Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 4K Blu-ray Review
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Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Run time: 146 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2:40
Disc Spec: 2 BD / Digital HD
It is no easy task to make a film carrying tremendously high expectations of being a finale to the most popular series in the world, not to mention the fact that the majority audience already knows every possible plot point. And yet, it is in these circumstances, or rather in-spite of it, that ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ rises to a level of cinema that previous films only fleetingly approached. Knowing fully well that millions of Potter-fans across the globe would either way lap-up the film in any form, the makers of DH-P2 have gone that extra mile in ensuring a fitting climatic end for the series, thereby elevating the already popular franchise to another dimension.
The film picks up exactly from where ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1’ left off, with Harry, Ron and Hermione continuing their search for the remaining bits of Voldemort’s soul, which eventually takes them to (where else but) Hogwarts. Be-fittingly, it IS Hogwarts that plays host to the final showdown, with Voldemort and his army of death eaters, snatchers and giants landing up at its doorstep hunting for Harry. What ensues is a battle of the likes of which Hogwarts has never seen before. It is in the middle of all this that one of the most important escapades from the action takes place, as Harry dives into Professor Snape’s memory. You have to be made of stone to not have cried or at the least have gone watery-eyed in this sequence, where the true nature of Snape is revealed. It is followed with another escapade, where another beloved character makes an appearance. The movie also has its share of deaths, with some important characters being bumped off. The film builds up brilliantly to the ultimate climax between Harry and Lord Voldemort, with characters like Neville, Professor McGonagall and Molly Weasely playing major parts.
Movie Quality: 10/10
The print is presented in 4K/2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘The Deathly Hallows-Part 1 and Part 2’ are the best looking Harry Potter film in the franchise. My jaw dropped to the floor upon initial viewing of the original Blu-ray release but now I can say the same with the 4K Blu-ray release. Colors are absolutely eye popping and jump off the screen like you would not believe. I felt that the HDR here has more of a presence than it has in the previous 6 films, especially ‘The Half Blood Prince’. Gray’s, Brown’s and Green’s dominate the color palette throughout the entire film. Details are fantastic, especially with the setting looking so realistic that you really felt like you are in the middle of all the action. Black levels are deep in this film and stand out very nicely with the color palette used. While there is more grain that is apparent here in both Part 1 and Part 2, it never becomes a hindrance in anyway for the grain haters. The one plus to the grain is that we get even more detail in the image quality. The HDR is also more noticeable here in between the magic spells, the flames, and even looking at the basic scenes into the sky also shows off some really vibrant colors that carry a nice warmth to them.
Video Quality: 10/10
The audio is presented in DTS:X. Just like the previous releases here on 4K BD, the audio gets a nice bump over the previous Blu-ray releases. The rears get a ton of activity throughout the movie between dialogue, the score, and action sequences. I was quite impressed with hearing the various magical affects in the soundfield sound so life like. What is rather impressive is the use of the center channel where all the dialogue comes through. All of the dialogue and action pieces come through so clean that it is amazing with what can be done on the audio front. If you were looking to upgrade your Blu-ray release for the video and audio, you will not be disappointed at all.
Audio Quality: 10/10
- Maximum Movie Mode [HD]
- Focus Points [HD]
- Final Farewells From Cast and Crew [HD]
- A Conversation with J.K. Rowling [HD]
- The Goblins of Gringotts [HD]
- The Women of Harry Potter [HD]
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
- Warner Bros. Studio Tour London [HD]
- Pottermore [HD]
Special Features: 7/10
In ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, the worst-case-scenario becomes a reality within the Wizard world. The more pain the characters are plunged into, the more the story is plunged into darkness, the more the film ties the viewer to its internal heart.
Overall Rating: 9/10