you believe me?"
After his confrontation
with he who must not be named, Harry Potter (Radcliffe) is dismissed by
the Ministry of Magic as a liar as they continue to believe that the Dark
Lord has not returned. When he is attacked by Dementors, Cornelius Fudge
(Hardy) plans to have Harry expelled from Hogwarts for using magic outside
of the school but Professor Dumbledore (Gambon) comes to his rescue. As
he return to school, things are very different with many of the students
and the new defence against the dark arts teacher Dolores Umbridge (Staunton)
saying that he has made everything up, Harry feels more alone than ever.
With the new Professor pushing the ministry's agenda, Ron (Grint), Hermione
(Watson) and the rest of Harry's friends push for the young wizard to teach
them defensive spells, leading them to form the Army of Dumbledore to defend
themselves against the growing forces of Voldemort (Fiennes).
The boy who lived
returns to Hogwarts for a fifth year but could this be his most dangerous
The Harry Potter
movies are becoming one of the biggest and most profitable movies franchises
of all time and with the advent of the fifth movie of the series, it can
only get bigger. The fifth book 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'
sees the boy wizard in training head down an even darker path.
After facing the
Dark Lord at the end of 'The Goblet of Fire' and seeing the death of Cedric
Diggory at his evil hand, Harry is having a hard time coping with what he
witnessed. When the Ministry of Magic refuses to believe his claims that
he who should not be named has returned, Harry is labelled as a liar and
ridiculed by some of the students at Hogwarts. With support from Ron, Hermione,
Neville, Ginny, Fred, George, Cho and Luna Lovegood at Hogwarts and the
remaining wizards that thought the Dark Lord fourteen years earlier who
were called the Order of the Phoenix, Harry has to prepare for his return
but the Ministry of Magic are not going make it easy. With Cornelius Fudge
thinking the rumours of the return of he who should not be named as propaganda
for Professor Dumbledore to replace him as the leader of the ministry. To
stop this and quash all rumours of the Dark Lord's return, Fudge sends Dolores
Umbridge to keep order and issue in some changes at Hogwarts. With his world
been torn apart and the Dark Lord invading his dreams, Harry Potter has
never felt more alone or vulnerable.
The fantastic thing
about any Harry Potter movie or book is that while each one is part of a
much grander, complete story split into seven volumes, each movie/book is
a complete story in its own right. The same can be said about 'Harry Potter
and the Order of the Phoenix'. As each J.K. Rowling story gets bigger and
bigger, the movies have more and more filled with character development
and plot building. While fans of the young wizard will revel in this, the
movies have been slow to get going and 'The Order of the Phoenix' is no
different. This might make younger fans a restless and impatient until the
big magic kicks in.
feature of all the Harry Potter movies is the brilliant ensemble cast and
the way they keep adding even more quality with each movie. With all the
regulars coming back and the welcome return of David Thewlis as Remus Lupin,
Brendan Gleeson as Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody and Richard Griffiths, Fiona
Shaw and Harry Melling as Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and Dudley Dursley.
Each character may only have a small part in the proceedings but they all
make an impact on the story. Joining the cast are Helena Bonham Carter as
Sirius Black's evil cousin Bellatrix Lestrange but almost stealing the entire
movie is the performance of Imelda Staunton as this year's defence against
the dark arts professor Dolores Umbridge. Revelling in the role, Staunton
makes Dolores Umbridge is classic Potter villain that is almost pantomime
in its approach but completely suited to the character. The only let down
is still Daniel Radcliffe who still isn't completely convincing as the boy
wizard but his is slowly improving, even though it has taken him five films
to do so.
The Harry Potter
movies are superb family entertainment and epitomise what cinema is all
about. Taking you away into a fantastical world and enthralling you for
just over two hours, 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' takes the
franchise down and even darker path and it is all the better for it.
The HD DVD is presented
in up to 1080p Widescreen 2.35:1 with Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD
Featuring fun and fascinating focus points, as the cast and crew provide
insights into key scenes via picture in picture, as the movie plays and
you see the scenes unfold.
Pick your own
Pick out your favourite scenes and then go online and share your choices
with fans around the world.
(19.24 mins/High Definition)
Spend a day with actress Nat Tena for a personal and wacky tour of the Harry
Potter and the Order of the Phoenix stages.
(63.06 mins/High Definition)
Director David Yates, production designer Stuart Craig, producer David Barron,
visual effects supervisor Tim Burke and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson,
Rupert Grint, Michael Gambon, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Imelda Staunton,
Jason Isaacs, Brendan Gleeson and Ralph Fiennes appear in a collection of
making of featurettes that cover all aspects of the amazing visual effects
and characters of the Harry Potter universe.
The Hidden Secrets
of Harry Potter (43.52 mins/High Definition)
Producer David Heyman, director David Yates and stars Daniel Radcliffe,
Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Emma Thompson, Gary Oldman, Imelda
Staunton and Ralph Fiennes take you through the first five years of Harry
Potter's time at Hogwarts. The featurette talks about the connection between
Harry and Voldemort, the twists and turns in the plot, the choices each
character has had to make and the battle for Harry between the forces of
good and evil.
(10.54 mins/High Definition)
Nine additional scenes that show more of the reaction to Harry saying Voldemort
is back, the Weasley firework display, leaving Dumbledore, more of the forest
and some great adlibbing from Emma Thompson. These deleted or extended scenes
suffer from the lack of an introduction or commentary to explain why they
were removed. Harry Potter:
The Magic of Editing
Director David Yates and editor Mark Day show you what a good edit makes
and lets you interactively edit a scene.
The HD DVD release
of 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' is very good. The in-movie
experience is less intrusive than a commentary but it would have been nice
to have a commentary track as well. The featurettes are extremely good however,
all presented in High Definition to make them look even better. Fans of
the boy who lived should definitely add this to their HD DVD collection.
Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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