Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Goblet of Fire dvd

I managed to buy the two-disc version of Goblet of Fire yesterday after first being in such a hurry that I bought just the wide screen version of the movie, with none of the extras.

I went over to Fred Meyer Tuesday morning, made sure I got the Wide Screen not the Full Screen, got home, pulled off all the plastic, opened it and THEN realized that I only had the movie not the 2 disc set. Grrrr. So I called the store, and they had sold out of it. I did find it at Hollwood Video, but I couldn't return the other one since I had opened it. So, I gave it to Sarah. I watched it this morning and again this evening when Sarah came over to watch it with me. I really like it--well, I did in the theater as well.

But the things that bothered me then, bother me now. It was nice to see the deleted scenes, though. Wish they had shortened the dragon one and put in the one with Snape and Karkaroff when Harry overhears them at the ball (it really is a combination of the time he hears them in the classroom and the time he hears them outside of the ball, when Harry and Ron go outside to get away from Percy). And there is a scene with the trio discussing the death of Crouch Sr. Adding that in would have made a lot more sense of that sudden death that seemed so choppy.

I was less bothered by Dumbledore, except for the way he shoves Harry around in the trophy room after Harry's name comes out of the Goblet. But I was more bothered by Crouch Jr at the trial. That tongue thing is just annoying as all get out, and where was the begging, whining, crying son who makes you feel sorry for him--that's the set up for the end, when you find out that Jr really was a Death Eater and a slime ball, besides. The way they play Crouch Jr at that trial leaves the audience with no sympathy for him. But then they don't have to have his explanation of everything after he takes Harry back to his office after Cedric's death. In the book, that is when we really see the evil associated with Voldemort and his Death Eaters--the scheming and treachery. In the movie, Crouch Jr seems so demented that it's not surprising that his father disowns him.

And of course, missing still is the hospital scene, (or at least the information from it) about getting the old crowd together, Sirius and Snape needing to work together, Karkaroff being gone for good, Snape being sent off to do something, Hagrid and Maxime meeting with Dumbledore, the announcement that Barty Jr has been kissed by a dementor and is now useless for giving any information (the last we hear in the movie, he's going to be sent back to Azkaban)..... Do they just not realize how important all those set-ups are for the next two books--and probably the last one as well? Argh!

Well, OK--I do really like the movie, there are just a few little bits that I don't. But I'm finished ranting--at least for the moment.

I'm looking forward to the time when ABC shows this one on tv and puts back the deleted scenes like they did with the first two movies. A friend said that she thought that they deleted other scenes to manage it, but I didn't think they took anything else out. Guess I'll have to look. It seems to me that the running time was 3 and a half or 4 hours.

On the second disc, I particularly enjoyed the deleted scenes and some of the interviews with the cast--I haven't watched all of it yet. And the part about the creation of Voldemort was excellent. Ralph Fiennes was really the perfect actor for that part. I'm looking forward to seeing him again in Order of the Phoenix. But that's another discussion altogether.

Oh, and the pic at the top is my favorite scene in the movie--not in the book, but thank you, Alan Rickman, for giving us a great wordless portrayal of Severus Snape.

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