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It’s Harry’s third year at Hogwarts; not only does he have a new “Defense Against the Dark Arts” teacher, but there is also trouble brewing. Convicted murderer Sirius Black has escaped the Wizards’ Prison and is coming after Harry.

harrypotterprison4kuhdStudio: Warner Brothers
Year: 2017
Release Date: November 7, 2017
Run time: 132 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1; DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Atmos
Aspect Ratio: 2:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD / Digital HD
Region: A

In “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, Harry, Ron and Hermione, now teenagers, return for their third year at Hogwarts, where they are forced to face escaped prisoner, Sirius Black, who poses a great threat to Harry. This movie features Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, alongside Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as Harry’s best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. This fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón is based on the novel of the same title by J. K. Rowling. It is the third installment in the Harry Potter film series, written by Steve Kloves and produced by Chris Columbus, David Heyman and Mark Radcliffe. The story follows Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts as he is informed that a prisoner named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and wants to murder him. It is somewhat of a departure from its predecessors, and particularly beloved among fans for its surprise ending. Prisoner of Azkaban also marks the introduction of Sirius Black,portrayed by Gary Oldman who has escaped from the title prison after 12 years of incarceration.

Believed to have been the right-hand-man of the dark wizard Voldemort, whom Harry mysteriously rendered powerless during his infancy, some of those closest to Harry suspect Black has returned to exact revenge on the boy who defeated his master. Upon his return to school, however, Harry is relatively unconcerned with Black. Run by Albus Dumbledore who is widely regarded as the most powerful wizard of the age as Hogwarts is renowned for its safety. Harry’s nonchalance eventually turns to blind rage after accidentally learning the first of Black’s many secrets during a field trip to a neighboring village. Of course, a loose serial killer is only one of the problems plaguing the bespectacled wizard’s third year back at school such as the soul-sucking guards of Azkaban prison have been employed at Hogwarts to protect the students, but their mere presence sends Harry into crippling fainting spells. With the help of his friends Ron and Hermione, and Defense Against the Dark Arts professor Remus Lupin, Harry struggles to thwart the Dementors, find Sirius Black, and uncover the mysteries of the night that left him orphaned.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 4K/2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ not only ups its game in terms of the visuals from the first two films on UHD but the visuals are mesmerizing in 4K. I don’t think that this film has look this good as it does here in ‘Azkaban’. Colors are absolutely eye popping and jump off the screen like you would not believe. Gray’s, Brown’s and Green’s dominate the color palette throughout the entire film. HDR is well done and doesn’t hinder the picture quality at all. Details are fantastic, especially with the CGI looking so realistic that at times I felt like I was watching a live action film. The lighting is also fantastic here as you can see in the darker scenes as an example where the images doesn’t look like one dark black screen as in some films. Black levels are deep in this film and stand out very nicely with the color palette used.
Video Quality: 10/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, and Dolby Atmos. I do love with these 4K releases that we do get more audio choices. If I thought the video was impressive, the audio mix is out of this world. The audio is something that you need to experience, and I would go as far as say that this is at a 12 out of 10. The thundering bass stood out as one of the most positive aspects of the audio mix in my view. It was so perfect sounding, which I haven’t heard such great bass in a 4K Blu-ray film. Then add the dynamic sounds coming from the rears in the soundfield. You can hear the various animals just whiz by from speaker to speaker, it is just amazing when you have the correct audio setup.

Audio Quality: 10/10

Special Features

  • Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures [HD]
  • An Interview with Alfonso Cuaron
  • Inside the Creature Shop [HD]
  • Additional Scenes [HD]
  • Theatrical Trailers and Assorted Ads [HD]
  • Original DVD Special Features

Special Features: 7/10

Final Thoughts

This movie is really fantastic–there’s just something about the story that gets to you. It’s so imaginative, and really in the end the only enemy is fear itself. Nothing is necessarily defeated, just overcome, yet it is all the satisfying because of this.
Overall Rating: 9/10