Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
CHICAGO – The Blu-ray release for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” is one of those wonderful circumstances in which this critic finds the home release more remarkable than the theatrical. I had some issues with the final film, although would still certainly recommend it, especially if you’ve made it this far, but that doesn’t mean I can’t recognize that the Blu-ray is among the best of the year.
CHICAGO – Taken as one complete film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is easily the best installment of the series. By splitting J.K. Rowling’s spellbinding final book into two parts, director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves had much more time to pace each sequence and develop each character to the best of their ability. The added minutes have enabled them to deliver a rousing finale to one of the greatest franchises in history.
Interview: Matthew Lewis Reflects on Neville Longbottom, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’Submitted by mattmovieman on July 18, 2011 - 6:10am
CHICAGO – Late in 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” Albus Dumbledore reads off the House points earned by four heroic students. Three of them are easy to guess (Harry, Ron and Hermione), but the fourth comes as a shock: Neville Longbottom. The mousy, roly-poly boy had undergone the difficult task of standing up to his friends, not realizing that he would be rewarded for it.
CHICAGO – So this is how it ends – not with a whimper but with a big, magical bang. After a decade of captivating movie audiences worldwide, will “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” appease the fans who have been eagerly anticipating the end of the saga of the boy who lived? It almost certainly will. It’s hard to imagine fans leaving the final “Potter” film with deep disappointment in this satisfying conclusion. But “satisfying” is not the same as captivating, magical, or spectacular. “Deathly Hallows” is none of those things. It’s a well-executed slice of fantasy entertainment that nonetheless fails to rise to the level of true classic.
CHICAGO – For readers and moviegoers who have come of age with boy wizard Harry Potter, it’s impossible to look back on J.K. Rowling’s immortal series and not be engulfed in a bottomless Pensieve of memories. I wasn’t much of a fantasy buff when I began reading the books. My sister was a fervent fan, and she guaranteed that I would be hooked after the first few chapters.
HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’Submitted by HollywoodChicago.com on July 9, 2011 - 11:39pm
CHICAGO – In our latest blockbuster edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 admit-two movie passes plus three prize packs up for grabs to the new film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”!
CHICAGO – The J.K. Rowling series may be over but Harry Potter mania continues unabated. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. The legend of ‘The Boy Who Lived’ seems to be growing as fans stream through the amusement park, await every bit of news from Rowling herself about what she’ll do next, and, most of all, count the days until “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.” Until then, catch up with the fifth and sixth films in the their cash cow, complete with collectibles and new special features. Clear some shelf space.
Film Review: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ is the Darkest, Loneliest Potter Film YetSubmitted by HollywoodChicago.com on November 22, 2010 - 2:31am
CHICAGO – While “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” is the most murky and forlorn Potter film yet, its most grave battle is the internal question between the corporate and creative types.
HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Advance Screening, DVDs, Blu-Rays, JacketsSubmitted by HollywoodChicago.com on November 10, 2010 - 4:49pm
CHICAGO – Massive, two-day giveaway! (And today is the final day!)
HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1’ Advance Screening, DVDs, Blu-Rays, MoreSubmitted by HollywoodChicago.com on November 9, 2010 - 12:05pm
CHICAGO – Massive, two-day giveaway! In our latest edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 5 admit-two advance-screening movie tickets up for grabs to the highly anticipated new film “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”!