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The Polar Express [Blu-ray 3D] (Bilingual)

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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari, Michael Jeter, Eddie Deezen
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Robert Zemeckis, Chris Van Allsburg, William Broyles Jr.
  • Format: NTSC, 3D
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 16 2010
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00464CU9U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,039 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Polar Express, The: 3D (BD)

Special Features

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!

Customer Reviews

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This came bundled with the 3D TV I bought and is not one I would have been likely to buy but as a rail fan with long ties to trains and railroading I was glad to have a look at it. The scenes on board the train, with the depth of 3D, brought back a lot of memories of childhood train travel in their realism. There were also lots of scenes that had not even the remotest connection with reality but, hey, they represented the dream of a little boy on Christmas Eve so not known to be governed by a lot of discipline in the reality department. On the other hand, in one scene I noticed that just visible on the sleeve of the conductor were 5 service bars, little strips of bright metal that each represent probably, as on the Canadian Pacific Railway, 5 years of service. That's not the level of detail you'd expect in a film of this type!

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?
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PLEASE NOTE: The rating is for the overall presentation from the 3D effects to the movie itself.

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.
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My husband and I started a tradition called "12 Days of Christmas Movies" where we watch a Christmas movie the 12 days leading up till Christmas. This has always been one of our favs, with the music, the animation and the story...oh and magic. We needed to get it in 3D and add it to our collection.

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.
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There might be some slight ghosting in the opening scene but it took no time before that was gone and I was fully enveloped in this movie. Polar Express quickly became one of my favourite Christmas movies when I first saw it years ago on HD DVD (remember those?). I never got to see it in 3D and I'm glad I finally can because it makes it even more enjoyable than before. Doesn't hurt that the price was better than any store I could find it in either. I will say that the 3D is certainly more about depth than the pop out stuff, even the floating ticket sequence wasn't as in your face as I had hoped. That still doesn't take away from how awesome I thought the 3D looked overall. Obviously I am biased because I already loved the movie so for me it just adds to the "magic" for lack of a better word. Bottom line, if you like this movie then you will most likely enjoy the 3D version too.

(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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