3D Blu-ray Review Jack The Giant Slayer: THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    What can I say? I love 3D! From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content. I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite. That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT. I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky. However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation. These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves. I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum. My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released. As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.


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    Jack The Giant Slayer

    Studio: Warner Bros.
    Product Release: June 18, 2013
    Ratio: 2.4:1
    Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital French & Spanish 5.1
    Running Time: 114 minutes
    Rating: PG-13

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    On A Scale 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 3
    3D Separation: 3
    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 2

    As someone who reviews new releases for HTF, I sometimes have
    to sit through films that I otherwise would not have purchased on my
    own. When I recently received a screener of Jack The Giant Slayer,
    I sort of rolled my eyes and sighed in disgust. On face value alone, I
    was not looking forward to watching what I thought would be yet another
    mindless action/fantasy film that the studio decided to squeeze into their
    winter lineup prior to the Spring blockbuster releases. Oh, I was determined
    not to like Jack The Giant Slayer. For the film's first half hour I sat with
    my arms crossed, grumbling that there was still 90 minutes of my time left
    to be wasted.

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    We all know the story...or at least we think we know it. Jack The Giant
    Slayer is loosely based on the fairy tale that all of us grew up with. I say
    loosely, as the film suggests that this is the original story from which other
    variations grew from. Oh, don't worry, all the basic elements are still firmly
    in place here. We have the young, adolescent farm boy Jack (Nicholas Hoult),
    who goes to town to sell his horse. Instead of bringing home money to pay for
    needed repairs on his uncle's roof, he returns with a pouch filled with magic
    beans. One of the beans gets wet, and from it, a monstrous beanstalk sends
    him into into the clouds to a land where Giants roam. Jack The Giant Slayer
    introduces some original twists to the story by adding several new characters.
    There's a beautiful Princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) who gets kidnapped by the
    giants, a King (Ian McShane) longing for the return of his daughter, and his
    most trusted knight (Ewan McGregor) sent to the top of the beanstalk to rescue
    her. Of course, every story like this must have a villain (if the Giants weren't
    exactly enough), and Stanley Tucci seems to fit that role rather perfectly playing
    Roderick, the King's advisor.

    I suppose from the start, I should have put a little more faith into Director Bryan
    Singer (X-MEN, The Usual Suspects) who knows a little something about how to
    effectively tell a story. By the time our hero reaches atop the beanstalk, the film
    suddenly shifts into something incredibly epic. Filled with immense set pieces and
    outstanding visual effects, Jack The Giant Slayer begins to look and feel like
    something out of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit. I couldn't believe how much I found
    myself enjoying what was suddenly evolving before me.

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    How does the 3D fare? Well, things don't start off very promising. In fact, while
    I was watching the story unfold, I questioned whether the studio's decision to film
    Jack The Giant Slayer in native 3D was simply a money-making scheme. Most of
    what I was viewing looked mostly flat and uninspiring. A few camera angles from
    below and above briefly provided some sense of depth, and the abundant usage
    of rain provided some interesting outward effects as particles of water sprayed
    forward. Once again, it pays to be patient. Once Jack arrives to the land of Giants,
    everything suddenly begins to make sense as the process greatly enhances the
    breathtaking production design and marvelous, often dazzling special effect work.
    Most of all, the 3D effectively conveys proper size, scale and proportion of the men
    against the monstrous unfamiliar world around them. For those like myself who
    enjoy the "In Yo' Face" gimmickry, there isn't much to be had here sans a few
    surprising moments. For instance, a buzzing bee quickly flies out of screen as it
    harasses a giant that resembles boxing promoter Don King. In another scene, a
    giant breaks through the castle floor sending small pieces of foundation hurdling
    towards the viewer.

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    The Blu-ray presentation is immaculate and effectively delivers the film's rich color
    scheme, perfectly saturated throughout. Filmed with the latest motion-capture
    technology, the 25 foot tall CGI characters come across more digital than life-like,
    but nonetheless, their grisly qualities are effectively conveyed in a transfer that is
    always sharp and well detailed.

    You need not wait to feel the impact of the film's robust 5.1 DTS-MA soundtrack.
    From the opening moments, filled with claps of thunder, you can sense the presence
    of low-end bass. However, consider it a mere tease for things to come. Be prepared
    for 22 minutes later, when a sprouting beanstalk gives your system one of the
    hardest workouts it ever has endured. If you dare, turn it up loud. Yes, folks, this
    is a hard-hitting soundtrack where every giant step is reinforced with LFE reverb.
    Surrounds provide excellent panning and placement for the film's multitude of effect
    work as well as threatening dialogue from giants that travel from one channel to
    another. I am certain you will agree that this is an amazing audio experience.

    Jack The Giant Slayer arrives as a combo pack that contains a 3D Blu-ray, 2D
    Blu-ray and a single DVD which contains UltraViolet content for download.
    I particularly like the outer lenticular cardboard sleeve artwork that contains
    a giant hand reaching towards Jack. Extra features on the Blu-ray include a
    "Become a Giant Slayer" Interactive Experience; Deleted scenes and a gag reel.
    The DVD contains the same features minus the Interactive Experience.


    CONCLUSION

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    Theatrically released in the winter during a time when most studios try and
    push their least-likable fare --- and going up against Disney's Oz The Great
    and Powerful --- it seems as if Jack The Giant Slayer could have benefited
    from better release placement. It is my guess and hope that this film receives
    a rousing second chance on home screens. For adults, it's a highly energized
    adventure/action film that is miles ahead of Oz in entertainment value (though
    the 3D is inferior). Be aware that it's overall intensity may not make it suited
    for children.

    Is it worth spending $10 more for the 3D combo pack over the 2D counterpart?
    I can only say, "perhaps." This is not close to the best 3D presentation I have
    ever viewed, but the process does lend to heightening the film's incredible visuals.

    Don't underestimate this title as I did. Definitely worthy of a watch.


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  2. Robert Crawford

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    Last winter, I had a blast watching this film at IMAX as it was a fun time as I remembered the audience having a good time too. I'm definitely buying this on BD with the 3-D presentation, but will patiently wait for a more reasonable price. Thank you for the BD review.
     
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    I enjoyed it on imax too.
    Fun movie.

    btw where are the Giant Woman?
     
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    Good question as how did those big dudes get born?
     
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    A greatly underrated fun film. Suffered from a poor marketing campaign and a unfortunate release date. Hopefully it will find the audience it deserves on home video. Definitely picking up the 3D version.
     
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    In the original screenplay, there were giant men women and families and the giants were not as evil and in the end were redeemed. When Singer, Mcquarrie and Studney took over, they decided to make the giants neither man nor woman as they were created from earth so while they all look like male giants they are not.
     

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