Blu-ray, 3D, DVD Release: Jack the Giant Slayer

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $35.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $44.95
Studio: Warner Home Video

Jack the Giant SlayerThe old fairy tale gets an update in director Bryan Singer’s (Superman ReturnsJack the Giant Slayer.

Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies) stars as Jack, a young farmhand who accideentally opens a gateway between our world and the world of a fearsome race of giants. Once they’re unleashed, the giants try to take back the land they lost. To save the kingdom, its people and get the love of a brave princess (Eleanor Tomlinson, Alice in Wonderland), Jack comes face to face with the warriors he thought only existed in legend.

Singer again partnered with scripter Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher), who also wrote Singer’s Valkyrie and The Usual Suspects. But Jack’s screenplay was also thanks to (Shrek Forever After) Darren Lemke and TV writer Dan Studney, with his first feature film.

Hoult is supported by a host of name actors, including Ewan McGregor (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen), Stanley Tucci (Margin Call), Ian McShane (Snow White and the Huntsman), Warwick Davis (Willow), Bill Nighy (Wrath of the Titans) and Eddie Marsan (War Horse).

Jack the Giant Slayer Blu-ray 3D boxBut despite all the pedigree this film carried, Jack the Giant Slayer got mixed reviews from critics and moviegoers when it was in theaters. Christian Science Monitor critic Peter Rainer called the PG-13 movie, “not awful, not wonderful. Jack the Giant Slayer is a mid-range fairy tale epic that’s a lot more ho hum than fee-fi-fo-fum.”

The Blu-ray/DVD Combo and Blu-ray/DVD/Blu-ray 3D Combo comes with plenty of special features. Here’s the list:

  • deleted scene
  • gag reel
  • “Become a Giant Slayer” interactive experience
    • “Know Your Enemy”
    • “Suiting Up”
    • “Attack Tactics”
    • “The Magic of a Beanstalk”
    • “How to Zip”
    • “Giants’ Kitchen”
    • “Saving the Princess”
    • “Defending Your Kingdom”
  • instant streaming and digital download via UltraViolet redeemable by June 18, 2015.

The DVD also carries the deleted scenes and gag reel.

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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.