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Monday, August 09, 2010

James and the Giant Peach Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

James and the Giant Peach Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Review

Synopsis: In an all-new digitally restored special edition 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 in this new Special Edition DVD.

After the daring rescue of a spider, a young boy named James finds 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!

Review: We're huge Disney fans here at the Legion.  On top of that, we LOVE Tim Burton!  For that matter, we love Henry Selick.  The stop-motion animation film that Selick has directed is ground breaking.  Films like the Nightmare Before Xmas and Coraline top his list of amazing work.  Tim Burton now brings us a digitally restored version of James and the Giant Peach, a film he produced, on Blu-Ray!

James and the Giant Peach is based on a fantastic childrens book by the legendary Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).  The film is based on the life of James, a young boy that is sent to live with his wicked aunts.   Its a fantastic tale of escapism that rivals Coraline in theme and desperation.  This new Blu-Ray edition looks absolutely amazing!  Its a sight to see!  The set also comes with a DVD to give the kids to abscond with!  This one is a must to add to the family or personal collection!

The Special Features include:

New BD exclusive: Spike the Aunts interactive game inspired by the game that plays after the end movie credits. Try your hand at spiking the evil aunts with the rhino and ring up major points

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

Interest Range: Disney, Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach, Fantasy, Tim Burton, Henry Selick