Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: 20th Anniversary Edition
(2001/Warner DVD Set)/Jim
Henson's Labyrinth 4K: 35th Anniversary Edition
(1986/Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A- Picture: B+/B- Sound: A-/B- Extras:
B Films: B+/A-
up are anniversary editions of two more recent fantasy genre
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
(2001) to be up there with some of the greatest fantasy films ever
made such as The
Wizard of Oz
(1939, reviewed on 4K disc elsewhere on this site). It's impeccably
close to the original book by J.K. Rowling, and tells a wonderful and
captivating tale of a poor boy that is destined to become a powerful
wizard. Seeing the film after all these years, I still find it as
magical and captivating as ever before. We have reviewed all of the
films on the 4K UHD format elsewhere on this site if you want to get
into the full coverage.
Bros., in celebration of the film's 20th anniversary have re-released
it on Blu-ray and DVD in this two-disc collector's edition. I also
have the (far superior) 4K UHD edition of the film, but here we are
covering the 2 disc DVD edition, which has a magical movie mode that
is basically kind of pop up video facts and information about the
making of the film and the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Not sure
why they didn't put out a 4K UHD release of the film again for this
occasion, but it is available individually and in a box set too. If
you have the capability at home I would suggest that version.
film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, John Cleese,
Robbie Coltrane, Richard Griffiths, and the late John Hurt and Alan
Rickman amongst many others. The film is directed by Chris Columbus
who came back to direct the second installment: The Chamber of
young orphan boy named Harry Potter is forced to live with his harsh
Aunt and Uncle and their stubborn son in a hole in the stairs at
their residence. Poor Harry remains optimistic in life despite the
harsh punishment at home, and misses his real parents badly, who
disappeared under secret circumstances. One day, he receives (many)
letters to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Before
he knows it, he is at the school and begins to meet other children
his age and begin his studies of becoming a wizard. He also finds
out that his parents were important figures in the school and left
him with a lot of money. Harry's life changes drastically overnight
and he begins to learn that he is of rare importance himself.
Meanwhile, a dark force is reborn and starts to take shape as the
Lord Voldemort begins his plans of taking over the magical school and
2-disc DVD edition shows a compressed, anamorphically enhanced
version of the film in 2.40:1 widescreen and paired with a lossy
Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Both of which are of high standard for the
format, but a far cry from the superior 4K UHD edition. John
Williams' beautiful score lends so much magic and wonder to the film
and is captured nicely here.
Features - The Harry Potter Magical Movie Mode on a separate disc and
the film presented normally on the other.
20 years have passed, this first Harry Potter film remains a magical
and fun entry in the franchise and is a fun movie on its own for
people of any age.
(1986) is a classic fantasy film and stars the late David Bowie and a
young Jennifer Connelly in a magical fusion of live action and
puppeteering that is still awe inspiring to this day. Sure, this
film has seen COUNTLESS releases on various formats over the years,
but that's just because so many people love it. This edition on the
4K UHD format has one of the coolest slip cases I've seen lately and
is presented as a 28-page DigiBook featuring rare artwork,
photography and early script pages, all from deep within the Henson
Archives, styled to resemble Sarah's book of The Labyrinth from the
a young girl (Connelly) wishes that Goblins would take away her
crying baby brother and it ends up actually happening when the Goblin
King (Bowie) shows up and hides the child in the center of a complex
labyrinth that the girl must travel through to save him. Along the
way she meets many bizarre creatures big and small that teach her
things as she goes and help her with a few life lessons too.
Anniversary Edition edition
is presented in 2160p on 4K UHD disc with a native 4K presentation,
HDR (Dolby Vision & HDR10), a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1
and lossless audio mixes English Dolby Atmos 11.1, Dolby TrueHD 7.1,
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1, and DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 (all
48kHz, 24-bit). This actually isn't the first time the film has been
released on the 4K format, which we reviewed a few years ago and the
4K transfer is the same amazing transfer from before. There's also a
1080p Blu-ray edition in this set with similar audio specs and a
& Alternate Scene Oubliette
Over 25 minutes of never-before-seen lost and alternate scenes, with
all-new commentary from Brian Henson!
Sarah's Screen Tests
collection of rare, original screen tests for the role of Sarah!
Featuring Molly Ringwald, Trini Alvarado, Tracey Gold, Claudia Wells,
Jill Schoelen, Maddie Corman and Danielle von Zerneck
Blu-ray version extras:
presented in high definition, sourced from the 4K master
The Goblin King"
by Conceptual Designer Brian Froud
Making-of Documentary "Inside
Through the Labyrinth: Kingdom of Characters"
Through the Labyrinth: The Quest for Goblin City"