Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone / Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets 4K Ultra HD review by Bobby Blakey
There are few franchise that were as big as the wizarding world of Harry Potter. It has not only spawned a new series of films, but an entire section of Universal Studios theme park and merchandise. Now Warner Bros. is rereleasing the first four films in the series on 4K Ultra, but does it offer any magic that will take it to the next level?
The first two we checked out were obviously the first two years with the Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets. I could go into the films themselves, but at this point most people that are interested have already checked them out. I will say that I really do love these chapters. There introduction and evolution of the kids in these first two outings hold up setting the tone for a fun world that you can never get tired of or fully see all it has to offer. These first two offer up some great storytelling and memorable characters that just make you eager to see more and thankfully at this point you can dive right in to see them until the bitter end. These new releases add so much to the already beauty to these films as well as cause a bit of some bumps here and there.
Visually there are some of the older CGI moments that are unsurprisingly dated and this higher quality scan of the films enhance them, but also show some of their flaws. For me this made it all the better allowing it to be what it is and maintaining what made it so magical when it was first released. The 4K really takes the look of these films to the next level with adding so much more depth to the overall experience which I would have never thought possible with these films as is.
The biggest addition outside of the inclusion of the films on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD they both offer up bonus content including a feature length documentary series, “Creating the World of Harry Potter”. These first two feature Part 1: The Magic Begins and Part 2: The Characters that takes fans on an impressive behind the scenes journey to bring this magical epic world to the big screen.
In addition to finally releasing these chapters of the franchise on 4K, they have also released the last four entries on 4K earlier this year. The eight films are available for the first time in 4K HDR as a set, in the Harry Potter 8-Film Collection on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack. Additionally, the Wizarding World 9-Film Collection, which includes all eight Harry Potter films as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.
Step back into the wizarding world of Harry Potter and grab your copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets available now on 4K Ultra from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.