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Jack and the Beanstalk - The Real Story (2001)

Richard Attenborough , Bill Barretta  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Attenborough, Bill Barretta, Nicholas Beveney, Honor Blackman, Roger Blake
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2002
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UW87
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jack and the Beanstalk - The Real Story" on IMDb

Special Features

  • A Look Behind the Scenes
  • Jim Henson Creature Shop Special

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This ambitious miniseries begins with Jack's descendant (Matthew Modine) and works its way backward to the story of the original young man and the beanstalk. Because the first Jack used that towering vine to steal a giant's magic goose and harp, an entire world was reduced to poverty and a bloodline was cursed--all Robinson men die in their 40s, and the modern-day Jack is around that age. Fortunately, Ondine (Mia Sara), a visitor from the giant's alternative reality, has a plan. If she and Jack can recover the stolen items in time, they may be able to solve both problems. The made-for-TV movie boasts top stars (including Vanessa Redgrave and Jon Voight) and Jim Henson's Creature Shop's nifty special effects. Although children younger than 10 may find the complex narrative confusing and the implied violence scary, Jack and the Beanstalk is an inventive retelling that adds new life to an old story. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK:REAL STORY - DVD Movie

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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Family Movie Promoting High Moral Values September 7, 2002
Format:DVD
This is one of the best family DVD's I have ever seen. Not only is the story great for kids (but appropriately rated at PG because of a few scary scenes) , it is really wonderful for adults, too.
The story has been changed from the traditional Jack and the Beanstalk. The giant has been transformed into a good giant, and Jack has been transformed into a scoundrel. The story shows a modern-day good and ethical Jack, and what effects the life of his ancestor (the traditional Jack) have on his modern life. Modern Jack didn't know that the traditional story was real, and that the traditinal Jack was really his ancestor, until some events happen in his life, and he finds out. He also goes up to the giants' city in the clouds and ends up taking care of unresolved business.
It has been several weeks since I watched this 3˝-hour DVD with my husband and my daughter, and I am still thinking about it. My husband, who normally enjoys action movies, reallly enjoyed it. My daughter has watched it numerous times. This is a great story which promotes good moral values for kids, and for society.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Parents need to pay more attention.. October 1, 2003
Format:DVD
This film was rated PG....folks who complain about it not being apropriate for their small children are right. But it is their own fault for not paying attention.
Just because something is made by Hensen, and just becasue it is is based on an old fairy tale doesn't mean it is automatically for children.
Parents stop blaming the film makers and pay attention to the what the film says on its packaging!
Aside from that this film is wonderful, not at all boring as some think, but and interesting intelectual twist on a fairy tale. It was a delight to see this well acted, well filmed TV movie that truly had some heart and good storytelling to boot!
Mia Sara was excellent and the lovely twist at the end was well done and hard to see coming. I'm talking about the "True" story of Jack and his mother, not the actually ending of the film. Which was a little cliched but I belive that cliches, if done well are not always a bad thing. And the cliches in this story have more to do with the parallels to the original fable and so are not a bad thing at all.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, Brilliant, and Entertaining! January 16, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I came across this DVD totally by chance on Amazon and I'm so glad I took a chance and bought it with out viewing it first! I'm very surprised that this movie has not gotten more attention, there is a great cast and a very good plot line. They took the old story of Jack and the beanstalk but warped it into the modern scene and made the audience begin to wonder, 'did it really happen?' I'm 20, and I wasn't sure what age range this movie is for, based on the reviews found here people say 'oh it's not for kids' or 'oh it's a great family movie with high morals' Well this is my own take on it, yeah there is violence and a lot of romance and kissing, maybe not something you want to show your very young children. I think that 10 year olds will enjoy and understand this movie as well as older people. I loved this movie and the main star is soooo hot! The story is complex enough for adults, yet simple morals can be learned for kids watching this movie. If you like Tenth Kingdom, Snow Queen, or any other Hallmark production buy this movie!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Henson Magic at it's Best October 27, 2003
Format:DVD
What a wonderful way to take a fairy tale that we all grew up with, turn it around and give it a whole new slant..while keeping the core story the same. Brian Henson, Son of Jim has brought the Magic of Henson to the TV screen in a "Giant" way :)
The visual effects are outstanding..some of the best I have seen ... and incredible for a shoot that was only 11 1/2 weeks long (source: special features-behind the scenes- on DVD) .
The actors did an outstanding job, with John Voigt pulling in a comedic performance that is a total surprise and very refreshing indeed!! Matthew Modine is, as always the best at his craft. He speaks with his eyes and face when he acts.... He is terrific. Darryl Hannah, Richard Attenborough, Mia Sara and Vanessa Redgrave round out the cast with equally well done characters. The role of Thunderdell is completely believeable in "both" roles..You will have to watch that to know what I mean... and is just outstanding.
Buy this movie with confidence!! It is a wonderful rainy night, sit down with a bowl of popcorn and escape movie!! Enjoy!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Neat Modern Fairytale -my 3 year old loved it January 21, 2006
Format:DVD
This is the original Jack and the Beanstalk story, but with a twist -Jack has to make amends with the giant and the people from the giant's homelands.

Jack Robinson is a very very rich man. You know he has a good heart deep down, but right at the start of the movie we see him refuse to invest further in a project that will end world hunger because "poor people don't pay our bills". Indeed! He is troubled by nightmares, then strange things begin happening. At one of his castles, which is being converted into a casino (lots fo stereotypes in this movie but they work well), 2 workers have died, a giants bones have been dug up and the locals from the village are staging protests on a daily basis. Then the mysterious Ondine comes pretending to be a reporter and stirs things up in him, he starts trying to find answers.

He finds out that 390 years and 15 generations ago the very first Jack Robinson swapped his Mum's cow for some beans, went up the beanstalk and stole a golden harp and a goose that lays golden eggs. He rushed down the beanstalk and him and his Mum chopped it down while the giant was still up it, who then fell to his death. That's his version anyway...

This is a neat movie, lots of great animations from the Jim Henson workshop. My son loved it, but I had to stay with him because he did find the giant a little scary and wanted to ask 1000 questions while we watched the movie. I highly recommend it as a movie you will enjoy watching with your kids, with a nice moral thrown in too.
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Published 1 month ago by Susan L White
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really enjoy watching
Published 1 month ago by kathy charron
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
would buy again
Published 2 months ago by WALTER MCLEOD
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun take on an old classic
Hard to find but worth watching. Loved it the first time on tv, still love it seeing it again years later.
Published 2 months ago by Michele D
2.0 out of 5 stars Updated Version
This is the typical grimme fairly tale story in reverse and of men being legend. That only certain lineages should prevail if they are men of business and or men of science. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C Salata
5.0 out of 5 stars great tv movie
great matthew modine movie that also features mia sara from ferris bueller. It is a cool look at the old story
Published 6 months ago by Umizoomi fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
What a great insight to a old story! This movie is for pre- teens and up, but I think a little over a child's head.
Published 8 months ago by B.B. Barbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Plain Awesome
This is a very good movie. It is magically wonderful. It brings in the real fairytale into play with magical moments. It really gets you hooked in to it.
Published 12 months ago by AnimalsRAwesome
4.0 out of 5 stars I Loved Matthew Modine and Mia Sara in this film...
I rented this movie on VHS in 2002 and watched it for the first time. This film introduced me to the film acting of Matthew Modine and Mia Sara for the first time. Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars dull dull dull
what a waste of time wish I'd never bought the dumb thing save your money folks and just read a book
Published 14 months ago by ilena holder
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