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Released: 2013-06-18

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Jack the Giant Slayer (Blu-ray/DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy Combo Pack) by New Line Home Video

Movie Details

Director
Bryan Singer
Studio
New Line Home Video
Runtime
114
Rated
PG-13 (Parental Guidance)
Binding
Blu-ray

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Description

Jack the Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend—and gets the chance to become a legend himself.

Actors

  • Nicholas Hoult
  • Eleanor Tomlinson
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Ian McShane
  • Bill Nighy

Format

  • NTSC
  • Subtitled
  • Widescreen

Editorial Review

The traditional fairy tale has been folded and spindled by Hollywood so often that it can be hard to remember what made the stories so beloved in the first place. (When writing the originals back in the 19th century, the Brothers Grimm tended to shy away from American Idol jokes.) Thankfully, the megabudgeted Jack the Giant Slayer chooses to find its wit and humor within the myth, rather than awkwardly shoehorning in pop culture references. While some of the action may be a bit too splattery for younger kids, the majority of viewers should find it as difficult to resist as… well, a good bedtime story. Director Bryan Singer (X-Men, The Usual Suspects) and his writers keep the basic beats of the tale intact: farm boy Jack (Nicholas Hoult) gets magic seeds, climbs resulting beanstalk (a truly special effect that looks exactly like you'd think it should), rescues princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) from angry big dudes. Meanwhile, the additions that are made to flesh out the narrative–most notably Ewan McGregor as a cocky Han Soloish knight–enhance rather than detract from the overall dreamy pull. As for the giants, they're a winningly gross bunch, with exaggerated characteristics that recall both ancient woodcuts and Mad magazine. (Props to Bill Nighy and John Kassir, whose vocal talents combine to make a fantastically weird head bad guy.) Singer and company can't entirely escape the modern blockbuster bloat, and Jack's final act does admittedly teeter on the verge of too-muchness, with a battle sequence that calls down the ear-punishing thunder and threatens to dissolve into a CGI blur. The story's basic charm ultimately wins out, however, thanks to the filmmakers always keeping in mind the value of a good tale well told. Squareness can be a virtue, sometimes. –Andrew Wright

More Details

Binding
Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio
1.77:1
Disks
2
Language
English

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