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Blu-ray review: ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition Blu-ray'

DVD review: “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition Blu-ray”
Oklahoman Published: July 8, 2011

“Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Ultimate Edition Blu-ray”

Fans of the Boy Who Lived are getting ready for another goodbye with the July 15 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II,” the final film in the blockbuster franchise based on J.K. Rowling's beloved books.

With its eighth and last Harry Potter theatrical opening drawing nigh, Warner Bros. has rushed to release more of its “Ultimate Edition” Blu-ray treatments, including the package for the dark and foreboding fifth film, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

It's no coincidence that the 2007 installment was both the best of the series to date and the first directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four movies in the saga and made each one more captivating than the last, a streak that hopefully will extend to the finale. His Potter debut condensed Rowling's longest book into the franchise's shortest film, though it still clocked in at nearly two hours and 20 minutes.

“Order of the Phoenix” bubbles ominously with teenage angst, political intrigue and wand skirmishes. A couple of storylines are given short shrift or late introduction, but Yates and screenwriter Michael Goldenberg keep the tensions roiling as the magical world moves inexorably closer to war. An older and wiser Daniel Radcliffe ably conveys Harry's inner turmoil, while Evanna Lynch and Imelda Staunton are perfectly cast as Harry's strange but perceptive new friend Luna Lovegood and the prejudiced-in-pink bureaucrat-turned-teacher Dolores Umbridge, respectively.

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