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|Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Two-Disc Special Edition) (Harry Potter 4)
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Director: Mike Newell
Publisher: Warner Home Video
Studio: Warner Home Video
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
Label: Warner Home Video
Format: Ac-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled), Spanish (Dubbed)
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time: 157 minutes
Number Of Items: 2
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6
Release Date: March 7, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: November 18, 2005
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The fourth entry in the Harry Potter saga could be retitled Fast Times at Hogwarts, where finding a date to the winter ball is nearly as terrifying as worrying about Lord Voldemort's return. Thus, the young wizards' entry into puberty (and discovery of the opposite sex) opens up a rich mining field to balance out the dark content in the fourth movie (and the stories are only going to get darker). Mike Newell (Four Weddings and a Funeral) handily takes the directing reins and eases his young cast through awkward growth spurts into true young actors. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe, more sure of himself) has his first girl crush on fellow student Cho Chang (Katie Leung), and has his first big fight with best bud Ron (Rupert Grint). Meanwhile, Ron's underlying romantic tension with Hermione (Emma Watson) comes to a head over the winter ball, and when she makes one of those girl-into-woman Cinderella entrances, the boys' reactions indicate they've all crossed a threshold.
But don't worry, there's plenty of wizardry and action in Goblet of Fire. When the deadly Triwizard Tournament is hosted by Hogwarts, Harry finds his name mysteriously submitted (and chosen) to compete against wizards from two neighboring academies, as well as another Hogwarts student. The competition scenes are magnificently shot, with much-improved CGI effects (particularly the underwater challenge). And the climactic confrontation with Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes, in a brilliant bit of casting) is the most thrilling yet. Goblet, the first installment to get a PG-13 rating, contains some violence as well as disturbing images for kids and some barely shrouded references at sexual awakening (Harry's bath scene in particular). The 2 1/2-hour film, lean considering it came from a 734-page book, trims out subplots about house-elves (they're not missed) and gives little screen time to the standard crew of the other Potter films, but adds in more of Britain's finest actors to the cast, such as Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody and Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter. Michael Gambon, in his second round as Professor Dumbledore, still hasn't brought audiences around to his interpretation of the role he took over after Richard Harris died, but it's a small smudge in an otherwise spotless adaptation. --Ellen A. Kim
On the DVD
The highlight of the two-disc set is a half-hour conversation with actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. They discuss their reactions to the film and other topics with British writer Richard Curtis . Then they answer questions from contest-winning fans, such as what are their favorite kids' books (Watson bypasses the obvious answer in favor of Roald Dahl and Philip Pullman) and what scenes are they looking forward to in upcoming films. More routine extras include the "Reflections on the Fourth Film" featurette (14 min.), though it has comments from some of the other young cast members, and "Preparing for the Yule Ball" (9 min.). The 10 minutes of additional scenes are mostly skulking and skullduggery, plus a long musical number from the ball. The remaining material is grouped along the lines of the Triwizard Tournament, with behind-the-scenes looks at each of the competitions (about 22 min. total), two longer featurettes on He Who Must Not Be Named (11 min.) and the workday of the other contestants (Robert Pattinson, Stanislav Ianevski, and Clemence Poesy, 13 min.), and four games, playable with the directional arrows on the remote control, that can be frustrating to figure out. --David Horiuchi
When Harry Potter's name emerges from the Goblet of Fire, he becomes a competitor in a grueling battle for glory among three wizarding schools - the Triwizard Tournament. But since Harry never submitted his name for the Tournament, who did? Now Harry must confront a deadly dragon, fierce water demons and an enchanted maze only to find himself in the cruel grasp of He Who Must Not Be Named. In this fourth film adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, everything changes as Harry, Ron and Hermione leave childhood forever and take on challenges greater than anything they could have imagined.
Challenges:Triwizard Tournament Challenges: Dragon, Lake, Maze plus To the Graveyard and Back Challenge
DVD ROM Features:EA Game Demo, Magical Trading Cards, Hogwarts Timeline, Web Interactivity
Featurette:Tons of Making-of Featurettes and Behind the Scenes looks including Harry vs. the Horntail:The First Task, In Too Deep: The Second Task, The Maze: The Third Task, Meet the Champions, He Who Must Not Be Named, Preparing for the Yule Ball
Interviews:Conversations with the Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson
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The Goblet of Fire July 14, 2006
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire completely excells over the first three. Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the cast have deffinetly become better actors. Everybody did an amazing job. The effects were out of this world, especially with the dragon. Unfortunatly they skipped alot of parts from the novel, but for anyone who has read the book, they know what happens. This film was an emotionally gripping, edge of your seat, faced paced ride!
Read the Book... wait... Watch the Movie July 11, 2006
Or vice versa. I really enjoyed both movie and book. I think part of my equal enjoyment of both was that by the time I watched the movie I didn't remember as many details of the book -- so I didn't miss them.
What I loved about the movie was that the most vivid imaginings I had from the book were brought to life in the movie. That's why I've loved all the movies so far. While the different details and storylines of the book are highly entertaining to read, they don't all stick in my memory. The stuff that did stick though ends up being (for the most part) what makes it into the movie.
And my husband, who hasn't read any of the books, enjoyed Goblet of Fire too. He didn't seem to be confused by all the characters or plot lines - perhaps because he's seen the 3 previous movies.
If you like to read, you should definitely read these books. And if you've watched the movies first, then you'll be in for a great ride! The movies, of course, can't possibly include all the great stuff in these hefty books.
Trying not to think about the book instead... July 6, 2006
6 out of 9 found this review helpful
I generally try to focus on the movie itself without reference to the book it was based upon, but I had a hard time with this one. The Goblet of Fire was possibly my favorite book in the series, and I looked forward to this movie a lot. In itself the movie was enjoyable, but I left the theater angry. The writers and directors clearly had to condense the story line and that's totally understandable. What totally ticked me off was that they cut out important scenes from the book in order to put a lot of "Hollywood" scenes in their place. The dancing lesson didn't exist in the book, but it was funny. And it took up valuable time in an already long movie. The dragon scene could have been half as long, but I guess that is more exciting than the real drama of the story. The scene which absolutely angered me was a non-scene. They took the time at the beginning of the movie to show Moody's foe glass, which shows when his enemies are drawing near. It was a key element of foreshadowing in the book, and should have been in the movie, but they forgot to add the follow-up at the end of the movie! Why foreshadow something if you're not going to refer to it again later on?? Again, a waste of valuable time.
I could look over the total lack of certain characters from the book because it didn't really bother me. But it leaves out key information. I happened to go with somebody who had never read the book, and he couldn't begin to understand some of the story lines. We are left hanging at the end of the movie. They don't bother to explain how Barty Crouch escaped from Azkaban and assumed Moody's identity, they completely left out that the Ministry "finished off" Crouch before they could find out the truth of Voldemort's return, and they didn't bother to point out that the Minister refused to believe that Voldemort did indeed return. Maybe not such a big deal for a movie, but for a movie with a definite sequel, that's a key teaser right there!! I thought putting a teaser at the end of the first movie is a good prompter to see the following one.
In all, I am afraid I couldn't get past the errors of omission. It was a disappointment for me as a fan of the series, but it was also a disappointment as a general movie-goer who is left hanging at the end with a lot of unanswered questions.
Great movie--but I guess I need to read the book July 6, 2006
3 out of 3 found this review helpful
Though I've never read any of the books in this series I can tell that part of Rowling's popularity stems from her ability to infuse the epic element into her popular children's books. The Harry Potter story is not a superficial or predictable story-rather it is a story of near epic proportions that takes place in a world that is very rich both in detail and in history. This is why I, at least, find the movies so compelling. They're entertaining for kids, sure, but (like CS Lewis's Narnia series) adults can enjoy the story as well. And the overall effect (that epic quality) is that the entire world in which these movies take place is one in which a thousand stories could be told. This richness is why I like Harry Potter so much.
The movies have always done a great job of preserving the epic feel while still remaining very entertaining. Unfortunately this movie didn't quite do that for me-maybe it's because of the length of the corresponding book. For whatever reason, I felt left out of some of the "lore" of the movie, and found myself with questions about characters and events and wanting to know more. The entertainment value is still here, of course, and this movie was definitely worth seeing. But for the first time I felt like, since I was watching the movie without having read the book, I was missing out.
Maybe this movie would benefit from an "Extended Version" going into more detail of some of the `back stories.' I know that's certainly something I'd be interested in. Despite this shortcoming, however, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a very good film, complete with great acting and awesome special effects.
This movie is okay. July 6, 2006
2 out of 2 found this review helpful
The person who wrote "I must say before I write this review, I have to give the people who made this movie a lot of credit because they worked so hard to make it possible. If you have ever read this book you probobly understand where I'm coming from. As I watched the movie for the first time, I kept asking mtself where are certain characters for example "Winky" and "Dobby" the houseelves. And towards the end they skipped major scenes like the riddle." is a genius. They are completly right. I can't imagine how anyone could think that this movie is the best one and it is better than the book. And I miss the old Dumbledore. He seemed more like Dumbledore. The new one seems mean and scary. I really hope that the fifth movie doesn't leave a bunch of stuff out. I hope it comes out soon. The fact that the fifth movie is out might make me forget for a while about the seventh book and how it isn't coming out until next year. When the seventh Harry Potter book comes out I'll be sooooooooooooooo happy.