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Polar Express, The
Two-Disc Special Edition
Genre: Computer Animation

Reviewed In Issue 104 (Jan 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

The Voice (And Performance Capture) Talents Of Tom Hanks & Michael Jeter

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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Special Features
The theatrical trailer is included on Disc One of this two-disc set. Disc Two begins with a fascinating four-minute featurette which explains how Tom Hanks stars as the boy, the father, the conductor, the hobo, and Santa Claus. Next take A Genuine Ticket To Ride (five featurettes at approximately two minutes apiece) and learn about Performance Capture, Virtual Camera, Hair And Wardrobe, Creating The North Pole, and Music. There are five stocking stuffers (hidden goodies) to be found in the menus. Next, meet author Chris Van Allsburg (five minutes); listen to Josh Groban sing a live performance of

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Warner Home Video
(Catalog Number): 38954
(MPAA Rating): G
(Rating Reason):

Appropriate for all ages
(Retail Price): $29.95
(DVD Type): Two DVD-9 Discs
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 100
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2004
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 11/22/05
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Robert Zemeckis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Dreams become reality when a young boy

DVD Picture:
Faithful to the look of Chris Van Allsburg

While generally quiescent in nature, the Dolby

This Disc Contains The Following WSR-Rated Superb Qualities:
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