Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Single-Disc Widescreen Edition)
Manufacturer: Warner Home Video Brand: Harry Potter
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (DVD) (WS)After a long summer with the horrid Dursleys, Harry Potter is thwartedin his attempts to board the train to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft andWizardry to begin his second year. Harry's only transportation option isa magical flying car, but, unfortunately, it crashes into a valuableWhomping Willow. Still, all this seems like a day in the park comparedto what awaits Harry that fall within the haunted halls of Hogwarts.Chilling, malevolent voices whisper from the walls only to Harry and itseems certain that his classmate Draco Malfoy is out to get him. Soonit's not just Harry who is worried about survival, as dreadful thingsbegin to happen at the school. The mysteriously gleaming foot high wordson the wall proclaim: "The Chamber of Secrets Has Been Opened. Enemiesof the Heir, Beware.]]> First sequels are the true test of an enduring movie franchise, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets passes with flying colors. Expanding upon the lavish sets, special effects, and grand adventure of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry's second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry involves a darker, more malevolent tale (parents with younger children beware), beginning with the petrified bodies of several Hogwarts students and magical clues leading Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint), and Hermione (Emma Watson) to a 50-year-old mystery in the monster-laden Chamber of Secrets. House elves, squealing mandrakes, giant spiders, and venomous serpents populate this loyal adaptation (by Sorcerer's Stone director Chris Columbus and screenwriter Steve Kloves), and Kenneth Branagh delightfully tops the supreme supporting cast as the vainglorious charlatan Gilderoy Lockhart (be sure to view past the credits for a visual punchline at Lockhart's expense). At 161 minutes, the film suffers from lack of depth and uneven pacing, and John Williams' score mostly reprises established themes. The young, fast-growing cast offers ample compensation, however, as does the late Richard Harris in his final screen appearance as Professor Albus Dumbledore. Brimming with cleverness, wonderment, and big-budget splendor, Chamber honors the legacy of J.K. Rowling's novels. --Jeff Shannon
Despicable Me (Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet))
Manufacturer: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Brand: UNI DIST CORP. (MCA)
“**** This Year’s COOLEST Animated Comedy!” – Jeff Craig, Sixty Second Preview Get ready for a minion laughs in the funniest blockbuster hit of the year! Vying for the title of “World’s Greatest Villain”, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) – along with his hilarious crew of mischievous minions – plots to pull off the craziest crime of the century: steal the moon! But when Gru enlists the help of three little girls, they see something in him nobody else has ever seen: the perfect dad. From executive producer Chris Meledandri (Horton Hears a Who, Ice Age), and featuring the voices of an all-star comedic cast, including Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews, Despicable Me is “rousingly funny, heartfelt and imaginative” (Pete Hammond, Boxoffice Magazine).
Inside Out (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital Copy)
Manufacturer: Walt Disney Studios Brand: Walt Disney Studios Model: 34361157
From the imaginative minds of Disney-Pixar comes a major "emotion" picture beyond compare. Experience the hilarious and heartwarming film Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calls "a flat out masterpiece." Do you ever look at someone and wonder what's going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar's INSIDE OUT takes a rollicking journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley's mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. It's "an instant classic," raves Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Extended Edition) (Blu-ray + Digital HD)
Manufacturer: New Line Home Video Brand: New Line Home Video
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition (Blu-ray)THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES as Bilbo Baggins, the Wizard Gandalf and 13 Dwarves, led by Thorin Oakenshield, journey to reclaim the Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. As they head East, they encounter the skin-changer Beorn and giant spiders in the treacherous forest, Mirkwood. Escaping capture by Wood-elves, they travel to Lake-town and finally the Lonely Mountain, where they face their greatest danger – a terrifying creature that will test their courage, their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself – the Dragon Smaug.]]>
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