Asa Butterfield plays Hugo Cabret in 'Hugo,' from Paramount Pictures and GK Films.

Asa Butterfield plays Hugo Cabret in 'Hugo,' from Paramount Pictures and GK Films. (Photo by Jaap Buitendijk)

Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" — one of last year's best films — hits home video, straight off its ups and downs at the Oscars: five wins out of 11 nominations isn't anything to complain about, except the other six included all the biggest categories.

"Hugo" was notable for its 3D — one of only three films (out of the dozens in the last five years) where the extra depth didn't seem like a superfluous gimmick. In the 20-minute “Making of” supplement, one of the principals accurately says, “The 3D is part of the fabric of the storytelling, not a gimmick” — which might have gone better unmentioned in the non-3D versions of the video release. Nonetheless, there is enough wonderful stuff in the film that even those without a 3D display (i.e., damn near everyone) shouldn't be disappointed.

The transfer is beautifully sharp, and the audio mix sounds natural. Extras are brief, but worthwhile: the above-mentioned “Shoot the Moon: The Making of ‘Hugo’”; 15 minutes of historical background in “The Cinemagician, Georges Melies”; a 13-minute history of automata (“The Mechanical Man at the Heart of Hugo); and the 6-minute “Big Effects, Small Scale.” Finally there's “Sacha Baron Cohen: Role of a Lifetime,” in which the former Ali G/Borat/Bruno impersonator talks trash about Scorsese and everyone else on the set, except the dogs, and the director responds in like manner. I'm embarrassed to admit that I was suckered in until about halfway through, when Baron Cohen refers to the “inexperienced” Scorsese.

"Hugo" (Paramount Home Entertainment, Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy, 3 discs, $54.99; Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy, 2 discs, $44.99; DVD, $29.99)

ANDY KLEIN is the film critic for Marquee. He can also be heard on “FilmWeek” on KPCC-FM (89.3).