Polar Express

Directed By: Robert Zemeckis Starring: Tom Hanks Michael Jeter

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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!


Studio Warner
SKU 40721500
UPC 012569699854
UPC 14 00012569699854
Format DVD
Release Date 9/8/2009
Rating Rating
Kids Adventure
Santa Claus
Theatrical Release
Train Adventures
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.
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
Robert Zemeckis
Tom Hanks
Michael Jeter
Cast & Crew
Chris Van Allsburg - Based On Novel By
Don Burgess, et. al. - Cinematographer
Eddie Deezen - Actor
Gary Goetzman, et. al. - Producer
Glen Ballard, et. al. - Original Music By
Leslie Harter Zemeckis - Actor
Peter Scolari - Actor
R. Orlando Duenas, et. al. - Editor
Rick Carter, et. al. - Production Designer
Robert Zemeckis - Director
Robert Zemeckis, et. al. - Screenplay
Tom Hanks - Actor
Tom Hanks, et. al. - Executive Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2004
Catalog ID 69985
UPC 00012569699854
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Oscar (2005) Glen Ballard, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song,William B. Kaplan, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound,Randy Thom, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Sound Editing
Golden Globe (2005) Glen Ballard, et. al., Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review 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.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hanks,Tom
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Duane Byrge, The Hollywood Reporter This train ride is both majestic and edge-of-your-seat.
Ebert & Roeper Two enthusiastic thumbs way up...
Joel Siegel, Good Morning America An instant Christmas classic in a league with the original Miracle on 34th St.

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