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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray] by Directed by Chris Columbus
Review by Charles Mohapel
Warner Home Video Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B002GJT4XW
Date: 27 January 2010 List Price $49.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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This film was released in theaters in November 2001 as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US and as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the UK and Canada. It appeared on VHS in May 2002 and on DVD and Blu-ray in December 2007, it was only in December 2009 that Warner Home Video came out with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Ultimate Edition) on Blu-ray (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Ultimate Edition) on Blu-ray in the UK and Canada; ASIN: B002R02FDG).

From official release/information:

Description: Welcome to the First Harry Potter Ultimate Edition in Hi-Def!

Spellbinding 3-Disc Set Includes New Feature-Length Documentary: Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 1: The Magic Begins

For the First Time Ever ... Uncover the intimate details of the search to cast Harry Potter and his friends See Daniel, Rupert, and Emma's never-before-seen audition tapes Be there with stars and filmmakers walking onto the set of the exciting first day of shooting Learn about Chris Columbus' critical, step-by-step decisions behind the creation of Harry Potter's world on screen Look back on an amazing decade's worth of movies with Daniel, Rupert and Emma in new and vintage interviews never seen before. Plus: Exclusive Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe

Running Time: 152 minutes / 159 minutes (extended version)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Ultimate Edition) [Blu-ray]

Collectibles include:
48-Page Photo Book with rare images from Years 1-7
2 Ultimate Edition Character Cards (Card No. 1: Harry Potter, Card No. 2: Minerva McGonagall)

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Disc 1 (Blu-ray Disc) Contains:
Theatrical Version (152 minutes)
Extended Version (159 minutes)

In-Movie Experience with Director Chris Columbus (Available only for Theatrical Version) - An interactive viewer experience in which the entire film is examined. Includes Picture-in-Picture, Storyboard Comparisons, Still Galleries (Requires BonusView or BD-Live Enabled Blu-ray Disc Player)

Warner Bros BD-Live (Requires BD-Live Enabled Blu-ray Disc Player)

Disc 2 (Blu-ray Disc) Contains:
Special Features:

Behind The Story:
"Introduction by Daniel Radcliffe" - An introduction to the many special features for the Harry Potter films (1:54)

"Creating the World of Harry Potter Part 1: The Magic Begins" with David Heyman (Producer), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Chris Columbus (Director), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Karen Lindsay-Stewart (Casting Director), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Stuart Craig (Production Designer), Mark Radcliffe (Executive Producer / no relation to Daniel Radcliffe), Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), John Seale (Director of Photography), Judianna Makovsky (Costume Designer, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Richard Harris (Professor Dumbledore), Steve Kloves (Screenwriter), Warwick Davis (Goblin Bank Teller / Professor Flitwick), Nick Dudman (Special Makeup Effects Artist), Stephenie McMillan (Set Decorator), Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley), Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley), Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell), John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander), Richard Francis-Bruce (Film Editor), Robert Legato (Visual Effects Supervisor, Second Unit Director), and John Williams (Composer) (62:47)

Available only in the Ultimate Editions, the tentatively scheduled programs include:
Part 1: The Magic Begins
Part 2: Characters
Part 3: Magical Creatures
Part 4: The Music of Harry Potter
Part 5: The Evolution of Harry Potter
Part 6: Special Effects
Part 7: Growing Up Potter
Part 8: The Harry Potter Phenomenon

"A Glimpse into the World of Harry Potter" - 2001 International TV Special with Chris Columbus (Director), David Heyman (Producer), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell), and Richard Harris (Professor Dumbledore) (9:15)

Additional Footage:
Deleted Scenes:
Dudley's New School Uniform (1:01)
Petunia Cracks Eggs With Letters Inside (0:38)
Tube Ride (0:50)
Kids Leave Girls' Bathroom (0:27)
Harry Sits By Fire In Great Hall (1:06)
Harry Finds Nicolas Flamel Card (1:59)
Snape Classroom (Extended) (3:32)

Trailers & TV Spots:
Teaser Trailer (1:50)
Theatrical Trailer #1 (2:22)
Theatrical Trailer #2 (2:21)
TV Spots (7:46)


Disc 3 (DVD) Contains:
Additional Scenes

"Capturing the Stone: A Conversation with the Filmmakers" with David Heyman (Producer), Chris Columbus (Director), Steve Kloves (Screenwriter), and Stuart Craig (Production Designer) (16:23)

Enter the Library to Find a Book Full of Surprises

Attend Classes Where You'll Mix a Potion and Cast a Spell

Learn More About Quiddich and Catch a Snitch

Seek the Mirror of Erised and See Your Heart's Desire

Gallery of Art and Architecture

(Source: Warner Home Video)

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