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James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]


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  • Actors: Susan Sarandon, Paul Terry, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Joanna Lumley
  • Directors: Henry Selick
  • Writers: Based Upon The Book By Roald Dahl, Screenplay By Karey Kirkpatrick And Jonathan Rober
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 3 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L4Y5B2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,595 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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From Tim Burton, the acclaimed director of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, comes the astounding film that captured the hearts of fans and critics all across the world. Inspired by Roald Dahl's beloved children's book, Burton, Denise Di Novi and Director Henry Selick combine a fascinating mix of live-action, stop-motion animation and computer-generated special effects to create a world beyond your imagination. After the daring rescue of a spider, a young boy named James gains possession of some magic crocodile tongues. When James spills them in the garden, out sprouts an enormous peach! Climbing inside, he meets an astonishing cast of characters and embarks on a magical odyssey full of thrills and adventure. Voiced by an all-star cast, including legendary actors Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Simon Callow and Jane Leeves, and featuring the celebrated music of Randy Newman, this classic story is delicious entertainment for the whole family!

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Roald Dahl's modern classic for children becomes a delightful combination of live action and stop-motion animation by the team that made The Nightmare Before Christmas: director Henry Selick and producers Tim Burton (Batman) and Denise Di Novi. The story concerns young James (played for real and through voice-overs by Paul Terry), who is orphaned and left in the charge of two cruel aunts (Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley). Rescued by a mysterious fellow (Pete Postlethwaite), James ends up inside a giant peach, drifting over the Atlantic Ocean in the company of a gentleman grasshopper (voiced by Simon Callow), a fast-talking centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), an anxious earthworm (David Thewlis), a matronly ladybug (Jane Leeves), and a sexy spider (Susan Sarandon). The collection of actors and their creepy-crawly alter egos are a delight, especially when some of the song-and-dance numbers (tunes are written by Randy Newman) get everyone going. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
james (paul terry) is a nice and quite moral little boy who has two loving parents. while near the beach, he and his mom get killed (although this is not shown since it's a pg film) by a rhinoceros. yes this is a fantasy film in part and there are many magical elements in the film. james custody then is then taken over by two ugly aunts: aunt spiker (joanna lumley from "absolutely fabulous" fame) and aunt sponge (miriam margolyes) who are classic examples of adults who abuse their children. they are the classic example of the trash and evil nature that exist in all wretched adults who seek exploit others
for their wealth. in fact, james's aunts use him as basically a slave to work around the house. they starve him and feed the breadcrumbs that are in the trash. they yell at him when james wants to make new friends and talk to kids who he can't
relate to. nah it doesn't get much lower than quality of life aunt sponge and aunt spiker have on james. one day a mysterious man gives james a mysterious bag full of crocodile tongues I believe, which he says are magic and can make James dreams come
true. In this case, James dream was to go to New York City and see Empire State Building. It was actually both James parent's dreams and James dream. However, even though James parent's are long gone, James still wants to go to New York an accomplish the dream he and his parents set out to do. This is one impressive kid, he has a big heart and the kind of determination that almost no adults have nowadays. That's one lesson of the film right there , which is not to give up on one's dream, it's literally embodied in this great kid. So this special bag of magic combines with a small peach to grow into a gigantic peach which Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker capitalize for their own selfish profits!!!!
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I STARTED TO WATCH "JAME AND THE GIANT PEACH" WHEN WE GOT IT. IN IT JAMES WHO LIVED A WONDERFUL LIFE WITH HIS PARENTS AND WAS GOING TO GO TO LIVE IN NEW YORK WITH HIS PARENTS UNTIL ONE TERRIBLE DAY HIS PARENTS WERE GOBBLED UP BY AN MAD RHINOCERESS. THIER TROUBLES IF THEY HAD ANY WERE OVER IN SECONDS. BUT JAMES WAS ORPHANED AND WENT TO LIVE WITH HIS CRUEL AUNTS SPIKER AND SPONGE WHO MISTREATED HIM. HE WAS FORCED TO BECOME A SLAVE. WORKING WHILE HIS SELFISH AND LAZY AUNTS DID NOTHING AND WHEN HE RESTED THEY YELLED AT HIM AND SAID THAT HE WAS LAZY WHEN THEY WERE LAZY. JAMES HAD TO PICK UP BROKEN GLASS, WEED TH GARDEN, WASH THE CAR AND POLISH THE HOOD ORNEMENT, AND CHOP FIRE WOOD, AND DUST IN SIDE (THE FURNITURES AND OTHER STUFF) HIS CRUEL AUNTS SAID THAT HIS PARENTS WERE FOOLS WHO DIDN'T PAID ATTENTION AND WERE KILLED WHEN RHEY DIDN'T SEE THE RHINOCERESS COMING. THEY ALSO TOLD HIM THAT THE RHINO WOULD COME AFTER HIM TOO. THE MAD RHINO IS ACUTIALLY BLACK CLOUDS AND SMOKE WITH THUNDER AND LIGHTNING. BUT ANYWAY THIS HAPPENED JAMES'S CHRUEL AUNTS EVEN STARVED HIM BY NOT GIVING HIM ANYTHING TO EAT. THEY FORCE HIM TO GO TO BED AND WORK WITHOUT ANY MEALS (LIKE AT THE NEAR END OF "THE LITTLE PRINCESS" WHERE THE COOK AN SOMETIMES THE HEADMISTERESS OF THE BOARDING SCHOOL FOR RICH GIRLS HAD PRINCESS SARAH CREWE DO UNTIL SOMEONE DID SOMETHING NICE FOR HER WHEN A LAWYER AND MISS MINCHIN TOLD HER LIES THAT HER FATHER DIED AND THAT SHE WAS BROKE AND HAD TO LIVE IN THE ATTIC AND WORK FOR A LIVING AND EAT HER MEALS IN THE KITCHEN AND NOT WITH HER FRIENDS)THE CRUEL AUNT ALSO ABUSED JAMES BY BEATING HIM UP ALL THE TIME.Read more ›
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Format: DVD
Roald Dahl's modern classic tells the story of James, an orphan who is treated cruelly by his aunts, until one day a benevolent stranger gives him some magical crocodile tongues -- and then marvelous things begin to happen! With new friends, James discovers that he is resourceful and loyal. He learns to believe in himself and trust in others.
This terrific story is given the treatment it deserves by director Henry Selick and producer Tim Burton (who also made Nightmare Before Christmas together). Stop-motion, live action and special effects combine to bring this incredible story to life, and the effort is dazzling, even though the work is almost a decade old.
The dvd features are marginal at best. While it's nice to have the option of DTS or Dolby Digital sound, the other features do not merit calling this a special edition. You can hear the dialogue in English, French or Spanish, and subtitling is available in Spanish or for the hearing impaired. There is also a 4-1/2 minute featurette, a trailer and a Randy Newman music video. Still photos are categorized as Concept Art (9), Puppets (9), Behind-the-Scenes (36) or Live Action (18), and they can be seen as thumbprints or enlarged. There are trailers for NBX, Toy Story 2 and Lady and the Tramp 2. Menus are a bit clunky.
Great film. Mediocre DVD edition.
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Format: DVD
This is a wonderful & amazing adaptation of Ronald Dahl's classic book. A definite addition to anyone's dvd collection. the story as you many know, tells of James and how his wish to get away from his evil aunts comes true in the form of a giant peach. James floats away to NYC in a giant peach being carried by a flock of seagulls and lots of sticky spider web. He learns to stick up for himself... that he really can make a difference, that he indeed counts!
The voice talent is great and the story ties up nicely at the end. Keep in mind, this Ronald Dahl, and anything can happen! =)
As for the Special Edition features.. There isn't much here. A still-frame gallery, a short making-of piece, trailers for the movie, and "sneak peaks" (more trailers) for other movies that are already out on DVD. I was hoping they would have at least included a director's commentary (which is most often 'standard' with the Special Edition designation) but no such luck. It is still worth owning of course, but just don't expect much in the way of Extras. This film is definitely worth the repeated viewings!! Go now & get it!
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