"Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2" is the final adventure in the Harry Potter epic film series, the second of two full-length parts. The much-anticipated motion picture event depicts the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world as it escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter (Radcliffe) who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort (Fiennes). It all ends here. Based on the novel by J.K. Rowling. (Tricia Spears)
Special features include the following featurettes: Creating The World Of Harry Potter Part 8: Growing Up (HD 49:19), Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallow—Part 2: Behind The Magic (HD 47:01), Conversation With J.K. Rowling And Daniel Radcliffe (Extended Version) (HD 01:03:29), Hogwarts' Last Stand (Extended Version) (HD 30:27), The Women Of Harry Potter (HD 22:31), The Goblins Of GrinGotts (HD 10:56), The Great Hall Of Hogwarts (HD 04:13), Ron And Hermione’s Kiss (HD 04:12), That's A Wrap, Harry Potter (HD 04:55), Neville's Battle Makeup (HD 04:11), The Gringotts Disguises (HD 04:07), Harry's Death: The Courtyard Confrontation (HD10:14), Secrets Of The Cast Revealed: Emma Watson Gets A 'Red Card' (HD 02:02), Secrets Of The Cast Revealed: Daniel Radcliffe Discusses His Mentors (HD 04:27), The Magic Behind The Movies Revealed: The Secrets Of Flight (HD 04:03), Secrets Of The Cast Revealed: Ralph Fiennes As Voldemort (HD 04:05), Secrets Of The Cast Revealed: A Look Back At Severus Snape (HD 03:18), Exclusive Footage From The Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows—Part 2: London Premiere Revealed! (HD 02:23), The Love Life Of Ron Weasley (HD 02:56), The Weasleys: A Look Back At Harry Potter's Favorite Family (HD 03:27), Dumbledore And Harry: A Look Back (HD 03:23), Favorite Lines With The Harry Potter Cast (HD 03:44), Favorite Props And Costumes With The Harry Potter Cast (HD 03:31), Riding Along Memory Lane (HD 04:37), Finding Luna: A Dream Come True (HD 02:27), A Tribute To Dobby: The Beloved House-Elf (HD 02:43), A Special Message To Fans Of Harry Potter (HD 02:25), and The Cast Of Harry Potter (HD 02:26); eight deleted scenes (HD 06:33); Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making Of Harry Potter (HD 01:33); the Potter Move Preview (HD 01:07); a teaser trailer; the; theatrical trailer; and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 2.40:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on 35 mm Kodak Vision2 film stock using Arricam LT and ST and Panavision cameras in Super 35 and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. As with the previous releases, the 2.40:1 picture is nicely rendered in the “Potter” style, with a prevailing darkness throughout and should be viewed in a darkened environment, preferably a black one, to optimize low-level shadow detail. While photographed on film, as were all in this epic series, grain is never objectionable and contributes to the filmic appearance. As with Harry Potter And Deathly Hollows Part 1, even with the darker presentation, blacks are deep and solid, and the shadows are dark but revealing of detail. HDR contrast is impressively wide with bright accents effectively pronounced. Cinematographer Edurado Serra's overcast scenes and some interior scenes shed more light, but still, the look is filtered and subdued. As with Part 1, the color palette exhibits dark saturated hues with brown tints, to create a very warm visual, and are finely defined with the wide color gamut associated with HDR. At times the imagery is dramatically desaturated for effect, to the extent of a black-and-white rendering. This is a challenging picture to reproduce by any display standard and will test the native contrast capabilities of your display system. Dimensionality is superb. Fleshtones appear natural, yet are subdued and desaturated in the dimly lit scenes. Such are rendered well, considering the light-starved production values. Occasionally, there are spots of vivid color, but these instances are limited in visual impact. Still, just as in Part 1, not all is darkness. The opening sequence with Harry and his friends at the beachfront “safe house” features bright exteriors and interiors illuminated by light streaming through the windows. “It's beautiful here,” says Luna Lovegood, underlining the locale's refined contrast compared to the rest of the film. With HDR, the rendering distinguishes textures of hair and her cloak. The colors, contrast and highlights of these bright early scenes are finely defined with HDR, with the biggest benefits occurring later in the film, especially in the prolonged siege of Hogwarts by Voldemort's forces. Followers of Voldemort and a crowd of students and faculty are seen as composed of numerous distinct individuals, even in the longest shots. The HDR encoding also benefits the scene of Harry's spiritual, dream-like visit to a place resembling King's Cross Station, both he and Dumbledore are crisply outlined against the pervasive white light and mist. Resolution is excellent, with fine facial features, clothing, and object textures that are mostly clearly delineated, except for those instances where the clarity is diminished. The feel embraces the period medieval stylization of past Potter films, with a play on dark and light that creates an engaging cinematic visual effect. As with Part 1, the color palette exhibits dark saturated hues with brown tints, to create a very warm visual. At times the imagery is dramatically desaturated for effect, to the extent of a black-and-white rendering. This is a challenging picture to reproduce by any display standard and will test the native contrast capabilities of your display system. Dimensionality is superb. Fleshtones appear natural, yet subdued and desaturated in the dimly lit scenes. Such are rendered well, considering the light-starved production values. Occasionally, there are spots of vivid color, but these instances are limited in visual impact. While an exceptionally dark picture, as was The Half-Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the stylization effectively transports you to a place and a period, seemingly long ago, with engaging visuals that are elaborately portrayed and at times impressive. A WOW! segment begins at 01:16:10 and ends at 01:19:24. Another is from 01:00:24 to 01:02:54. And finally, a very bright segment from 01:32:17 to 01:36:37. (Gary Reber)
As with Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers an impressive holosonic® presence throughout. Though the dialogue is production sound and ADR, spatial integration is well managed and the dialogue sounds perfectly natural within the context of each scene. Throughout, dialogue intelligibility retains a good sense of spatial integration. Atmospheric sound effects are prominent and, at times, aggressively directionalized, which enhances the dimensionality of the soundfield. With DTS:X the soundfield is engaging and scenes are powerfully dimensional, extending out from the frontal soundstage with a strong localized surround presence, with vividly delineated elements spread out within the soundfield with aggressive surround presence in all four surround channels. The music score is well recorded, with a wide and deep soundstage that extends deep into the surrounds and reveals nuances in instrumental timbres. Phantom center back surround is evident and effective in a number of scenes. The entire soundscape sounds strongly earthy and powerful, while atmospheric low-level subtleties are impressively resolved. Low-frequency effects can be extremely powerful in the .1 LFE channel, with bass extension to sub-25 Hz frequencies and at full-on SPL. The sound has a solid bass foundation in numerous scenes, with sound effects enhanced with motion and panning. The roller coaster ride through the vaults at Gringotts is loud and refined, with a clear sense of objects and scenery rushing by on either side. When Harry and friends are dropped from the car's tracks to the cave bottom below, Hermione's voice can be heard from overhead, casting the spell that will break their fall, and her voice sounds like it's approaching the ground from above. The noisemakers used by the goblins to distract the guardian dragon fluidly and precisely move through the soundfield, both front and rear, following the progress of the goblins toward the vault, and the protective curse that causes objects in Bellatrix's vault to multiply generates precise noises of popping and clattering all around. Also, when Professor McGonagall summons the huge stone soldiers to protect Hogwarts, they sound as if they're leaping to the ground from above. The harsh, discordant sound mixture that accompanies the various battles, especially in the climactic sequence that cuts back and forth between Harry's battle with Valdemort and Ron and Hermione's pursuit of the huge snake, is effectively defined and specific effects are precisely localized. The sonic character throughout is smooth and natural sounding, with no incident of harshness or stridency. The Immersive Sound element consist of a lightening-type bolt sound from a wand, whizz sounds of a coaster on a track, voices, a dragon growl and fire spewing sound, a door slam, laser light shots, flapping dragon wings, bubbling deep water, wind, screams, an echoed voice, thunder, a woman's echoed voice, explosions, a collapsing bridge, flying creature squeals, fire monsters' sounds, echoed men's voices, and a giant growl. Except for the music, which is low-level, Immersive Sound elements are object-based and quiet brief. And while some carry some SPL weight and are effective with exceptional power and precision, for the most part the perception is subliminal. As with before in this Immersive Sound series, much in the way of soundscape dimension has been ignored by the sound designers. As with "Part 1," this is an impressive soundtrack, with an engaging sound design that establishes mood and excitement. (Gary Reber)