June 18 is the street date for director Bryan Singer’s CGI-laced take on the old English fairy tale about a boy, a beanstalk and a gaint. “Fee-fi-fo-fum” has turned into a chorus as there are giants aplenty in Warner Home Video’s three-SKU home entertainment product launch of Jack the Giant Slayer.
The ARR is 109 days and the domestic box office haul currently stands right at $63 million.
The “golden eggs” being served up are two Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack editions — one with a 3D/2D viewing option and the other as 2D only — and there is also a DVD stand alone edition. All three feature UltraViolet.
Jack (Nicholas Hoult — Clash of the Titans, Warm Bodies, X-Men: First Class, etc.) is no mere boy and the hen that lays the golden eggs has been transformed (a literary license) into a beautiful princess named Isabelle (Eleanor Tomlinson — Alice in Wonderland).
Other than that, it’s pretty much the same story, only on steroids. Lots of giants who love to dine on humans with glee (with “relish,” we thought, would imply other condiments as well) and are only kept at bay by a magical crown — whomever possesses it has absolute power over them.
Along for the great adventure is Ewan McGregor as Elmont, a loyal knight, while Stanley Tucci is delightfully cast as the villain of the piece, Roderick, with Bill Nighy supplying the voice for the two-headed leader of the giant hordes, Fallon.
All three SKUs include deleted scenes and a gag reel, while the Blu-ray editions feature the interactive feature, “Become a Giant Slayer.”
Playing a little fast and loose with the actual historical events (that’s Hollywood), this sumptuous costume drama is nevertheless a long-awaited cinematic gem that also stars Roger Moore (as Prince Henri), Pedro Armendáriz (as his father, King Francis I) and Marisa Pavan (as Henri’s scheming “baby machine” of a wife, Catherine de Medici).
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