Friday, August 13, 2010

James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition

We all know that Tim Burton directed the recent Alice In Wonderland starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Well when you watch Burton’s films long enough you start to realize he IS the Mad Hatter. His unique films draw you into another world as each one comes to life on the screen. From Ed Wood to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Burton has been consistent in delivering some memorable films with his eccentric style. One of his most beloved is James and the Giant Peach. I recently checked it out on the new Special Edition Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack. If you loved this film, then seeing it on Blu-ray will be truly enjoyable. Someone had recently said to me that stop-motion animation has become a forgotten art. Well I hope this new release will wake some people up and revive this style of animation. The Blu-ray version comes with some special features that shouldn’t be missed. There is a really funny game called Spike the Aunts where you get to “spike” the nasty evil aunts from the film with a rhino! Also, there is the Production Featurette which takes a look at how the film was made. This kind of feature is already expected on DVD/Blu-ray releases, so not much of a surprise there. However this shows how much work was put in to make this film. Man! You have to have A LOT of patience to make a stop-motion animated film. Overall, this is one release that I was very satisfied with.

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