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"Jack the Giant Slayer" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

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.

Specifications

  • New Line Home Video
  • Color, 2013,  Rated PG-13, 1 hour 34 minutes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • MPEG 4 /1080p 1.77:1 ratio
  • Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ewen McGregor
  • Directed by: Bryan Singer
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Continuing on my fairy-tale reviews this month, we have the re-imagining of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Overall, a safe family film with occasional scary moments (like giants biting heads off and stomping people into the ground). The CGI is fairly good, but the story gets mired in some frantic action sequences reminiscent of Van Helsing. I found the titular hero to be a little flat as an actor, but a younger audience may not mind too much. This movie was costly to produce and did not do well in the box office, but it is certainly entertaining enough to warrant an evening rental. Just be aware that the two-headed giant drops the "F-bomb" once…and another giant picks his nose and eats the contents thereof!

Technical

The picture is remarkably colorful and detailed, thanks to 90% of it being green screen CGI. That said, the overall appearance of the giants and scenery are fairly good, with lots of detail in the textures of their clothing and lumpy, grimy, warty skin. No banding or aliasing were ever noted. The surround speakers are quite busy during the action scenes and the sub will pack a punch with every giant footstep and tree that smashes into the castle walls. The music score is well presented throughout the movie as well.

Extras

Becoming a Giant Slayer, an interactive extra, was amusing…but strictly for the kids. Also included were some deleted scenes and a small gag reel.