Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince DVD+Blu-ray
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Directed by David Yates
Produced in 2009
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - British Film, American film
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Dark forces are everywhere in this sixth instalment of the phenomenally succesful series. Alex Davidson goes to Hogwarts to see how wizard-in-training Harry is getting on.
The Harry Potter franchise continues its journey into darker territory in this pleasingly sinister adaptation of the sixth novel in the series, in which our hero learns the secret of horcruxes and – in an admirably bleak moment for a family film – loses one of his closest allies.
The acting of the three leads has improved immeasurably since the first film, with Daniel Radcliffe in particular, fresh from acclaim on stage in Equus, showing a sly sense of comic timing and an emotional core to Potter. Jim Broadbent is a wonderful addition to the cast as the ambiguous sycophant Professor Slughorn, and Helena Bonham Carter continues to tear the screen apart as the wicked Bellatrix. But the best scenes are the expertly directed action sequences. The Death Eaters’ attack on London is breathtaking, while the eerie cave sequence at the end is the scariest Potter film moment yet.
Alex Davidson on 20th October 2009
Author of 238 reviews
The sixth in the sequence of films based on the phenomenally successful books by J.K Rowling. As Lord Voldemort exerts his power over both the Muggle and wizarding worlds, Hogwarts no longer provides the safe haven it once did. Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), suspecting that new dangers lie within the castle ramparts, discovers a mysterious old book marked 'property of the Half-Blood Prince' and begins to unlock the secrets of Voldemort's dark past, aided by Hermione (Emma Watson), Ron (Rupert Grint) and new teacher Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent). Meanwhile, the sixth-formers grapple with teenage hormones as various romantic liaisons unfold.
Publisher: Warner Bros.
Length: 153 mins
Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour
Released: 21st November 2011
Cat No: 1000248888
- 2 discs
- Documentaries: 'Creating the World of Harry Potter: Part 6 - Magical Effects'