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James And The Giant Peach (1996)

Susan Sarandon , Paul Terry , Henry Selick  |  PG |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • 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: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L4Y5BW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,721 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "James And The Giant Peach" on IMDb

Special Features

• Production featurette – A look at the making of the film
• “Good News” music video performed by Randy Newman
• Original theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars wonderful film.. but not 'special' enough.... June 26, 2002
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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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even Peachier on Blu-Ray July 22, 2010
By Dave
Format:Blu-ray
The Roald Dahl novel "James and the Giant Peach" made it to the big screen 35 years after it was published, thanks to Disney Pictures and Director Henry Selick (also Director of "The Nightmare Before Christmas").

The simple story is about James (Paul Terry), a young boy who is orphaned at a young age when his parents are eaten by a dark rhino! He is forced to live with his evil aunts, Spiker and Sponge (Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes). They beat him, starve him, and use him to do all of the work on the deserted island that they live on. Just as he reaches the pit of despair, having nothing to hope for, he is given a great gift by a mysterious stranger. A magical peach begins to grow, and with a group of new friends that James makes, he is able to face his fears and go after the dream he and his parents shared together: to visit New York City and The Empire State Building. Definitely a family-friendly movie, although there are some dark parts, especially with the orphaning of James and the evil treatment he receives from his Aunts (no worries...they get their retribution!).

It took 22 soundstages and 3 years to make it, and now it has been released in High Definition on Blu-ray for the first time. How does it look? There does appear to be a high amount of noise/grain that has been added. It doesn't really detract from the heavily stylized movie, but in some scenes it is more noticeable than others. The colors are vivid, and just like in the theater, the cinematography evokes a bygone art deco era.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie March 8, 2004
Format:DVD
I am really shocked that anyone could find this film "horrific"! It is far from horrific. I think the aunts are the most entertaining part of the movie. I guess you need a bit of a sense of humor to appreciate it.
It wasn't incredibly entertaining for my husband or me, but we did both enjoy watching it. My five year old son, on the other hand, thinks that it is a movie masterpiece. He has watched it about eight times in the week since he first saw it. He loves to sing the songs from the movie. He is moved by James' plight for freedom from the mean aunts and sympathizes with him as much as a carefree five year old can. He finds the obstacles of James' journey with his bug friends very exciting. He really likes bugs so I guess that a movie about a journey with giant bugs is pretty appealing concept for him.
I agree with a previous reviewer that the movie portrays a good lesson about facing hardships and overcoming them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Impressive for a Tim Burton-Disney movie
Certainly not Tim Burton's most exciting or edgy film but still impressive given the fact that he made it while at Walt Disney Studios.
Published 1 day ago by Erich Mopsmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie!
Published 4 days ago by Chrystopher
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
DANGER
Published 6 days ago by BIGBEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
plays great
Published 7 days ago by shikira
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film!
Love this and so does my son. A wonderful; story that you can watch over and over again! I would buy as a gift too.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah Floyd
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie
It was brand new and in plastic like listed. It arrived on time and the price was good.The movie was also very good.
Published 2 months ago by jay
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite!!
It was a little slow, actually boring!! My husband kept on asking me to stop the video but we watched it to the end. The ending did turn out to be a happily ever after ending. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mistlet0e
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film by Henry Selick
James and the Giant Peach is based on the children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl. This is director Henry Selick’s first film after The Nightmare Before Christmas and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Banon
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!!
love this movie, so happy to have found it. im a huge Tim Burton fan,i think i have them all now.
Published 3 months ago by Tammie Recore
2.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, not good
Not the best child's movie --reminds me of Alice in Wonderland--rambles on too much for my taste. Not a great movie.
Published 3 months ago by Paula E.. McCurley
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Extras look really dissapointing!!
I was hoping for a digital copy as well.
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