While Warner Bros released the last 4 "Harry Potter" films from the series in 4K earlier in the year, they've also now released the first 4! Confusingly, the first film "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" is the only one at this time that still doesn't redeem in full UHD via Vudu, although Vudu offers it for sale in UHD.
For anyone who doesn't know Harry's story, as the first film reveals, Harry is a young orphan, living in awful conditions in the home of his aunt and uncle. When he turns eleven, his world appears to change for the better upon receiving a letter telling him he's been accepted into Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry!
While this reviewer actually finds this film to be the weakest in the series(its pace is uneven and often sluggish), anyone wishing to delve into the series really does need to see how everything begins.
WARNER BROS has really gone all out with this release. A new 4K scan of the film's source negative, along with HDR and color correction, reveals major improvements over the previously available blu-ray. The blu-ray appears soft and a bit blurry in darker scenes, while this UHD release offers rich color and outstanding detail without any hint of over-saturation! Surprisingly, many of the CGI scenes don't feel dated and come to life with wonderful definition.
The contrast is outstanding, with some of the inkiest blacks we've ever seen!
While previous blu-ray releases offered either the PCM 5.1 mix or 6.1 DTS-HD MA mix, a new DTS:X mix is provided for this UHD release. The previous versions offered an immersive audio experience, but they can't compete with the dynamics of what's offered here. The clarity of focused channels packs a punch! Dialogue, effects and John Williams' great score are all perfectly balanced!
Both the theatrical and extended versions are provided along with a digital code for VUDU.