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Clash of the Titans (Blu-ray Book) (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Laurence Olivier , Harry Hamlin , Desmond Davis    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   Blu-ray
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You have a classic tale full of drama, passion, and adventure. A tale of universal archetypes that speak to everyone. A tale that has remained unfailingly popular for thousands of years. Why not spice it up with a wacky mechanical owl? Such was the thinking behind Clash of the Titans. Maggie Smith, Laurence Olivier, and Harry Hamlin (one of these things is not like the others...) star in a toga-ripper about a valiant hero, capricious immortals, and lots and lots of giant stop-action monsters. Perseus (Hamlin) is the favored son of the god Zeus (Olivier), but he has unwittingly ticked off the sea goddess Thetis (Smith). Just to make things worse, Perseus falls in love with the lovely Princess Andromeda, who used to be engaged to Thetis's son. Soon Perseus is off on one quest after another, with Zeus helping, Thetis hindering, and lots of innocent bystanders getting stabbed, drowned, and squished. Of course, the whole thing is just an excuse to show as much of Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation as possible, and good thing too. It's an old technique, but it still looks pretty darn cool, and it means the cast can just relax and do a bunch of reaction shots. Don't use this one to study for that big classical mythology exam, but if you just turn your brain off and enjoy the Kraken, it's pretty good fun. --Ali Davis

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Before history and beyond imagination! The machinations of gods above and the fates of man and monsters here below play out in a Clash of the Titans. Decades prior to the sensational 2010 version of the tale, Harry Hamlin took up sword and shield to play valorous Perseus, mortal son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier) who sets out to fulfill his destiny by rescuing beloved Andromeda from the wrath of goddess Thetis (Maggie Smith). Perils await Perseus time and again. And eye-filling thrills await viewers as stop-motion effects legend Ray Harryhausen (Jason and the Argonauts) unleashes snake-haired Medusa, fearsome Kraken, winged Pegasus, two-headed dog Dioskilos, giant scorpions and more. Rejoice, fantasy fans: the movie gods gift us with adventure that's innovative, heroic, titanic.


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5.0 out of 5 stars One Last Shinning Moment July 14 2002
Format:VHS Tape
When CLASH OF THE TITANS was first released theatrically it was an across-the-board success. It just wasn't popular with followers of the genre but with the general public. It contained elements of the fantastic, Greek Mythology and most importantly it contained a story of young love told with genuine prose and passion. This is Ray Harryhausen's last full-length feature to date. It does not contain the awe-inspiring creatures or the sweep of JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS. It does not contain the eerie landscapes and esoteric feeling of isolation of MYSTERIOUS ISLAND. What CLASH OF THE TITANS has is the romanticism of its catalytic love story and also the romanticism for an era of filmmaking coming to an end. Harry Hamlin's performance, as Perseus is one of nobility and character, not cynicism. Laurence Olivier as Zeus shows us a god with a conscience manipulating events for the manifestation of mortal man's better qualities. Harryhausen's Pegasus shows us that man has the ability to control the creatures of the fantastic, tame them and use them for what is good in the universe. Laurence Rosenthal's heavenly score floats like an ethereal mist with its gossamer tonalities in somewhat a homage to Ray Harryhausen, the late composer Bernard Herrmann but ultimately to the romantic images and the eternal story of man's devotion to love found in CLASH OF THE TITANS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Campy Little Masterpiece July 10 2002
Format:DVD
This campy little masterpiece from 1981 is, as many reviews have already pointed-out, just a whole lot of fun, particularly to audiences who were young at the time when the film was originally released.
True, modern computer graphics are more sophisticated in their animation and compositing alongside real footage, but they lack the texture and feel of the older stop-motion animation models. Today the look of this film is somewhat "camp", but that is a positive feature, not a negative one. Somehow the old-fashioned techniques work when used in a mythological setting of a civilization that is so ancient. And they hold-up better than some critics would admit.
It's a shame that the real climax of this film (and the best part of the story) is the confrontation with Medusa, which happens about three-quarters of the way through the movie. The end battle with the Kraken pales in comparison to Perseus's killing of the serpent headed Medusa. With her serpent headed bows and the hissing rattle of her tail; the eery score, and the tenseness of the situation - this is a wonderfully filmed segment!
True, this may not be an acedemic interpretation of Greek mythology per/se, but it is highly entertaining, and never claims to be anything more. My hunch is that if we were to take Homer out of the stuffy classroom and go back in time and witness a telling of the Illiad in Ancient Greece, we would note that it is told in the same fun-loving spirit as we see in The Clash of the Titans, with the audience clinging to their seats, longing to hear more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great Value May 20 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I was expecting the "Blue-Ray" version to actually have enhanced the original film, but was slightly dissappointed when the actual "Blue-Ray" feature is more apparent in the extra features rather than the film itself. Still, for the price, it was a good deal and great ot have as a collectors piece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 4 2002
Format:DVD
A rarity in filmwork: a fantasy that is a great story. I've been kinda bummed with many fantasy films (thankfully Lord of the Rings came out and was excellent) because so many of them have turned out to be rather mediocre. Clash of the Titans is not one of them though. it is a great film that mixes in the mythology with special effects rather well. obviously the effects are quite outdated in our modern CG world, but the story is still quite strong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greek Epic Myth On DVD: Fantasy Of High Calibre Feb. 6 2003
Format:DVD
1981: Ray Harryhousen made the special effects, monsters and clay "creations" for this Greek epic myth about the heroic deeds of Perseus. Harryhousen had previously made the magic possible for such films as "Jason and the argonauts", another film revolving a Greek myth, and the sci-fi classic "Earth vs. the flying saucers." Harry Hamlin, tv actor from the 80's series L.A. Law (and a hot hunk I had a crush on as a girl), makes an impressive performance as the confident, toga-wearing, muscle-bound, swordsman Perseus, who defeats monsters, including the three headed dog from Hell and the sea monster Kraken.
British actress Dame Maggie Smith (from Sister Act films and Hook) and the esteemed British actor Laurence Olivier play the roles of the goddess Thetis and Zeus, who are involved in a bitter feud. Zeus protects Perseus, as he is his son by a mortal woman, but Thetis is upset that Zeus shows no mercy to the deformed Calabos, her son, who was once a handsome prince. Calabos has the princess Andromeda (Claire Bloom) under a dark spell. She will be married to the man who solves the nightly riddles she is given. Perseus solves the riddle and becomes engaged to Andromeda. But when the queen Cassiopeia elevates her daughter's beauty above that of their patron goddess Thetis, Thetis becomes so enraged she puts Andromeda in a tight spot. She will be the sacrificial victim for the hunger of the sea monster, the Kraken. Perseus journeys to the Underworld, defeates the snake-haired Medusa and with his friends, the old wise man, the winged white horse Pegasus and a robotic owl (who chirps and buzzes almost like R2D2 in Star Wars). He frees Andromeda, who as the classical myth dictates, was chaind to a rock by the sea, and the ending is a very happy one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love the special effects.
The all time great Harryhausen's does special effects are like no other! Not even today's technology can top what was done by the "Master".
Published 3 months ago by tindz
4.0 out of 5 stars Harryhuasen goes out with a bang! 3 1/2 -4 stars.
Clash of the Titans(released June/81)is the 2010 re-release of the movie,the last one being in 2002. Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2011 by Robert Badgley
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Jason and the Argonauts
Classic stuff of Greek mythology, but scarier than Jason and the Argonauts - not for under 8 with a strong stomach. Read more
Published on April 2 2010 by Virginia Steele
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone interested in Greek Mythology
This movie is a wonderful Greek Mythology movie. I think they are making a remake of Clash Of the Titans in 2010. Read more
Published on Nov. 19 2009 by Kevin Barton
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Ray Harryhausen's popular films
Clash of The Titans is one of my favorite films from special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen,and it is also one of his last films in the 1980's; and also one of the last films of... Read more
Published on Jan. 8 2008 by Frances L. Arsenault
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASH OF THE TITANS tells of Persius' battles to win the hand of...
The gods of Ancient Greece were immortal. Endowed with supernatural powers, the breathed the rareified air of Mount Olympus, lived on ambrosia and nectar and were worshipped by the... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2007 by Reviewing for dummies
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Family Adventure
Just a boy when I watched this with the family. The effects are great and correlate with the actors characters and story line. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2006 by A. Chaney
4.0 out of 5 stars not for the new school kids
its hard to say what a child born in the last ten years will think of this film. they'll probably laugh. Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Big Scary
5.0 out of 5 stars A Flying Stallion, A lost Prince, A Princess in Danger,
This Movis is sooooooo cool, thow it has some wrong seens, like tha fact that Perseus rides on Pegasus, the flying stallion, when he rescues the beautiful Princess, Andromeda, but... Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
This is my all time favorie Harryhausen film. The story and acting are good and the effects are amazing even today! Read more
Published on April 25 2004 by Lotus Scrum
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