Nathan Juran, director of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, tries to make the magic happen again on a much more attenuated budget in Jack the Giant Killer. Torin Thatcher, another Sinbad alumnus, plays a wicked wizard who kidnaps toothsome-princess Judi Meredith. Kerwin Mathews, still another veteran of Sinbad, plays Jack, who rescues Meredith and promises to escort her to safety. Stop-motion animator Jim Danforth creates several fire-breathing perils along the same lines as Ray Harryhausen's special effects in Sinbad; happily, Danforth emulates the Harryhausen style without stooping to imitation. Prominent among the supporting actors is Don Beddoe as an impish genie. In the recently reissued prints of Jack the Giant Killer, most of the original voices have been dubbed over, and incongruous musical numbers added. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Not bad, if it was still 1962. Good story, but poor acting by today's standards. Main character, Jack, was very easy on the eye, and I enjoy the romance parts. I did not notice a problem with the sound as one of the other reviewers commented. The disk I had did not have that issue. She or he got a copy that had the sound out of sync with the video, probably.
The movie is of classic rendition. The plot and and acting would be fine except that the sound track is about 3 seconds off, which causes the actors to shut their mouths before you hear what they said: more distracting than a foreign language flick unless you used the captions, which I didn't look for. They might be available. Believe me, my grandchildren could not get into the movie for the distraction of the poor quality voice-over.