Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|James and the Giant Peach |
Actors: Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss
Director: Henry Selick
Genres: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Musicals & Performing Arts, Animation
Take a bite out of Disney's delicious Special Edition of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the popular children's book by Roald Dahl that inspired this imaginative film. This amazing mix of li... more »
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I don't think special edition means what they think it does
audrey | white mtns | 03/22/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"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."
Wonderful film.. but not 'special' enough....
P. S. Rouse | Los Angeles, CA | 06/26/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
grumbling_goat | 10/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"just because something is animated doesn't necessarily mean that it's for children. it's rated PG for pete's sake! in my opinion, the positive aspects outway the negative. seriously, shouldn't the fact that sometimes life can be hard, but there is ALWAYS something YOU can do to make it better (with a little help from your friends) be a lesson every child should learn? james faced hardship and overcame it. he wasn't alone. he found friends. if your child can't accept the fact that life has ups and downs, perhaps you should re-evaluate your parenting skills instead of labeling this film "horrific". the fact that an Adult can't deal with the issues in this film to the point of not being able to watch it really terrifies me. i guess i find it "horrific" that people who are that sheltered are raising children. reality is a challenge."
grumbling_goat | Maryland | 03/08/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."