All Aboard the Polar Express in 3DThe Polar Express is one of those films that I'd heard lots about on Twitter and on lists of essential Christmas films that pop up on other blogs every now and again. I know The Boy and Me is especially keen on this film and that it is an essential part of her and The Boy's Christmas viewing. I knew a little about the film but hadn't seen it so was delighted to be offered it as part of the Warner Bros festive package. A version which has been digitally remastered on Blu Ray and in 3D
The academy Award-winning team of Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for 'The Polar Express', an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. Late on Christmas Eve night, a boy (Daryl Sabara) lies in bed hoping to hear the sound of reindeer bells from Santa's sleigh. When to his surprise, a steam engine's roar and whistle can be heard outside his window. The conductor (Hanks) invites him on board to take an extraordinary journey to the North Pole with many other pajama-clad children. There, he receives an extraordinary gift only those who still believe in Santa can experience.
This edition of the film is packaged on three discs, you get the Blu Ray 3D, Blu Ray and DVD discs. Great for a house where there is more than one player or to take the DVD with you on a portable device. Obviously you need a 3D compatible television to watch the 3D version, which we don't have, but my parents have just bought a TV and have no 3D discs to watch on their new equipment so I think we will be taking it down there to watch with Bud's cousins in the near future. For now we have been watching the Blu Ray disc.
Bud has absolutely loved this film and his excitement about it was so special this Christmas. He has really started to love trains this year and this, coupled with a new understanding of what Christmas and Father Christmas were all about, made it a great film for us to watch as a family. The style of animation, using motion capture, made the film look almost real but with the qualities of animation, if that makes sense? The scenes at the North Pole are just magical. We have loved watching The Polar Express this Christmas and Bud has continued to ask for it since we took the decorations down. I'm torn between letting him continue to watch it and saving it for December when I'm sure he will enjoy it even more. I think I will save it, I can see The Polar Express becoming an essential part of the build up to Christmas in our house in future years.
The Polar Express is available from all of the usual stockists and from Amazon.
Disclaimer: I was sent this Blu Ray for review purposes, as always the thoughts and opinions contained within are all my own.