But Rowling offers more than a preamble. Whenever magic enters the picture, the palette shifts. The director and his producers and creative team bring with them a wealth of experience in the painstaking art of creating a quasi-naturalistic environment in which magic is an everyday occurrence for those who practice it, and supernatural events are just as likely to occur in the distance or at the edge of the frame instead of always taking center stage, as often happened in the early Potter films. In an even more curious turn, Warner has omitted the Atmos track from the 3D release of Fantastic Beasts, for no apparent reason. For more about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Blu-ray release, see published by Michael Reuben on March 26, 2017 where this Blu-ray release scored 4.
Each of Newt's many varieties of creature has its own distinctive voice, ranging from high-pitched staccato chatter to a deep, sustained bellow, and the film's sound design has expertly pitched these animal expressions midway between the familiarly organic and the delightfully otherworldly. Grindelwald is obviously the Voldemort of this extended chronicle, but his plans and the future entwinement of his fate with Newt's remain for future installments to explore. Rowling is an established master at juggling multiple story lines while keeping an eye firmly on her tale's ultimate destination, and there are many moments in Fantastic Beasts where you can see her laying groundwork for things to come, especially in the hints about Newt Scamander's past. It is Newt, with his accumulated knowledge of occult life forms, who is able to track down and confront the marauding spirit, aided by Jacob, Tina and Tina's sister, Queenie Alison Sudol , a sweet-hearted coquette who has the useful ability to read minds. . Produced by veterans David Heyman, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram, and directed by David Yates, who helmed the last four Potter films, Fantastic Beasts was released in November 2016 and was promptly devoured by Hogwarts veterans suffering from five years of Potter withdrawal. Newt thinks they're just misunderstood and mistreated and, in his own modest way, he wants to change his fellow wizards' hearts and minds on the subject.
When the creatures escape from the briefcase, it sends the American wizarding authorities after Newt, and threatens to strain even further the state of magical and non-magical relations. Jon Voight , in her anti-magical crusade, the Shaw family will shortly reconsider their support when a mystical force intervenes in the political career of the eldest son, Henry Shaw Jr. Rowling's publication purported to be a copy of that very bestiary, with marginal notations by Harry, Ron and Hermione. Newt's guide to mystical creatures, entitled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is one of the textbooks assigned to young Harry in his first year at Hogwarts. For the filmed version of Fantastic Beasts, Rowling wrote an original script delving into the origins of Newt Scamander's textbook and recounting the exploits of its author many years before Harry's fateful birth. But the cast, especially Redmayne, Waterston and Fogler, deserve substantial credit for bringing this world alive with their credible immersion into their characters.
Warner has mastered the 133-minute film with an average bitrate of 22. The reliable Ron Perlman supplies a comically sinister motion-captured performance as Gnarlack, the goblin proprietor of a demon speakeasy called The Blind Pig. Fantastic Beasts was shot by the esteemed French cinematographer, Philippe Rousselot, a newcomer to the Potterverse but an experienced hand at photographing alternate realities, both antique and mystical. While Mary Lou is unsuccessful in her initial attempts to enlist a powerful newspaper publisher, Henry Shaw Sr. Looming over these early adventures is the threat of a renegade dark wizard, Gellert Grindelwald, whose younger self appeared briefly in flashbacks during the Potter series and who is introduced here in a cleverly animated opening montage of magical newspaper reports. Grindelwald himself appears only briefly, played by Johnny Depp. You don't need to have seen a single film to enjoy Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
The encode is capable, and the image is free of artifacts. The pneumatic tube network running through the Wand Permit offices is especially memorable, as enchanted sheets of paper whoosh through the system in all directions. Potter fanatics will find a wealth of references and clues, but newcomers should be thoroughly entertained by Newt Scamander's unexpected journey and the rich world of people and creatures he encounters. The leader of The Second Salemers is the severe Mary Lou Barebone Samantha Morton , who has dragooned a fleet of adopted children into her service, including the downcast Credence Ezra Miller and an eerie little girl named Modesty Faith Wood-Blagrove. All three are experienced players, but the film's breakout performance comes from Alison Sudol, whose Queenie is a charmingly original variation on the traditional dumb blonde and, as things turn out, not so dumb. It certainly helps that, as detailed in the disc's extras, Fantastic Beasts was shot on huge practical sets with lovingly crafted period detail, and that many of Newt's creatures were represented by elaborate articulated puppets.
At the conclusion of Fantastic Beasts, Newt promises that he will personally deliver to Tina a copy of the book he is writing, the same one that will eventually become required reading at Hogwarts. Fantastic Beasts was finished on a digital intermediate at 4K from a 3. Hauled into the organization's cavernous New York headquarters by a demoted Auror, Tina Goldstein Katherine Waterson , who is seeking to reestablish her credentials, Newt attracts the attention of President Picquery's chief aide, a powerful wizard named Percival Graves Colin Farrell , who has recently been tracking random eruptions of destructive magical forces. For Fantastic Beasts, Rousselot's lighting and the production design establish clear distinctions between the magical world and that of Muggles—excuse me, No-Majs. Warner has given the film a polished Blu-ray treatment that includes interesting and informative extras, and the disc is highly recommended. The mix fully exploits the ability of Atmos to position and shift discrete effects throughout the surround field with exemplary clarity.
The dialogue is clear and well-prioritized throughout, but there's often so much happening at once in the sound mix for Fantastic Beasts that it may take several viewings to grasp some of the expository detail with which Rowling has seeded the characters' exchanges. Adventure Family Fantasy In 1926, Newt Scamander arrives at the Magical Congress of the United States of America with a magically expanded briefcase, which houses a number of dangerous creatures and their habitats. Fantastic Beasts' Atmos soundtrack offers all the bells and whistles and also roars, chirps and stampedes that we have come to expect from a major studio tentpole, with standout sequences like the Obscurus' rampage, which immerses the listener in falling masonry, shattering glass and the fearsome spirit's enraged roar. Newt's visit to New York provides a self-contained adventure that stands on its own while assembling an engaging band of companions to accompany him on future adventures. The palette of 1920s New York is muted and subdued, with an often dusty texture and just an occasional flash of bright color, usually associated with wealth e.
Warner Brothers appeared to have lost its most bankable series when the Harry Potter saga concluded in 2011 with the release of. For a time, these mystical rampages are attributed to other escapees from Newt's menagerie, but it eventually becomes apparent that something more powerful and sinister is attacking the city, thereby threatening to expose the secret world of wizards to the fearful eyes of No-Maj society. Fantastic Beasts is a welcome return to form for director Yates after the disappointment of. Yates has said that he initially resisted reenlisting for Rowling's world after four Harry Potter films but was won over by the strength of her script. The immediate purpose of Newt's trip is to return a rare Thunderbird, a kind of cross between a dragon and an American bald eagle, to its native habitat in Arizona, but he almost immediately becomes enmeshed in various intrigues. Key themes from John Williams' compositions for the first three Harry Potter films help link Fantastic Beasts to the rest of Rowling's expanding fantasy world.