Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: Hugo

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 28, 2012
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment

HugoBased on the children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Martin Scorsese’s Hugo won the helmer of Shutter Island his third Best Director Golden Globe Award, after Gangs of New York and The Departed.

Based in 1930s Paris, the family movie follows the story of an orphan, Hugo Cabret (Asa Butterfield, Nanny McPhee Returns), who lives in the walls of a train station. He gets wrapped up in a mystery after he finds an automaton left for him by his late father (Jude Law, Sherlock Holmes). Hugo gets some help from Chloe Grace Moretz (Let Me In), who also stars alongside Ben Kingsley (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Sacha Baron Cohen (Sweeney Todd), Ray Winstone (London Boulevard), Emily Mortimer (Our Idiot Brother), Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings) and Richard Griffiths (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides).

Hugo Blu-ray boxNominated for 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Hugo wasn’t a huge earner at the box-office, grossing only $56 million, compared to 2004’s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events at $119 million or even The Muppets $87 million. Hugo‘s budget was reportedly $170 million!

Still, Hugo was highly applauded by critics, earning a whopping 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Although many reviewers complained about plodding pacing, they all celebrated the movie’s imagery, especially in 3D.

So, it’s no surprise that the adventure movie, which is rated PG, is available on Blu-ray 3D as well as DVD and Blu-ray. The Blu-ray 3D combo pack includes the 3D movie, high-definition Blu-ray movie and standard-definition DVD movie. The Blu-ray is a Blu-ray/DVD combo.

Hugo Blu-ray 3D boxBoth combo packs include these special features:

  • making-of featurette “Shoot the Moon”
  • “The Cinemagician, Georges Melies”
  • “The Mechanical Man at the Heart of Hugo
  • “Big Effects, Small Scale”
  • and “Sacha Baron Cohen: Role of a Lifetime.”

The DVD only contains the “Shoot the Moon” featurette.

All three versions include a digital copy of the film, available for download or streaming through UltraViolet.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.