter series, follows Harry, Ron and Hermione through their second year at Hogwarts School. The DVD delivers another adventure with more magic, more laughs and more thrills. It has 19 additional/extended scenes, self-guided tours including background characters, an exclusive interview with author J.K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves and all-new interactive challenges.

    Special Features:
    19 additional/extended scenes, including more Dobby mischief, more flying car adventures, a frightening encounter with the Malfoys in Borgin and Burkes and much more!
    Crystal-clear, self-guided tours, which for the first time include background characters, let viewers have an up-close experience, allowing them to explore the details of the Chamber of Secrets, Dumbledore`s office and Diagon Alley - including places never shown in the film such as more Diagon Alley shops, the sitting room in Dumbledore`s office and more!
    Interviews with Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), Emma Watson (Hermione) and other cast members who divulge all about making the film, favourite scenes, what their friends think and more
    An exclusive interview with author J.K. Rowling and screenwriter Steve Kloves letting us in on how the adventure was brought to the screen
    Fun-filled activities such as allowing viewers to escape the Forbidden Forest and sneak into the Chamber of Secrets
    Visit Lockhart`s class, and get a closer look at his photos and memorabilia through the use of still galleries

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital EX 5.1 English

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    Directed By:
    Chris Columbus

    Written By:

    Daniel Radcliffe
    Emma Watson
    Rupert Grint
    Richard Griffiths
    Fiona Shaw
    Harry Melling
    Toby Jones
    Veronica Clifford
    Julie Walters
    Jason Isaacs
    Robbie Coltrane
    Kenneth Branagh
    Alan Rickman
    Richard Harris
    Maggie Smith
    John Cleese

    Casting By:
    Karen Lindsay-Stewart

    Soundtrack By:
    William Ross
    John Williams

    Director of Photography:
    Roger Pratt

    Peter Honess

    Production Designer:
    Stuart Craig

    Paula DuPré Pesman
    David Heyman
    Tanya Seghatchian

    Executive Producer:
    Michael Barnathan
    David Barron
    Chris Columbus
    Mark Radcliffe

    Warner Bros

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    9 / 10
    Magical, imaginitive, colourful brilliance. A superb sequel to the first Harry Potter book and movie. Sequels very rarely live up to the quality of its predecessor but this movie is every bit as good as the first.

    In Harry`s second year at Hogwarts, a school for young witches and wizards, he is warned by a house elf to stay at home because something bads about to happen there but Harry goes anyway. He soon finds out that the mythical and deadly chamber of secrets not only exists but has been opened. He teams up with his 2 best friends, Ron and Hermione as they investigate.

    The movie is a lot darker than the first one but has lots of fun and humorous elements to remain light hearted. The young cast is superb as well as the elder cast members. Though I have not read the book, no doubt a lot has been left out but on the whole, the movie has been scripted well by Steven Kloves. The plot is brilliant and J K Rowling deserves every penny of her £280 million fortune.

    The dvd picture is fantastic all throughout, even in the darker scenes. The widescreen picture is colourful and razor sharp. The sound is an excellent DD 5.1 EX and for a movie with lots of sound and special effects, sound is very important. It is very clear, sharp and distributed well all around.

    There are many extras here for both adults and children. For Adults there is a conversation with J K Rowling and Steven Kloves, Interviews with cast members and quite a few deleted scenes. For kids there are lots of quizes and games to keep them busy as well as a build a scene feature. It was dissapointing that there still is no commentary or detailed making of. These are basic extras and are a lot more useful than some of the other stuff they have put on. These were also missing from the DVD of the first movie.

    Overall a splendid dvd only let down by lack of making of and commentary. Definetly worth buying
    posted by dicanio on 11/5/2003 05:13