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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0073IGJVG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,664 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Macrina on March 11 2012
Format: DVD
I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret when it was first published - and loved it. Usually I don't give the film version a chance when that happens. (For example, I did not watch Angela's Ashes, nor did I watch Water for Elephants. For some reason, I gave Hugo a chance.)

Wow. I'm glad I did. This film is not only very faithful to the book - but sets the book in motion - which is, of course, entirely appropriate.

The choice of actors is perfect. The sets are fantastical and quite entirely beautiful. The photography is stunning. Martin Scorcese has outdone himself here.

This film picks up quite a pace and keeps you on the edge of your seat from then on. But it has a very worthwhile message, too.

Just to give you a sense of my context, I have a few film favourites that have been made (primarily) for children:
Into the West, with: Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Ciarán Fitzgerald, Rúaidhrí Conroy, David Kelly
The Secret of Roan Inish, with: Jeni Courtney, Mick Lally, Eileen Colgan, Richard Sheridan, John Lynch, Susan Lynch, Cillian Byrne
The Three Lives of Thomasina, with: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, and the voice of Elspeth March as Thomasina the cat.

Hugo is now on my list.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on March 4 2012
Format: DVD
This film is a love letter to the early days of cinema. It is wonderfully acted, very touching, and you'll learn some history along the way. It does not have a lot of action, but the views are breathtaking, the subject matter compelling (though it might not hold interest for most younger children), and a great chance for director Martin Scorsese to make the dream fantasy film he was always wanted to make. I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert Badgley TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 18 2012
Format: DVD
Hugo(released Nov/11) stars Ben Kingsley as George Melies,Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret,Chloë Grace Moretz as Isabelle,Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave,Jude Law as Hugo's father,Christopher Lee as Monsieur Labisse,and an astounding supporting cast of other actors.This is a nostalgic look back at film making's earliest days and how a young boy is the catalyst for one its most honoured creator's deserved return to the limelight.Beautifully photographed and set decorated,this piece almost immediately brings you into the film titled young boys life and world,and from there the adventure never stops building to its inevitable climax.
The story takes place,I would guess,in the late 20s.Hugo is a young boy living with his father,who works in a museum.Hugo has become a tinkerer of sorts,like his father,and both work together on repairing and bringing back to life an automaton Hugo's father claimed from the museum's basement.One night his father is fatally caught in a conflagration at the museum and Hugo is forced to go and live with his inebriated uncle.The uncle tends the clock works at the Gare Montparnasse,the central train station in Paris.And when his uncle is away,which is quite often,it is left up to Hugo to pick up the slack.Eventually his uncle is found dead,and he is left an orphan.
When Hugo has down time he works away at the automaton.He regularly scrounges parts from an old man who runs a small toy store in the train station.One day the man catches the boy and Hugo is forced to empty his pockets.Among the items the man confiscates is Hugo's diary which his father kept while working on the automaton.That night Hugo follows the man home and speaks to his young god-daughter,who promises to keep her father from burning the book and to help him get it back.
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Format: DVD
I was a bit dismayed when I first saw the ads for this movie before it's public release. As it focused so much on this 'automaton', that I thought it was Hugo. Then when I heard Scorcese discuss the film in a interview, it sounded more like a biography of Georges Melies. Then people who saw the film said 'well no, it's more of a boy who lives in a train station and meets a young girl...' So I watched this movie expecting a 'dogs breakfast' much like Scorcese's 'After Hours' flick. (Not to say I didn't enjoy that one, but was very confusing in what was going to happen to the main character next.) But I must say Hugo is a BRILLIANT GEM FOR ALL AGES! I have not seen it in 3D, but would imagine it doesn't do THAT much for the film. It's beautifully shot and CGI'd to postcard perfection. The story is a bit 'dark' at first, as Hugo tunes the station clocks from the catacombs, and recounts his fathers sudden death and the boorish uncle that takes him under his wing and teach him the clock workings at the station. And nor is his first encounters with Georges Melies very pleasant either. And the 'evil' station guard is a bit daunting for the most part. But has a very humorous and sad side to him that makes him not so bad. And the film does get 'brighter' as it goes along. The casting is brilliant, and the story is intriguing for all. Plus, serves as a great history lesson for the die hard or budding film buff of the life and work of Georges Melies. Who, for the most part today is unsung, or laughed at for his naive and childish view on going to the moon and such. But when one sees the diligence and brilliance of Melies via Hugo, it does leave one with a profound respect for him. Kudos to Martin Scorcese for such an enjoyable and timeless film for all!
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