PictureFramed at 2.35:1 and Anamorphic, the picture adds to the epic scale of the adventures on screen. There are no marks or scratches to the master print, and there are also no digital artefacts present. The image is pristine in its presentation with plenty of shadow detail in the darker scenes, and a well balanced colour palette. Skin tones are natural and overall detail within the transfer is perfect. A huge plus point is the absence of any edge enhancement, making this a perfect example of how the transfer from film to disc should be done. This is a demo quality print.
SoundThe Dolby Digital 5.1 EX mix for this movie is again demo quality. The sheer dynamics on offer add greatly to the action on the screen, drawing you into the world of Hogwarts. The clever use of split surrounds, and the rear EX channel, makes every scene a joy to watch. The creaking staircases, to the flying car and the voices from the paintings on the walls, envelope you without distracting from the on screen action. The LFE channel is also used effectively, just wait until you meet the spiders leader, you will feel his approach before you actually meet him face to face. This is a first rate sound mix, and with John Williams score to back everything up, you just have to be hugely impressed.
ExtrasThis two disc set has, on paper anyway, a large array of extras. However on closer scrutiny there are sadly not enough features to keep most DVD fans happy. As you would expect with a title aimed at the younger audience there are many interactive features included. You are given the opportunity to tour the Chamber of Secrets, Diagon alley, Colin’s darkroom and take part in the Forbidden forest challenge, not to mention the EA game demo. We are also treated to 19 deleted scenes, which add very little to the main feature, a conversation with JK Rowling and Steve Kloves, interviews with the cast and crew and two photo galleries. Finally there are trailers and DVD ROM content. I can’t help but feel, as with the last disc, that these features will get watched once and then forgotten about. In my opinion I would have liked to have seen more behind the scenes footage and CGI featurettes. So not a brilliant collection of extras, but the younger members of the family will enjoy them.
VerdictI have to say I was impressed with this second instalment of Harry Potter’s adventures, the film is dark and moody, and the DVD presentation in sound and picture terms is demo quality. Highly Recommended.
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