Clash of the Titans (Blu-ray Book) (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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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.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Of course, the movie going public LOVED this film, making it a big hit, leading to a 1982 rerelease. I saw this movie in a theater at a 10pm show filled with adults, and the audience cheered, laughed and applauded during the credits. To this day, this remains a popular film.
Yet it also remains one people like to poke fun at. Arnold's LAST ACTION HERO has a scene where a teacher shows her class HAMLET, sarcasticly noting that Lawrence Olivier was in this movie before his "epic" CLASH OF THE TITANS. Joke if you must, but the animation scenes in this film rival any in stop motion history. Ray Bradbury picks the Medusa scene as Harryhausen's best.
Based on Greek mythology, the script is actually a love story: a hero tries to save his true love from adversity (in this case titanic monsters). The animation is integrated well into the story, and not just a showplace for Harryhausen's talent.
The film still holds up today, even the effects. When computer animation is done on the cheap, as in many of today's lower budgeted films, it looks cartoony. Stop motion employs a solid object, and is truly amazing if done right.
Small children might find some of the monsters frightening, but all other fantasy fans will have a great time.
Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, the son of Zeus by the married queen Danae. Zeus, furious that Danae and his son were punished by being cast into the sea in a coffin on order of the king of Argos, unleashes the Kraken to destroy the city. This scene is very impressive, particularily the flooding of the city and the fall of a large statue of the king. Laurence Olivier's Zeus is the best on record. He was quite older by this time but delivers a truly imperious, tyrannical and vainglorious king of the gods. Opposing him is Maggie Smith's Thetis, goddess of the sea who resented that her own son, Calabos, was cursed by being made into a gargoyle-like demon. Soon enough, Zeus sends Perseus on a quest to save Andromeda.Read more ›
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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 21 months ago by tindz
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... Read morePublished on May 20 2011 by Pietro Russino
Clash of the Titans(released June/81)is the 2010 re-release of the movie,the last one being in 2002. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2011 by Robert Badgley
Classic stuff of Greek mythology, but scarier than Jason and the Argonauts - not for under 8 with a strong stomach. Read morePublished on April 2 2010 by Virginia Steele
This movie is a wonderful Greek Mythology movie. I think they are making a remake of Clash Of the Titans in 2010. Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2009 by Kevin Barton
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 morePublished on Jan. 8 2008 by Frances L. Arsenault
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 morePublished on Dec 26 2007 by Reviewing for dummies
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