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Directed by: Martin Scorsese

Produced: 2011

Countries & Regions: United States

Blu-ray Details

Certificate: U

Studio: Entertainment in Video

Length: 126 mins

Format: Blu-ray

Region: Region B

Released: 2 April 2012

Cat No: EBR5182

Anamorphic (16:9)
Languages(s): English, English (Bonus Features)
Hard of Hearing Subtitles: English
Animated Menu
Interactive Menu
Scene Access
Screen ratio 1:1.85
DTS 7.1, Dolby Digital 2.0

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Hugo (3D)

Cast: Jude Law , Ben Kingsley , Christopher Lee , Ray Winstone , Richard Griffiths , Helen McCrory , Emily Mortimer , Frances de la Tour , Sacha Baron Cohen , Chloe Moretz , Michael Stuhlbarg , Asa Butterfield

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Martin Scorsese makes his first foray into children’s cinema with this semi-fantastical drama based on a book by Brian Selznick. Asa Butterfield stars as Hugo, an orphan who lives in the hidden nooks of a train station in 1920s Paris. With the help of his friend, Isabelle (Chloë Moretz), he sets out to solve a mystery left behind by his late father (Jude Law): a curious puzzle involving a heart-shaped key, a cranky toy shop owner (Ben Kingsley) and a broken automaton. Along the way, the tangled lives of the staff and passengers at the station provide numerous colourful detours, and Scorsese pays homage to early pioneers of cinema including the Lumiere brothers and Georges Méliès. The film was nominated for eleven Oscars and won five awards including Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.

Sergei Eisenstein once said, 'to doubt that stereoscopic cinema has its tomorrows, is as naïve as doubting whether there will be tomorrows at all.'

Martin Scorsese's wise, wonderful children's film employs the very the latest 3D technology and special effects, and though they may well represent cinema's future, they are used to evoke the magic of its yesterdays. Based on Brian Selznick's 2007 novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this is a charming adventure and an intricate mystery, but also a heartfelt love letter to the early days of cinema which reflects Scorsese's passion for preserving and popularising the work of forgotten filmmakers.

Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield) is an orphan. His father (Jude Law), a watchmaker, perished in a museum fire, leaving behind only the charred automaton he was restoring. Abandoned by his alcoholic uncle (Ray Winstone), Hugo makes his home behind the ornate walls of Paris's Gare Montparnasse train station, trying to ensure the station clock runs on time while staying one step ahead of the dogged station inspector (Sacha Baron Cohen). Convinced the automaton contains a message from his father, Hugo steals parts from a toy stall run by a mysterious old gentleman (Ben Kingsley). When he's finally captured, Hugo is given a chance to solve the puzzle, aided by the gentleman's goddaughter, Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz).

The film is almost entirely set within the confines of the train station, and Scorsese lets his camera explore the daily routines of its regular inhabitants. He also uses the station as an opportunity to explore the 3D medium, and for those blessed with a capable TV set and Blu-ray player, Hugo is a magical, immersive experience, as Scorsese's camera follows Hugo through the steam-filled labyrinth of gears and leavers that drive the station clock.

To the 3D naysayers, Scorsese asks the rhetorical question: would the Lumière brothers' 1895 film L'Arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat have had an even greater impact in 3D? (the Lumières certainly thought so, and reshot the sequence stereoscopically in 1935). In Hugo, Scorsese stages his own spectacular re-enactment which segues into the 1895 derailment of the Granville–Paris Express.

This scene is just one example of the way Scorsese turns cinematic literacy into entertainment. In many ways, Hugo is a companion piece to The Artist; it'll make you fall in love with film all over again.

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