Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
|Released:||Wednesday, July 11, 2007|
|Rating:||Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.|
As his fifth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry approaches, 15-year-old Harry Potter is in full-blown adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a nearly debilitating crush, and the blooming of a powerful sense of rebellion. It's been yet another infuriating and boring summer with the despicable Dursleys, this time with minimal contact from our hero's non-Muggle friends from school. Harry is feeling especially edgy at the lack of news from the magic world, wondering when the freshly revived evil Lord Voldemort will strike. Returning to Hogwarts will be a relief... or will it?
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The 4k Blu-ray is 2160p video quality with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The transfer to this higher quality can be slightly problematic but is overall well done. The blacks are deeper and the colors richer than previous versions but the picture is still slightly grainy giving it an air of authenticity. The DTS: X unencumbered and sharp and the mix is well done.
The 4K Disc does not offer any extras but the regular Blu-ray has several previously released features to enjoy. These include Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix: Behind the Scenes, 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, Trailing Tonks, Harry Potter: The Magic of Editing, Deleted Scenes, Teaser Trailer, and the Theatrical Trailer. All are worth watching once again.
If you don't yet have 4k technologies, you should go out and buy it right now so you can enjoy many of your favorite films but especially the last four movies in the Harry Potter series. These movies are classics that will delight generations to come and having them in their most updated format is essential for any Harry Potter fan.
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