The Polar Express [Blu-ray 3D] (Bilingual)
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Polar Express, The: 3D (BD)
Special Features in 2-D Smokey and Steamer Song Not Seen in Theatres You Look Familiar: The Many Polar Faces of Tom Hanks A Genuine Ticket to Ride Documentary Gallery: 5 Featurettes True Inspirations: An Authors Adventure: Profiling Chris Van Allsburg Believe: Josh Groban Performs at the Greek Theatre Behind the Scenes of Believe: Bringing a Hit Song to Magical Life in the Recording Studio Flurry of Effects Gallery: 5 Motion-Capture Sessions Snow Angels: The Moviemakers Christmas Memories Theatrical Trailer All the enchantment, all the joy of The Polar Express all in amazing 3-D! This instant holiday classic filmed in performance capture animation by Robert Zemeckis and starring Tom Hanks now delivers a whole new dimension of coming-at-you Blu-ray magic. And there's more: a two-dimension Blu-ray version for you to enjoy without your 3-D glasses. Twice the adventure, many times the fun all aboooooard!
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I read somewhere that the steam engine in the film was based on one that had actually existed and probably still does as I believe it was used in the computer-based generation of its image. I can't swear to that but it looked realistic enough to me, who as a 16-year old once spent a few hot hours shoveling coal into the firebox of one. And in spite of my interest in the railroading aspects of the film I found the scenes of the nighttime snow falling on a quiet residential street of the forties or fifties to really have benefited even more from the advantages of 3D. Crowd scenes in 3D are also always interesting too even if they are crowds of elves. Or maybe especially if they are crowds of elves. There was a lot of artistic genius evident in the depiction of the city at the north pole too. That's right, a city. Who knew?Read more ›
Before purchasing this movie on Blu-Ray 3D, I did some research and notice a lot of complaints on the presentation of the 3D version. Numerous people reported a ghosting/crosstalk effect during the movie while viewing on their 3D HDTVs or projectors. Mind you, most of these reviews were dated back in 2010 when the movie was re-released on this format. For those that are curious, crosstalk/ghosting is when an image is doubled, giving off this motion blur-like effect. I highly suggest reading this article as a starter for more details and the difference between ghosting & crosstalk: [...]
I made a gamble and purchased the movie despite the universal complaints of the 3D quality. I'm happy to report that I didn't experience any type of ghosting or crosstalk during the 3D presentation. The movie was just as good as viewing at the theatres. For the record, I was using the Playstation 3 (launch/fat model) console on Sony KDL-50R550A LED HDTV to watch this movie. The TV itself is passive 3D (glasses are like the ones given out at the theatres) with some of the settings (i.e. contrast, brightness, etc...) tweaked for optimal viewing in my entertainment room.
Of course, the movie is still great. The CGI is remarkable even to this day, especially the hot chocolate scene. I might be bias as I've been loving every Robert Zemeckis' animated feature with The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol being my top favourites. Both movies are a must-watch during the holiday season.
The actual product comes in a straight forward Blu-Ray case, no special extras...but you're paying for the movie...so no complaints because Santa is watching.
(From other reviews I've seen the ghosting might be more obvious for others, I'm not too sure on the cause but thought it might br more for older 3D TVs? I don't really know, I just feel like more low reviews came from a couple years ago now. Like I said my only problem seemed to be in the first couple minutes but I'd have to watch it again to be sure. I'll see if I can edit my review then)
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Great movie, especially in 3D. Love it. Very well done. Highly recommendPublished 6 days ago by Joan Tytler
BluRay 3D always a pleasure to watch. Probably because i'm an old kid!Published 1 month ago by Guy Lambert
The most amazing 3D movie that I have ever watched. It is a staple at Christmas here and one of my all time favourites.Published 1 month ago by Team Greene
Thought it had two disks after reading the 2D was included; however the 2D is included on the same diskPublished 1 month ago by Gail
great 3D not just a movie that was transformed for marketing. More recent movies have better animated characters but it doesn't take away from the movie.Published 2 months ago by Philippe-André Boileau