James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

James And The Giant Peach Special Edition Bluray Cover


  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Number of discs: 2
  • ASIN: B003L4Y5B2

Adults may find James and the Giant Peach more entertaining than many children. Its dark Roald Dahl story set on screen by director Tim Burton shows that terrible things can happen. James Henry Trotter (Paul Terry), a small orphaned boy abused physically and mentally by Aunts Spiker (Joanna Lumley) and Sponge (Miriam Margolyes), dreams of escape and of friends. A mysterious man (Pete Postlethwaite), some magic crystals, the spider he befriends and three anthropomorphic insects help him along the way.

James and the Giant Peach tells the tale of a happy child and his parents dreaming of life in far away New York City. Then the terrible rhino of death leaves him in the care of his aunts. He explores a gigantic peach on the property, crawls inside it, and rolls away on a wild adventure. His companions are Grasshopper (Simon Callow), Centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), Ladybug (Jane Leeves), and Miss Spider (Susan Sarandon).

James faces seagulls, sharks, icebergs, dangers of the deep, and the rhino on a threatening trans-Atlantic voyage. He makes it through though and lands on the Empire State Building spire. He makes his home in Central Park in a mansion made from the giant peach’s pit, and writes his story. He has found friendship and happiness at last.

This musical fantasy told from a child’s point of view combines live action with stop motion. Its plot is unsentimental and unexpected. Its treatment is macabre and frightening. Villains who hate and mistreat dominate until the last scenes. It is a story of children’s sadness, loneliness, and fears that becomes one of kindness, hope, and rescue.

James and the Giant Peach is being released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on August 3, 2010. The two disc blu-ray combo pack lists at $39.99. Running time is 79 minutes. Its special features include:

* Production featurette ? A look at the making of the film
* Spike the Aunts interactive game inspired by the game that plays after the end movie credits.
* Production featurette ? A look at the making of the film
* ?Good News? music video performed by Randy Newman
* Original theatrical trailer

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