Jack The Giant Slayer 3D

Featured In Issue 178, August 2013

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Warner Home Video / New Line Home Entertainment
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Intense scenes of fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief language
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Bryan Singer
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Jack The Giant Slayer tells the story of an ancient war that is reignited when a young farmhand unwittingly opens a gateway between our world and a fearsome race of giants. Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing the young man, Jack, into the battle of his life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom, its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legends—and gets the chance to become a legend himself. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the Become A Giant Slayer interactive Bonus View experience (HD 66:56), deleted scenes (HD 08:27), a gag reel (HD 03:09), and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p MVC 3D picture was photographed with the Panavision Genesis HD Camera system using Red Epic cameras. Theatrically, the movie was shown as an IMAX® DMR blow-up (dual-strip 3D) 70 mm (horizontal) and D-Cinema 3D. Color fidelity is nicely saturated with warm, rich, and vibrant hues. The texture is filmic, with at times, a nuanced filtered veil that permeates the imagery. This is a stylized effect. Fleshtones are naturally hued. Contrast is balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The 3D dimensionality is terrific, with natural perspective and depth perception. The main characters occupy the frame, with background depth supporting the sense of dimension. The picture occasionally exhibits out-of-screen negative parallax imagery that heightens the action sequences with visual punch. The 3D effectively puts the viewer in the scene, up close, as an invisible observer. Some of the scenes are absolutely breathtaking in dimensional scope and enhance the scale of the giant's habitat. Resolution exhibits fine detail throughout, especially during close-ups of facial features, skin, hair, clothing, and object texture. The scale of the production design, costumes, and overall magnitude of the sets are stunning, with special visual effects further enhancing the visual impact of the 3D presentation. This is a visually spectacular and stunning 3D presentation that is thoroughly visually engaging. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a thrusting, deep-bass sonic experience that enhances the action of men against creatures a hundred times their size. Rain storms, thunder, surging water, earth-splitting bean stalks, giant footsteps, horses, war machines, and all sorts of other atmospherics and sound effects are enhanced with system-threatening deep sub-25 Hz .1 LFE energy. Surround immersion is dimensionally aggressive, with lots of panned effects, for directionalized envelopment. Atmospheric ambiance sounds perfectly realistic, even during subtle sequences. John Ottman's orchestral music score is dynamic and strongly rhythmic, with a strong surround presence and wide and deep soundstage. Dialogue manages to stay intelligible throughout and sounds generally integrated spatially. This is a well-crafted holosonic® experience that will provide a strenuous workout for your home theatre system. (Gary Reber)