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). 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 3-D is destined to become both a holiday classic and a new turning point in the art of animated cinema. Destined to become a holiday perennial, The Polar Express also heralded a brave new world of all-digital filmmaking. Critics and audiences were divided between those who hailed it as an instant classic that captures the visual splendor and evocative innocence of Chris Van Allsburg's popular children's book, and those who felt that the innovative use of "performance capture"--to accurately translate live performances into all-digital characters--was an eerie and not-quite-lifelike distraction from the story's epic-scale North Pole adventure. In any case it's a benign, kind-hearted celebration of the yuletide spirit, especially for kids who have almost grown out of their need to believe in Santa Claus. Tom Hanks is the nominal "star" who performs five different computer-generated characters, but it's the visuals that steal this show, as director Robert Zemeckis indulges his tireless pursuit of technological innovation. No matter how you respond to the many wonders on display, it's clear that The Polar Express represents a significant milestone in the digital revolution of cinema. If it also fills you with the joy of Christmas (in spite of its Nuremberg-like rally of frantic elves), so much the better. --Jeff Shannon
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The Rocky Horror Tribute Show - Richard O'Brien, Royal Court Theatre
Manufacturer: Kultur White Star
The Rocky Horror Show was born at the Royal Court's tiny Theatre Upstairs on June 16, 1973, and went on to become an international stage smash hit and a major motion picture. Now, Rocky Horror Company and The Royal Court Theatre present this historic program, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Tribute Show.In 2006, Richard O'Brien, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, rewrote the narration for the show and a cast of performers was put together from previous stars of the show and other amazing performers, including Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Little Nell and Rayner Bourton, on stage for the first time in 33 years, back where it all began. They are joined by one of the best Franks ever, Anthony Head, as well as original Transylvanians from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. This is a must-have DVD for all Rocky Horror fans!STARRING: Richard O'Brien, Anthony Head, Michael BallSINGERS: Patricia Quinn, Adrian Edmondson, Sophie Lawrence, Kraig Thornber, Toyah Wilcox, Amy Field, Anthony Head, Gary Amers, Ben Richards, Joanne Farrell, Stephen Gately, Julian Littman, Michael Ball, Little NellNARRATORS: Richard O'Brien, Tony Slattery, Robin Cousins, Rayner Bourton, Steve Pemberton, Christopher Biggins, Jamie TheakstonMusic & Lyrics Richard O'BrienDirected for the stage by Christopher LuscombeProducer Simon FlindDirector: Robin LoughROCKY HORROR TRIBUTE SHOW SONG LIST:Science Fiction: Usherette (Patricia Quinn)Damn it, Janet: Brad (Adrian Edmondson), Janet (Sophie Lawrence) Over at the Fr...
Manufacturer: MPI HOME VIDEO
Brand: MPI HOME VIDEO
Emmy Award-Winning SpecialDesi and Lucy's daughter, Lucie Arnaz, hosts this emotional and honest glimpse at the extraordinary lives of her world-famous parents, highlighted by never-before-seen color family movies along with insightful interviews from family members, business associates and celebrity friends such as Bob Hope. Winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Special, LUCY & DESI: A HOME MOVIE is a sensitive and absorbing documentary that details the circumstances which brought the immortal twosome together and ultimately drove them apart. Bonus features include: Interview with Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr., Lost Lucy & Desi television appearances Outtakes and bloopers, Trivia, Still gallery,
Brand: COLEMAN/OPERA NATIONAL PARIS
Agnes Letestu, Jose Martinez, Karl Paquette, Richard wilk, Celine Talon, Jean-Marie Didiere, and Beatrice Mattel perform in this 2003 Paris Opera production of the Delvedez/Minkus ballet conducted by David Coleman.
A visual exploration of the great performances and maniacal events that constitute the legend that is The Who. Includes interviews with band members Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Keith Moon and John Entwhistle, plus cameo appearances by Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and comedian Steve Martin.
Brand: Vivendi Entertainment
Stevie Wonder performs live at London's O2 Arena in October 2008 as part of his 'Wonder Summer Nights' European tour. Songs include classics from all stages of his career including 'My Cherie Amour', 'Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)', 'Superstition', 'Higher Ground', 'Living for the City' and 'You Are the Sunshine of My Life'. Stevie's daughter, Aisha Morris, joins him on the stage as a backing singer.
Manufacturer: Warner Bros.
Brand: Warner Manufacturing
To trace the history of naval aviation and the development of the aircraft carrier, writer/director Delmer Daves expertly weaves drama with documentary. The resulting film superbly captures both the human story and the real, harrowing experience of war. Told in flashback, Task Force stars Gary Cooper in a wide-ranging performance taking him from brash young aviator to command of an aircraft carrier. Also on deck are Walter Brennan as a veteran navy sea dog and Jane Wyatt as Cooper's valiant, uncomplaining wife. The movie's other star attraction is actual World War II combat footage putting you in the middle of the chaos of a carrier deck strewn with flaming wrecks or the nail-biting tension of a ship's radar room. In all cases, the effect is gut-wrenching, the images unforgettable.When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.
Between the Folds chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid scientists who abandoned careers to forge unconventional lives as modern day paperfolders. The film paints an arresting portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels this ever-changing art form, fusing science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new.