Unfortunately, the extras aren't exactly great, and the lack of a commentary is truly disappointing. The apps are synchronized with your account at Blu-ray. I really hope this 3D format takes hold so more titles can become available. The great thing is that the movie is excellent in 2D, but do not buy this if you are looking for a 3D experience. It might not have been the best such track possible but the directionality of the effects, the blending of the score into the vocals, and the overall experience of the sound being very well done indeed. I would recommend this to a friend I already owned this movie for some time, but thought I would love to see it in 3D. I never actually believe I'm seeing the North Pole.
I would recommend this to a friend When we made the switch over to 3-D in our upstairs clubhouse, the one movie my son kept asking for was always The Polar Express. No, I would not recommend this to a friend Bought this at the special 19. Sound: There was surprisingly only one audio version of the movie on the disc, a 5. This is his favorite movie and he damaged his 2-D version last week. As we grow, we also lose our innocence and belief in the simple, small things in life.
On cue, the little ember of faith slowly dying inside breathes new life as Hero Boy is greeted by The Polar Express, a train that whisks children away to the North Pole to keep their holiday dreams alive. Ever since its first standard definition release, there's been nothing more than a series of short featurettes to highlight what went on behind the scenes. Not just because it's a classic, but because it's a quick and easy read that's accompanied by some fantastic artwork, and you'll want to see what the source material was like before it was stretched out to work as a feature length film. I would have to say its in our top 5 3D blu rays so far. So after a half hour of trying hard to like it we switched it to 2-d thank god for blu ray for having that option and saw how in 1080p it was almost 3-d itself.
Overall Simply put, The Polar Express may have a few quirks due to some lifeless looking facial animation, but it has every right to claim its title as a newly beloved holiday classic. The 3D effect works very well, and I guess that's the important thing, right? What's great about this feature is that it puts the behind the scenes acting into actual context from the film, so you're not just looking at people walking around in suits that are loaded with ping pong balls around it while someone explains the process to you vaguely before moving on. What a disappointment when we dawned the old school 3-D glasses that was fun , but the second the movie began it was ridiculous. This kind of feature isn't something you see on a lot of films that are based off of something, so I thought this was a refreshing extra that gave the credit where it was due. Saying the colors are robust is a bit of an understatement, as they're intentionally saturated so they pop off the screen.
It lasted under ten minutes but still managed to give some insight as to the difficulty of the way the movie was made. The expressions in the face aren't as easy to mimic as the movements when you're using motion capture, so vital eyelid and mouth movement often make the characters appear soulless because the animators couldn't perfect them. Although I would highly recommend this film to anyone, I'm going to have to only recommend this title for all of you. Besides the facial expression issues there are, there's a piece of the story that seems to be completely unwarranted, and that's basically any of the scenes the nasty hobo appears in. Forget for a moment that if you over analyze these movies, you come across as a heartless monster or raging cynic that has lost touch with your inner child; remember how the movies made you feel before you became of age.
The only thing about the 2D version I want to warn people about if they haven't had a chance to see this film yet, is that some people might complain about the film looking a little soft at times. Movie: The Polar Express Blu-Ray is a story about a mythic train that runs to the North Pole every Christmas Eve, carrying a small group of children to meet with Santa Clause before he jumps in his sleigh to bring presents to the masses of children throughout the world. Another thing that helps bring the loud scenes to life is the dynamic range on the track. I have to try it with my grand daughter to see if gets bored. I even made sure that to room was as dark as possible. This is a must have for family holiday movie viewing. If you absolutely must own a lossless track, then pick up this release.
This is an excellent family film, my kids definitely loved it. We sat there contemplating whether or not it was just us or if the 3-d aspect of it sucked that bad and we came to the conclusion that it was definately the latter. The idea of a steam train heading to the North Pole each year is as fanciful as a man in a red suit flying a sleigh of reindeer with a sack of toys to hand out and while it might not make a believer out of all of you, it certainly inspires the same kind of movie magic wondering of the timeless classics most of us appreciate. Truuuuuuuuuuust me and thank me later, or don't trust me and let me know so I could say I told you so. Unlike other titles that are meant to be analyzed with a cold, hard look at the specifics, this was the rare time when such a look was unwarranted. I remember watching certain features on television back in the day with the good ole' red and blue glasses on, and the effect was horrible.
I would recommend this to a friend My wife and I were so excited to bring this home to our 3 year old. I found myself on the prior releases, constantly having to adjust the volume on my receiver. So we broke it out and watched it the day it arrived. If your a movie collector and still fan of 3D like myself you need this in your collection. When the train pulls up, my room was shaking and I felt like a train was in it. Other than that, The Polar Express has something for pretty much anyone. We took it over to a friends house a few days ago.
I would recommend this to a friend. Maybe 5 minutes of noticeable 3D scenes in the entire movie. No, I would not recommend this to a friend This film was fascinating to watch because I had seen all the publicity about the technology involved in creating the art. The technique has been refined since to be more naturalistic but this movie is hypnotic and engrossing. Video The 2D version of the film looks absolutely flawless. We have a decent film at one hundred minutes, and when you're stemming a film of such length from a kids book, you don't want to drag it out any longer than it has to be. This film is loaded with adventure, singing, dancing, and its overall tone undeniably makes it fit right in with other holiday classics on the shelf.
We like to all wear pajamas and drink hot chocolate during the movie. Black levels are solid and there's a nice and dynamic contrast that's always on display. The Polar Express is kickin' it old school though, as it decided to stick with the red and blue color scheme. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. Some of you I know aren't as tolerant to the 3D glasses as others though, so if you get headaches from wearing these glasses easily, you're more than likely to get those headaches while watching this.