Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
|Released:||Friday, November 18, 2005|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
Harry's fourth year at Hogwarts is about to start and he is enjoying the summer vacation with his friends. They get the tickets to The Quidditch World Cup Final but after the match is over, people dressed like Lord Voldemort's 'Death Eaters' set a fire to all the visitors' tents, coupled with the appearance of Voldemort's symbol, the 'Dark Mark' in the sky, which causes a frenzy across the magical community. That same year, Hogwarts is hosting 'The Triwizard Tournament', a magical tournament between three well-known schools of magic : Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang. The contestants have to be above the age of 17, and are chosen by a magical object called Goblet of Fire. On the night of selection, however, the Goblet spews out four names instead of the usual three, with Harry unwittingly being selected as the Fourth Champion. Since the magic cannot be reversed, Harry is forced to go with it and brave three exceedingly difficult tasks.
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The audio has been upgraded to DTS:X, which brings to life all the sound effects that were present in the prior version but clearly muted compared to this version. The rustling of the water when the contestants jump into the lake is simple but important, as well as when Dumbledore grabs Harry to demand if he entered his name into the Goblet. The apparent frustration and fear in Dumbledore's voice comes through, as well as the mermaid's voice in the bath when Harry receives the second clue. Dialogue is crisp and when Harry's voice drops when he is scared, as he has a tendency to do, the intonation and verbiage are clearly understood.
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