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Jack The Giant Slayer [DVD + UV Copy] [2013]

Stanley Tucci , Ewan McGregor    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stanley Tucci, Ewan McGregor
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Finnish, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (164 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00683T2NO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson star in this modern-day fantasy adventure based on the classic fairy tale. When Jack (Hoult), a young farmhand, unwittingly opens a gateway into the world of giants, an ancient war is reignited as the giant warriors seize their opportunity to reclaim the land they lost centuries before. As Jack swings into battle for his kingdom and its people, and also for the love of the beautiful Princess Isabelle (Tomlinson), he finds himself face to face with the fearsome fighters he thought existed only in legend. The supporting cast includes Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Bill Nighy, Ian McShane and Eddie Marsan.

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.


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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fee fi fo fum 10 April 2013
By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Not one of director Bryan Singer's best films and after a somewhat slow start, Jack The Giant Slayer does turn into a fun family fantasy adventure film with a good cast and impressive effects. The plot is basically the classic fairy tale Jack And The Beanstalk with farm boy Jack trading in a horse for some magic beans which ends up becoming a giant beanstalk after a thunderstorm and Jack climbs up the beanstalk along with a group of knights to rescue a princess and ends up fighting an army of giants. The film is basically a panto on the big screen. The mostly British cast are all good and hamming it up for all its worth and having fun. Nicholas Hoult is good as Jack though it's Ewan Mcgregor who gives the best performance as a knight and Stanley Tucci chews the scenery as a villain you want to boo at and Ian Mcshane is good as the king. The giants look very impressive on screen lead by Bill Nighy and while it might be a bit scary for young children it is a fun film the whole family can enjoy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun 5 Aug 2013
Format:Blu-ray
One of the latest new trends in Hollywood is to take age old fairy tales and turn them into big blustering blockbusters. So far the results have been a little lacklustre. Alice in Wonderland was a hollow, boring example of lazy filmaking and the recent Hanzel and Gretel also hasnt done much to pursuade the general public that all of this is a good idea.

So it is with some pleasure and a little surprise that Jack The Giant Slayer is actually good! Okay, so not a classic by any means and if you want a little brain with your brawn you are definately in the wrong place, but for a bit of fun for a couple of hours you could do a lot worse.

We all know the story of Jack and The Beanstalk so there is no point re-treading old ground. This version takes things a step further by adding a whole array of giants and getting them into a war with the human world.

When Jack's house is lifted into the sky by the fast growing weed taking the kingdom's princess with it, he springs into action. Or, more accurately, climbs into action. He and a bunch of hapless knights head into the clouds to find themselves at the mercy of the giants.

The giants have been waiting a long time for their chance to enter the human world again, so they waste no time in waging war.

The giants themselves are rendered well and given some nice personality traits. If anything it would have been good to spend a little more time with them on their turf, but this film is not about to waste time on bulding character and worlds.

Generally the action is good but a bit more would have been welcome. The final battle starts off great and watching the giants tear apart an army and lay siege on the castle is great fun, but it ends rather suddenly.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I liked this film and together with my 12 years old daughter we spend a nice moment watching it. It is however definitely not recommended to little children, like 11 and younger. This review contains limited SPOILERS.

This retelling of old tale of Jack and the Beanstalk is pretty well done, with many key ingredients of fairy tales well in place. There is a brave and clever farm boy (Jack), a cute and quite likeable damsel in distress, a noble king, his brave knights, a vilainous treacherous scoundrel, powerful magic items, a really REALLY BAD alpha (and beta) giant and a whole batallion of other giants, almost as dangerous as their two-headed leader.

Past the first 10 minutes, the film is rather quick paced and visually it is very pleasant: the sky domain of giants, the giant beanstalks and the mighty royal fortress are really impressive. The desperate fight of royal army against the giants besieging the great royal castle is a particularly well done thing - I certainly appreciated that both humans and giants fight in a rather logical way and human army is definitely not a push-over...

The best character in the film and a scene stealer is Elmont, a sarcastic noble knight commanding royal guard, played very VERY convincingly by Ewan McGregor who seizes this occasion to remind the public, that he once played Obi-wan Kenobi and that after all he killed Darth Maul and General Grievous and defeated and mutilated Darth Vader... Frankly, I almost expected Elmont to finally use his light-saber and I was very surprised when he didn't...

Stanley Tucci who plays the main villain Roderick is another scene stealer, with his quasi Monty Pythonesque style - it is clear he had tons of fun playing in this film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film for the family! 18 Aug 2013
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
When I went to see 'Jack the Giant Slayer' at the cinema, I admit that I wasn't expecting much. I thought that a few laughs would be guaranteed, but ultimately it would be of the biggest interest to young children (perhaps I should have looked at the '12' certificate first). Yet, I enjoyed the whole thing from start to finish and found myself captivated by the story.

All the elements of an epic fairy tale adventure can be found here, excitement in high quantities, as well as a generous helping of danger, chivalry, heroism and romance. We are familiar with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and this film follows on from that traditional tale, but also manages to add a little extra and some originality to it. It was a fun visual experience as well, the graphics are amazing and those giants on the screen look so real (they were all animated, but they could fool many people).

The cast has a string of well known British actors which supported the quality of the film, Ewan McGregor was my favourite, bringing a effortlessly confident performance as the plum role of Elmont, the head of the King's Guardians.

I recommend that you buy 'Jack The Giant Slayer' on DVD and watch it with the entire family, you'll be transported into a magical world and will all enjoy your stay. I was admittedly very wrong when I assumed that it was aimed at young children.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
My family really liked this film. A fairy tale, probably not for the very young because of the killings, but one that most older children (as well as a few adults) will enjoy. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Destiny Detective
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film even if you don't have kids
After reading some of the reviews I was in two minds about getting it, I got the impression that this was a family film more for the youngsters, my husband wanted it so I bought it... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Charyld Lewis-Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Charm and artistry to go with the special effects
Yes, the story is as old as the stars
Yes, there's a certain amount of silliness

However, rather after the fashion of A Knights Tale and the first pirates film this... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Ed Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Very good film with a twist on the original story. Very enjoyable and would watch it again. All the family watched it
Published 3 days ago by ailie wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic film bit scarey for younger children .
Really good adventure film was a bit apprehensive at first as my grandson is only 7 but he loves it . Read more
Published 7 days ago by cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars good film
wow, watched this film with my daughter. some of the scenes were a bit scary, but she loved the film, as did i. Read more
Published 8 days ago by wendy rhodes
4.0 out of 5 stars For all ages
Not bad at all with good acting and well made giants. I will recommend for a day you need someting light and well told while you are nursing something or want to spend times with... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Tweetiti
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a really good film, lots of action some scenes will appeal to kids but may be a bit scary for younger children, something to sit and watch as a family maybe.
Published 15 days ago by Paul A. Sutton
5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging
Worth purchasing and packaging was perfect. The film was definately worth getting and i will be purchasing more movies in the future.
Published 16 days ago by Warrior woman
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable
We all enjoyed this film,good in blu ray or 3D ,the 3D effects made it more entertaining to us but altogether a great family film, if you have very young children do not let them... Read more
Published 17 days ago by keith pavitt
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