The final chapter in the Harry Potter saga, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a fantastic ending highlighted by an intense, action-pakced, third act and nicely closes out giving a fitting conclusion to our favorite characters.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the 4K UHD I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”
Genre(s): Fantasy, Adventure, Drama
Warner Bros. | PG13 – 130 min. – $49.95 | March 28, 2017
Date Published: 03/31/2017 | Author: The Movieman
Note: Portions were copied from my original 2011 Blu-ray review. In addition, the video and audio transfers pretty much match between HP5-7.2 even with three different cinematographers.
THE MOVIE — 4.5/5
It’s been 10 years in the making but the finale for the boy wizard has finally come to a close… and with a blast and a bit of nostalgia for those who have journeyed with these characters from the beginning.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 begins where the first part left off and while most films stick to the three act rule, and this does, it almost felt like the third act with the previous film serving as the first and second acts.
The story follows Harry (DANIEL RADCLIFFE), Ron (RUPERT GRINT) and Hermione (EMMA WATSON) as they search for the remaining Horcruxes that will weaken Voldemort (RALPH FIENNES). Their journey takes them from Gringotts to break into Bellatrix’s vault – with the help of goblin Griphook (WARWICK DAVIS) – back to Hogwarts as Voldemort learns what the trio are up to and know they are one step closer. But getting into Hogwarts is easier said than done as its new headmaster is Severus Snape (ALAN RICKMAN) and the place is being run like a totalitarian dictatorship.
Helping the trio, albeit with some passive reluctance, is Aberforth Dumbledore (CIARAN HINDS), Dumbledore’s brother. I should note here that the make-up effects crew did a fantastic job matching some key features from Michael Gambon to make him look like he’s related; a task which some movies don’t even try but here if you take a quick look, you’d swear it was Gambon underneath the make-up. In any case, he eventually helps them to get into Hogwarts, with Neville (MATTHEW LEWIS), now leading the charge against the reigning powers that be. Inside Hogwarts is when the siege begins as Voldemort and his legions try to invade but supporters of the cause take a stand and in turn give Harry Potter to find the remaining Horcruxes’ before an epic battle between the Boy Who Lived and Voldemort begins.
Obviously this is a simplistic rundown of the plot, but it’s the gist of the entire film and in fact, the final act of the entire franchise. After what was an emotional – and quite dark – part 1 for The Deathly Hallows, I wondered how a more action-packed finale would translate and if filmmakers could keep the momentum going until the end and the very important confrontation, one that’s been 10 years in the making. Thus far, beginning with Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince, Director David Yates has done a superb job with the franchise and given how he, along with screenwriter Steve Kloves, manages to fit in all the important aspects and create a satisfying conclusion is almost awe-inspiring.
As far as the acting goes, Radcliffe, Grint and Watson all have been fairly consistent through the series – save for maybe Sorcerer’s Stone – and here now a decade later, they’ve obviously embodied their characters but rather than sleepwalking through their roles, they’re still adding layers.
This isn’t to say this is a perfect movie because it isn’t. One of my main issues, and it’s fairly minor in the grand scheme of things, is the relationship between Harry and Ginny never felt fleshed out. They kissed in the Half-Blood Prince then shared a moment in Deathly Hallows Part 1, but since they get separated it never seems fully realized when the time comes for some dramatic tension towards the end. Similarly, we get the death of two prominent characters, members of the old Order of the Phoenix, and we see them on the ground dead arm reached out to touch the other. When did these characters get together? No doubt, seeing them dead is tragic, no doubt, but it didn’t get quite the desired impact I think the writer and director were going after.
Now, having said all that, I realize the movies together were approaching 5 hours and thus things that might’ve been in the book had to be condensed or completely excised so I can excuse some of it, but those two items did stand out both times I saw the film.
On the whole, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is a well made, highly entertaining and in the end, poignant conclusion to one of the most successful franchises in history.
Even as somebody who hasn’t read any of the novels, I still managed to enjoy several of the films throughout the series with the first two, in hindsight, are a bit of a chore to get through but once it got darker beginning with Prisoner of Azkaban (a personal favorite), even with some of the more sluggish scenes/sequences, they still manage to grab my attention from beginning to end.
The filmmaking experience by all those involved with the Harry Potter franchise is something to behold and might be second only to what Peter Jackson did filming the three epic fantasy Lord of the Rings movies back-to-back-to-back.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5
This release comes with a semi-glossy slip cover. Inside is a redemption code for the Digital HD copy.
Focus Points (26:27; HD) – This is a collection of short featurettes showcasing a variety of topics including:
These are also available via the Maximum Movie Mode as an icon will pop up and pressing enter, you can watch it. On their own, these aren’t bad but a more comprehensive featurette would be preferred.
Final Farewells From Cast and Crew (3:07; HD) – This is an all too brief though still melancholy featurette as some of the actors (including Radcliffe, Grint and Watson) and members of the crew reflect on their time with the franchise and how much they will miss it all.
The Goblins of Gringotts (10:56; HD) – Head Goblin, Warwick Davis, shows the entire process of “going goblin”, from tryouts and casting to makeup and prosthetic tests to filming.
The Women of Harry Potter (23:31; HD) – This featurette covers the different women in the films and making them strong and confident, differentiating them from those in the adventure-fantasy genre.
Deleted Scenes (6:33; HD) – Here we get eight scenes that were trimmed or completely cut out. While they’re nice, they wouldn’t have added anything to the final film.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (1:33; HD) is just a promotional featurette on an attraction where fans can go to the actual sets used on the films.
Pottermore (1:07; HD) is an introduction by J.K. Rowling to the new site.
VIDEO – 5.0/5
|Warner Home Video releases Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix onto 4K presented with a 2160p ultra high-definition transfer and, as the franchise became more adult in tone, is quite dark and in this format, blacks are stark while never losing detail and when there is color, it appears vibrant. Compared with its Blu-ray counterparts, I did notice a fine improvement albeit nothing profound.|
AUDIO – 5.0/5
|The audio also receives the upgrade treatment. Whereas the Blu-ray came with an already great DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, this one kicks it up a notch to DTS:X which is more robust by comparison. As before, dialogue levels do sound crisp, clear and clean from the center channel and ambient noises fill the room well enough but where it comes to life is with the more action-oriented scenes, and in this finale, there is a lot to judge particularly the enthralling third act.|
OVERALL – 4.5/5
Overall, the final chapter in the Harry Potter saga, Deathly Hallows Part 2 is a fantastic ending highlighted by an intense, action-pakced, third act and nicely closes out giving a fitting conclusion to our favorite characters. This 3-disc 4K UHD release from Warner offers excellent video/audio transfers and ports over some great bonus material from the Ultimate Collector’s Edition releases from a few years back.
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.