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James And The Giant Peach

Genre: Animation/Live Action

Reviewed In Issue 44 (Dec 2000) Of Widescreen Review®

Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Pete Postlethwaite & Paul Terry And The Voice Talents Of Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Susan Sarandon Miriam Margolyes & David Thewlis

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: 5
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Critics' Composite Score: 3.5
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 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 20100
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG for some frightening images.
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 79
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1996
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/03/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Henry Selick
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based upon Roald Dahl

DVD Picture:
The 1.66:1 DVD is unfortunately not anamorphic, and is a recycled transfer of the LaserDiscs reviewed in Issue 26. There are only slight improvements in image quality, with increased clarity in backgrounds. Otherwise, the two versions are very similar. Viewed alone, the DVD is quite pleasing, but is not a reference quality picture. Both claymation and live-action scenes are a bit soft and hazy, but exhibit generally good depth. Colors are rich and fully saturated, with deep blacks. There are a couple of instances in which aliasing patterns are noticed, but pixelization and other distractions are minimal. (Suzanne Hodges)

Compared to the previous Dolby Digital LaserDiscs, the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack on the DVD is subtly yet noticeably more resolute in the higher frequencies, as well as being a bit higher in level. There are detectable differences between the Dolby Digital and DTS Digital Surround versions on the DVD, particularly with low frequencies in which the latter delivers with greater depth and level. The DTS version also sounds a bit more lively and active in the surrounds. Nonetheless, the 5.1-channel listening experience is exciting and engaging, with an energetic soundfield that is consistently spacious and involving. Sound effects have been very well-recorded and are effectively distributed throughout the soundstage, particularly to the split surrounds. Dialogue has been nicely produced and spatial integration is rather good. The music is an excellent recording and its integration into the soundfield is commendable. Deep bass is used throughout to both subtle and poignant effect, with below-25Hz extension that includes all channels and the .1 LFE. (Perry Sun)

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