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Polar Express (2004)

Director: Robert Zemeckis     Starring: Tom Hanks Michael Jeter
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40721494
UPC: 012569737969
UPC 14: 00012569737969
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on children''s author Chris Van Allsburg''s modern holiday classic of the same name, "The Polar Express" revolves around Billy (Hayden McFarland), who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, what with his family''s dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is all just a myth.

This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train''s conductor (Tom Hanks) along with the other passengers help turn Billy''s crisis in faith into a journey of self-discovery. A long-time fan of Van Allsburg''s book, Hanks also helped produce the film. This special Gift Set Edition includes a Polar Express Snowglobe and toy train.

Editor's Note
Director Robert Zemeckis revolutionized the art of animated film in 1998's WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT by dropping cartoon characters into the same frame with flesh-and-blood actors. In THE POLAR EXPRESS, live action and animation have merged seamlessly, resulting in sparkling super-realism. A landmark technique Zemeckis and his Sony Pictures Imageworks team call "Performance Capture" perfectly suits the tenor of this wondrous children's Christmas story by Chris Van Allsburg. A disillusioned little boy, just old enough to doubt the existence of Santa Claus, has the adventure of a lifetime one fateful Christmas Eve. Clad in his pajamas, he climbs aboard a magic train to the North Pole, driven by a kindly train conductor (voiced by Tom Hanks who starred in both of Zemeckis's Academy-Award winning films FORREST GUMP and CASTAWAY). Among myriad jaw-dropping moments, the train plummets brakeless through crystalline mountains in a simulated roller coaster ride. Going off the rails, skidding sideways, and snaking violently across a frozen lake, the train arrives at the North Pole (a vast, glowing city of brick buildings). At that moment, the car carrying the kids detaches and they're sent tumbling down never-ending chutes and slides until they land in the middle of Santa's Workshop. With its fascinating tale and impressive technical frolics, THE POLAR EXPRESS is destined to become both a holiday classic and a new turning point in the art of animated cinema.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Slip Sleeve

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/30/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 73796
Video UPC UPC: 00012569737969
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Peter Scolari
Video Cast Info Nona Gaye
Video Cast Info Eddie Deezen
Video Cast Info Charles Fleischer
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks
Video Cast Info Daryl Sabara
Video Cast Info Michael Jeter
Video Cast Info Doug Chiang - Production Designer
Video Cast Info William Teitler - Producer
Video Cast Info Rick Carter - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Glen Ballard - Music Supervisor
Video Cast Info Jeremiah O'Driscoll - Editor
Video Cast Info Don Burgess - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Joanna Johnston - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Alan Silvestri - Composer
Video Cast Info William Broyles Jr. - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info R. Orlando Duenas - Editor
Video Cast Info Jack Rapke - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis - Producer
Video Cast Info Gary Goetzman - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Starkey - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis - Director

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"[T}here is wonder for us to cherish, courtesy of a spectacular visual sense....It does nicely with its quieter moments, especially in the emotional scenes that close the story." 11/10/2004 p.E1

Ultimate DVD
3 stars out of 5 -- "It's a technical masterpiece that is made primarily for kids..." 04/01/2008 p.64

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Hanks,Tom
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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