Blu-Ray Review: James And The Giant Peach

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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!

This wonderfully strange tale of a young man named James (Paul Terry) who escapes the clutches of his evil aunts and finds himself among giant insect friends in a giant peach is odd indeed. The beauty here is that as often as his aunts had put him down, the talking insects open their hearts to him and show him unconditional love. In fact, they show the young man that he is a very important part of the world around him.

The rest of the cast is a very inspired choice. Susan Sarandon plays Miss Spider. Jane Leeves is the ladybug. David Thewlis is the Earthworm. Richard Dreyfus is the Centipede. And there are plenty more that make for a strong cast including Simon Callow with Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes as the live action aunts.

The Blu-ray presentation maintains a nice texture for the movie that lets the live-action and animation blend well together.  The Blu-ray also comes with a fun, interactive “Spike the Aunts” game based on the post-credits sequence of the movie, as well as the production featurette and Randy Newman music video from a DVD released in 2000.

Blu-ray Bonus Features
• Spike the Aunts Interactive Game – New BD Exclusive! 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!
• Production Featurette – A look at the making of the film.
• “Good News” Music Video performed by Randy Newman
• Still Frame Gallery
• Original Theatrical Trailer