Hit or miss as the dialogue is, the story itself has enough twists, turns and reinventive flair to avoid predictable pitfalls. Thankfully, crosstalk is held at bay on all but a few instances -- even then, ghosting is almost always a product of the 3D display and glasses, not the encode itself -- and aliasing isn't an issue. Just one that doesn't live up to its potential. Hoult and Tomlinson, on the other hand, are earnest enough, but lack the spark of their more colorful supporting players. Still, Singer pulls off more than I thought possible, and the film is more clever than it might have been in the hands of another director. The rear speakers don't shy away from the fight either, creating equally immersive but wholly different soundfields for the Kingdom of Cloister and the Land of Gantua, using pinpoint directionality to great effect.
The results are flawed but everyone involved commits wholeheartedly, and that goes a long way toward making Jack the fairly enjoyable fairy tale it is. Soon Jack volunteers to join the kingdom's finest -- chief advisor to King Brahmwell Ian McShane , Lord Roderick Stanley Tucci ; captain of the King's guard Elmont Ewan McGregor ; hardened swordsman Crawe Eddie Marsan ; and Roderick's right-hand man, Wicke Ewen Bremner -- on a mission to rescue the princess. Even then, the featurettes offer decent insight into the production and visual effects, but are unfortunately framed by kid-friendly doodles, help climb-tips with actor Nicholas Hoult, and other elements designed with children in mind. Director: Writers: , Starring: , , , , , » Jack the Giant Slayer 3D Blu-ray Review Jack climbs even higher in 3D thanks to a fantastic presentation. Had Singer and screenwriters Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney pressed the advantage and pushed into Princess Bride territory, Jack's adventure might have slayed anything in its path. Jack the Giant Slayer may be clever, but it isn't quite as clever as it thinks it is.
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. Further complicating this strange turn of events is runaway princess Isabelle Eleanor Tomlinson , who was seeking shelter when the beanstalk lifted Jack's house high into the heavens, taking her right along with it. All told, Jack and the Giant Slayer looks terrific, and the 3D experience it offers is effective and satisfying. Only Nighy's Fallon a monstrous general unfortunately saddled with a second head straight out of a Looney Tunes short successfully bucks the trend; minus the first giant Hoult and McGregor encounter, a sullen eyed trapper that captures one of Jack's comrades with such speed and eerie ferocity that for a moment -- a wonderful, frightening moment -- the giants are genuinely terrifying. But it falls far too short of brilliance and tumbles shy of greatness. The Kingdom of Cloister and its denizens boast a tongue-in-cheek craftiness too, with some of those too infrequent Princess Bride flourishes I found myself savoring. .
If I didn't have an enthusiastic eight-year-old at my side, I can't say it wouldn't have plummeted farther. Edges are sharp enough to split hairs, textures are refined, and both contrast and delineation are spot on. Fighting for a kingdom and 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. But Jack encounters more than he bargained for atop the beanstalk: a floating land of vindictive, man-eating giants led by a fearsome two-headed warrior named Fallon Bill Nighy and John Kassir , a traitor or two in the King's ranks, and a war that's been brewing for more than a thousand years. The giants, meanwhile, are a ragtag band of bumbling cartoon characters; a scratching, sniffling, farting bodily-function-joke delivery system akin to Peter Jackson's nose-spelunking trolls in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Wind and other dangers await, though, all determined to send your intrepid climber back to the beginning.
Instead, the trio settle for something closer to Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm, with a on-again, off-again wit that's, at its best, wry, dry and peripherally British, and, at its worst, juvenille and forcibly jovial. Arrows whip from one channel to the next, attacking hordes surround the listener, and convincing ambience, however subtle or larger than life, is at play at all times. Singer's anointed cast is perfectly suited to the heroes and villains as written and envisioned, and the production is brimming with creative touches and smart design choices that go beyond the standard modernized fairy tale fare. Everything fits neatly into place, thanks to terrific prioritization and impeccable mixing. Jack the Giant Slayer never looms as large as it should, but Singer and his impressive cast don't flinch for a second. McGregor, Tucci, Bremner and McShane seem to be having a great deal of fun, and also seem to know exactly what sort of film Jack and the Giant Slayer needs to be to rise above the genre squalor. Theirs is the most central story, and yet the most joyless and unengaging.
And while that sounds like the faintest of praise, it matters a good deal, particularly considering how disastrously wrong it all could have gone. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. Even when the script travels familiar roads, it does so with enough heart, humor and good will to redeem its occasional humdrummery. Warner's 3D Blu-ray release is a good deal better, although its rather anemic supplemental package is a letdown. Reviewed by , June 16, 2013 Fee Fi Fo Fum! Jack and the Giant Killer may be functional and unexpectedly entertaining, even larger than life. Take note of every last crack and crook in a giant's skin, the burning debris spilling off a breached castle wall, the leaves of a burning tree being hurled at a closing gate, the slight imperfections in the King's armor, strands of spilled hair that fall across Tomlinson's face, the shark-fin curls in McGregor's pompadour, the stitching in Jack's peasant hoodie. I just suspect Singer could have done better.
All told, it's a cumbersome, time-consuming way to access a series of otherwise run-of-the-mill content. » Show more for Jack the Giant Slayer 3D Blu-ray You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price. Sent to the market by his uncle to sell their horse and buy thatch for their roof, Jack meets the beautiful Princess Isabelle whom he rescues her from ruffians. What the giants lack in character they make up for in grassy, tree-knot skin, tangled hair, diseased eyes, flayed metal armor, craggy feet and intimidating size. Better still, significant artifacting, banding, noise and ringing are nowhere to be found, and crush is kept to the barest of minimums.
Depth and dimensionality are excellent, with Cloister and Gantua stretching convincingly to the horizon, giants looming at the forefront of the screen, swords and jagged rock spires jutting outward, and the vast difference in scale between giants and men is made all the more dramatic. I'll take a sequel starring the King and his Captain, if you don't mind. The apps are synchronized with your account at Blu-ray. Bryan Singer loyalists will have to pardon the question mark. Scale is clearly a fundamental factor, and Singer sidesteps slow and lumbering in favor of making his giants a feasible world-ending force to be reckoned with and his humans, every one without exception, fragile and inadequate.