New on DVD: 'Jack the Giant Slayer,' 'Quartet'

05:00 AM, Jun 20, 2013

Nicholas Hoult stars as the slayer of giants — but only male ones, as the film stars no female villains. Warner Bros. Pictures/


Written By by Steve Jones, USA TODAY

Jack the Giant Slayer2013, Warner Bros., PG-13, $29; Blu-ray, $36

Young farm boy Jack (Nicholas Hoult) accidentally opens a gateway to a land of giants, who were banished centuries ago to a land high in the sky. He has to find a way to rescue a captured princess (Eleanor Tomlinson) and get control of a magic crown that keeps giants from invading the world below.

USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says: * * ½ (out of four). With deftly etched computer-generated imagery, the film looks like an illustrated storybook come to life.

Quartet2013, PG-13, $30; Blu-ray, $40

At Beecham House, a home for retired musicians, three residents are shocked to find that a new arrival (Maggie Smith) is their former quartet partner and the ex-wife of one of their members (Tom Courtenay). Emotions get frayed in Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut. Puig: * * *

21 & Over2013, Fox, R, $30; Blu-ray, $40

Jeff (Justin Chon) has a med school interview in the morning, but friends Casey (Skylar Astin) and Miller (Miles Teller) want to take him out for drinks. He agrees to one drink, but a night of misadventures follows. Puig: * ½

The Last Exorcism Part II2013, Sony, PG-13, $31; Blu-ray, $36

After being found alone and afraid in the woods, Nell Sweetzer (Ashley Bell) is brought to New Orleans, where she has no memory of recent events. She tries getting on with her life, but the demon that possessed her before is back and more evil than ever.