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Jack the Giant Killer [1962] [DVD]

Kerwin Mathews , Nathan Juran    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kerwin Mathews
  • Directors: Nathan Juran
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 101 Films
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0087D1HIG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,469 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The terrible and treacherous sorcerer Pendragon plans to gain the throne of Cornwall by kidnapping The King s beautiful daughter - Elaine and forcing him to abdicate.

To achieve his goal, Pendragon uses his dark sorcery to create a giant called Cormoran tasked with abducting the Princess. When the giant seizes Elaine, brave farm lad - Jack slays the monster and rescues Elaine. In gratitude, King Mark makes Jack her protector and entrusts him to safely guide her to a convent across the sea.

Seeking revenge, Pendragon follows with his entourage of wicked witches, unleashing a storm of deadly monsters. Can Jack defeat the evil sorcerer and guide the Princess to safety?

Featuring the stars and director of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, this wonderful MGM fantasy celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012.

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Jack The Giant Killer

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great old fantasy classic film 30 July 2012
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I always loved this as a kid, and it only seems to appear on the TV every 6 years or so in the UK. Now we have this timely release to co-incide with the films' 50th birthday and the soon to be released remake.
The film is still fabulous after all this time. Great Techicolour photography, lavish costumes, an energetic cast - including the handsome Kerwin Mathews who had also played Sinbad a few years before. Above all, it has an exciting plot, and keeps the viewer interested and entertained throughout.
Some of the scenes may be a bit scary for the very young, eg under 6, with scenes of ghostly skeleton faces and witches and ogres etc, so this is a PG certificate with that in mind, but this is generally perfect family fare, and kids nowadays see much more than they ought to.

Probably not a good idea to compare this with The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad. Yes, it has a similar cast, and theme and director, but the animation is a bit jerky and the monsters look fake for the most part. It makes up for it however, with lots of colourful spells and magical touches, and if anything, is less corny than Sinbad, with better dialogue and pace, and certainly a nastier streak running through it than the Sinbad film.

The real shame is the DVD release itself. You would have thought that a film never before released on any home entertainment format in the UK, celebrating it's 50th year, would deserve a real special edition treatment. What do we get here? The film, presented in a sort of widescreen format and with a reasonably nice Technicolour print- although it was shot in 1:37 apparently, so we must be missing top and bottom bits to accomodate the masking, and a reproduction miniature poster. That's it! Not even a trailer.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars shabby DVD release! 4x3 version only! 5 July 2012
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This looks like a PAL conversion of the USA release from the DVD release several years ago. It is Letterboxed 4x3 aspect ratio.A 16x9 version, with a hint of restoration would have been much, much better.101 films should have put a lot more effort into the technical standard in this release.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jack vs. giants 13 Feb 2007
After seeing this movie recently, it has gone on to be one of my favourite films. it has everything, charm, romance, vikings, leprechauns, an evil sorcerer and plenty of giants. a traditional fairytale with some "interesting" monsters, you can tell the designers really went to town to create unique and chilling creatures, my favourite being a shapely witch with a head like an open maw, which can emit hurricane force gales. Its all a bit of fun, with a rhyming leprechaun in a bottle who aids jack and a steriotypical viking who singlehandedly mans a warship. if you want a fantasy film whic sticks to the tried and tested formula, then this is a perfect film for you. it has the beautiful princess coming of age, getting kidnapped, getting rescued by a (very) handsome farm boy who is then knighted and charged with the safety of the princess who again gets kidnapped... la la la, etc, etc, etc. its all predictable stuff and leaves you with a warmth inside and a smile on your face.

i cant think of a bad thing to say about it, apart from the crude animation, but even that has its charm, and the cornyness of the whole thing but it is a great film and especially one for a rainy sunday in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 4 Oct 2013
By emma
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Love love love this film, have been looking for bloody years for it as was a favourite film as a child!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
It's the fairy tale land of Cornwall, England, and the Black Prince Pendragon (Torin Thatcher) plans to abduct Princess Elaine (Judith Meredith) so as to gain control of the land. However, his plans are at first thwarted when farmers boy Jack (Kerwin Matthews) slays the giant sent by Pendragon to claim the Princess. But Pendragon is not to be denied and a battle between good and evil commences.

There's quite a back story to this United Artists feature film. It's loosely based on the traditional tale "Jack the Giant Killer" and features the use of stop motion animation. The mere mention of stop motion automatically brings to mind the great name of Ray Harryhausen. In 1958 director Nathan Juran had helmed The 7th Voyage of Sinbad with both Matthews and Thatcher starring as the good and evil characters respectively. A big success for Columbia, Harryhausen had offered it to UA producer Edward Small who turned it down, much to his regret. So here, four years later, he gathered the same crew for what essentially is a retread of the plot of Sinbad's seventh in the hope of replicating said success. Harryhausen, however, said no, perhaps understandably, so his creatures were created for "Jack" by Project Unlimited under the watchful eye of one time Harryhausen understudy Jim Danforth. While the other effects, filmed in "Fantascope" come courtesy of Howard A. Anderson and Augie Lohman.

Columbia sued Small on the grounds of plot similarity, thus holding up the release of the film in the UK for several years (it wasn't banned as some people seem to think). Once released the film was panned by the critics and many parents were outraged that the film was too violent and scary for youngsters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars if only doug mclure was in it too
great film from my childhood. doesn't look so impressive by moden cgi standards and i'm sure your modern teenager would give it 5 minutes before calling you an old fart and leaving... Read more
Published 9 days ago by abcwarrior01
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product
Great film. Worked really well. Watch it all the time. Thanks to the seller for a great product.
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn Wilson
1.0 out of 5 stars Apalling
The original 1962 veresion, not the recent story so buyer beware as I was caught totally offguard by this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ribena berry
5.0 out of 5 stars jack the giant killer
great piece of 60`s fantasy, effects not on the level of Harryhausen, however, the witches are great scary fun and the night time attack on the ship is very creepy for kids. Read more
Published 3 months ago by scalia
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Far better that the new version Jack the Giant Slayer - all the grandchildren and even the wife loves it
Published 4 months ago by D.M.Sissons
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
this was just great and had a poster with it from the film . arrived fast too thank you very much
Published 5 months ago by Emma moulin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Animation/stop motion maybe dated & not on par with Ray Harryhausen, but this is still a childhood classic for me personally. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Smiffy
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack!!
SOOO old but brilliant. You cannot take this seriously but it's brilliant if you like the 'old' stuff....have a laugh and enjoy!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs C V Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack the Giant Killer
came on time

Top film was well enjoyed and the packaging ensured safe delivery. would recommend this film that will be enjoyed by the whole family
Published 9 months ago by helen card
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
I am a huge fan of the orginal monster movies & this one is right up my street for viewing
Published 10 months ago by Mart
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