The Polar Express
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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.See all Product Description
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Journey Beyond Your Imagination
The Polar Express is an enchanting holiday tale of a young boy who doubts that Santa Claus truly exists. On one special Christmas Eve, as the boy skeptically waits for the sound of sleigh bells, a magical train appears outside his home and the conductor invites him aboard. What lies ahead is an extraordinary adventure of self-discovery through which the young boy learns that for those who believe, the wonders of life never fade. This beautifully made film, based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, will become a holiday tradition your family will enjoy for generations.
This film was listed in the 2006 Guinness Book of World Records as the first all-digital capture film.
Tom Hanks does the voice work for six roles in the film: Hero Boy, Hero Boy’s father, the conductor, the hobo, Scrooge and Santa Claus.
Lonely Boy is the only child character in the movie with an actual name (Billy).
The address (11344 Edbrooke) mentioned by the conductor early in the film is the real address for director Robert Zemeckis’ childhood home.
The Polar Express was the first feature-length film to be released simultaneously in 35mm and IMAX 3D formats.
An Instant Christmas Movie Classic
- Co-written and directed by Robert Zemeckis
- Starring and co-produced by Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks
- A visually stunning achievement in motion-capture animation
- Bonus material includes deleted scenes, commentaries and more
- Available on DVD and Blu-ray
Meet the Characters
Hero Boy (voice by Tom Hanks)
Doubting that Santa really exists, Hero Boy hops on a magical train where he learns about friendship, bravery and the true meaning of Christmas.
Hero Girl (voice by Nona Gaye)
Sweet and gentle, Hero Girl is the first to befriend Lonely Boy. When she loses her ticket, the conductor threatens to put her off the train.
Lonely Boy, Billy (voice by Peter Scolari)
Billy is a sad child who keeps to himself during the trip. He thinks Christmas doesn’t work for him, because his parents are poor and can’t afford presents.
Train Conductor (voice by Tom Hanks)
As supervisor of the trip to the North Pole, the conductor invites the children aboard the train and directs their activities.
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
toujouur il marche bien, ca fait un an que j avais pas laisser de commentairePublished 1 hour ago by GRAPELICIOUS
This is our favorite family holiday movie. The soundtrack is beautiful, the story is lovely. Ton Hanks does a fantastic job in all of his roles.Published 2 months ago by Heather
A classic Christmas movie, great story and yes! I do hear the bell and still believe in the spirit of Christmas!Published 4 months ago by Burnabee