Polar Express

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Great product & excellent quality

on 9/11/2008

We had an excellent experience with this transaction. It was exactly as described, arrived promptly, and a good price. We will definitely do business again. Read More

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on 1/14/2009

cute movie, the snow globe and train that came with it were nice. My daughter loved it. Read More

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Product Overview

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.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40721494
UPC 012569737969
UPC 14 00012569737969
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Children
Christmas
Kids Adventure
Santa Claus
Theatrical Release
Train Adventures
Trains
Editors Note
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.
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
Directors
Robert Zemeckis
Actors
Tom Hanks
Michael Jeter
Cast & Crew
Peter Scolari - Star
Nona Gaye - Star
Eddie Deezen - Star
Charles Fleischer - Star
Tom Hanks - Star
Daryl Sabara - Star
Michael Jeter - Star
Doug Chiang - Production Designer
William Teitler - Producer
Rick Carter - Production Designer
Glen Ballard - Music Supervisor
Jeremiah O'Driscoll - Editor
Don Burgess - Director of Photography
Joanna Johnston - Costume Designer
Alan Silvestri - Composer
William Broyles Jr. - Screenwriter
R. Orlando Duenas - Editor
Jack Rapke - Executive Producer
Robert Zemeckis - Screenwriter
Robert Zemeckis - Producer
Gary Goetzman - Producer
Steve Starkey - Producer
Robert Zemeckis - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 73796
UPC 00012569737969
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Slip Sleeve
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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