Clash of the Titans (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Fantasy
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 106 minutes - $35.99 || July 27, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-08-04


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Louis Leterrier
Writer(s): Beverley Cross (1981 screenplay); Travis Beacham and Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi (screenplay)
Cast: Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Jason Flemyng


Theatrical Release Date: April 2, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Maximum Movie Mode
  • Focus Points
  • Deleted Scenes
  • DVD/Digital Copy
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

** Theatrical Review **

One thing’s for sure: this isn't the movie your mom and dad watched when they were younger. All those boring parts from the original? Gone! Bubo the awesome, mechanical owl? Let's just make a quick joke about him! Pegasus the only white flying horse? Nahh, we got tons of white flying horses, but Perseus will ride a black stallion. Oh hell yeah, this movie is so beefed up with awesomeness - and friggin' 3D - who cares that so called "character development" is tossed aside and the movie is given a really sub-par 2D to 3D conversion. It's all about kicking it up, like, 20 notches!

Sorry, I'm just imagining what the Warner executives were thinking as they produced this film. I've adored the original Clash of the Titans (1981) for years, and went out of my way to spend $28 on the Blu-ray release a few weeks back, and somehow got suckered in to spending $33 for two tickets to the 3D showing of this film and I'm amazed to hear people walking out of the Theater shouting "Woah! The 3D was awesome!". It's not. Not at all.

The film opens up with an odd narration describing who Zeus (Neeson),and Hades (Fiennes) are and people that worship the gods. Well, the citizens of Argos decide they really don't need Zeus anymore and topple a huge statue of him into the ocean. That somehow summons Hades (why him and not Zeus?) to come shooting out of the ocean (?) to kill all the soldiers and he finishes off with destroying a small fishing boat that just so happens to have Perseus (Worthington) and his family onboard. After his family is wiped out, Perseus makes his way with the remaining soldiers back to the Castle where Hades once again appears and tells them they have 10 days to sacrifice the Queen's daughter, Andromeda (Davalos), or else he will summon the Kraken to kill everyone. But wait...he spots Perseus and makes the connection that he is Zeus' son (a demigod!) and soon Perseus finds himself on a journey to find a way to defeat the Kraken and save the people.

But why? Damned if I know. Perseus shows no real interest in anyone at the Castle (unlike the original where he fell in love with Andromeda and felt a reason to search out Medusa and save the town), but somehow it's his "destiny" to save everyone. But Perseus is a bad-ass and decides he will not use anything that his father Zeus gives him. Not only does he ignore the awesome light-saber (!) sword, but refuses his help to save various soldiers that accompany him on his journey. He actually let's people die because he does not want Zeus to help him.

To be honest, I've baffled by the film. Perseus manages to persuade a handful of soldiers to make the long journey with him to visit the three witches (and eventually to Medusa), but I couldn't tell you any of their names. All of them just seem like variations of Red Shirts from Star Trek who serve the purpose of being killed off along the way. Were they nameless? I really think so. I sat discussing the film with friends with some coffee, and we couldn't remember a single name. They even added in two comedic relief characters who bail out of the journey which things get to crazy. They were the smart ones. Some random 'watcher' of Perseus also follows along, but she was merely added to give the film some love-story that women could follow.

CGI-wise, this film looks like it came out in the late 90's. Medusa is laughable, the three witches look really bad, and the best thing the film has going for it is the Scorpion battle, but that eventually ends with some new species (made out of wood?) mind-controlling them to stop. I have no idea who these people are, but they eventually join them on the journey as well.

3D: Well... how about that colorized version of Night of the Living Dead? Pretty spiffy, right? No, it looked pathetic as does the 3D affects added in after the success of Avatar. The coin being tossed into the lake looks like a blurry basketball and the backgrounds look very flat. If this 2D to 3D conversion becomes the norm, I fully expect the 3D fad to end sooner. Save it for the films that really deserve it.

Any of the charm from the original film was apparently not carried over to the remake. Bubo the owl was given a quick 5 second cameo where he was dismissed as junk. Couldn't you just have ignored him completely instead of making fun of him? Well, for fans of the original, they at least used the actual Bubo from the original. It wasn't some CGI mess like the rest of the film was. Some other small nods are given along the way, but I really felt they were more or less giving fans of the original the middle finger.

I hope watching this film in 2D at home will be a better experience. Somehow if I was told this was Direct to Video, I might feel a little bit better about it. But after spending $33 on it, I really want my money back. I await the eventual 2D Blu-ray and hope the film translates better at home.

** Updated **

Alright, now I've seen the film a second time. But this time, it was at home, in 2D. And I've got to say - it's better. The 'fake' 3D affects just ruined the Theatrical experience, but watching it a few months later in 2D I can safely say the film was much more enjoyable, but still not as good as I had hoped. I'll bump it up to a 2 - but I'm being pretty generous.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes an attractive slip cover.

Deleted Scenes (20 Minutes; HD) - A dozen or so scenes cut from the film that when watched really add very little to the film. I suspect some were cut because of the expensive 2D to 3D Conversion the film underwent mere weeks before it's Theatrical release. Nothing really worth watching though, which is good since adding them back in would only bloat the films runtime and sitting through the film for an additional 15 minutes may cause suicide.

** Blu-ray Exclusives **

Maximum Movie Mode (PiP) - Unlike other Movie Modes from Warner, this one is comprised of small snippets of interviews, behind the scenes, and my favorite "He was really great to work with". This one seems less packed compared to other ones I've watched before.

Focus Points (35 Minutes; HD) - A total of ten Focus Points are present, and each deals with a unique theme (Perseus, Zeus, Medusa etc.). These were not terribly entertaining and some of it pops up in the Maximum Movie Mode.

Alternate Ending (4 Minutes; HD) - I won't spoil this one for you... but I'm happy with the current ending.

As usual, Warner has included a bonus DVD and Digital Copy (on the same disc). Oh, and the ever useless BD-Live.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Clash of the Titans is presented in 2.35:1 (VC1) on a 50GB Disc. I already trashed the film on being 2D to 3D Conversion, so I won't bring that back up here. Thankfully we get the 2D version only, and I'm still left rather underwhelmed. A mild amount of DNR has been applied to smooth out the film, but the good news is the Blu-ray still looks pretty good (compared to the DVD which looks horrific). Really enjoyed the Medusa scene again.

Warner has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. While everything else on the Blu-ray is far from average, the Audio sounds fan-freaking-tastic. Swords slinking, the sand blowing, the creaks of the boat on the river...this is what Blu-ray was meant to sound like.



.::OVERALL::.

Clash of the Titans is a complete turd. Easily one of the worst films of 2010 (I smell a razzy), and will likely also win for the worst 3D. The Blu-ray is a small step up in both Picture and Audio quality, but I don't think I could ever sit through this film again. With a moderate amount of extras I'd say, at best, give this film a rent.