Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 4K Blu-ray Review
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Studio: Warner Brothers
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Run time: 132 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; DTS:X
Aspect Ratio: 2:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD / Digital HD
Perhaps surprisingly, the Harry Potter franchise of films has so far remained relatively consistent in terms of quality, with each new director leaving their own unique mark on the series. Chris Colombus, known for his assortment of warm-hearted family movies, offered a warm touch to the first two films (respectively,’The Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘The Chamber of Secrets’), offering Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardy an air of magic and wonder. As the stories gradually became darker, a new direction was needed for the films, and Alfonso Cuarón was an excellent choice to helm ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban,’ crafting J.K. Rowley’s story into something bleaker and more intimate. Mike Newell’s vision for ‘The Goblet of Fire’ wasn’t quite so dark, and most certainly had a more epic scope on Harry’s world, but this was used well by the filmmakers. ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,’ was the darkest film in the first 5 years, and, despite perhaps being a bit underwhelming, there are certainly many good things to say about it.
Ever since 2001, we have been watching the young stars of the series mature, grow into their roles, advance their acting talents. Whilst previous films had usually shown Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) to be a tight-knit team, and almost as the three main characters, Harry Potter is most definitely the only main protagonist in this installment, with his two friends reduced to supporting roles. With a much greater demand on his acting abilities, Radcliffe is phenomenal in a difficult role, successfully portraying the confusion and torment of his well-known character. Notably, the scene in which he screams “look at me!” in Albus Dumbledore’s office gave me shivers. The supporting cast of young actors is adequate: Rupert Grint is funny again as Ron Weasley, though I wasn’t a big fan of Emma Watson, and often the lighthearted scenes between the three friends came across as forced and unnatural. Unfortunately, considering his previous efforts, Tom Felton – playing Harry’s sinister adversary, Draco Malfoy – is given very little screen time, and not very much to do at all. Of the newest young additions to the cast, acting debutant Evanna Lynch is very enjoyable as the softly-spoken, hilariously-crazy Luna Lovegood, whose welcome support for Harry’s theories is somewhat tarnished by her unwavering belief in the existence of Nargles.
Movie Quality: 9/10
The print is presented in 4K/2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ receives a nice 4K remaster that really helps boost the quality of the film. Considering that this film is nearing it’s 10 year anniversary, it already looked good in high definition but this the new 4K master gives it that new coat of paint. I will say that Warner did this film some wonders with this new 4K transfer over the previous Blu-ray release. This is one impressive looking film considering the extra bump in clarity and details that we receive. The stylized colors used in this film do an excellent job in bringing the world of ‘Harry Potter’ come to life. Dark tinted blues are the primary colors that are used in the film. This is where the HDR comes into play quite a bit throughout. You will see it especially with all of the magical effects and all of the energy surrounding the magic that has this extra crisp vibrant look to it. Blacks are deep. Considering that the ‘Harry Potter’ movies are so dark to begin with, this is a huge.
Video Quality: 10/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix, DTS:X. Like the video, the audio gets a nice upgrade here on Blu-ray. 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.
Audio Quality: 10/10
- Focus Points
- Behind The Story
- Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 5: Evolution [HD]
- The Magic of Editing
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
- Trailers [HD]
Special Features: 6/10
J.K. Rowling doesn’t let anybody off of the hook of responsibility for their choices. But she does present the internal struggle for goodness and justice for the mess that it can be. If you own a 4KTV, 4K BD player, and are a huge fan of the Harry Potter films, then you owe it to yourself to upgrade to the new 4K release.
Overall Rating: 9/10