DVD Tuesday: Harry Potter and Lost

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Two rather important releases today according to my wife. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is the big movie release today. For you TV fans you surely have heard of Lost. Well, season four of Lost is now out on video as well.

Here are my thoughts on each release, just in case there is any question in your mind as to whether or not you should be picking these up for you or a family member or friend this holiday season.

I highly recommend Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Two-Disc Limited Special Edition + Digital Copy)because for about $20 how can you pass down a bonus disc and a digital copy? The digital copy can be downloaded through iTunes or Windows Media player depending on your system or preference. I have digital copies of two movies myself (the Dark Knight and Wall-E) and this allows me to take the great films with me via laptop or iPod if I so desire. It is much better than lugging around an extra DVD or two.

Naturally the movie is also available in Blu-Ray format but I have yet to make that leap yet. If you are on the leading edge of movie entertainment though then you should know that the Blue-Ray version comes packed with a DVD in addition to the Blu-Ray version. You also get a digital copy and access to BD-Live.

Here are a couple highlights from my review of the movie form over the summer [link];

  • In some ways this movie reminded me of the Star Wars saga. Luke Skywalker goes about his ways to uncover the past of his father, Darth Vader, while the prequel episodes detail the path to Anakin Skywalker's demise to the Sith and turning into Darth Vader.
  • The ending also reminds me of Empire Strikes Back, in the way that the story ends on somewhat of a down note, but leads the story to the conclusion.
  • One comment had this to say - "It's not the content of the book that's bad.. it's what they chose to focus on"
Still, for a Harry Potter fan, this is obviously a must-own. Looking back on the movie now, what do you think about it? Like it? Dislike it?

Movie Info
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince from Warner Brothers
Director: David Yates
Writer: Steve Kloves (screenplay), J.K. Rowling (novel)
Genre: Adventure fantasy
Rated: PG
Running time: 153 minutes

Score of 1 to 10: 7.9

Then of course is season five of Lost. I can not wait for the sixth and final season to get underway. Each year my wife and I try to watch Lost from the beginning and lead up to where the upcoming season starts. With five seasons under the belt we may just have to settle for watching the fifth season instead of the entire series.

No problem for me!

Season five was one of my favorite seasons, although I consider them all above average, with some either great or teetering on the greatness scale. Truth is you can not go wrong with any of them.

So what happened in season five?

Season five dives more into the mysterious Jacob, starts to put pieces together from the past and the future, and by way of time travel that only Doc Brown could explain. Sawyer, one of the great television characters of all time, develops into a leader and seems to have settled down with his fate, but a return to his life by the female hero "Super Kate" divides Sawyer's heart between his fellow Oceanic passenger and Juliet. Yes, I am sure I left out a lot of content, but more than likely you are either caught up to speed or will dedicate yourself to watching it from the beginning someday, in which case none of this made sense anyway!

Oh yeah, John Locke comes back to life somehow. Hey, it's Lost. You're never dead until you become a pointless character with all of your issues resolved.

If you are planning on buying yourself a present or someone else who likes the show, Lost: The Complete Fifth Seasonon DVD is a good start. You get 731 minutes of content on five discs, which should tide you over until season six premieres. But if you are looking for a Blu-Ray version, no need to worry as Lost: The Complete Fifth Seasonis also available on Blu-Ray.

Now that you have had plenty of time to let your brain relax after the fifth season, do you have any theories or predictions for what will happen in season six?

Trust me, we will be doing plenty of Lost discussions in the future!

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