Just about everyone either knows about, has read the books or seen the movies starring the young but powerful wizard, Harry Potter. It only made sense for Warner Bros. to bring these magic-filled films to the realm of 4K Ultra High Definition with HDR that makes the visuals even more magical. The first of these releases is the fifth movie based on the fifth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is one of the best entries of the film series and also one of the darkest.
Starring Daniel Radcliffe in his most famous role, Harry Potter does all he can along with the help of his friends to fight off the evil Lord Voldemort and stop him from bringing chaos to all. This isn’t going to be easy as every Potter fan knows, as the Ministry of Magic is hiding everything it can about the dark lord and the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher refuses to teach Harry and the students anything to protect them from Voldemort should he attack. They take it upon themselves to train secretly in a hidden room lost within Hogwarts to prepare, which soon pays off when the Death Eaters and the dark wizard do appear in one of the most violent battles of the movie series.
It’s been a long time since I last read the book and saw the film, so it was more than fun to finally see it again and in 4K UHD. Thanks to that and especially HDR, it really did feel like I was watching something magical with the stunning colors and details that can only be seen on this medium. The audio is no slouch either, as the thunderous booms of spells and explosions along with all the dialogue ring in clear. This particularly comes into play during the last half of the film where Voldemort appears and wreaks havoc so badly, it really pushes the PG-13 rating to the limit with the violence involved.
There’s also some sweet and magical special features to look at during and after the movie, such as the “In-Movie Experience” that I wish more releases would do. Featuring a nice picture-in-picture featurette you can access while watching the film, Daniel Radcliffe guides viewers through behind the scenes bits and special effects featurettes that feels like you’re really on a backstage tour of the movie. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a second disc included that holds a ton of extras that covering bring the book to life, cast and crew interviews, how the special effects were done, and more that will keep viewers busy for hours.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was one of my favorite books in the series and also one of my favorite movie entries that’s even better thanks to the power of 4K UHD and HDR. Fans have already purchased and viewed this one many times already, but if you love the books and film series, or just like magical action-adventure flicks, you’ll want to grab your wizard books and study up on this release.