Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Although he’s not permitted to perform any magic outside Hogwarth’s, Harry blows up his aunt Marge like a balloon after she started insulting his parents during a party. Harry decides to leave the house already and return to Hogwarth’s where he’ll face the consequences of his actions. During his trip back to school, Harry hears that a man called Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and when the train stops, a couple of Dementors arrive to inspect it. These dementors are the guards of Azkaban and suck the life out of people but they don’t really seem to always see the difference between the good and bad wizards as they almost attack Harry. Luckily, Professor Lupin (David Thewlis) sits in the same cabin as Harry and his friends and manages to save Harry at the last minute.
Once back at Hogwarth’s, Harry’s actions home are taken rather lightly and all attention goes to the escape of Sirius Black. Harry goes out on investigation and finds out that Sirius Black used to be a partner of Voldemort and may well be out to get Harry. After all, Sirius Black is the man who also turned in Harry’s parents to the hands of Voldemort.
Sound and Vision:
The Prisoner of Azkaban isn’t only in content a lot darker than the previous movies but also when it comes to the movie itself the dark scenes have taken over a lot. Luckily, the DVD doesn’t have any problems with this and the depth of black is terrific. The rest of the colors are very bright and flashy and make the movie very natural.
The Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks are available in English, Dutch and Flemish. We checked out the original English one which is pretty good but doesn’t get to the same quality as those of the previous movies. The subwoofer is used more subtle while the rest of the channels could be used a lot more aggressive.
There’s two editions that you can get from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Unlike the previous movies, the difference isn’t in the image (fullscreen or widescreen) but the extra’s. The version we checked out is the 1-disc edition which only contains a cast&crew list along with trailers of the currently available Harry Potter movies. For those that are only interested in the movie itself this is of course more than enough. People who really want to watch extra’s should go for the 2-disc edition
As said before already, Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban is a darker movie than the previous two and therefore also looks a lot more mature. The actors have gotten more liberty in portraying their characters and this gives a fresh breath to the series. Good stuff that won’t only appeal to the fans.