Jack the Giant Killer  [DVD]
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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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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.Read more ›
Jumping ahead to today this film and it's special effects looks terribly dated by the standards set by a new generation of movie makers. However, we all have films which define our upbringing and this is one of mine.
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.
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.Read more ›
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I bought this on the recommendation of my wife, who saw it as a kid. She believed it was a Ray Harryhausen 'Dynamation' film, but she was wrong - although the guys responsible for... Read morePublished 3 days ago by David Elliott
I loved this film as a child and even many years later it still stands the test of time....Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome movie to watch,I have been looking for this movie on dvd for a long time as Its 1 movie I loved as a child,Its Ideal to watch on a rainy day & I highly recommend It.Published 2 months ago by helen kitson
Fun movie with appeal for audiences of all ages. The picture quality isn't great but the movie itself makes up for it.Published 2 months ago by Harryhausen Fan
One of my favourite films when I was a kid. Lucky to get a DVD version. So I could go back into childhood days for an hour & a half.Published 7 months ago by Mohammed Rashid
Jack the Giant Killer holds a special place in my movie memories. It's a magical fantasy tale with extremely scary imagery for a kids movie, in particular the witch attack on the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mr. C. Davies