Movie Review: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is based on J.K. Rowling‘s popular children’s novels. The movie was directed by Chris Columbus from a screenplay by Steve Kloves and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese and Richard Harris. The score is by John Williams.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone finds young wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and his friends, Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson), facing new challenges during their second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as they try to discover a dark force that is terrorizing the school.

The sophomore effort introduces Dobby the House Elf who warns Harry Potter that he really doesn’t need to return to Hogwarts because there’s a sinister plot brewing against him. Of course, the young hero does make his return to the school and reunites with his friends where they quickly discover new threats and attacks happening inside the school. There’s also Gilderoy Lockhart (Kenneth Branagh) who is introduced and this is a character who talks a big talk but can’t back it up. This mysterious chamber is ultimately discovered and it’s tied to Tom Riddle, a former student that has all the answers that Harry is searching for. The answers also gives Harry another brief encounter with Voldemort whose powers are still growing stronger.

This 2002 followup returns Chris Columbus to the director’s chair and he does another really good job with this first sequel in the fantasy series. Columbus is one of the greats when it comes to family friendly movies and these first two movies are proof. The formula was very similar to the first movie except this one had a mysterious chamber in the mix instead of a stone. All of the actors had now settled into their roles so the performances and deliveries were all on point and entertaining. There were also a few new important characters introduced in this movie. This one still keeps everything a little lighter in tone but does take a small step to the dark side that we really start to notice in the third movie. There are also more special/visual effects used in this one and they all look really impressive.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the awesome artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, an image and list of special features. Each disc is black and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this UHD release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

The Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack includes an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc with the feature film and special features in HD, and a Digital version of the feature film. Ultra HD Blu-ray showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before. For the complete 4K Ultra HD experience with HDR, a 4K Ultra HD TV with HDR, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player and a high-speed HDMI (category 2) cable are required. All eight Harry Potter films on Ultra HD Blu-ray feature DTS:X audio, which replicates and conveys the fluid movement of sound to create a richer experience than previously possible by moving sound to precisely where the mixer placed it. A hallmark of DTS:X immersive audio technology is its ability to adapt to the speaker layout to best fit the individual viewing space by seamlessly transporting sound to and through specific locations within the viewing environment – in front of, behind, above and beside the audience.

Bottom line is, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the longest entry in the entire series and a grand followup to the 2001 movie that introduced us to this amazing world. You’ll notice that these movies gets a little bigger and slightly darker as the series plays out. These movies have received several different home video releases over the years but this UHD release is the best of them all for a number of reasons. Just like Sorcerer’s Stone, this movie has never looked or sounded better than it does now in 4K plus WB has included the theatrical and extended cuts of the movie. Even the front covers for these new releases look awesome. WB did a great job on this second Harry Potter UHD release. Also, rememeber that the final four Harry Potter movies are already available on UHD because they were released earlier this year along with the home video arrival of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemHarry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is now available on a 3-Disc 4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray+Digital HD Combo Pack and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Run Time:  Theatrical Version – 161 Minutes / Extended Version – 174 Minutes

Rated: PG

4K Ultra HD Video: 2160p Ultra High Definition 16X9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

4K Ultra HD Audio: English DTS:X / EDA 2.0 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16X9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 6.1 and 5.1 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The Harry Potter films on Ultra HD Blu-ray contain the same special features that were included on each of the film’s previous Blu-ray releases. All of the extras are located on the Blu-ray discs. The UHD disc only includes the feature. There’s also a digital copy of the movie included with this release.

Blu-ray Disc 1

  • Extended and Theatrical Versions of the Movie
  • In-Movie Experience with Director Chris Columbus

Blu-ray Disc 2

Behind The Story

  • Creating The World of Harry Potter, Part 2: Characters (1:20:03)
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Revealed (13:02)

Additional Footage

  • Screen Tests (11:53)
  • Deleted Scenes x 19 (17:02)
  • Teaser Trailer (02:06)
  • Theatrical Trailer (02:11)
  • TV Spots x 17 (09:01)


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