The Polar Express Movie

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The Polar Express Movie

Post by arnstg » Mon Oct 25, 2004 9:50 pm

This is going to be THE movie for the holiday for kids, and in my case, for Grandkids.

The NY Times had an article on 10/24 dealing not so much with the plot but the technology used. If you are interested, the site is the following:

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/24/movie ... f=login&th


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A site with a promo for the movie is available at:

www.polarexpressmovie.com


Great site to sit and watch with your kids and/or Grandkids.

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Post by Aa3rt » Sat Oct 30, 2004 6:21 pm

I saw the ads during the World Series. I must say it looked intriguing but I haven't been to the theatre in years so I'll probably wait for the video (and then they'll probably release it on DVD).

If you haven't seen it yet, Lionel has come out with a "Limited Edition" Polar Express passenger train in conjunction with the movie. Check out:

http://www.lionel.com/Products/Catalogs ... PageID=285
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Post by Ken W2KB » Sun Oct 31, 2004 11:53 am

It's been a year for me, the last time being the final Lord of the Rings movie, so maybe I'll see it in the theater. Mostly, I do wait for the DVD, though with LOTR, its been both. :P

Nice to see RR videos starting to be available on DVD nowadays.
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Post by arnstg » Wed Nov 10, 2004 9:22 pm

Saw 3 reviews of this movie today:

1. NY Times was down on the technology which made the humans less than normal.

2. Roger Ebert gave it a glowing 4 stars indicating it will become a Christmas classic.


3. Michael Wilmington of the Chicago Tribune gave it 3 stars. He says:"This movie,which aspires to be a Christmas classic on the "It's a Wonderful Life" level, is overwhelming, enjoyable and impressive, without being really entrancing-though no doubt it will entrance plenty of adults and children who love the book.



Regarding the Lionel train set : I was in a suburban Chicago train store on Tuesday and found none of the trainsets. The salesman stated that they had been sold out very quickly and he had people on wait list for it.
Were these collectors or people looking for it at $250 for their kids? I don't know.

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Post by arnstg » Wed Nov 17, 2004 6:26 pm

Saw it Sunday with my 8 year old Grandson. He rated it at 4 out of 5 stars. Hey, if my Grandson is happy, I'm happy.

Any other comments from folks who have seen it?

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Post by John_Perkowski » Wed Nov 17, 2004 11:15 pm

Posted my detailed comments in the other Polar Express thread.

It was a worthwhile way to spend an evening with my son, watching this.

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Post by Aa3rt » Sat Nov 27, 2004 12:27 pm

Regarding the Lionel "Polar Express" set-I accompanied my bride to the local Hallmark store a couple of days ago and saw many Polar Express related items. The lady who runs the store is on a first name basis with my wife. She also knows that I'm a big railway enthusiast. She told me about a local gentleman who was looking for one of these sets and was finding it sold out everywhere he checked. (We live about 35 miles southeast of Washington, DC.)

I checked on that old standby-Ebay-and found these sets going for $ 450.00-550.00-the list price is $ 249.99. I assume that this is going to be one of the hit toys of this Christmas season. A couple of years ago the Harry Potter "Hogwart's Express" was selling for 2 to 3 times the list price. This year it can be found for around $ 40.00, at least on Ebay.

I'm glad I don't have any children clamoring for the lastest fashionable Christmas toys. :wink:
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Post by David Benton » Sun Nov 28, 2004 12:15 am

just curious , are amtrak or any other railroad running any promotions in relation to the polar express . i guess it would be more suitable for preservation lines , but a good opportunity to foster young interest in trains .
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Post by Gilbert B Norman » Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:29 am

Be sure to catch January 05 TRAINS; mine was "spotted on the house track" @ MP 18.34 yesterday.

There is an article on Pere Marquette #1225 - the 2-8-4 'Berkshire' copied by the "Polar Express' animators.

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Post by David Benton » Sun Nov 28, 2004 2:23 pm

abit off topic , ( i guess magazines are media ) , but my trains magazine arrived here in New Zealand ( via Germany for some reason ) , over a week ago . Perhaps Thanksgiving holiday is the reason .
Interesting article on the polar express loco , and the restoration of the prototype .
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