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James and the Giant Peach [Special Edition] [DVD] [1996]

  • SKU: 1114937
  • Release Date: 09/14/2010
  • Rating: PG
$9.99

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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (58 out of 59)

    Special Features


    • Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film
    • "Good News" music video performed by Randy Newman
    • Original theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    James and the Giant Peach
    A young boy's discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this strikingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one might expect from an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, as young British lad James (Paul Terry) is orphaned by the death of his parents and forced to live with two cruel, repulsive aunts (played by noted British character actors Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley of British TV hit Absolutely Fabulous). The visit of a mysterious stranger provides a means of escape, however, through a magic bag of "crocodile tongues" that bring about the appearance of the giant peach. The curious James soon winds up inside the fruit, at which point his body changes, and the film switches to a combination of stop-motion and digital animation. The new James meets up with a group of talking, oversized insects, including a vampish spider (voiced by Susan Sarandon), a sarcastic centipede (voiced by Richard Dreyfuss), and a matronly ladybug (voiced by Jane Leeves). These creatures become his traveling companions when the peach rolls into the Atlantic Ocean, and James and his new friends must brave a variety of dangers to reach the shore. Director Henry Selick provides further proof of the visual skill he demonstrated in The Nightmare Before Christmas, creating a fascinating, often eerie alternate universe, while Randy Newman provides the upbeat musical accompaniment. Young children may be disturbed by the story's creepier overtones, but the mixture of remarkable visuals, oddball characters, and off-kilter fantasy will appeal to all other audiences. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Joanna Lumley
      Joanna Lumley - Aunt Spiker
    • Simon Callow
      Simon Callow - Grasshopper
    • Richard Dreyfuss
      Richard Dreyfuss - Centipede
    • Jane Leeves
      Jane Leeves - Ladybug
    • Pete Postlethwaite
      Pete Postlethwaite - Old Man



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 59 reviews

    98%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Old School Fun

      Posted
      filmbuff
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      This holds up pretty well considering it's age. It came out around the same time as The Nightmare Before Christmas, right after I think. So it has the same look - it's stop motion photography, tedious to do. There is a weird mixture of live actors with the stop motion characters. Fun movie especially if you're a fan of Roald Dahl's work.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Lavish Animated Adventure

      Posted
      kevman79

      'James and the Giant Peach,' based off the Roald Dahl childrens story, is a very rich and lavish piece of animation. The movie has all the makings of a masterpiece, but is setback slightly by a dark and somewhat weird storyline, which might be a little bit much for young children. Still recommended though.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Disney movie for the fall

      Posted
      Caliluv94cobra
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      Bought this for my daughter who is now 7 and after sitting down again and watching it with her, this could end up one day being a classic. Wish it included Digital Copy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great film

      Posted
      Tony
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      I remember seeing this as a child and thought back fondly on it but I had forgotten quite a bit of it. I think it is typical Tim Burton movie which I love the stop motion. Roald Dahl stories are timeless and this movie is great

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Solid adapatation of a classic story

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      stevereno78
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      James and the Giant Peach offers a creative take on a childrens classic. It isnt one of Disney's best, but it offers a solid narrative and attractive animation as a fitting companion piece to The NIghtmare Before Christmas.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great film with heart!

      Posted
      CKB84
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      Big fan of the Roald Dahl classic book and this film took an unique take in its storytelling. Lots of heart in this film as well as memorable characters.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Hard to go Wrong with Tim Burton

      Posted
      FergieFerg
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      This movie is fantastic. I bought it to go along with a unit in my class where my students read the book. This adaptation is a great interpretation of the book and was as enjoyable for me as it is for my students.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      James and the Giant Peach

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      TimmyG84
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      James goes into a giant peach where he embarks on a journey to New York City with critter friends. The film is a nice companion piece to Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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