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The Polar Express [Blu-ray]

Tom Hanks , Chris Coppola , Robert Zemeckis    G (General Audience)   Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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Destined to become a holiday perennial, The Polar Express also heralded a brave new world of all-digital filmmaking. Critics and audiences were divided between those who hailed it as an instant classic that captures the visual splendor and evocative innocence of Chris Van Allsburg's popular children's book, and those who felt that the innovative use of "performance capture"--to accurately translate live performances into all-digital characters--was an eerie and not-quite-lifelike distraction from the story's epic-scale North Pole adventure. In any case it's a benign, kind-hearted celebration of the yuletide spirit, especially for kids who have almost grown out of their need to believe in Santa Claus. Tom Hanks is the nominal "star" who performs five different computer-generated characters, but it's the visuals that steal this show, as director Robert Zemeckis indulges his tireless pursuit of technological innovation. No matter how you respond to the many wonders on display, it's clear that The Polar Express represents a significant milestone in the digital revolution of cinema. If it also fills you with the joy of Christmas (in spite of its Nuremberg-like rally of frantic elves), so much the better. --Jeff Shannon

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching, sure-to-be holiday classic Dec 17 2005
By A.K.
After hearing of this movie through word-of-mouth, I went to go see it one snowy day and was astounded. This film, following the story of a boy who stops believing in the magic of Christmas and so is swept up late Christmas Eve onto the Holday Express, is a heartwarming visual gem that is sure to be enjoyed time and time again. The music is fantastic, the story with actual depth, and the all digital animation was so much better than I had expected. My advice? Buy this movie now, because you and your family will end up renting it every Christmas to come anyways.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
People look at me funny when I say that I had never heard of The Polar Express until this film was released. Somehow, I was never introduced to the book as a child. Hopefully, with this wonderful film now available along with the original book, no other child will grow to adulthood without taking a ride on The Polar Express. It's a wonderful story about the spirit of Christmas and the importance of giving. The incredible animation of the film may always be the first thing people speak of, but in the end it really does come down to the story. It is not what you see, it's what you feel - these are the memories that will linger.

The digital animation that brings this story to visual life is nothing short of astounding. This revolutionary "performance capture" technology makes these characters the most life-like animated characters I've ever seen. I think they look more human than actual humans, truth be told - except for Santa. It's a weird thing about this Santa Claus; he immediately reminded me of none other than Harry Potter's Professor Snape (even though Santa's voice was actually that of Tom Hanks). I've heard that some kids found the whole visual look of the characters rather creepy, but I think the uncanny technology really makes the film come alive. By incorporating the motions of live actors into the digital creative process, filmmakers were able to imbue their creations with the nuances of human expression, and one can hardly underestimate just how much that adds to the viewer's experience of the animated story. It's really quite incredible. Traditional animation would hardly have done this story justice, and it would have been incredibly challenging to film such a magical journey in the traditional manner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3D effect good with 3d plazma TV/blu-ray... Jan. 4 2011
Just wanted to clear things out a bit about the 3D effect on this bluray. I noticed some people here are talking about using some cardboard yell/blue glasses?!!
I just bought this 3D BLURAY for my new samsung 3D TV and 3D bluray player and let me tell you the 3D effects are just good and just as potent as when I saw it first at IMAX(less the screen size of course). The snowy train scenes came across really well in 3D. Sure, maybe not as potent as avatar, but still good. Remember Avatar was filmed like 5 years later so it's just not fair to compare.

I know it's kind of confusing now with this 3D marketing, especially now that they are advertising some older dvd and bluray as 3D- like Final Destination 3D. Which is unfair to the REAL 3D bluray movies. So be CAREFUL, cuz even the video-rental store clerks are confused with 3D at this point!
Simple guideline- if the bluray was released before 2010 then they are either talking about using the ancient paper glasses technology, or the movie was just transferred to 3D from 2d(i.e. not originally filmed in 3D). If the movie is in DVD format- don't even waste your time trying!! The new 3d technology everyone is talking about is only for BLU-RAY!!!!!

So in conclusion, get a REAL 3D BLURAY(released in 2010 or later) that specifically mentions to use 3D TV and 3D bluray player, and you will NOT be dissapointed in the 3D effects.

Hope this clears up some confusion out there!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Candy for Christmas Nov. 25 2005
Im a sucker for Christmas movies because they bring so much
joy during the cold months of winter with their warm stories
and interesting characters. The Polar express took me completely
by surprise with its animated creativity, its eye candy scenes
that keeps on comming at every turn and Tom Hanks 's talents
that never stops entertaining.
So put the negativity on the side...stir up your imagination,
sit down with the family and enjoy Polar Express.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Five Stars Dec 31 2006
For the most part, I loved this DVD. The computer animation is the best I've ever seen and is very true to the illustration style of the original book. The train scenes are excellent, and the directors have done a seamless job of expanding on the original story. The only reason I don't give this a five-star rating is that I was very disappointed in the depiction of the North Pole (Santa's stronghold) because it looked and felt like a scene from some futuristic movie, and I found this jarring sandwiched as it was between the cosy train scenes. I will say though, that the Santa in the original story looks like he's from a different planet, not at all the type you would expect to take a child on his knee, so this could be at least a partial explanation for the alien atmosphere of the movie North Pole.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blurry & shallow image - not really 3-D Nov. 10 2008
The movie is fairly good on its own. It's not one of my favourite Christmas movies but when I saw it was out on DVD in 3-D I was excited to get it. First I was worried when I saw that it comes with the blue & red kind of cheap "3-D" glasses and now having watched some of it I am hugely disappointed. There is almost no depth to the picture, the colour is destroyed by the blue and red of the glasses and the image is sort blurry and doubled. Skip the 3-D version if you want this movie on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My boy love this movie. It's perfect conditions
Published 5 days ago by nancy emberley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
kids love it!
Published 18 days ago by Elaine Demers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I have trying to a copy of this video for quite a while!
Published 23 days ago by Paul Markle
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great movie a new classic for Christmas
Love this movie and the grandchildren do as well, nice Christmas classic, should be watched with all the other Christmas Classics. My Grandchildren watch it any time of the year.
Published 2 months ago by KMK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good item
Published 2 months ago by MichelV
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas must have!!
This is one of the best Christmas movies!! A definately must for your Christmas collection!! The animation is so well done and the story is heartwarming!!
Published 3 months ago by Stacy Kensett
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a gift
My daughter-in-law asked for this. She is a Christmas lover and she wanted this DVD so she wouldn't have to rely on the television schedule to view it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Trumbach - book lover
1.0 out of 5 stars this wass not for a 3 d projector
This was ment to be 3d for my projector and my 3d glasses not paper glasses
Not happy with this order
My last on from you guys
Published 8 months ago by tony
1.0 out of 5 stars old format
This 3D Blu Ray is old stuff. It came with the blue and red cardboard glasses. Just awful picture on the TV. Good for the garbage. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Roland Hervieux
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