Arguably the best film of the Harry Potter series, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is now available on 4K from Warner Bros. While all the Potter films live and breathe the best aspects of its fantasy genre, under director Alfonso Cuaron, the blending of the supernatural along with ever-present tension has never been better realized.
While all good films excise material that doesn't move the story along, Steve Kloves' script pushes the story along at a thrilling break-neck speed. The various themes, twists and characters blend in a brilliant way similarly to what was achieved in "The Departed." Yes, it's that good!
While Radcliffe and Watson are always good, Gary Oldman brings a necessary depth to Sirius Black, the evil escapee from Azkaban prison. Aided by the Dementors, Black provides more than a few creepy as hell moments! While all the films of this series have merit, none achieve the perfection that makes "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" so easy to enjoy while watching and re-watching it many times. This is a must have for any film lover!
WARNER BROS has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this release, with a remastering of the original source material for 4K. Cuaron has held back the lush color scheme of the previous films, but that doesn't mean its colors are subdued or lacking in depth. The HDR ensures the castles and pastures live in a way the blu-rays didn't come close to realizing. The detail is flawless allowing for facial hair to stand out in ways both flattering and less so. The inky blacks provide incredible depth to darker scenes. A FANTASTIC TRANSFER!
WARNER BROS has provided a DTS:X mix that blows away the previously impressive PCM 5.1 and DTS-HD MA 6.1 mixes on early blu-ray releases. While the other mixes were fully immersive, they're no match for what's achieved on a regular basis with this release, provided one has the correct stereo/speaker set-up. In this release when the Dementors are on the hung, the above speakers kick in with a swirling impact that thrills in ways few Atmos mixes achieve. Effects of rainstorms as with the one during the Quidditch match present a landscape that will make this scene worth revisiting!!
"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" isn't just one of the best films of the Harry Potter series, it offers what is arguably the best video and sound presentation of the series as well! Don't miss out on owning this!