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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Ultimate Edition) (Blu-ray)

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
8 out of 10
Extras Rating:
9.5 out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: PG and PG-13

Starring:
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge
Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort
Natalia Tena as Nymphadora Tonks
Brendan Gleeson as Alastor 'Mad-­Eye' Moody
Gary Oldman as Sirius Black
Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley
David Thewlis as Remus Lupin
Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
Julie Walters as Mrs. Weasley
James Phelps as Fred Weasley
Oliver Phelps as George Weasley
Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge
Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore
Katie Leung as Cho Chang
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
Emma Thompson as Sybil Trelawney
Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick
Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid

Special Features for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix:
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition Includes over One Hour of Never-Before-Seen Bonus Content
Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution
Deeper. Bolder. Darker. As the eight Harry Potter films trace Harry’s journey from innocent schoolboy to selfless hero, the series undergoes a transformation. Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution – packed with exclusive content only available here – takes you along for every exciting step of the 10-year filmmaking odyssey. Join the four directors, key members of the crew and cast, including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, as they explore how the creative vision for the films evolved to maintain the integrity and increasing intensity of J.K. Rowling’s expansive literary series. From the ever-changing architecture of Hogwarts Castle and expanding landscape of the wizarding world, to the darkening color palette of each successive film, to the young actors maturing along with their characters, it is a wondrous and spectacular adventure to experience.

DISC 1 – MOVIE with In-Movie Experience! Explore the People, Places, Creatures and the Moviemaking Magic Behind Them, All As You Watch the Movie

DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES
Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Behind the Magic
Building the Magic: The Sets of Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: The Rebellion Begins
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Fulfilling a Prophecy
Additional Scenes in Hi-Def
Trailing Tonks: Natalia Tena (aka Nymphadora Tonks) Leads a Very Personal Film Set Tour
Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing: Director David Yates and Editor Mark Day Show What a Difference a Good Edit Makes
Theatrical Trailers

Collectibles include:
48-Page Book with Rare Images from Years 1-7
Year 5 Lenticular Card
Limited Edition Character Cards: #9 Luna Lovegood & #10 Dolores Umbridge

Special Features for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince:
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Ultimate Edition Includes over One Hour of Never-Before-Seen Bonus Content
Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects
In Harry Potter’s world, portraits come to life, potions transform, time reverses, Quidditch players soar, dragons attack and magic is everywhere. Explore the moviemaking magic that created the wizardry and wonder of the Harry Potter film series. Now, fascinating new insights, interviews and watch-it-happen footage let you experience the triumphs of technical wizards who conjured up an awe-inspiring alternate reality. Share the fun as Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson negotiate the moving stairs. Marvel as an oversized water tank transforms into the depths of the black lake for the Triwizard Tournament. Discover which amazing sequence was filmed entirely using computer-generated imagery. Watch as blue-and green-screen backgrounds transform into towering structures and endless landscapes. You don’t know the magic until you’ve seen Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects.

DISC 1 – MOVIE Featuring Maximum Movie Mode. Daniel Radcliffe leads a unique, personal exploration of the movie while you watch! • Picture-in-Picture • Focus Featurettes • Scene Comparisons.

DISC 2 – SPECIAL FEATURES
Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 6: Magical Effects o Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Behind the Magic
Additional Scenes in Hi-Def
J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life: A Personal Look at the Journey in Creating and Launching the Final Book
Close Up with the Cast of Harry Potter: Cast Members Are Your Personal Guides to Aspects of Moviemaking That Include Editing, Makeup, Stunt, Set Design, Props, Costumes and More!
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Get a Sneak Peak at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort
What’s on Your Mind?: Lightning-Round Q&A with Cast/Crew
One-Minute Drills: Cast Members Sum Up Their Characters
Gallery of Five Distinctive Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince ABC Family Promo Spots
Theatrical Trailers

Collectibles include: 44-Page Book with Rare Images from Years 1-7
Year 5 Lenticular Card, Limited Edition Character Cards: #11 Draco Malfoy & #12 Albus Dumbledore

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.40:1)
DTS HD-MA 5.1 Sound
Spanish and French Languages
Spanish and French Subtitles
Running Time: 139 Minutes (Harry Potter 5), 153 Minutes (Harry Potter 6)

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

" Lord Voldemort has returned, but few want to believe it. In fact, the Ministry of Magic is doing everything it can to keep the wizarding world from knowing the truth - including appointing Ministry official Dolores Umbridge as the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts. When Professor Umbridge refuses to train her students in practical defensive magic, a select group of students decides to learn on their own. With Harry Potter as their leader, these students (who call themselves "Dumbledore's Army") meet secretly in a hidden room at Hogwarts to hone their wizarding skills in preparation for battle with the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. . New adventure - more dangerous , more thrilling than ever - is yours in this enthralling film version of the fifth novel in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. A terrifying showdown between good and evil awaits. Prepare for battle!"

"Harry Potter And The Order of the Phoenix: Ultimate Edition" is rated PG-13
for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.

"Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince: Ultimate Edition" is rated PG
for scary images, some violence, language and mild sensuality.

Mini-Review:
Warner Brothers continues to offer the Ultimate Editions of the "Harry Potter" films on Blu-ray. This time around we get the fifth and sixth films in the series. What's nice about these is the fact that you get practically all of the previously released bonus features while also getting a few new ones. (The only one I found missing was "The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter" which is kind of out of date once the entire series has been completed, so it's not a big loss.)

The main new bonus feature with "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" is the "Evolution" documentary. It talks about the wide variety of directors on the series, the slight tweaks on Hogwarts' design, and the re-use of a number of the sets. As an added bonus there's actually a bit of footage from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" in this documentary. Meanwhile, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" includes the "Magical Effects" documentary. Also thrown in the Blu-ray cases are some collectible cards and a photo book. The cases also have pretty cool lenticular covers where the characters literally pop off the box. And if all that wasn't incentive enough to buy it, you also get digital copies of the films, too.

If you're a Harry Potter fan, then this is a great addition to your collection. The only reason you might even consider hesitating buying it is because WB might offer a set containing the entire series sometime in the future. But if you can't wait, then this is a pretty complete package offering everything Potter-related that you could hope for. It's a good addition to your Blu-ray collection.

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