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New on DVD: ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’

Posted 12:00am on Tuesday, Jun. 18, 2013

DVD Jack the Giant Slayer: In the make-believe Middle Ages of the children’s tale Jack and the Beanstalk, it’s highly unlikely that anyone ever said, just before attempting some feat, “I got this.” But it’s this little anachronism — a slight nod to modernity without pushing it too far — that makes this updated retelling a breezily enjoyable blast of sword-wielding fantasy. Director Bryan Singer ( The Usual Suspects, X-Men), working from a script by Darren Lemke ( Shrek Forever After), Christopher McQuarrie ( Jack Reacher) and Dan Studney (Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical), keeps things moving briskly. He’s helped along by a solid cast, including Nicholas Hoult as Jack, Ian McShane as the king, Ewan McGregor as his loyal foot soldier Elmont and Stanley Tucci as the vile and ambitious Roderick. On DVD, DVD/Blu-ray combo and Blu-ray 3-D/Blu-ray/DVD combo.

— Cary Darling

Also new: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters; Quartet; Stoker; Before Sunrise/Before Sunset; Movie 43; 21 & Over

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