Monday, November 28, 2011

Harry Potter DVD exceeds expectations

By: Lynzi Acree

At first glance, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 two DVD special edition seems bare and not worth the time and money. On the first DVD, you have the movie itself and deleted scenes. On the second DVD, you have all of three extra features. This short list does not build confidence in the quality of this “Special Edition.”
The movie itself is good, but two thirds of the time, you can’t see anything due to poor lighting. The parts that are dark are really dark and the parts that are bright are really bright and it seems to take until the very end for the lighting crew to find a decent balance where you can actually see more than one pale face in the middle of a black screen.
The deleted scenes look promising, but then you watch them. As soon as you watch even one, you realize that these are not the regular deleted scenes that add another dimension to the movie. Some of them are nothing more than one, maybe two extra lines of unnecessary dialogue. One deleted scene does nothing more than spoil the surprise in what would be the following scene. These deleted scenes were taken out for the sake of making the movie slightly shorter without taking out any important content. I was very disappointed in them.
The second DVD includes: A Conversation Between Daniel Radcliffe and J.K. Rowling, The Goblins of Gringotts, and The Women of Harry Potter. The conversation between the man who played Harry and the woman who wrote the books is much better than you could expect. It’s full of jokes and secrets they couldn’t tell us until the movies were over. The Goblins of Gringotts is a documentary about finding the people to play the goblins and doing their make up and the processes behind it. It’s fun to watch someone go from being a normal human to being a goblin. The Women of Harry Potter is about all the different female characters and how the actresses and the author feel about them.
All in all, upon viewing, the DVD is much better than could be anticipated based on the small amount of information on the box.


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