And so it comes to this: one determined, no-longer-a-boy-wizard versus one living incarnation of evil, facing off in a battle to the death. Meanwhile, millions of loving fans watch on, thinking, This is the culmination of all my dreams made real, while a smaller contingent of more critical spectators settle into their theater seats praying that, after ten years of set-up and a preceding film that wasn’t much more than an overextended tease, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 just pays off for all the hours invested. Come join our special guest, Be a Better Booktalker’s Andrea Lipinski, as she joins Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons in a spirited discussion of the grand finale of the Harry Potter saga, and discover whether a mammoth budget, a dedicated director, and a talented cast lead to a worthy send-off.
Welcome to the debut of Cinefantastique’s Laserblast Home Video Podcast, offering the latest news and reviews regarding Horror, Fantasy, and Science Fiction films available on Blu-ray, DVD, and Video on Demand.This week, Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski look at HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1; THE INCREDIBLES; and THE RESIDENT a new Hammer horror film starring Hilary Swank and Christopher Lee.
By the way, if you are wondering how a debut episode can sport a number such as 2:14.2, the explanation is simple: the Laserblast Podcast is being spun off from CFQ’s Round Table Podcast, whose numbers reached 2:14 this week (meaning the fourteenth week of the second year of podcasting). We’re keeping the numbering consistent so that listeners can keep track of episodes that came out during the same week.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 1 is a bona fide box office sensation. But is it any good, or is it just a prequel for Part 2? Is this another example of movie-going as Tribal Identifier? Is IMAX the best way to see the the latest film adaptation of J.R. Rowling, or will any old widescreen engagement do? Is Dobbie the latest incarnation of the Magic Negro? And who are all these characters, and why are they taking up screen time that could be devoted to Alan Rickman? These and other questions are answered as The Chronic Rift‘s Andrea Lipinski joins Dan Persons, Lawrence French, and Steve Biodrowski for this week’s Cinefantastique Horror, Fantasy & Science Fiction Podcast. Plus, the usual round up of news, events, and home video releases.
The penultimate entry in the Harry Potter film series opens nationwide; advance screenings begin just after Thursday midnight (technically Friday morning.) The film will be available in standard engagements and in IMAX 3-D. Eying the approaching demise of their profitable franchise, Warner Brother has divided the final Harry Potter book into two films. Presumably this is the first time in cinematic history that the 7th installment in a franchise carried the designation “Part 1.” The plot: As Harry races against time and evil to destroy the Horcruxes, he uncovers the existence of three most powerful objects in the wizarding world: the Deathly Hallows.
Director: David Yates. Writers: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel). Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bill Nighy, Richard Griffiths, Julie Walters, Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Brothers Pictures has abandoned its plans to release HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part I in 3-D.
In a statement released today, October 8th, the Warners said that when the New Harry Potter film is released to theaters on November 19th, it will be in 2-D, and at IMAX venunes.
“We will not have a completed 3-D version of the film within our release date window. Despite everyone’s best efforts, we were unable to convert the film in its entirety and meet the highest standards of quality. We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey.”
DEATHLY HALLOWS directer David Yates is quoted as saying: “This decision, which we completely support, underscores the fact that Warner Bros. has always put quality first.”
Seeing as the studio’s CRASH OF THE TITANS post-production 3-D conversion was judged as of varying and questionable quality by many fans and critics, this is probably a wise move on Warner’s part.
My opinion: 3-D films should be shot in 3-D, at least until the conversion process is perfected — and even so, it will probably never equal true 3-D production in quality, assuing that technology also progresses.
I’ve always seen 3-D as a gimmick, and a personal cause of eye strain. Kind of fun, but you wind up paying for it, in more ways than one, considering the additional charges for 3-D admissions now commonplace.