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James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray

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Special Edition / Blu-ray + DVD Disney / Buena Vista | 1996 | 79 min | Rated PG | Aug 03, 2010

James and the Giant Peach (Blu-ray)

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.67:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
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Video 3.2 of 53.2
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 1.2 of 51.2
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James and the Giant Peach


James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray offers decent video and great audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

James, a lonely orphan, is sent to live with his wicked and greedy Aunts Spiker and Sponge. Unwanted and forced to perform their menial chores, the boy dreams about going to New York City--a place, his father once told him, where dreams come true. Then James meets a mysterious old man who gives him a bag of magical glowing green things (crocodile tongues) and tells him that marvelous things will happen. Racing home, James accidentally spills the contents of the bag at the base of a barren old peach tree. To his astonishment, a peach instantly appears on the branch and grows and grows until it reaches 20 feet in diameter. Hungry and curious, James sneaks out that evening and takes a bite of the peach. When a glowing tunnel appears, the frightened boy ventures inside and meets Centipede, Earthworm, Ladybug, Glowworm, Grasshopper and Miss Spider. Rolling out to sea, the giant peach launches its passengers on a series of wildly imaginative adventures with New York City as their final destination.

For more about James and the Giant Peach and the James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray release, see James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Simon Callow, Paul Terry, Richard Dreyfuss, Miriam Margolyes, Susan Sarandon, Jane Leeves
Director: Henry Selick

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James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Assessing the quality of Disney's problematic 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation proved to be quite difficult. On one hand, videophiles will appreciate the faithful aspects of the transfer: its wonderfully grainy texture, Selick's subdued color palette, the preservation of his unforgiving shadows, and the gauzy, diffuse-lensed haze that settles overtop many of the film's live-action scenes. I know I did. On the other hand, many will rightfully criticize the transfer's many apparent problems: rampant crush, print blemishes and instabilities (among them a distracting fluttering that caught my eye again and again), flushed skintones, poorly contrasted live-action sequences (you can barely make out poor Postlethwaite's face) and other oddities and anomalies. As it stands, fans of their television's "Vibrant Contrast" mode and viewers with improperly calibrated displays will find some shots to be downright abysmal. Granted, the film's stop-motion animation looks dramatically better than its live-action bookends, but even its animated scenes aren't as crisp, clean or revealing as I expected. Oddly enough, the Blu-ray edition of The Nightmare Before Christmas trounces James and the Giant Peach in every conceivable category, and Burton's classic is three years older. It isn't entirely unwatchable, mind you -- the worst scenes are crammed into the first twenty minutes -- and the film's animated second act provides a welcome respite from the rest, but I have a hard time believing this is the best James and the Giant Peach could look. I suspect most viewers will be disappointed.

James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

Thankfully, James and the Giant Peach's stalwart DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track fares better than its video transfer. Dialogue is intelligible and well-prioritized, Postlethwaite's soothing narration is situated perfectly in the soundscape, and the tiniest sound effects earn a seat at Disney's sonic table. The rear speakers are a tad restrained at times, as is the LFE channel, but the whole of the soundfield kicks into high gear anytime a mechanical behemoth or rotting pirate makes a grab for dear, old James and his friends. At its best, LFE output is hearty and robust, ambience is fairly enveloping, and dynamics are impressive. Directionality is precise as well, and smooth pans whip chunks of fruit from speaker to speaker with ease. There are a handful of instances in which I had trouble isolating individual elements of the mix -- chaotic scenes involving music, bombastic action-beats, shouts and cries of panic, roaring waves, and numerous other sound effects -- but each one was brief and easy to overlook in the grand scheme of things. Ultimately, while its video transfer will leave many shaking their heads in disbelief, James' lossless audio track is the highlight of the studio's release.

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James and the Giant Peach Blu-ray Dated - May 8, 2010

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