Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Alfonso Cuarón
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Richard Griffiths, Pam Ferris
Rated: PG-13/Region O/2:40/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 3
Available from Warner Brothers

Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione return for their third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the teenagers are forced to face their darkest fears as they confront a dangerous escaped prisoner and the equally foreboding Dementors, who are sent there to protect them.

We’re up to the 3rd Harry Potter film now on these new 4K releases with, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban from 2004. This movie came out when the world was in full-blown movie related Harry Potter movie mania. Each film that came out just kept getting bigger and bigger and it left a lot for these films to live up to despite having a whole book as a source. This was just a movie packed with fun, right from the opening. In fact, the early bus scene is called one of the best in the film. Overall, the movie didn’t have as mean an edge to it as the others, but it has a number of scary moments in it. That is why this one has a PG-13 rating which is also fine with me. Alan Rickman’s character is also a real highlight of this one and if you want to see what he can do, this movie is a good one to see for some of his work. Good stuff all around here even with a slightly different tone.

The cinematography though is what makes the film so beautiful. There’s barely a shot in the film which isn’t utterly gorgeous. The scenes of the Dementors floating outside Hogwarts are inspired, the moonlight scene after the return from the Shrieking Shack, the flight scenes with Buckbeak, the first Dementor scene on the train; all are captured beautifully. With a new director this time around, some folks actually think this one did a better job with this type of stuff. Any way you want to look at it, you can at least now look at it in a really awesome 4K transfer and see for yourself how cool this one looks. I wouldn’t take the movie as a whole over the first two, but I still liked it enough and didn’t have a bad time with it.

Extras

– Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 3: Creatures
– Vintage TV Spots
– An Interview with Alfonso Cuaron
– Inside the Creature Shop
– Additional Scenes
– Theatrical Trailers and Assorted Ads

Quality of Transfer: 100%