WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

James And The Giant Peach

Reviewed In Issue 26 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Terry.

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Walt Disney Home Video
(Catalog Number): 7894 AS
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $29.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 79
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1996
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Credits Information
(Director): Henry Selick
(Screenplay/Written By): Karey Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Roberts & Steve Bloom
(Story): NA
(Music): Randy Newman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Bill Boes & Kenall Cronkhite
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(Editor): Stan Webb
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(Executive Producers): Jake Eberts
(Co-Producers): Brian Rosen & Henry Selick
(Producers): Tim Burton & Denise Di Novi

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Digital Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Digital
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Based upon Roald Dahl’s first children’s book from 1961, James And The Giant Peach tells the fantasy tale of a young orphan named James (Paul Terry), living like a slave with his evil aunts (Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley). When he spills a bag of magic given to him by a strange man (Pete Postlethwaite), a house-sized peach grows from a barren tree. James crawls inside and is transformed into a world of clay-animation, where he meets six semi-human insects—Grasshopper (Simon Callow), Centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), Ladybug (Jane Leeves), Glow Worm (Miriam Margolyes), Spider (Susan Sarandon) and Earthworm (David Thewlis). With the help of his new bug-buddies, James harnesses 100 seagulls to the peach and sets out to follow his heart. Look for a cameo appearance by Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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