Jack the Giant Killer

Jack the Giant Killer

Director: Nathan Juran Cast: Kerwin Mathews, Judi Meredith, Torin Thatcher

DVD (Dolby 5.1 / Mono)

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This movie occupies an odd place in the history of fantasy films, as a sort of busted (or, to hear some of those involved tell it, stolen) Ray Harryhausen project. Harryhausen, the renowned stop-motion animation virtuoso, had evidently met with producer Edward Small about this project, then parted company, and the next thing he knew, Small was doing the film with director Nathan Juran (who had worked with Harryhausen prior to this), leading man Kerwin Matthews, villain Torin Thatcher (both Harryhausen alumni), and with Jim Danforth handling the stop-motion work. Danforth, then at the outset of his career, does a competent job, though his work seems clunky at times and lacks the poetic element to be found in Harryhausen's output. His fantasy creations are scary enough when they have to be, but lack the haunting elements of humanity that made even most of Harryhausen's monsters memorable. This DVD is a bit mysterious, appearing on the Goodtimes label despite the fact that MGM Home Entertainment, which owns the picture, generally doesn't license to outside DVD producers (and it comes out of Hong Kong as well). There is also a disclaimer at the introduction to the disc stating that the producers have utilized the best elements available on this title, as though it were some lost 1920s silent. In point of fact, the producers have nothing to apologize for -- the image is full-screen, but not much detail from the sides seems lost, and the color is rich and robust, at least a match for the laserdisc edition of the movie and perhaps superior. The picture, though perhaps slightly soft, is very easy on the eye if not exactly spectacular in every detail. There are no special features of any kind on the disc, and the menu is as simple to use as could be imagined, with choices of "play" and "scene selection." The movie has been broken down into 12 chapters that are easily accessible and nicely represented by the still shots linking them.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2001
UPC: 0018713812117
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Good Times Video
Region Code: 0
Sound: [Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time: 1:36:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kerwin Mathews Jack
Judi Meredith Princess Elaine
Torin Thatcher Pendragon
Don Beddoe Imp in Bottle
Walter Burke Garna
Robert Gist Capt. McFadden
Barry Kelley Sigurd
Anna Lee Lady Constance
Dayton Lummis King Mark
Ken Mayer Boatswain
Roger Mobley Peter
Tudor Owen Chancellor
Helen Wallace Jack's Mother

Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director,Screenwriter
Howard A. Anderson Special Effects
David Berman Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Boyle Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Fernando Carrere Art Director
Jim Danforth Special Effects
Charles Gemora Makeup
John Gregory Choreography
Orville H. Hampton Screenwriter
David S. Horsley Cinematographer
Frank McCoy Art Director
David Pal Special Effects
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Bert Shefter Score Composer
Edward Small Producer
Grant Whytock Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Jack the Giant Killer
0. Chapter List
1. Chapter 1 [6:56]
2. Chapter 2 [6:16]
3. Chapter 3 [9:03]
4. Chapter 4 [7:54]
5. Chapter 5 [10:02]
6. Chapter 6 [5:10]
7. Chapter 7 [9:11]
8. Chapter 8 [6:58]
9. Chapter 9 [5:54]
10. Chapter 10 [11:32]
11. Chapter 11 [6:33]
12. Chapter 12 [8:17]

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Jack the Giant Killer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
daisyanna More than 1 year ago
When the movie first came out in theaters in 1962, I went and watched it over and over while it was playing in my hometown. I was 9 years old. Those were the days when parents sent their kids to the downtown Rialto theater to stay and watch movies all afternoon Great summer escape and great babysitting for the parents. This movie is truly a classic in its own way.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been crazy about this movie while I was a kid in 1962 in Hong Kong. Kerwin Mathews was a hero in this movie. I have loved this movie very much I have watched it over and over for 20 times ever since I bought this VHS copy in 1992.