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on March 11, 2012
I read The Invention of Hugo Cabret when it was first published - and loved it. Usually I don't give the film version a chance when that happens. (For example, I did not watch Angela's Ashes, nor did I watch Water for Elephants. For some reason, I gave Hugo a chance.)

Wow. I'm glad I did. This film is not only very faithful to the book - but sets the book in motion - which is, of course, entirely appropriate.

The choice of actors is perfect. The sets are fantastical and quite entirely beautiful. The photography is stunning. Martin Scorcese has outdone himself here.

This film picks up quite a pace and keeps you on the edge of your seat from then on. But it has a very worthwhile message, too.

Just to give you a sense of my context, I have a few film favourites that have been made (primarily) for children:
Into the West, with: Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Ciarán Fitzgerald, Rúaidhrí Conroy, David Kelly
The Secret of Roan Inish, with: Jeni Courtney, Mick Lally, Eileen Colgan, Richard Sheridan, John Lynch, Susan Lynch, Cillian Byrne
The Three Lives of Thomasina, with: Patrick McGoohan, Susan Hampshire, Karen Dotrice, Matthew Garber, and the voice of Elspeth March as Thomasina the cat.

Hugo is now on my list.
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on March 4, 2012
This film is a love letter to the early days of cinema. It is wonderfully acted, very touching, and you'll learn some history along the way. It does not have a lot of action, but the views are breathtaking, the subject matter compelling (though it might not hold interest for most younger children), and a great chance for director Martin Scorsese to make the dream fantasy film he was always wanted to make. I highly recommend it!
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon September 18, 2012
Hugo(released Nov/11) stars Ben Kingsley as George Melies,Asa Butterfield as Hugo Cabret,Chloë Grace Moretz as Isabelle,Sacha Baron Cohen as Inspector Gustave,Jude Law as Hugo's father,Christopher Lee as Monsieur Labisse,and an astounding supporting cast of other actors.This is a nostalgic look back at film making's earliest days and how a young boy is the catalyst for one its most honoured creator's deserved return to the limelight.Beautifully photographed and set decorated,this piece almost immediately brings you into the film titled young boys life and world,and from there the adventure never stops building to its inevitable climax.
The story takes place,I would guess,in the late 20s.Hugo is a young boy living with his father,who works in a museum.Hugo has become a tinkerer of sorts,like his father,and both work together on repairing and bringing back to life an automaton Hugo's father claimed from the museum's basement.One night his father is fatally caught in a conflagration at the museum and Hugo is forced to go and live with his inebriated uncle.The uncle tends the clock works at the Gare Montparnasse,the central train station in Paris.And when his uncle is away,which is quite often,it is left up to Hugo to pick up the slack.Eventually his uncle is found dead,and he is left an orphan.
When Hugo has down time he works away at the automaton.He regularly scrounges parts from an old man who runs a small toy store in the train station.One day the man catches the boy and Hugo is forced to empty his pockets.Among the items the man confiscates is Hugo's diary which his father kept while working on the automaton.That night Hugo follows the man home and speaks to his young god-daughter,who promises to keep her father from burning the book and to help him get it back.
Next day Hugo is hired by the old man in the toy store to fix his toys.In return he says he will eventually return his book.One day Hugo takes the old mans god daughter to the movies(to which she has never been)and in return she introduces him to a local bookseller.Then Hugo introduces her to the automaton he has been trying to fix.In the process Hugo discovers she,coincidentally,has the heart shaped key that is needed to turn the machine on.The key is inserted and the machine comes to life.Hugo is expecting a message from his father but instead a drawing is made of a scene from an old film produced in the late 1800s by George Melies.They both return to the girls home and present the drawing to her god-mother who wants them to forget about it.Just then she hears her husband waking up and the children are shuffled into a side room.They search for the diary while in there and find a heavy box hidden in a secret drawer in the top of an old armoire.The chair she stands on collapses and the box and her come tumbling down.Papers scatter everywhere,but all have drawings from other scenes of Melies films.The old man enters the room and can only sit despondent at the supposed betrayal Hugo has perpetrated.
The children return to the bookseller wanting to know the best place to find books on old film making.They end up at a specific area at the local library and while reading one particular chapter in a book about George Melies,it dawns on them that her god-father is none other than George Melies himself.Suddenly a stranger appears behind them,who turns out to be the very author of the book they are reading.He asks about their interest in Melies and she tells him her god father is he.The author is incredulous but nonetheless takes the chance and returns home with the children.As soon as her god mother opens the door the author,who met both her and Melies when he was a child,recognizes her instantly.He expresses his gratitude for Mr.Melies inspiration,who is at the moment sleeping.Before parting he gently asks whether she would like to see one of her husbands works.She acquiesces and before long the projector is ticking away,frame by magical frame,the only known remaining print of a George Melies film.They all sit in amazement and when the film ends Mr Melies walks in on them.He instantly starts recalling in brief his career in film making with his wife,and the calamity that led to him having to sell his films for scrap and burning all his sets.He thought no one cared any longer.
Hugo excuses himself to return to the train station to retrieve the automaton.Along the way he gets arrested by a station gendarme who has been dogging him constantly.When Hugo fails to return promptly Mr Melies and his god daughter return to the station and rescue Hugo just in time.It turns out the automaton he and Hugos father work so judiciously on for so long,originally belonged to Melies himself,who was also a tinkerer and an inventor.He had donated the automaton to the museum,but when the fire destroyed it he assumed it has been lost also.
The film ends as the author introduces Melies to a packed audience,who are there to watch again Melies works that have been rediscovered and lovingly restored.Hugo has found a new home and life with the Melies family and the film fades out as we stare at the automaton;the very thing that brought a man and his son close together and has now brought Hugo a whole new life.
As much as the film is a children's adventure,it is also a marvelous educational tool.The film's own subject matter,the French film pioneer George Melie's and his works,which are on prominent display off and on throughout,are absolutely marvelous to look at.On top of this we have a myriad of references to stars of the 20s such as Douglas Fairbanks,Max Linder,Charly Chase,while we actually see Buster Keaton,Charlie Chaplin and especially Harold Lloyd doing his thing in Safety Last.We also get the point of the neglect of film over time and what we have lost,and what we need to do to protect it in order to ensure their longevity or just plain existence.The film also has some neat touches such as the guitar player in a band at the station,who more than likely is a Django Reinhardt reference.So much going on in this film,but all lovingly wrapped up in what essentially is a children's story.All players here do a fantastic job in their portrayals.
Technically speaking the film is its w/s a/r of 1:85:1 and is clear and crisp.The only extra is a making of featurette.
All in all a highly recommended film ,a children's adventure cunningly concealing a message about old cinema and its preservation.Well acted,well shot and well deserved of a place on your DVD shelf.
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I didn't rush out to see Hugo in the theater because of the 3D aspect, but I wanted to see it before the Oscars. So I eagerly sat down to watch the 2D Blu-ray version when my review copy arrived this week.

When you think of Martin Scorsese, what comes to mind? My favorite Scorsese films are The Departed, Taxi Driver, Shutter Island, Gangs of New York and Goodfellas, but it would be easy to make the argument for Casino or Raging Bull to be on that list. Many of his films have moments of intense violence, but all of them illustrate how good he is at character studies. Hugo is a family film with no violence, but its characters are strong and I came away feeling like I knew the people being portrayed.

The opening scene sweeps us through a train station in 1930s Paris. We learn that Hugo (Asa Butterfield) hides away in a giant clock tower and winds the clock. In fact, he's a genius when it comes to repairing machinery of all types. We see his father die in a flashback sequence and understand why Hugo is striving to repair a rusty old automaton that he worked on with his father. He has to stay hidden or risk being sent to the orphanage, so finding food and drink means he has to steal in order to survive. But there's never a sense that he's a criminal.

Hugo gets caught trying to steal cogs from a local toymaker (Ben Kingsley), but finds a friend when he meets Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz); the toymaker's granddaughter. The two spend a lot of time together. Her grandfather forbids her from seeing films, but Hugo sneaks her in to see a Buster Keaton movie at the local cinema.

The images of Paris as seen from the high clock tower are breathtaking. The whole look of the film makes it feel like an alternate reality, even though its world is largely contained within the train station.

The toymaker has a secret and Hugo's automaton has a secret. I won't reveal them here or dig any deeper into the story except to say that the conclusion of the film shows how passionate Scorsese is about cinema. Hugo wasn't quite what I thought it would be, but it turned out to be even better. I would still recommend the film as suitable for the whole family, but very young children might not grasp the significance of the conclusion to the story.

The quality of the acting is good across the board. Butterfield and Moretz carry the movie, but Kingsley's smaller role is memorable. The supporting cast includes Sasha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Christopher Lee, Jude Law, Frances de la Tour and Richard Griffiths. The characters all felt real and seemed as though they belonged in Hugo's world.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon November 26, 2013
This is a unique combination of the way the story is told as an interweaving of a fictional protagonist to tell the story of a real life person. I have seen the formula of interweaving reality with a fictional character before; one of the most famous is "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder.

Any way the basic story is of a child that loses his father and thinks that his father left him a message that will change his life. In the process of perusing the message he meets Georges Méliès who may just have a message to change the reader's life.

The book incorporated a lot of pictures to help tell the story. This is innovative and holds your attention. However it did not translate well into the film as the film was slow and dragged a lot in scenes and even dialog. They lost the continuity and purpose of the story by incorporating the station inspector story that was a minor part of the book. It was too slapstick. What was great graphics in the book translated in almost cartoonish graphics in the film. However they did an excellent presentation of how the original films were designed to show us the stuff that dreams were made of.

The flat screen version was well enough. The 3D graphics were sort of gimmicky sort of looking through a stereoscope; however they were several fields deep.

So we have some unnecessary story added and some slow dragging parts but in the end the feel of the original book shines through.
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on June 27, 2016
This movie looks fantastic in Blu-Ray 3D! This is one of the best 3D movies ever made, and is a good one to showcase your 3D TV. A lot of movies use 3D gimmicks, or poor 3D processing in post-production, however this movie was filmed in 3D, with careful consideration of depth and 3D space by Martin Scorsese. If you have friends who are skeptical of 3D TV, throw this movie in and tell them to shut their yap.
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on December 18, 2014
I was a bit dismayed when I first saw the ads for this movie before it's public release. As it focused so much on this 'automaton', that I thought it was Hugo. Then when I heard Scorcese discuss the film in a interview, it sounded more like a biography of Georges Melies. Then people who saw the film said 'well no, it's more of a boy who lives in a train station and meets a young girl...' So I watched this movie expecting a 'dogs breakfast' much like Scorcese's 'After Hours' flick. (Not to say I didn't enjoy that one, but was very confusing in what was going to happen to the main character next.) But I must say Hugo is a BRILLIANT GEM FOR ALL AGES! I have not seen it in 3D, but would imagine it doesn't do THAT much for the film. It's beautifully shot and CGI'd to postcard perfection. The story is a bit 'dark' at first, as Hugo tunes the station clocks from the catacombs, and recounts his fathers sudden death and the boorish uncle that takes him under his wing and teach him the clock workings at the station. And nor is his first encounters with Georges Melies very pleasant either. And the 'evil' station guard is a bit daunting for the most part. But has a very humorous and sad side to him that makes him not so bad. And the film does get 'brighter' as it goes along. The casting is brilliant, and the story is intriguing for all. Plus, serves as a great history lesson for the die hard or budding film buff of the life and work of Georges Melies. Who, for the most part today is unsung, or laughed at for his naive and childish view on going to the moon and such. But when one sees the diligence and brilliance of Melies via Hugo, it does leave one with a profound respect for him. Kudos to Martin Scorcese for such an enjoyable and timeless film for all!
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HUGO [2011] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray] [UK Release] A Magical Masterpiece! Unlock The Secret! A Spectacular 3-D Film!

Welcome to a magical world of spectacular adventure! When wily and resourceful Hugo discovers a secret left by his father he unlocks a mystery and embarks on a quest that will transform those around him and lead to a safe and loving place he can call home. Academy Award® winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese invites you to experience a thrilling journey that critics are calling 'the stuff that dreams are made of.' [Peter Travers of ROLLING STONE].

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: 84th Academy Awards®: Won: Best Cinematography for Robert Richardson. Won: Best Art Direction for Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo. Won: Best Visual Effects for Robert Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossmann and Alex Henning. Won: Best Sound Editing for Philip Stockton and Eugene Gearty. Won: Best Sound Mixing for Tom Fleischman and John Midgley. Nominated: Best Picture for Graham King and Martin Scorsese. Nominated: Best Director for Martin Scorsese. Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay for John Logan. Nominated: Best Original Score for Howard Shore. Nominated: Best Costume Design for Sandy Powell. Nominated: Best Film Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker. BAFTA® Awards: Won: Best Sound for Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman and John Midgley. Won: Best Production Design for Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo. Nominated: Best Director for Martin Scorsese. Nominated: Best Cinematography for Robert Richardson. Nominated: Best Original Score for Howard Shore Nominated: Best Editing for Thelma Schoonmaker. Nominated: Best Costume Design for Sandy Powell. Nominated: Best Makeup and Hair for Morag Ross and Jan Archibald.

Cast: Sir Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ray Winstone, Emily Mortimer, Sir Christopher Lee, Helen McCrory, Michael Stuhlbarg, Frances de la Tour, Richard Griffiths, Jude Law, Kevin Eldon, Gulliver McGrath, Shaun Aylward, Emil Lager, Angus Barnett, Edmund Kingsley, Max Wrottesley, Marco Aponte, Frederick Warder, Christos Lawton, Tomos James, Ed Sanders, Terence Frisch, Max Cane, Frank Bourke, Stephen Box, Ben Addis, Robert Gill, Eric Moreau (uncredited), Mihai Arsene (uncredited), Lasco Atkins (uncredited), Charlie Clark (uncredited), Graham Curry (uncredited), Lorenzo Harani (uncredited), Kostas Katsikis (uncredited), Helen Kingston (uncredited), Ed Pearce (uncredited), Gino Picciano (uncredited), Gemma Rourke (uncredited), Martin Scorsese (uncredited), Brian Selznick (uncredited) Grégoire Thoby (uncredited)

Director: Martin Scorsese

Producers: Barbara De Fina, Charles Newirth, Christi Dembrowski, David Crockett, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Georgia Kacandes, Graham King, John Bernard, Johnny Depp, Martin Scorsese and Tim Headington

Screenplay: John Logan and Brian Selznick (book "The Invention of Hugo Cabret")

Composer: Howard Shore

Cinematography: Robert Richardson

Video Resolution: 1080p

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1

Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH

Running Time: 126 minutes

Region: Region B/2

Number of discs: 1

Studio: Entertainment in Video

Andrew’s Blu-ray Review: "The movies are our special place." So says the pensive, 12-year-old title character in 'HUGO,' and though most of us who go to films blithely share this simple sentiment, director Martin Scorsese brilliantly and perceptively shows us why. His beguiling ode to the magic of cinema and the sense of wonder and community the art form inspires ranks as one of the director's greatest achievements, and that's saying something! Flashy yet subtle, grand yet understated, 'HUGO' brought tears to my eyes, not because of any emotional plot development, but because this heart-warming film celebrates with grace and lyricism the personal connection we all have with film, and the important, intimate role it plays in all of our lives.

No other director could express these ideas more simply and with more potency than Scorsese, who infuses 'HUGO' with an uncharacteristic yet utterly charming warmth and innocence that augments its power and makes it resonate. And no other film encapsulates the essence of Martin Scorsese, who he is and what he does better than 'HUGO,' which ties together the director's passion for motion pictures, spawned from a lonely, challenging childhood, much like Hugo's and his intense commitment to the cause of film preservation. 'HUGO' may start out as a tale of both an orphaned boy searching for a home and a bitter old man at war with the past, but it becomes a story about all of us and how films collectively bond us through dreams. With ceaseless urgency, almost all humans strive to connect with someone or something and it is in our DNA and Martin Scorsese depicts how film often satisfies that innate, burning need, and consequently brings us joy.

Based on the Caldecott Medal winning novel by Brian Selznick, 'HUGO' chronicles the wide-eyed adventures of Hugo Cabret [Asa Butterfield], a young, penniless French boy who lives alone in the clock tower of a Paris train depot after his father dies and his guardian uncle goes off on a bender. Hugo leads a hand-to-mouth existence, swiping croissants and milk from station vendors, and stealing toys from a booth run by an austere elderly man [Sir Ben Kingsley]. Hugo deconstructs the toys and uses some of the parts to repair an automaton that is a primitive robot, that his father, a clockmaker, purchased from a museum and the two worked on together. One day, the toy dealer catches Hugo red-handed and, as punishment, forces him to relinquish his prized notebook that contains diagrams outlining the automaton's mechanisms.

In an attempt to reclaim the notebook, Hugo comes in contact with the toy dealer's goddaughter, Isabelle [Chloë Grace Moretz], and the two embark on a voyage of discovery, each exposing the other to unexplored wonders. Isabelle opens Hugo's eyes to the world of books, while Hugo introduces Isabelle to films. In an odd coincidence, Isabelle, quite literally, holds the key to the automaton, which in turn sheds light on the true avocation of her godfather, Georges Méliès, who they discover was a once-famous filmmaker. Georges Méliès, who's now forgotten, depressed, and impoverished, forms a tenuous bond with Hugo, who tries to help him, while continually evading the clutches of the tyrannical station inspector [Sacha Baron Cohen], who relishes sending stray children to the city orphanage. Though he is adept at fixing things, can Hugo repair the shambles of his own life, and restore the reputation and self-esteem of Georges Méliès, and in so doing, indirectly heal the crippled station inspector, who feels like half a man? It's a tall order, but Hugo, with the films and the automaton on his side, proves he is up to the task.

There's a Dickensian air about the characters of 'HUGO,' especially the plucky urchin who's reminiscent of Oliver Twist that lends the film additional charm. Though many of the minor figures, a flower peddler Lisette [Emily Mortimer], café owner Madame Emile [Frances de la Tour], bumbling patron Monsieur Frick [Richard Griffiths], suspicious bookseller Monsieur Labisse [Sir Christopher Lee], and Hugo's gruff, drunken uncle Claude Cabret [Ray Winstone] only play marginal roles, they're essential cogs in the film's wheel, and Scorsese treats them with respect. And in a further homage to the great films of old, we often witness their actions through Hugo's peering eyes, a sort of homage to Alfred Hitchcock's 'Rear Window.' Martin Scorsese also beautifully incorporates into the story sequences where Hugo himself views on film, such as the comedian Harold Lloyd swinging from the hands of a clock tower, and tips his hat to Georges Méliès, by giving some shots, like the Paris skyline, a fantastical, animated look.

Just as Georges Méliès was an innovator in the early 20th century, Scorsese breaks ground today with his keen use of 3D, bringing what many still regard as a flamboyant, commercial fad into mainstream film making. Never a distraction, and the 3D images in 'HUGO' unfolds naturally as a part of the story, enhancing impact and providing delicate shadings, while the more overt effects salute the showmanship of Georges Méliès by adding a whimsical playfulness to certain scenes. In the film, 'HUGO' it explains it is the essence of magic, and 3D, when employed judiciously, can be a vital aspect of the spell celluloid weaves. Martin Scorsese, in his infinite wisdom, recognizes that, and Georges Méliès would have appreciated his perspective.

And anyone who truly appreciates classic beautiful films and what they do and say, and that is the care with which they're often made, and how they make us feel and make us fall in love with 'HUGO' and that is the reason why it received 11 Academy Awards® nominations and won five OSCARS®. And though, it's a shame Martin Scorsese himself didn't take home a gold statuette, he doesn't need the award to validate this amazing work. As Isabelle says in the film, "Thank you for the film today, it was a gift." And 'HUGO' is Martin Scorsese's gift to those of us who cherish films. With respect, reverence, and a boyish enthusiasm that will never leave him, Martin Scorsese shows us that film was a magical, wondrous entity 100 years ago and it still is today.

Blu-ray Video Quality – Breath-taking is perhaps the best way to describe this reference quality transfer from Entertainment in Video, and this often jaw-dropping beautiful 1080p encoded image effort showcases all those elements to perfection, while transforming the 3D presentation from gimmick to art form in the blink of an eye. The opening shot of the Paris skyline glistens like a newly minted penny, and sets the tone for the entire film. The pristine source material is practically devoid of grain, yet the image never loses its warmth and lushness, even during scenes that heavily rely on CGI effects. Clarity and contrast are exceptional, be sure and catch the reflection of the clock in Sir Ben Kingsley's eye, and colours pop, thanks to marvellously modulated saturation. The bright blue of the station inspector's uniform, the flowers in Lisette's cart and the tinting on Georges Méliès's films and all these possess an intoxicating vibrancy and lushness. Black levels are deep and inky, shadow detail is very good, and flesh tones remain stable and true throughout. The textures of fabrics are easily discernible, as are background details, and though a faint bit of shimmer afflict a couple of patterns, the intricate designs on many costumes stay rock solid. Razor sharp close-ups accent the distinguishable facial features of the varied cast, including the automaton, which looks almost human. The inspired use of 3D, however, sends this film into the stratosphere. Seamlessly integrated into the film and astonishingly well defined, the 3D imagery takes us inside Hugo's world and into the captivating realm of cinema like no other picture I've seen before. And the effects are even more stunning in the home environment than in a theatre. The sense of depth and openness the 3D provides is truly amazing, as Hugo peers through bars, windows, and the through the hands of the clock. Various perspectives are heightened and spatial boundaries blurred, so we feel a part of the action. Details like snow, ash, steam, mist, and fireworks gently dance before us; a swinging pendulum cuts through the screen; the glistening snout of a growling Doberman Pinscher protrudes forward; sheets of paper float before our eyes; and in my favourite dimensional shot, the Station Inspector slowly leans forward, lunging further and further and further and still further into the room, making his intimidating presence not just known, but felt, and making us recoil just a tad in response. Martin Scorsese also adds a hint of 3D to the inspired use of the 3D itself to even greater effect, and sends this film into the stratosphere heights that seamlessly has been integrated into the film and is astonishingly well defined, and the 3D imagery takes us inside Hugo's world and into the captivating realm of cinema like no other film I've seen before. And the effects are even more stunning in the home cinema set-up environment than it was in the cinema. The sense of depth and openness the 3D provides is truly amazing, as Hugo peers through bars, windows, and the through the hands of the clock. Various perspectives are heightened and spatial boundaries blurred, so we feel a part of the action. Details like snow, ash, steam, mist, and fireworks gently dance before us; a swinging pendulum cuts through the screen; the glistening snout of a growling Doberman Pinscher protrudes forward; sheets of paper float before our eyes; and, in my favourite dimensional shot, the Station Inspector slowly leans forward, lunging further and further and further and still further into the room, making his intimidating presence not just known, but felt, and making us recoil just a tad in response. Martin Scorsese also adds some 3D effects to Georges Méliès's 'A Trip to the Moon' to make it even more magical. For someone who has never before waded into 3D waters, Martin Scorsese possesses a surprising mastery of the concept, knowing when to push limits and when to pull back. As much as the form dazzles and thrills me, I still find it hard not to regard 3D as some sort of trick or gimmick, but 'HUGO' comes closer than any other film I've seen to using 3D as an artistic tool rather than a commercial draw. Aside from the aforementioned brief shimmers, no imperfections mar this exceptional transfer. No noise, banding, pixilation, or edge enhancement rears their ugly heads. Not everyone may be enthralled by the story of Hugo Cabret, but it's impossible not to be blown away by this impeccable 3D treatment that's truly a visual feast.

Blu-ray Audio Quality – Along with the reference quality video transfer comes a reference quality 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track that's stunning in its clarity, precision, and level of detail. 'Hugo' possesses a rich audio fabric, juggling big moments and delicate nuances, yet all the sound is distinct, perfectly balanced, and awash in superior fidelity and fine tonal depth. From the opening frames, featuring the rhythmic interlocking of mechanical gears exquisitely apportioned among all the room's speakers, it's evident we're in for an aural treat, and the track never backs down over the course of the film. Superior dynamic range handles screeching highs and low rumbles with ease, and nary a hint of distortion creeps into the mix. The surrounds are almost constantly engaged, as bits of detail gently flow from speaker to speaker. The hustle and bustle of the busy train station is especially well rendered, with footsteps, the rustling of clothing, steam, whistles, and rail sounds at once distinct and yet unified. The gears and clicks of the automaton are crisp and lively, and especially the swoosh of flying papers floating about the room, and when the train crashes through the station the cacophony of destruction crashes through the speakers. Stereo separation across the front channels is also excellent, and bass frequencies are potent and perfectly integrated into the track's whole. Howard Shore's gorgeous, Oscar-nominated score boasts exceptional presence and fidelity, caressing small moments and accenting big ones, yet never overwhelming the on-screen action. Dialogue is always well prioritized and easy to understand, and no surface noise or hiss intrude or distract. As I have already informed you that 'HUGO' won Academy Awards® for sound editing and sound mixing, and this superbly clear, active, and immersive track makes it easy to understand why.

Blu-ray Special Features and Extras:

Special Feature Documentary: Shoot The Moon [The Making of HUGO] [2011] [1080p] [20:00] Martin Scorsese, screenwriter John Logan, members of the cast, and other creative personnel examine various aspects of the film's production in this interesting, yet standard, behind-the-scenes documentary. Glowing comments about Martin Scorsese are sprinkled throughout this piece, which covers the original book upon which 'HUGO' was based, casting, sets, working with dogs, and Martin Scorsese's attraction to and philosophy concerning 3D films and photography.

Special Feature Documentary: The Mechanical Man at the Heart of ‘HUGO’ [2011] [1080p] [13:00] The history of automatons, from their Greek and Arab origins up through their golden age at the turn of the 20th century, is explored in this informative documentary. Famous automaton makers are also discussed, and we learn about the design and intricacies of mechanics of the automaton used in 'HUGO.'

Special Feature Documentary: Sacha Baron Cohen: Role of a Lifetime [2011] [1080p] [4:00] This amusing spoof allows the comic actor the chance to display some temperament, as he talks about his disrespect for the script, the children with whom he worked, and most importantly, Martin Scorsese himself.

Special Feature Documentary: The Cinemagician of Georges Méliès [2011] [1080p] [16:00] This fond remembrance of one of film's pioneers and the father of narrative movies covers the artist's life, vision, and contributions to the industry he helped create. The great-great-granddaughter of Georges Méliès adds an intimate perspective, Scorsese talks about which Georges Méliès films he chose to recreate in 'HUGO' and other experts chime in on the innovations of his work.

Special Feature Documentary: Big Effects, Small Scale [2011] [1080p] [6:00] This documentary examines how technicians fashioned the shot of the locomotive crashing through the station façade, an actual event that occurred in Paris in the early 20th Century. Meticulous research, construction, and attention to detail all contributed to the effectiveness of this striking sequence in the film.

Special Feature Preview [1080p] You get a long promotional video of ‘The Artist’ and because it is a silent film, there is of course no voice over advertising the film.

Finally, 'HUGO' will forever stand as my choice for Best Picture of 2011 and as another monumental achievement for director Martin Scorsese. At once an endearing family film and a fabulous 3D experience, 'HUGO' is most importantly a love letter to movies - those who make them and those who watch and revere them and produced by a man who does both. It will move, dazzle, and delight anyone who sees it, especially on 3D Blu-ray. This disc features top-of-the-line 3D video image and reference quality audio surround sound that combine to make 'HUGO' even more thrilling at home than it was in cinema, and a must own 3D Blu-ray disc release. A few more extras would have been nice, but this disc isn't about what's behind the screen; it's about what you view. 'HUGO' is an exceptional film in any format, but if you can, you MUST view it in the stunning 3D, as you won't forget it and the magic images you view will live forever and the opening shot of Paris with the snow falling down, and you will feel it is actually landing on your lounge carpet. I personally think this is the BEST film that Martin Scorsese has directed in a very long time and he is such a passionate person in bringing Georges Méliès to life and especially to bring this silent film director to a new generation in showing that in the days of silent films, you could make spectacular films without CGI computer generating images and that is why I was so honoured and proud to add this brilliant beautiful Martin Scorsese film to especially my 3D Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!

Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon January 26, 2014
Hugo is based on a book called "The Invention of Hugo Cabret". Hugo is an orphan who lives within the walls of a Paris train station, keeping numerous clocks wound up. The reason he does this is because he doesn't want anyone to know that his uncle has left him alone (the uncle was supposed to be taking care of the clocks), and the station policeman is always looking for orphans to take to an orphanage. Hugo is also finishing a project that he and his father were working on before his father was killed in a fire. An automaton. There is a mystery about the automaton, and Hugo is determined to solve it.

Even without the intriguing story, Hugo is worthwhile viewing just for the magnificent visual effects, creative sets and amazing photography, At times, the story seems to be taking place in an antique French painting, the colours are so stunning. The music aptly fits every scene and adds to the mysteriousness of the movie. There is a visually dramatic dream sequence to take your breath away. The storyline manages to take us into the birth of the film industry through the advanced technology and genius of what is produced today. Superb performances by all the actors contribute greatly to the success of this movie. There is one scene that alludes to sexual "relations" and becoming pregnant, but it's brief and not explained. I would recommend this movie for teens and adults. Younger children might be fascinated with the special effects, but I wouldn't expect they would understand much of the storyline.
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on October 8, 2015
I had seen HUGO previously as a regular DVD and found it quite interesting.
Seeing it again in 3D on a large 70" screen was like a completely new experience. Martin Scorsese's use of the 3D dimension was masterful without being overpowering and the film was clearly planned to be experience in the 3D format.

The storyline reflects a clear love of movies on the part of the writers and the director
This is clearly a demonstration disc for the enjoyment of the 3D format.
For some unknown reason, the film was not a runaway success when it played in the theatres, but it did win several academy awards.

I would definitely recommend the 3D DVD version to anyone who would like what can be done with 3D...beyond the in-your-face effects.
Let's hope Martin Scorsese will return to this format in some of his future films.
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