- 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: 64 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00464CU9U
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,081 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
The Polar Express [Blu-ray 3D] (Bilingual)
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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?
As for the plot, characters and message, they might make this movie an enduring family Christmas tradition even though to me they were secondary to the technical successes of HD 3D. You might be thankful, as I am, to have this in your collection, especially if you're enthusiastic about 3D or railroads or both.
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.
This item on Amazon almost appears like a copy as the case is generic with a printed cover inside and there are none of the original books that normally come with an original DVD.
However, it works fine.
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)