New Release: James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray

James and the Giant Peach movie sceneThe second movie partnership of producer Tim Burton (Alice in Wonderland) and director Henry Selick after The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach got its high-definition debut on Aug. 3, 2010, the same day as 1980s teen comedy The Breakfast Club.

Based on the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach follows young James as he magically grows a giant peach then climbs inside and goes on a journey, meeting weird and wonderful characters along the way. Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon (Peacock, The Lovely Bones), Simon Callow (Amadeus) and Fraser‘s Jane Leeves are among the voice cast.

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment‘s 1996 movie, which grossed $28.9 million when it was in theaters, mixes stop-motion animation and computer-generated special effects. It was nominated for an Oscar for Randy Newman’s original music.

James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray boxThe Blu-ray as released in a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, a usual for Disney’s family titles, and carried a suggested retail price of $39.99. The 80-minute PG-rated film is presented in 16×9 widescreen.

The release contains three special features that were already available in the James and the Giant Peach Special Edition DVD released in 2004. They are:

  • making-of featurette
  • music video for Randy Newman’s “Good News,” and
  • still-frame gallery.

The Blu-ray also offers a new game called “Spike the Aunts,” which is inspired by the game that plays after the end movie credits. In the game, users must spike the aunts with the rhino to ring up points.

Selick and Burton also partnered on Coraline.


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Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.