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Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone

The first film in the Harry Potter movie franchise directed by Chris Columbus.

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Year One at Hogwarts is Magical on Blu-ray

  • Aug 4, 2009
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When young Harry Potter (Daniel Radlciffe) realizes that there is something different about him than most normal people, he is informed that he is in fact a Wizard.  He also finds out in the process that his parents were both magical as well, sacrificing themselves against Voldemort so that Harry could live.  Thankfully leaving his Aunt and Uncle who treated him like a dog, Harry is enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.  There he meets Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), who he becomes quick friends with.  During Harry's first year at Hogwarts, it is evident that he has a natural ability in magic, as he finds everything quite easy and becomes the quiddage seeker, something very rare for a first year.  But not everything is right at Hogwarts.  After bringing back the Sorcerer's Stone, Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane), the school's grounds keeper, hides it away under Dumbledore's (Richard Harris) order.  Now Harry, Hermione and Ron must find out who is trying to steal it before it's late. 

For a non-reader of the books, Sorcerer's Stone was a great introduction into the world of Harry Potter.  The film had a quick yet informing prologue and the rest of the film does an amazing job in not confusing the watcher.  While I'm sure there are plenty of scenes from the book that were left out, I didn't feel as if I was ever confused.  There were times where I was asking myself a couple of questions, but it wasn't enough to really get me lost.  I thought the film was beautifully filmed with great CG as well as stunning on-location shots.  The best part of this movie is the young actors at the time playing Harry, Hermione and Ron.  They truly were outstanding and I don't think they could have done a better job casting them.  The Blu-ray quality of the film looks really nice as and the sound does wonders.  This is obviously helped by John Williams wonderful score.  From a Hi-Def stand point, the best scene to watch is the Quiddage game as it full of color and the sounds of brooms flying past is chilling and awesome!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is a must own for any Harry Potter fan.  This movie is great for a family night or to just geek out to if you're a hardcore fan.. The only thing I can say is that it could have benefited by being a touch longer, but it's still at a decent length.  Special features include set interviews as well as documentaries focusing on bringing the book to film and many others.  4/5!
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review by . December 19, 2010
I am a really big fan of the HP series, but this is probably my least favourite in the series. It does have a lot of faithfulness to the book, and for Potter fans like myself, what more could you ask? Even if you're not a fan of the series and want to see it, you don't really have to have an extensive knowledge of the books to enjoy the film.      Besides, even if you've never touched a Harry Potter book in your life, you probably still know who he is. He's an …
Quick Tip by . September 14, 2010
This movie captured the wonder of childhood perfectly!
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
keep us interested and was a movie for the whole family
review by . July 12, 2010
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   It is too funny that your son and yourself fight over who is getting to read the books of the Harry Potters series but that is what happened in our house. So of course when the movies came out, it was pandemonium. I love all of the Harry Potter movies. Nothing bad to say about any of them. This was in particular a great movie and love to see Hagrid, Harry, Ron, and the Professor in action.  It is also very fun to watch Harry and all the kids grow up and the peculiar teachers at …
Quick Tip by . July 12, 2010
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Very faithful to the book, but a tad bit long. Great performances by a very young cast.
review by . July 01, 2010
When I read this book, I felt scared for Harry, because of all that he went through. I would be scared, too if I found out that I was a wizard and had to go to a magical school.       I would recommend this book to anyone that might have always felt different from others.      The setting takes place at Hogwarts, a secret and magical school for witches and wizards.       This book is about a boy that who learns that he is …
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
The first of the series is so great, not only because of the happy ending and generally positive note (compared to the last volumes , for instance), but becaus eit somehow has a magical quality of almost making fantasy real and reality fantastic. I know after reading it, when being on the railway staion, I could not help to look at the walls and wonder,...what would it be like if that would be a secret passage to another world?
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
One of my favorite out of all the movies. I like how Harry finds out for the first time that he is a wizard.
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
I don't like harry potter for some reason. I have read his books, but I just never felt like I got into like everyone else did/has.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
This book is a very easy read and it's got a great storyline. I enjoyed this and the movie is good as well. I'd recommend this to anyone.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, released in the United States and India as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, is a 2001 fantasy-adventure film directed by Chris Columbus and based on the novel by J. K. Rowling. The film was the first of the Harry Potter film series. It was written by Steve Kloves and produced by David Heyman. The story follows Harry Potter, a boy who discovers on his eleventh birthday that he is a wizard, and is sent to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to begin his magical education. The film stars Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, with Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry's best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. The adult cast features Richard Harris, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Ian Hart.

Warner Bros. bought the film rights to the book in 1999 for a reported £1 million. Production began in 2000, with Columbus being chosen to create the film from a short list of directors that included Steven Spielberg and Rob Reiner. J. K. Rowling insisted that the entire cast be British or Irish, in keeping with the cultural integrity of the book and the film. She also approved the screenplay, written by Steve Kloves. The film was shot at Leavesden Film Studios and historic buildings around the United Kingdom.

The film was released in the United Kingdom and United States in November 2001. It received a mostly positive critical reception, made more than $974 million at the worldwide box office and was ...

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Director: Chris Columbus
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Release Date: November 16, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Steve Kloves
Runtime: 159 minutes
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures, Heyday Films, 1492 Pictures
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