Short circuits: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' on video, boombox, transit app

  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 3:14 PM

Nicholas Hoult plays the title character in “Jack the Giant Slayer.”


A big disappointment

Much like the imaginary floating land called Gantua, situated halfway between heaven and Earth, and populated by a race of CGI giants, the fairy tale-inspired film “Jack the Giant Slayer” is stuck between two extremes: too scary for young children, yet too silly for most older fans of director Bryan Singer.

Loosely based on the English folk tale about a boy who discovers a magic beanstalk that leads to the realm of an evil giant, the film includes scenes of pitched battle that resemble “Lord of the Rings” outtakes, as well as the kind of belching-and-flatulence humor popular with kids. Couple that with man-eating giants, and the question seems obvious: Who, exactly, is this movie for?

The DVD and Blu-ray (New Line, $29-$45) include deleted scenes.

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Also out Tuesday

Movies: “American Mary,” “The Last Exorcism, Part II,” “Movie 43,” “Quartet,” “Stoker,” “21 & Over.”

TV: “Body of Proof” (Season 3), “Call the Midwife” (Season 2), “Drop Dead Diva” (Season 4), “The Ghost Army,” “Workaholics” ­(Season 3).

Blu-ray debuts: “The Howling,” “Lifeforce,” “Marketa Lazarova,” “Safety Last,” “Things to Come.”



Go old-school with audio

The iHome iBT4 boombox ($100; brings you back to high school days.

After connecting with any Bluetooth-enabled device, music is streamed to the hand-held speaker. The old-school look, complete with dial knobs on top, makes you want to carry it on your shoulder with the moveable handle on the 3-pound device.

Inside the rubber-coated box are iHome’s Reson8 speaker chambers along with an internal lithium-ion battery for up to seven hours of sound, depending on volume levels. A universal AC adaptor is included.

If broadcast radio is still your thing, there is a built-in FM radio you control on top, along with a line-in jack for plugging in a media player.

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