Kadokawa has gotten around to something a bit older in their catalog that hasn’t had a release in a while with Jack to Mame no Ki, aka Jack and the Beanstalk. The 1974 feature film is now getting an October 23rd, 2015 debut on DVD that will be priced at 4,700 yen. At this point, the 100 minute feature doesn’t have any any extras listed with it. The film was produced by Group TAC back in the early 70’s with Gisaburou Sugii directing it. Sugii has been involved a number of projects over the years, including directing Glass Mask and writing and directing the Lupin III: Twilight Gemini no Himitsu feature.
An English language adaptation was produced years ago, though we don’t expect the English language dub to be included. Check out the trailer for it from Columbia Pictures below.
Plot concept: An old fairy tale gets some new wrinkles in this fanciful animated adaptation. After young Jack is conned into trading his family’s prize cow for a handful of beans, he plants them and discovers they produce a magical vine that rises through the clouds. Climbing the beanstalk, Jack encounters a strange and remarkable world ruled by the magical Princess Margaret. The princess is in love with Prince Tulip despite his unattractive features and harsh personality, but as it turns out, this is the work of Madam Noir, an evil witch who has cast a spell on the princess so she will marry Tulip, her only son. Can Jack help the princess avoid this awful fate? Directed by Japanese animator Gisaburo Sugii, this free adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk has won a cult following for its fanciful story and wildly colorful design.
[Source: Jack to Mame no Ki]