Seems like it was just yesterday when I decided to pick up a paperback copy of Harry Potter and see what the world was buzzing about in the early 2000’s. Not long after I read it and picked up the other 3 books available (Goblet of Fire had just been released), I learned that Warner Bros. was set to bring the wizarding world to the big screen, and like most people at the time, I couldn’t wait. Now all of these years later, I finally get to experience the beginning entries of this epic film series in 4K UHD with HDR color with the Harry Potter: Years 1-4 set. As with years 5-7, this is a film collection that fans and those new to Hogwarts are sure to love.
Fans of the film series will be happy to know that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets movies both have original and extended cuts available for viewing in this collection, as well as having Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire included. All of these films take viewers into the fantastic and often times amazing world of Harry Potter and his friends as they do their best to fight off the evil wizard Voldemort as he tries to return to power. Watching this series from the beginning and in 4K UHD with HDR felt like visiting an old friend that used to live in a house, but now lives in a mansion.
The visual and audio differences are astounding and made me feel as though I were seeing the movies truly for the first time, thanks to all of the crisp details and beautiful colors jumping off the screen that truly look like magic. The audio is just as amazing, as every piece of John Williams iconic theme music and score he did, as well as the other composers’ scores, dialogue, and bass-filled action scenes with spells roar through your sound system with ease. Each film also includes tons of special features on not one, but two discs per movie. So you can spend quite some time getting lost in cast and crew interviews, how sets and locations were made to bring the books to life, and more.
It goes without saying that if you’re a fan of the wizarding world, and it’s been awhile since you’ve seen the movies or have waited to grab them on home video, you’ll want to pick up Harry Potter: Years 1-4 on 4K UHD Blu-ray. There’s also a complete 8-film collection you can get (feel free to use the affiliate link near the start of the review) that makes sure you have the entire experience and all of it’s 4K HDR splendor. Whatever you choose, you can bet you’ll have a magical good time with these movies, as they’re some of the most fun and imaginative ones out there.