Movie Review: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (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 Prisoner of Azkaban is based on J.K. Rowling‘s popular children’s novels. The movie was directed by Alfonso Cuarón from a screenplay by Steve Kloves and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, David Thewis and Michael Gambon. The score is by John Williams.

This 2004 sequel shows Harry returning for his third year at Hogwarts where he reunites with Ron and Hermione. He immediately learns that Sirius Black (Gary Oldman) has escaped from Azkaban prison and has plans to kill the young wizard. Hogwarts also has to deal with the terrifying Dementors that finally arrive and they’re not to be taken lightly. There’s also Professor Lupin (David Thewlis), the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, who begins to teach Harry some brand new spells and this teacher isn’t all he’s cracked up to be. What Harry ultimately finds out this year is that Sirius Black is innocent of his crimes and isn’t out to kill him at all and the real villain is finally revealed.

Okay, this third installment makes even more of a move to the dark side and I really enjoyed the story for this one. We even get to see a little time travel in this one. This is the movie that really sends the franchise in its dark direction and is considered by many as the best entry. Voldemort doesn’t make much of a presence here but some of the sinister characters step out from the shadows and make it known that they are villains to be reckoned with. Once again, the cast does a great job with their characters and this time we get to see a little friction between the three friends. This movie has a great cast of supporting characters plus it introduces Michael Gambon who takes over the role of Albus Dumbledore after the death of Richard Harris. Gambon does an amazing job with this character and makes it his own. The game of Quidditch is really taken to the next level here. All of the props/sets looked amazing as well as the impressive special effects.

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 Prisoner of Azkaban was another splended entry into this beloved fantasy franchise and I enjoyed revisiting it. The story was interesting and director Alfonso Cuarón, who took over the reigns from Chris Columbus, did a really good job telling the story and gave the movie his own unique style of filmmaking. He’s a very visual director and it’s evident on screen. This third entry also introduced even more new characters, creatures and obstacles for the heroes. This movie has never looked or sounded better than it does now in 4K. Even the front covers for these new releases look awesome and WB did a great job on this third 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 Prisoner of Azkaban 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:  142 Minutes

Rated: PG

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

4K Ultra HD Audio: English DTS:X / EDA 5.1 / 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 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 second Blu-ray disc. The first Blu-ray and UHD disc only include the feature. There’s also a digital copy of the movie included with this release.

Blu-ray Disc 2

Behind The Story

  • Creating The World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures (1:03:22)
  • Inside The Creature Shop (08:27)
  • The Magic Touch Of Harry Potter (42:28)
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban: Something Wicked This Way Comes (13:02)
  • The Making of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (10:02)
  • An Interview in Spanish With Alfonso Cuaran (08:15)

 

  • Trelawney’s Crystal Ball Deleted Scenes (04:53)
  • Trailers (05:16)
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