Jack The Giant Slayer (2013/Warner Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray + DVD)
Picture: B- 2D Picture: B-/C Sound: B+/B- Extras: C Film: C
fantasy genre is so played out outside of all-CG features that only The Hobbit films are likely to make any
money, with few exceptions at this point, but the studios are so enamored with
mindless distractions disguised as entertainment that could make Rings/Hobbit type money that they still
greenlight so many such big budget fiascos that no one should be surprised when
they are box office duds. Bryan Singer’s
Jack The Giant Slayer (2013) was
originally titled Jack The Giant Killer
as several previous versions of the story had been, but political correctness
and a sense of boredom and lameness that helped do it in at the box office.
course, it has a few qualities about it that points to possibilities it could
have been better like the ill-fated and more celebrated bomb version of John Carter (reviewed elsewhere on this
site by someone who liked it) whose extra scenes show a better film was
there. That is the case here too, but
again, silliness and an endless series of trite distractions that add up to
again insulting the audience despite a decent cast.
(Nicholas Hoult) is the one who gets the supposedly magic beans and then plants
them with serious repercussions, but thanks to generic digital visual effects
aka CGI, the makers are hell bent on overdoing that aspect of the story to
ridiculous proportions that the film becomes a spoof of itself despite being
too jokey throughout to begin with and it is also practically a British
production, so that is supposed to make us feel more at home with this mythical
past, but that never works either.
the most fantasy-oriented film the once serious filmmaker Singer has made after
three Superhero films and some superior thrillers, but when he tries to do
things out of his range, including imitate Lucas and Spielberg, the film falls
flat every time and when all the mistakes and flaws add up, the film is a pointless
B-movie its budget and talent should not have produced. The giants are no better than the lamely
animated CG figures in Zemeckis’ Beowulf
(also reviewed elsewhere on this site) that are just more natural moving
(versus too slow of the older release) and never, ever manage to convincingly
mesh with the live action work.
McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Eddie Marsan, Warwick Davis and Bill
Nighy all give it their old school best, but old school is what this would-be
epic is missing and it never knows if it wants to be a family film, a fanboy
film or just throws anything and everything up there to appeal top anyone who
will watch. Instead, it is such a
mish-mash that it lands up not being appealing at all and now stands as the
nadir of Singer’s usually impressive career.
X 1, 1080p full HD MVC-encoded 3-D – Full Resolution digital High Definition
image was shot with no less than 3 HD cameras: the RED EPIC, Arri Alexa and
even the older Panavision Genesis Singer and his longtime Director of
Photography Newton Thomas Sigel used on their mixed Superman Returns seven years before. You would think that would give the film (it
was issued in IMAX and 35mm film) a more diverse look with more character, but
instead, we just get a more extensive generic look that is not very memorable
and to top that off, the 3D is inconsistent including dark scenes where it is
not that good at all. Have they learned
nothing from the Clash Of The Titans
2D digital High Definition image presentation is therefore equal to the 3D and
also has more than its share of fake shots, dated CGI on arrival and other
minor picture issues like detail and odd color (intended and not) that do not
offer any real demo shots or any memorable images. The anamorphically enhanced DVD image is much
softer and very hard to watch.
DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix is the default highlight of this
wreck, with terrific sound design, enveloping sound field and superior sonic
fidelity down to the so-so John Ottman score.
Too bad the rest of the production was not up to these high standards
and the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD is not match for that mix, but is as
good as it can get for that old codec.
include Ultraviolet Copy for PC, PC portable and iTunes-oriented devices, while
the Blu-ray adds Gag Reel (they were certainly having more fun than we were),
Deleted Scenes and interactive Become A
Giant Slayer function that has you find various behind the scenes clips as
you watch the film. Hoult hosts it, but
it might have been better if it were a ‘giant killer’ feature.
- Nicholas Sheffo