Harry Potter & Chamber Of Secrets Ltbx

Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

Warner Home Video | September 27, 2005 | DVD

Harry Potter & Chamber Of Secrets Ltbx is rated 4.4286 out of 5 by 7.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone set the bar high for adaptations of J.K. Rowling's magical novels—this second outing hits it neatly, with terrific treatments of the increasingly fantastic—and dark—elements of the series. The story opens with Harry miserable as usual chez Dursley, convinced his friends have forgotten him over the summer. Enter Fantastic Effect #1: Dobby, a bedraggled house elf who warns Harry of imminent danger at Hogwarts and begs him not to go back to school. Undeterred, Harry is finally rescued by Ron and his brothers with the aid of Fantastic Effect #2: a flying Ford Anglia. The brief scenes at the Weasley house are marvelously imagined—one wishes they didn't have to go shopping so soon, but Diagon Alley is always good for a few thrills, too. The weirdness continues apace as Ron and Harry are mysteriously prevented from boarding the Hogwarts Express and forced to hijack the flying car to get to school on time. Despite some added inches and deeper voices, the boys aren't old enough to drive—let alone fly—yet and upon arrival, they crash into Fantastic Effect #3: The Whomping Willow.

Reunited with Hermione and joined by the youngest Weasley, sister Ginny, Ron and Harry dive into a new school year, which necessitates the introduction of a new Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor, wizard-celebrity Gilderoy Lockhart, played with pitch-perfect weaselry by Kenneth Branagh, who almost qualifies as Fantastic Effect #4. (Another wicked cameo goes to Jason Isaacs, as Lucius Malfoy, the flaxen-haired father of Harry's chief rival, Draco.) Things go downhill immediately as various denizens of Hogwarts turn up petrified all over the castle. A decades-old mystery involving an old diary and an ominous Chamber of Secrets unfolds, facilitating some truly creepy scenes starring a few more Fantastic Effects of the spider and serpent variety—younger and more sensitive viewers, be wary.

As with the preceding film, the plot is necessarily compacted (and still clocks in at almost three hours), but the novel's key scenes, including an even more thrilling Quidditch match and the requisite showdown with You-Know-Who are given ample screen time. The untimely death of Sir Richard Harris, who played headmaster Dumbledore with a spot-on twinkling gravitas, will make for an added challenge as the third installment goes into production—such excellent casting doesn't happen by accident. Bring on The Prisoner of Azkaban!

Video Release: September 27, 2005

Theatrical Release: 2002

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 085392450121

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Weaker than the first As a rabid Harry Potter fan, I eagerly awaited this movie and I couldn't help but be disappointed. Naturally, since I've devoured all of the books, I had some ideas about how this movie should be and, as a result, came away feeling let down. It can't be said enough that the casting of these movies is masterful. Snape was never a particular favorite of mine and although I initially felt that Alan Rickman was miscast, he soon did away with all of my apprehensions. He is masterful as Snape. With the simple curl of a lip or a subtle change in the slant of his eyebrow, he can convey the sinister nature of Snape and his expressions are every bit as inscrutable as the Snape from the books. It was a pleasure to see that Rickman was not the only wonderful cast member to return. The actors do a wonderful job of really inhabiting their characters and the child actors have grown since the previous movie. The fact that they're the same actors helps maintain the continuity that is so important to the HP works as a whole. Not only are Harry and his friends growing in the books, so are the actors who portray them. Another very strong point of this movie was Dobby, a character I loved in the books. In spite of his odd and rather ugly appearance, there is something sweet and endearing about him. He's loyalty personified--even though he can be a pain in the rear. His voice was wonderful too and it was such a treat to see him move from the page and into "real" life. Jason Isaacs is another welcome addition to the cast of characters and he infuses Lucius Malfoy with cold, elegant menace. He's every bit as intimidating as Snape but with a thin veneer of charm and elegance. Isaacs really made the character come to life for me. Yet in spite of all this, what I sorely missed in this movie was the delicious humor that permeated nearly every page of the book. I've long felt that Chamber of Secrets is the funniest of the HP books but much of the humor was stripped from the movie in order to move the plot along. I felt that this did the story a disservice as humor so often proves such a saving grace in Harry's world.
Date published: 2009-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets So Good. Better then the first. It was filled with more mystery and scaryness.
Date published: 2009-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic We truely enjoyed the movie and it was like watching it in the theatre. I would recommend everyone to buy this and they will enjoy it as much as my family has.
Date published: 2006-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hogwarts revisited . . . ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' is a confirmation of the greatness of this series of movies. The first installment, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' was magical, enthralling and delightful. ‘Chamber of Secrets', though not as remarkable as its predecessor, is in its own right a tremendous movie. In fact, the only thing that puts ‘Philosopher's Stone' ahead of ‘Chamber of Secrets' is the novel itself. The first novel (in my humble opinion) is better than the second and this is reflected in the movie. However, the filming, the special effects and the drama are better presented in the second movie. ‘Chamber of Secrets' may be too frightening for younger fans of the first movie, but is still on the whole a wonderful family flick, that has a little bit of something for everyone. Make sure you add this DVD to your collection! Special features include games and quizzes for the kids to try out and a virtual tour of how all the pieces of the puzzles are put together to form
Date published: 2003-06-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good... I guess Like I said, 'It was good'. Not excellent, but good. Everyone seems to think this one is better than the first, but I think the original is better by far. Ok, sure the first had a lot of character introductions, setting, etc. but overall, it had a much stronger story. This second film had action but the development was just not there. It seemed quite thin or hollow. Newer characters weren't properly developed and the plot didn't seem to flow as well, since there was too much in too short of a time. It is perfect for those who follow the books faithfully, but for those of us who have to base everything on just the films, it just didn't seem to live up to its expectations. This was still quite good, but the original film is a Harry Potter Classic.
Date published: 2003-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Magic! A triumph in film, and a joy for the legions of Potter fans. Definitely something to be seen and enjoyed time and time again!
Date published: 2003-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous--- a step upward from the first movie. Harry Potter and the Chamber of secrets defys the limits of imagination. The new special effects and options are amazing and will be remembered for years to come.
Date published: 2003-04-05

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Harry Potter & Chamber Of Secrets Ltbx

Directed by Chris Columbus
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

Video Release: September 27, 2005

Theatrical Release: 2002

Rating: PG (MPAA)

Studio: Warner Home Video

UPC: 085392450121


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