Seminal Image #645


Jack the Giant Killer
(Nathan Juran; 1962)

5 comments:

Vanwall said...

My brother and I saw this when it was first in theaters, and the cheesy effects and quirky direction was not even noticed, unlike today - I winced a little when I watched it not too long ago. The most resonant thing for me was Torin Thatcher, a wonderful villain with a great delivery; I never forgot his voice after seeing this, and with his Humble Bellows from "The Crimson Pirate", another film fulla fun, he will always be a fave.

swac said...

Yeah, it's not the greatest attempt to duplicate the Harryhausen magic (despite having the same director and star as the previous Sinbad outing), but I've always had a fondness for it, and I find it zips right by as far as entertainment value goes.

According to the DVD Savant, Glenn Erickson, there's another version that adds songs among other things, but I've never come across it.

Tim Lucas said...

Your Seminal Image #645 inspired me to dust off an old, unfinished article about the musical version of JACK THE GIANT KILLER, which I've posted at Video WatchBlog today. Hope it answers some of your questions about this alternate version.

http://videowatchdog.blogspot.com/2007/04/jack-singing-giant-killer.html

swac said...

Thanks for the heads-up, Tim!

BTW...my copy of Jack the Giant Killer is a full-frame DVD from Goodtimes that I got in a "2 for $5" bin. I'm told this framing is preferable to the matted 1.66:1 framing (or thereabouts) of the newer MGM DVD. I imagine the MGM looks a bit sharper with stronger colours, but this copy looks fine (especially for $2.50) and you get the whole image.

swac said...

The DVD Savant review of the film can be found here.