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Blu-ray Bytes: James and the Giant Peach: The Special Edition
Question of the Day
Highlighting the best interactive features from the high-definition format.
Spiking the peach
I won't need to convince any animation aficionado to buy the Blu-ray version of the 1996 stop-motion classic James and the Giant Peach: The Special Edition (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, rated PG, $39.99).
The high-definition debut of Henry Selick's adaptation of author Roald Dahl's 1961 novel displays a wonderland that contains a slightly murky color palette but gives newly cleaned up and well-appreciated detail to the cast of anthropomorphic creatures.
James Henry Trotter's dream of living in New York City will enthrall the younger demographic as the musical moves from live action to the wonderful stop-motion magic. They also may be mildly entertained by an interactive challenge included on the disc.
In the "Spike the Aunts Game," a single player directs a rhinoceros to move its horn and poke at James' abusive guardians, Spiker and Sponge, while they sit and rotate on a wheel.
Use the controller's "enter" button to charge up and time your "bash" and "bonk" to make them spin faster and collect points. Propel the skinnier of the two relatives and earn extra points during the 30-second rounds.
This cute time-waster sports cut-out character designs and a bit of animation, but will only keep youngsters engaged for less time than it takes to load.
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A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 17 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology.
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