Clash of the Titans [Blu-ray 3D] (Bilingual)
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Clash of the Titans (2010)(Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy Combo Pack)(3D)
"Release the Kraken!" Ah, it could only be Clash of the Titans, the 2010 remake that retains the instruction to unleash the great beastie from the sea. The 1981 original boasted Ray Harryhausen's legendary stop-motion technique of animating various mythological creatures--it was his final feature project--and given the cornball approach of the movie in general, that was the main draw. The remake supplies new state-of-the-art special effects (released in 3-D) and a nicely muscular sense of momentum. Sam Worthington (the Avatar guy) plays Perseus, a demigod who doesn't know that Zeus (Liam Neeson) is his father. Perseus is selected to lead an expedition to find and slay the Medusa, lest Zeus's evil brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes, in fine slinking mode) rain down misery upon a seaport--and you just know that means the Kraken is coming. Ye gods, it's a mess, and we haven't even mentioned the witches and the harpies and the giant scorpions. But if we did, it would be clear that Clash of the Titans is a perfectly dandy popcorn epic, unpretentious and punchy. Director Louis Leterrier (Transporter 2) gets a fine rhythm going during Perseus's trek, and you can even forgive the hokey shafts-of-light-through-clouds look of Olympus. Leterrier also had the good sense to import the marvelous Danish star Mads Mikkelsen to provide mentoring duties to Perseus; Gemma Arterton and Alexa Davalos fulfill the eye-candy roles. It's up to individual viewers to choose which they prefer--Harryhausen's magically hand-wrought creations (his Medusa sequence is an absolute killer) or the 21st century's slick computer-generated variations. But nostalgia aside, it would be hard to deny that this is one case where the remake tops the original. --Robert Horton --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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This presentation shows that CGI and 3D do not a film make. It helps to have dialog, pacing and a little better knowledge of antiquity. As far as CGI is considered, some things can look scary and others like cartoons. This film falls somewhere in the middle but not as bad as it could have been. They only used what was needed to tell their story in today's action packed terms. I saw this movie in the theater for the 3D experience. I wanted to see if it was an improvement over the red and green or red and blue glasses.
So far, I will hold judgment. Some 3D can be eye popping and make you duck as it is coming at you. In the case of this movie, it was more like looking through a stereoscope or View Master. The third dimension was behind the front plate. Combining the CGI fast action with the 3D technology created a hairy mess and you had to wait until it was over to guess what happened. In any event, I now have a new set of glasses to add to my collection.
I am slightly prejudice because I saw the original Clash and know what the movie could have been. However, it was not as bad as it could have been and has all the earmarks of a Hallmark special. The original film took a few liberties with the story but this version was out of the ballpark. See it once to help appreciate the original.
Special feature-wise, it's absolutely uninteresting and definitely far from in-depth, so watch, but it's mostly EPK press material (what's the point of selling a movie you're about to watch or already did watch?).
However, Warner Brothers and/or whoever was responsible for packaging this release could have done a much better job with it, as the labeling quality of one of the two included discs (one 2D and one 3D Blu-ray) was completely monochrome, with a low DPI. Not cool, but if you don't mind that sort of thing, then please disregard my quip.
If you like Greek Mythology, and this item is on sale, then it's definitely recommended, especially if you'd like to see the likes of Medusa in 3D (an impressive transfer in my opinion - again, little to no crosstalk, and some deep 3D effects all around).
Special note: the only bonus feature on the DVD is deleted scenes
However if you want something of some quality & merit you can't go wrong with Harryhausen's original.
CotT follows Perseus, half-man, half-god and son of Zeus lives in a time where man thinks he is bigger than the gods and where prayers are not welcomed. Hades convinces Zeus to let him create conflicts between humans for them to convert back to the gods. Perseus being the son of god is said to be the savior of man and must fights titanic creatures to save his kind. Nothing complicated as far as storytelling goes. What's interesting is Perseus doesn't want to be acknowledged as the son of Zeus, he doesn't embrace his destiny even if he does what is expected of him. Those who are familiar with mythology already know that there some things are not totally accurate but the movie remains an entertaining one if you can get over that fact. The scenes where the action is, the fights against the creatures, are the high points obviously.Read more ›
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Great movie , my son love it too ..... because of the game Titan Quest !!Published 3 months ago by Patrick Desy
This one was a bit closer to the actual Greek myths than "Wrath of the Titans", but pretty much the same thing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol
I loved the original so I automatically loved this one. The tip of the hat to Bubo the owl made my day. If you're looking of an action packed 'swordsy' movie then this'll do.Published 7 months ago by David Cunningham