It seems as if Disney sticks more material and restores their films better with each subsequent title they take on. Their latest, 1996’s James and the Giant Peach, is no exception. While the title isn’t decades of years old like some titles that Disney could clean up, I feel that the restoration work done in bringing the title to Blu-Ray is solid. Colors are sharper, the world more immersive, than in any other format up to this point.
Voices are perfect, with other noises rendered at least as well as they did on the film’s theatrical engagement. For those viewers that have gotten finished with this title, Disney has placed on a number of illuminating featurettes. The younger set will get a kick out of “Spike The Aunts”, a game that allows players to get a little of their aggression out, while those viewers (both young and old) that want to see exactly how much work was put into creating the film will love the “Behind The Scenes” featurette on the DVD version of the film.
A bit of a rarity, the video for Randy Newman’s “Good News” is also present here, while the trailer for James and the Giant Peach may just provide viewers with a slightly different context for how to enjoy the film. At many retailers for a sub-$20 price tag, Disney’s 2010 re-release of James and the Giant Peach should be seen as a must buy. Enjoy it, and wait with anticipation until that time when Disney does up another of their classics in the same loving and caring way.
James and the Giant Peach: Special Edition (Blu-Ray + DVD Combo Pack) / 2010 Disney / 79 Minutes / http://www.disneybluray.com / http://www.dig.com