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Polar Express (2004)

Director: Robert Zemeckis     Starring: Tom Hanks Michael Jeter
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40721500
UPC: 012569699854
UPC 14: 00012569699854
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Get up, get on, and get ready for the ride of your life! It's Christmas Eve, and you're about to roller-coaster up and down mountains, slip-slide over ice fields, teeter across mile-high bridges and be served hot chocolate by singing waiters more astonishing than any you can imagine. You're on the Polar Express!

Tom Hanks stars in and Robert Zemeckis directs this instant holiday classic filmed in dazzling performance-capture animation that makes every moment magical. "Seeing is believing," says a mysterious hobo who rides the rails with you. You'll see wonders. And you'll believe. All abooooooard!

"This train ride is both majestic and edge-of-your-seat.  Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter
"Two enthusiastic thumbs way up...  Ebert & Roeper
"An instant Christmas classic in a league with the original Miracle on 34th St.  Joel Siegel, Good Morning America

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, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/8/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 69985
Video UPC UPC: 00012569699854
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Eddie Deezen
Video Cast Info Leslie Harter Zemeckis
Video Cast Info Peter Scolari
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks
Video Cast Info Chris Van Allsburg - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Don Burgess, et. al. - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Gary Goetzman, et. al. - Producer
Video Cast Info Glen Ballard, et. al. - Original Music By
Video Cast Info R. Orlando Duenas, et. al. - Editor
Video Cast Info Rick Carter, et. al. - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Zemeckis, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Tom Hanks, et. al. - Executive Producer


Oscar (2005)
   Video Award Name Glen Ballard, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
   Video Award Name William B. Kaplan, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound
   Video Award Name Randy Thom, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound Editing

Golden Globe (2005)
   Video Award Name Glen Ballard, et. al., Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture

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

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
The Polar Express is cinematic magic - a delightful tale guaranteed to enthrall viewers of all ages. Does that sound like advertising hype, or the words of a publicist? Perhaps, but it's a reflection of how strongly this film pulled me under its spell. For children, this is a glorious adventure, full of excitement, splendor, and plenty of holiday good cheer. For adults, there are deeper meanings to be found, not to mention the bittersweet nostalgia of gazing back through the years to the point where innocence gave way to the curse of maturity. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
The Polar Express is a movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations. It has a haunting, magical quality because it has imagined its world freshly and played true to it, sidestepping all the tiresome Christmas cliches that children have inflicted on them this time of year. The conductor tells Hero Boy he thinks he really should get on the train, and I have the same advice for you. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

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