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Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 92 (Jan 2005) Of Widescreen Review®

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Julie Christie, Robbie Coltrane, Michael Gambon, Richard Griffiths, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, David Thewlis & Emma Thompson

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
Disc One offers trailers for the first three Harry Potter films, a waste-of-time cast and crew selection (just watch the end credits...they are much more entertaining), and up-front ads. Disc Two is rich with supplements and the menu is split into five categories. The first selection takes you to the Divination Class, where you can look into Trelawney's Crystal Ball and see five unfinished scenes; watch a 12-minute featurette on Creating The Vision; or watch seven interview segments with the cast and filmmakers conducted by the shrunken head and Johnny Vaughn. The next selection, Defense Against The Dark Arts, you test your memory and see some magic you may have missed in a challenging game and take a virtual tour of Lupin's classroom. By selecting Honeydukes, you can take a virtual tour of the store. Moving on to the Great Hall, you can play a Catch Scabbers challenge, sing along at the Hogwarts Choir Practice (Double double, toil and trouble...fa la la!), and go on the Quest Of Sir Cadogan. Finally, Hogwarts Grounds takes you to Hagrids Hut, where you can preview the video game and access DVD-ROM enhancements. In Hagrid's Hut, you can meet the animal trainers in a five-minute featurette on the Care Of Magical Creatures, and watch a 16-minute making of featurette on Conjuring A Scene for the movie. There is also an insert promoting products inspired by the world of Harry Potter.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 28445
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Frightening Movements, Creature Violence and Mild Language.
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 142
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/23/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Alfonso Cuar
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Now teenagers, Harry Potter (Radcliffe), Ron (Grint), And Hermione (Watson) return for their third year at Hogwarts. The year

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD picture exhibits a very satisfying visual experience with images that can be very sharp and nicely detailed, though some scenes appear somewhat pasty or undefined. Colors are nicely saturated, with well balanced fleshtones and deep blacks. Some scenes are soft and hazy for a moody effect. There is some film grain inherent in the source element, but nothing that seems excessive. Edge enhancement, when apparent, is quite minor, with objects appearing merely

Although not as spatially enveloping as the previous releases in the Harry Potter series, this Dolby