Jack the Giant Slayer

Jack the Giant Slayer

DVD - 2013
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Jack, a young farmhand, must rescue a princess from giants after he mistakenly opens a gateway to their world.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, 2013
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (114 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Edition: Widescreen
Credits: Music by John Otman ; director of photograpny Newton Thomas Sigel.
Performers: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Eleanor Tomlinson, Eddie Marsan.
Audience: MPAA rating: PG-13
Language Note: Languages & subtitles: English, French & Spanish
ISBN: 9786315075810 : DVD
6315075819 : DVD
UPC: 794043170713
Call Number: DVD J

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 21, 2019

Jack the Giant Slayer retells the story of an old English classic fairly tale about a young farm boy named Jack (played by Nicholas Hoult) who unwillingly opens a gateway between our world and a world up in the sky filled with a race of vengeful and human eating giants. Jack follows Princess Isabelle (played by Eleanor Tomlinson) up a magic beanstalk on a quest to rescue the kidnapped princess. Jack is accompanied by the king's head guardian Elmont (played by Ewan McGregor). and Lord Roderick (played by Stanley Tucci), who possesses a treacherous plan to use an ancient crown to rule the race of giants and the kingdom below it. Adult supervision for younger children is recommended because there are some violent scenes where people die from being eaten by giants, and sword fights. The special effects are great, and the movie has a really good storyline while managing to weave an old English myth into a modern fairy tale. 4.5/5 Stars. @janmarrow1225 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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Kanata1867
Apr 07, 2018

Again another disc damaged by careless users, please use care so that others can enjoy

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duffy1014
May 11, 2015

good movie at fun too. Even the kids will enjoy this one!!

AladarNyc Jan 07, 2015

This was an enjoyable take on the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. Full of humor and action that kids of all ages will enjoy.

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ManMachine
Sep 07, 2014

For starters - I found it a really, really "queer" thing (indeed) that in Gantua, the land of giants, there were no females, at all. I guess that maybe, just like the magical beanstalk, these giants also grew out of beans, too, so there was no need for any women to be present as breeding vessels.

From my point of view, I found that this over-long and tiresome re-telling of the famous children's fable inevitably verged on the very brink of brain-dead stupidity far too often.

Yes. I do realize that this story was pure fantasy, but, it definitely took way too many liberties as it recklessly bent the original tale to the absolute breaking point.

To me, a good part of the cast were just a bunch of snotty, self-loving actors who continually delivered weak and insincere performances from start to finish.

Not only was the dialogue terrible, throughout, but the dumb romance that transpired between doofus farm-boy, Jack, and headstrong princess, Isabelle, was just as predictable and sickening as you could get.

And, the sad truth was that Jack certainly didn't turn out to be much of a giant slayer as this film's title so boastfully suggested.

As usual, about the only thing that this picture (with its PG-13 rating) had going for it was its extravagant CG effects. And, before long, these gave me a splitting headache, since they were so ridiculously over-done.

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StarLord21
May 27, 2014

I enjoyed Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci as always. The story was ok and the giants were better. I'd rate this an average movie. More of a family/kid movie.

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tucklee
Apr 23, 2014

Kids will enjoy this one, but I found the the script silly and Nicholas Hoult isn't going to win any acting awards for this performance. I guess the giants were the best part of this movie.

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ashleysears
Apr 11, 2014

Kids aged 5 and 9, liked this movie a lot.

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21221018293347
Apr 03, 2014

what a romp! Good guys and bad guys. Nice twist on the fairy tale.

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kayliemarie
Mar 01, 2014

Really great take on the classic!! Very enjoyable

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ManMachine
Sep 07, 2014

"A princess is such a useless thing."

7Liberty7 Apr 23, 2014

"Truth became legend."

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Monolith
Aug 26, 2013

Uncle (p.o.'d at his nephew for the 'goods' received in trade for his horse): "...I don't ask for much... In return for all those years I put food in your belly; clothes on your back; a roof over your head... So what do I have to show for it? ...Beans!" Jack: "I'll, I'll take them to The Abbey tomorrow and we'll tell the monks what happened!" Uncle: "You believe that story?" Jack: "I mean, he was a monk!" Uncle: "-Cuz he wore a robe... funny haircut?"

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ManMachine
Sep 07, 2014

Violence: This film has a "PG-13" rating, so don't expect the violence to be bloody, or gory.

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