Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

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2 h 33 min2009X-RayPG
Voldemort is tightening his grip on Hogwarts™ and it is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry and Dumbledore work to find the key to unlock the Dark Lord's defenses.
Directors
David Yates
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Rupert GrintBonnie WrightEmma Watson
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SuspenseFantasyAdventureAction
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English [CC]
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Jim BroadbentJulie WaltersTimothy SpallEvanna LynchDaniel RadcliffeJessie CaveDame Maggie SmithHelena Bonham CarterDavid ThewlisTom FeltonRobbie ColtraneHero Fiennes-TiffinAlan RickmanFrank DillaneWarwick DavisMichael Gambon
Producers
David BarronDavid Heyman
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Warner Bros.
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.9 out of 5 stars

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N. EvansReviewed in the United States on October 7, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray 2 disc Special Edition special features disc won't play
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We bought all but #5 of the Harry Potter films 2 disc special editions Blu-ray here on Amazon. Three of them (HP3, HP6, and HP7A) look exactly the same and the movies play, but the special features discs are unrecognized. We thought it was Amazon, so we went to the local movie shop and bought those same 3 movies (Azkaban, Prince, and Hallows P1), in the same format, and those special features discs did not work either. So we took them back to the store, the nice employees there tested them on their blu-ray player (we were using a PS4 at home), and the discs were still unrecognized. So it is most definitely a fault in the discs. The only movie we didn't buy on Amazon in this format was HP5. We ended up buying the 2 disc special edition in DVD format from the movie shop and the discs work perfectly!
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NYC Gal Out☆Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
My favorite one.
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Nothing is as good as the book, but I really like this movie. Mainly because all the characters really looked just as the author described them in the books... the casting was done excellently. (Thank God it isn't one of those where a white person is playing an Asian like in the book/movie The Good Earth, like WTF!?!)... anyway, I prefer the book because it gives a whole lot more info about all the characters while the movie is limited in the background stories. The movies do stay very true to the novels though. This is the saddest one because it's the one where Dumbledore dies.
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BlueReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
NOTE: UV CODE EXPIRED, BUY FAST
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Mostly a buyer note. The title of the item does not say multi-format so I never thought over many years to check for a UV expiration date. If it did maybe I would have considered buying it literally 20 days earlier...

Maybe I wasn't expecting UV but I wasn't expecting an expired UV surprise either. So, 4 stars for expired UV because that's just irritating. Item is otherwise in perfect condition and has an attractive new coverr for your collection's upgrade to blu ray. There's a sticker on the back of the box but not the front.

UPDATE: Looks like the code works past expiration so my updated review is better buy it fast =/
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JoshReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Things get deep, emotions run high, and Harry is in his 6th year
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As I have stated before in some of my earlier reviews, its obvious that you cannot take a book that has more pages and words than bees have hives and make a movie. You can however, take a book and make a movie that stays true to form and does its best to keep up with the pace of the original novel. In that category we have: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.

The acting in this movie was great. I feel that Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, and even Tom Felton (though he is a bit of a cry baby at times in this one) shine in this movie especially.

Harry Potter is growing up rapidly as he is now 16 and set to start another year at Hogwarts. Dumbledore meets Harry outside of the wizarding world and then asks a favor of Harry. From there, we meet a new professor, Horace Slughorn. Not long after these series of events while Harry is on his way to Hogwarts with Ron and Hermione, suspicions arise after seeing Draco and Narcissa talking to what appears to be Death Eaters. And that is only the beginning of the mystery.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince deals with issues such as: love, loyalty, and sacrifice. The tone of the movie overall can be described as engagingly humorous, eagerly romantic, but as serious as the book is; some even argue that this is one of the darker stories in the series, I can be inclined to agree tremendously. It is an enjoyable 153 minute movie.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince's final score:

5 stars
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Barbara FrederickReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Loved the Entire Series
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Once I get over all the things left out between the book and the movie (always a wrench), I can enjoy this movie a great deal. It's darker, although perhaps not darker than the Order of the Phoenix. It's also more involved with the personal lives of our main characters. Oddly, though, the kids have grown up so much that I can't be sure which ones are or are not being played by different actors. Not the main characters, certainly: but is Lavender Brown the same? Neville and Luna may or may not be: they are seen so briefly.

Anyway, the basic story is that the Death Eaters are causing a lot of trouble, even in the muggle world, and Dumbledore seems to have a plan to fight back, although the nature of the fight takes some time to develop. Even for him.

He has asked Horace Slughorn to come out of retirement and be the Potions master, while Severus Snape finally gets the position he has wanted all along: Defense Against the Dark Arts. Why? It turns out Tom Riddle was a favorite of Slughorn's when he was at Hogwarts, and Dumbledore is convinced he has vital information about Riddle. You see, Slughorn is a sort of name-dropping groupie of famous witches and wizards and their children. As Dumbledore puts it, he likes to "collect" names for his Slug Club. Of course he wants to collect Harry, and Dumbledore asks Harry to get close to him in the hopes of getting the necessary information. Dumbledore has a bottled memory of Slughorn talking to Tom Riddle, but it has been altered. (You know about the bottled memories; they are put into the pensieve in order to be experienced.) It is Harry's mission to get the truth from Slughorn.

Harry succeeds. It turns out Slughorn told Riddle about horcruxes, very dark magic that allows a magician to divide part of his soul and hide it in an object. So if he is killed, it's just that body that dies; he can still recover the hidden part of his soul from the horcrux. Making just one is bad enough, but apparently Voldemort made seven of them. Potter destroyed one, Riddle's diary, in the Chamber of Secrets. Dumbledore found and destroyed a ring which had been in the family of Riddle's mother for some time, and it blackened his hand in the process.

Now he believes he knows where another is hidden: in a cave by the ocean where he takes Harry with him, first extracting a promise from Harry that he will do as Dumbledore asks, no matter what. Harry promises, but it turns out to be pretty horrible to live up to. And even more horrible is what they confront when they return to Hogwarts.

I've told you too much already, especially if you haven't read the books. But believe me, there's a great deal more. For example, just what is Draco Malfoy up to?
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DolwyddelanReviewed in the United States on June 2, 2012
3.0 out of 5 stars
Terrific adaptation (if less inspired than the previous movies)
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J.K. Rowling's tale is, as always, rife with fresh ideas, and her believable characters continue to endure further challenges in the process of growing-up. Apart from the story's more fanciful elements, there are also some real-life lessons being learned here (in boy-girl relationships and academic cheating among them).

That said, Rowling's extensive narrative doesn't fit so comfortably into a two-and-a-half hour running time. Screenwriter Steve Kloves manages to get most of it all to work within the prescribed length (though it is hard to see the point of invented scenes like Harry's flirtation with a muggle girl in the London tube station when that screen-time could have been alloted to more of Rowling's own ideas).

Director David Yates handles the material adroitly, but his style feels more perfunctory than the series' previous directors. One scene in particular (which I won't spoil), is a major -- and devastating -- turning point in Rowling's tale, but it lacks any dramatic intensity and proves something of a lead balloon. The film is technically well-photographed (by Bruno Delbonnel) but is awash in low-key, shadowy lighting, and a generally drab, washed-out colour scheme. While effective in the spookier moments, this look doesn't suit the scenes of intimacy or humor, and tends to cast a dreary pall about the film. Nicholas Hooper provides a serviceable score, but it too is lacklustre compared to the symphonic grandeur of John Williams' Harry Potter music.

However the performers are (as usual) first rate. The established cast bring ever-more freshness to their parts, while newcomer Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (nephew of Ralph Fiennes) makes for an unnervingly sinister Tom Riddle, and veteran actor Jim Broadbent makes a fine Professor Slughorn.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a wonderful story which results in a very good film. Warner Bros. Blu-ray disc boasts an excellent transfer with crisp detail. But it does lack the epic sweep of the earlier films and doesn't deliver a satisfying emotional payoff, and so proves one of the less-enjoyable Potter adaptations.
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Former Pro Armchair QuarterbackReviewed in the United States on March 5, 2010
3.0 out of 5 stars
The weakest installment in the series, but one that powerfully promises great things to come.
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This franchise is one of the few that can safely refute the old adage that sequels are never as good as the original. Indeed, it's something of an amazement how the Potter franchise has managed to maintain such quality of filmmaking after so many sequels. I think that's why interest is still so high for these films after so many years and probably why the final book is being split into 2 films, to milk it for all they can - not to imply the story isn't worth it; I'm glad their are two more films to look forward to rather than just one. But, as with most of the other larger book translations (eg. Goblet of Fire) there was a lot of interesting moments cut from the film rendition that we can only hope may someday be restored in the eventual ultimate BD editions ala the first two films (assuming they were actually shot).

As is, the sixth film in the Potter franchise plays more like a filler to build anticipation for the final installments, than a self-contained story with a unique and notable purpose of its own. The series has become progressively darker and more mature with each installment and this is no exception. Gone is much of the innocense and naive wonder that built this esoteric cobblestone world. But for those of us so enthralled, seeing it visually imagined as capably, dare I say, brilliantly, can be reward enough (assuming the final chapters make up for the story that this one lacks) even if there is little payoff in the end.

As for the BD, I think Warner's authoring has gradually improved over the past couple of years. The days of their masters being biased for the limitations of the DVD format seems to be drifting further and further behind - at least for new release titles. Most of their catalog HD offerings still tend to be a little lacking in detail - often more than a little. But with films that have been recently mastered like this one, there's little reason to complain, based on 1080p/24 projection onto a 100" screen (smaller displays will no doubt be more foregiving, just as larger projected images could magnify problems I didn't notice or at least didn't find too cumbersome).
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Christopher BarrettReviewed in the United States on December 18, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Blu-Ray at $10 !!!
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Purchased in gold box for $10 on blu-ray. I didn't own the DVD version of this so I wasn't upgrading.

First, I like that the movies are sticking closer to the events in the books. After the debacle that was Goblet of Fire, this and The Order of the Phoenix were refreshing breaths of fresh air. The series does take a dark turn (as it has been since the 3rd film). Without going into the plot and events, suffice to say this film is full of surprises and shockers (for those who haven't read the book).

At $34.99 I might have cringed a bit, but the Blu-Ray transfer is very nice. I play on a Toshiba 49" LCD 1080p through my PS3 and it looks great. If you already own the DVD and want to upgrade to the HD version, then I would recommend it. Just not for the MSRP. Wait for a better price like I did!

Movie - 5 stars
Blu-Ray Transfer - 5 stars
Extras - 4 or 5 stars (lots of extra content)

Of note: I did not see any of the black bands that a few other reviewers mentioned. It may have been a bad initial batch or something intermittent.

Also, this doesn't really follow the book very well, but the director is trying to pack a lot of content into a finite film length, so sometimes sacrifices must be made. I for one am glad that it is not 100% by the book. Like the other Potter films, I appreciate that the heart and soul of the books is there, which other films fail miserably to capture.
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