Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
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UK Blu-ray premiere
The terrible and treacherous sorcerer Pendragon plans to gain the throne of Cornwall by kidnapping The King s beautiful daughter, Elaine, and forcing him to abdicate.
To achieve his goal, Pendragon uses his dark sorcery to create a giant called Cormoran tasked with abducting the Princess. When the giant seizes Elaine, brave farm lad Jack slays the monster and rescues Elaine. In gratitude, King Mark makes Jack her protector and entrusts him to safely guide her to a convent across the sea.
Seeking revenge, Pendragon follows with his entourage of wicked witches, unleashing a storm of deadly monsters. Can Jack defeat the evil sorcerer and guide the Princess to safety?
The film was loosely based on the traditional tale "Jack the Giant Killer" and features extensive use of stop-motion animation. The film was directed by Nathan H. Juran and later re-edited and re-released as a musical by producer Edward Small. The reason for the change to music was on the grounds that Columbia Pictures, which released The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, threatened to sue Small.
The original print without the music got released 30 years later with no protest from Columbia Pictures, while United Artists continues to own the rights to the musical version of the film. The film brought together Mathews, Juran, Small, and actor Torin Thatcher, all four of whom worked on 7th Voyage.
Brand new extra:
Commentary with Allan Bryce (Film historian, author and editor of Darkside magazine)
Producer Edward Small's musical version