Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (DVD, 2003, 2-Disc Set, Full Frame)
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|Edition:||Full Frame; 2-Disc Set|
|Number of Discs:||2|
|Display Format:||Full Frame; 2-Disc Set|
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- georocheleauNov 7, 2014by
LOVED watching this classic Harry Potter movie! A must-see for anyone who likes the books. The actors are engaging, the scenery and special effects wonderful, and in short, everything we hoped it would be!!
- my-imzadiApr 21, 2007by
Second Harry Potter Movie a bit Swashbuckling, but OK
"Harry Potter and Chamber of Secrets" is second movie in the Harry Potter franchise, based on the very popular children's book series. Please do keep in mind that this movie is based on the book, which means that as good as the movie is, reading the book is better.
That having been said, the movie begins with more unhappiness for young Harry Potter who is spending the summer back at his neglectful and sometimes abusive aunt and uncle's house. Harry is rescued from his misery by his best friend (who uses a flying Ford Anglia to spring Harry from his prison) and spends the remainder of his summer relaxing with his friends. The school year begins normally enough, with their greatest bother being a narcissistic new professor. However, Harry seems fated not to enjoy a "normal" teenage existence...a terrifying new problem manifests itself at the school...someone or something is attacking students, leaving them in a comatose, "Petrified" state. If the culprit is not found, the school may have to be closed. Harry falsely becomes the main suspect, when it is discovered that he can speak to snakes (a stereotypically "evil" trait), and that he is hearing voices. As the other students shun Harry out of fear, he tries to solve the dangerous riddle of what is harming the students.
Taking on the controversial issue of eugenics (pure blood vs. mixed heritage) and for the first time revealing some deep-set prejudices held among certain wizards, the story gets even more disturbing when the characters search for clues in the Forbidden Forest and come face to face with gigantic spiders - who later try to eat our heroes! Creepier still is the issue of a 'haunted' diary which seems to implicate loveable caretaker Hagrid as the culprit behind the attacks. At the climax, Harry must descend alone, into the depths, to face a terrifying foe...a humongous snake-like creature with venomous fangs and eyes that will kill you to look at you. At this point in the movie (not the book), I started to feel that certain dramatic liberties were being taken to escalate the action to make it more exciting to watch. The film started to feel more like an action pic than a well-written fantasy, as Harry (armed with a bejewelled sword) battles the monstrous creature to the death. Harry kills the monster, and saves the 'damsel in distress' (a la the mythical Perseus). He also discovers that the 'haunted' diary is filled with the spirit of young Lord Voldemort, who is trying to steal a life force in order to live again. Harry destroys the book (important in the 6th book/movie) and saves the day.
This movie was less like the book than the first film. I did not feel that it had the same 'flavor' as the book in which it was based on. I also was unimpressed at the ending, when Hagrid makes a grand entrance and everyone claps and cheers, which was unlike the book and felt too much like a tacked-on "mandatory happy ending", which to me, felt cheap.
Now in addition to the way that the movie was written, I feel I mist also tell you that with this DVD comes a second "bonus feature" DVD, and it is EXCELLENT! Hours of behind the scenes information, interviews with cast and crew, games and trivia...the bonus material alone was worth the purchase price.
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- healthmindedNov 22, 2005by
This is close to the book but great fun to watch! In this movie he has his first encounter with "he who must not be named". He also starts to feel at home at Hogwarts, and discovers even more about himself. The first 2 movies are more exploratory, and he learns alot about himself, his friends, his family, his enemies, and home.
Deffinatly buy! Buy the movies, books, all of it but stay away from the rotten egg flavored- berti bots every flavor beans, they are not as pleasent.
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- chic_geek_antiq...Jul 26, 2006by
a must have!!
What is so great about the harry potter films is that they grow with your child, they become more intellectually stimulating and more emotionally involved. This film is definately is fun and enjoyable for virtually all children 6 and up. as the second film in the series you sould watch the first movie first for background, and rest assured all the subsequent films will leave you wanting more as well. As this film is a bit scaryier than the first, with a giant spider, but Your 6+ year old should be very much glued to the tv threwout... heck you'll be glued to the tv!!
- mjmetivierAug 8, 2012by
My kids and I are re-reading all of the books. Once we finish one then we get to watch the movie! They love these books and movies!