Save Big On Open-Box & Used Products: Buy "Hugo [Blu-ray]” from Amazon Open-Box & Used and save 30% off the $9.98 list price. Product is eligible for Amazon's 30-day returns policy and Prime or FREE Shipping. See all offers from Amazon Open-Box & Used.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Special offers and product promotions
Hugo is a fantasy adventure that takes place in a Paris railway station in the early 1930s. Hugo Cabret is a young boy whose mother has died and who lives with his father, a master clockmaker, who takes him to see films and loves the films of Georges Méliès best of all. Hugo's father dies in a museum fire, and he is taken away by his uncle, an alcoholic watchmaker who is responsible for maintaining the clocks in the railway station. His uncle teaches him to take care of the clocks, and disappears. Hugo lives between the walls of the train station, maintaining the clocks, stealing food and working on his father's most ambitious project: a broken automaton—a mechanical man who is supposed to write with a pen, that Hugo's father had found and hoped to repair. Hugo steals mechanical parts in the station to repair the automaton, but he is caught by a toy store owner, who takes away Hugo's blueprints for the automaton. The automaton is missing one part—a heart-shaped key. Convinced that the automaton contains a message from his father, Hugo goes through desperate lengths to fix the machine. He gains the assistance of Isabelle, a girl close to his age and the goddaughter of the toy shop owner, and he introduces Isabelle to the movies, which her godfather has never let her see. Isabelle turns out to have the key to the automaton, which unlocks it to produce a drawing of a film scene Hugo remembers his father telling him about. They discover that the film was created by Georges Méliès, Isabelle's godfather, an early – but now neglected and disillusioned – cinema legend, and that the automaton was a beloved creation of his from his days as a magician. In the end they reconnect Georges with his past and with a new generation of cinema aficionados which has come to appreciate his work.]]>
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
This film tells the stories of an orphaned boy (Hugo) and an old man (Georges), both broken by the pains of their past. In order to move forward they must discover how they are connected to each other. The backdrop is 1930s Paris, in a big train station they both work at. The overall story is robust, following not only the boy and the old man's journey, but also the supporting comic relief stories of the train station's residents; The station inspector who needs to soften his heart, A tea shop lady with a dog that drives off her admirers, and one of those admirers who never gives up, in spite of the protective dog. The film creates a feeling of storybook enchantment and though there are painful moments for Hugo and Georges, getting past those hard times is what its all about. The actors give their all, every one of them owned their role and made it real. Even the station inspector played by Sacha Baron Cohen, though the silliest character, gets the viewer to feel for him. There is another interesting character in the film but its not a person or an animal; it is The Movies and their history. Sure, some artistic license is taken to tell a story about our love of The Movies but the essence of that love is what comes across.
With 3D cinematography, the atmosphere of each scene is emphasized, not ignored; Jets and wisps of steam coming from hard-working pipes, dust motes floating in the air, and lightly falling snow are a few amazing examples. Looking to the bigger 3D picture of large, deep settings like the train station, these particles and elements make the illusion of place complete. What the viewer sees is a detailed look at a world from the past, given the polish and shine of fond memory, movie magic, and the depth of 3D camera work. Color is used to direct the viewer's eyes by making the main set-pieces lush and vivid, with more subdued tones in the surrounding scenery. Each scene is an illustration brought to life, with a touch of stylization making for the storybook feel.
I highly recommend an annual repeat viewing of Hugo. It recharges nostalgia, reminds us to keep a sense of wonder and even teaches us a little something about the earliest movies.
Hugo becomes an orphan but somehow becomes independent and self-reliant. His curiosity and persistence to understand the things that his father (Jude Law) left behind leads him to an experience like no other that a child his age could ever imagine. And the key component that leads him to a world that he has been enthralled and fascinated with, his father's small sketch notebook; the notebook was one of the last objects along with the mechanical figure that his father had been working on that will help to spark Hugo's energy to unlock the mystery behind the drawings and the mechanical figure. But before he and Isabelle area able to unlock the mystery, he encounters a disgruntled toy shopkeeper by the name of Georges (Ben Kingsley)and retrieves the notebook who inquires about the drawings; but as the film progresses more mysterious elements arise and the question of who exactly is Georges? But along the way, Hugo does not make his journey alone, and he befriends Georges's goddaughter Isabelle (Chloe Grace Moretz). The drawings reveal much in terms of the love for film and its origins, which renowned and critically acclaimed Director Martin Scoresese helped to revive and unlock the mystery as well as the history of film-making within the main character of Hugo as well as other most recent films The Artist. Both films recaptured the craft and innovation of what movies had first set out to accomplish - entertain but also make the filmgoer wonder after the last credits of the film have gone up. But also most notably, the individuals that first made this world of wonderment happen and what Hugo's storyline centers upon, legendary filmmaker George Mèliés and the cinema.
With the sudden resurgence of the history of film, the release of Hugo and The Artist are a welcoming aspect, especially during this rise of technology within the film industry and overall within the cinema. It is amazing to see that films still make one think and offer discussion afterwards.
Most recent customer reviews
Customers who bought this item also bought
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Animation
- Movies & TV > Blu-ray
- Movies & TV > Blu-ray > Movies
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Kids & Family
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Warner Home Video > Action & Adventure
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Warner Home Video > All Titles
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Warner Home Video > Drama
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > Warner Home Video > Kids & Family