Movie Review: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone (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 Sorcerer’s Stone 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, John Hurt and Richard Harris. The score is by John Williams.

Adaptation of the first of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s novels about Harry Potter, a boy who learns on his eleventh birthday that he is the orphaned son of two powerful wizards and possesses unique magical powers of his own. He is summoned from his life as an unwanted child to become a student at Hogwarts, an English boarding school for wizards. There, he meets several friends who become his closest allies and help him discover the truth about his parents’ mysterious deaths.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (aka the Philosopher’s Stone) serves as the introduction to this exciting fantasy series where the viewer gets to meet all of these wonderful characters for the first time. This is where the young hero takes his first trip to Hogwarts and meets his new friends as well the ones who will become his enemies. This is where he begins to learn more about his parents as well as his arch enemy Voldemort. The story is about this mysterious stone the kids find out about and the power that it possesses. Harry also gets his first introduction to Voldemort who isn’t quite himself after that big battle when baby Harry defeated him years earlier, but never the less, he’s shows Harry that he’s still a force to be reckoned with and is slowly getting his powers back.

Okay, this first installment is more kid friendly than the rest of the Harry Potter movies and that’s a good thing because these movies are geared towards a younger audience. Hey, big kids enjoy these movies too! Anyway, the movie has its light moments and a few dark ones as it plays out but things never get to grim, if you know what I mean. Chris Columbus has directed lots of family friendly movies over the years and I feel like he was the perfect choice to kick off this fantasy franchise. All of the acting was really good and you couldn’t ask for a better cast than what was assembled here. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were the perfect choices to play these three characters. There’s also a lot of action/stunts, some amazing props/sets, and impressive visual effects to go along with all of this.

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 films 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, it’s always fun revisiting Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and once again I had a blast going back to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The entire series has received several different home video releases over the years but this UHD release is the best of them all for a number of reasons. First of all, the movie has never looked or sounded better than it does now in 4K plus WB has included all of the extras that were on the previous Blu-ray releases and we get theatrical and extended cuts of the movie. Even the front covers for these new releases look awesome. All in all, I would say that WB did a fantastic job on this first Harry Potter UHD release and now I’ll be moving on to the second feature. 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 Sorcerer’s Stone 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 – 152 Minutes / Extended Version – 159 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 / 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 / English Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH 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

  • Introduction By Daniel Radcliffe (01:54)
  • Creating The World of Harry Potter, Part 1: The Magic Begins (1:02:47)
  • A Glimpse Into The World Of Harry Potter (09:15)

Additional Footage

  • Deleted Scenes x 7 (09:36)
  • Teaser Trailer (01:55)
  • Theatrical Trailer #2 (02:27)
  • Theatrical Trailer #3 (02:21)
  • TV Spots x 15 (07:46)


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