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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone  2001
Director:  Chris Columbus
Producer:
  David Heyman
Art Director:
  Michael Lamont, Andrew Ackland-Snow, Steven Lawrence, Lucinda Thomson, Peter Francis and Simon Lamont
Editor:
  Richard Francis-Bruce
Music:
  John Williams
Screenplay:
  Steve Kloves
Director of Photography:
  John Seale
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Cast:
people1 Daniel Radcliffe people1 Emma Watson people1 Rupert Grint people1 Richard Harris
people1 Robbie Coltrane people1 Maggie Smith people1 Alan Rickman spacer1
people1 Daniel Radcliffe people1 Emma Watson people1 Rupert Grint
people1 Richard Harris people1 Robbie Coltrane people1 Maggie Smith
people1 Alan Rickman spacer1 spacer1
people1 Daniel Radcliffe people1 Emma Watson
people1 Rupert Grint people1 Richard Harris
people1 Robbie Coltrane people1 Maggie Smith
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Synopsis:
Eleven year old Harry Potter lives with his aunt Petunia, uncle Vernon and spoilt cousin Dudley, his parents having been killed years before by the evil wizard Voldemort, a warlock whose powers have been diminished but who waits to once again unleash the powers of darkness on the world. Harry has a predetermined destiny, and when letters start to arrive from Hogwarts College, a school for wizards summoning Harry, his aunt and uncle hide the rapidly increasing number of letters until they are visited by Hagrid, the massive handyman from Hogwarts, giving Harry the details of when to arrive at the College to begin his instruction in wizardry and magic. Hagrid accompanies Harry on a shopping trip to get his own magic wand, and later calls at Gringotts Bank, run by conscientious trolls, to pick up a 'special' package for the school's headmaster. Leaving for the College via Platform 9 3/4 at Paddington Station, Harry meets fellow pupils Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger on the train, and, once arriving at the Gothic pile that is Hogwarts, find they are selected for the same school house, Gryffindor. After being welcomed by the headmaster, the serious and venerable Albus Dumbledor, and meeting various masters, including the stammering Professor Quirell, Professor McGonagall and the sinister Professor Snape, Master of Potions, they investigate some of the remoter parts of the college, coming across a room guarded by a huge ferocious three-headed dog, which Hagrid later tells them is named Fluffy. The room obviously guards something precious, and the three see Professor Snape trying to gain entry late at night. Harry is chosen for the Gryffindor Quddich team, the game being played on high-speed flying broomsticks, and as Harry plays he sees Snape muttering incantations, which are seemingly meant to sabotage him. Despite this Harry manages to score the winning manoeuvre in the game. Harry then discovers that Fluffy is guarding The Philospopher's Stone, a gem with awesome powers which, if it were to fall into the hands of Voldemort, would give him the power to overcome all other wizards. After a night in the woods, Harry finds Voldemort drinking the blood of a slain unicorn and is attacked, but is saved by a kindly Centaur. Finding Fluffy has been sent to sleep and the inner sanctum breached, Harry, Hermonie and Ron enter the forbidden chambers and have to pass a series of challenges, including a deadly game with giant chess pieces, before Harry confronts Professor Quirell, whose body has been inhabited by Voldemort. The trainee wizard has to face the evil warlock and use all his powers in order to try to defeat the creature which killed his parents and will not hesitate to kill again....
Review:
Eagerly anticipated by the millions upon millions who have turned the Harry Potter books into a worldwide phenomenon, no one is going to feel cheated by the film version, being a scrupulously faithful adaptation of J.K.Rowling novel. The movie looks amazing, with striking visuals and superb production design from Stuart Craig and atmospheric photography from John Seale, but one of the trump cards is the casting, with newcomers Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson more than holding their own against the star-riddled cast, including an impressive Richard Harris as the grave Dumbledor, a perfectly-cast Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid and Alan Rickman clearly having fun as the black-clad Snape. No one is going to get any prizes for underacting in this, but the gusto with which they attack their roles is infectious. Ravishing to look at, and a children's film which will captivate adults as well, it would have been easy to just make the film a cash-in, being a sure fire success, but director Chris Columbus (Home Alone / Mrs. Doubtfire) has made an impressive labour of love which will please millions of viewers.

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DVD
DVD retail information
sleeve DVD : Harry Potter Complete Collection
BBFC: 12
Studio: Warner Home Video
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Aspect ratio:
Barcode: 5051892198875
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Available: 25 Jul 2016
disc price calulation Price: £52.99
Blu-ray
Blu-ray retail information
sleeve Blu-ray : Harry Potter Complete Collection 
BBFC: 12
Studio: Warner Home Video
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Aspect ratio:
Barcode: 5051892198868
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Available: 25 Jul 2016
disc price calulation Price: £59.99
sleeve 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray 
BBFC: 12
Studio: Warner Home Video
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect ratio:
Barcode: 5051892216364
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
Available: 27 Jul 2018
disc price calulation Price: £98.99