Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Family / Fantasy
Fox || PG - 118 minutes - $39.99 || June 29, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-07-05


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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: Chris Columbus
Writer(s): Rick Riordan (novel); Craig Titley (screenplay)
Cast: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Pierce Brosnan


Theatrical Release Date: February 12, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 9 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Live Look-up
  • DVD/Digital Copy


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese, Mandarin

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.::THE FILM::.

I was really excited to see Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief again after already seeing it in theaters a few months ago. I must say this is a truly amazing movie that probably won’t give Harry Potter a run for his money but it might come pretty close.

Zeus (Sean Bean) and Poseidon (Kevin McKidd) meet on top of a building to discuss Zeus’s missing lightning bolt. Unless the item is found, all war will break loose. He accuses Poseidon’s son of taking the item, but his father refutes the idea and vows that it will be returned before the solstice. Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) is your everyday kid trying to make his way in dreaded high school. He’s an excellent swimmer who can hold his breath underwater easily for minutes on end, and his best friend Grover (Brandon T. Jackson) is always there to support him. While on a field trip to the museum he meets with the head of the institution Mr. Brunner (Pierce Brosnan) who asks him multiple questions about Greek mythology. Percy is escorted into a room by his substitute teacher who transforms into a gargoyle and tries to attack him but is saved by Brunner and Grover, who turns out that he’s a Satyr (for those who don’t know, he’s half human and half horse, sort of like a centaur but minus two legs).

Percy is escorted to a camp for half-bloods but in the process his mother Sally (Catherine Keener) is killed by another fury that shows up at the worst time. Percy manages to kill the fury with the pen given to him by Brunner but passes out from the pain. He wakes up to train with the other demigods and meets Annabeth (Alexandra Daddario), the daughter of Athena the goddess of wisdom. The two don’t really click right away but after besting her in battle she soon starts to like him. At the dinner service Hades shows up and lets Percy know that his mother is in fact still alive and if he wants her back all he has to do is give him the lightning bolt that doesn’t have. The next night Percy, Annabeth, and Grover set off with the help from Luke (Jake Abel), the son of Hermes the messenger, on a quest to save Percy’s mother and prevent an all out war from happening.

This really was a great flick and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The runtime is just right for an introduction to the series that I hope continues. The pacing is also something to praise, as though I remember the first Harry Potter was quite boring while this one was pretty fun to watch. The special effects, for those wondering, are phenomenal. Percy controlling water near the end and the major battles he and his companions have are truly breath-taking to view in the theater, and will hopefully be just as good when the film hits Blu-Ray this summer. The monumental battle at the end, between Percy and a character I won’t spoil was just as good if not the best one of the movie and one that will have you leaving the theater wanting to see more of the series.

The acting was really surprising, as besides Brosnan I hadn’t really seen any of the cast in other flicks. That being said though, I look forward to future films starring the cast. Abel does an excellent job as Luke, Daddario comes off as the wise yet angst-filled Annabeth, and Jackson is quite entertaining as the funny but loyal sidekick. The cast really works quite well together and I could tell that they had fun filming the flick as much as I enjoyed watching it.

I am however disappointed with a few things. First off, there may not be a sequel due to the film’s reported budget of over $90 million. This means unless the film starts banking some serious cash we probably won’t get a sequel anytime soon. Second, I wanted more of the “fury” characters that only showed up twice. What’s the point of talking about them in length when they are only there twice? The rest of the villains are barely explained although they do have some darn cool scenes. Therman as Medusa was an enjoyable fifteen or so minutes, and another multiple-headed monster sequence was entertaining as well.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Deleted Scenes (14 minutes): There are a total of ten deleted/extended scenes available for you to watch. I found some of these to be decent but the others were boring and either didn’t add to the story or went on for a little too long.

Discover Your Powers Quiz: This short game allows kids (or adults… like me) to answer a series of questions and they get to see what type of roman god they would be based on their responses. I kept getting Poseidon, so apparently I’m a pretty angry dude.

The Book Comes to Life (4 minutes): The cast talks about the book and how the movie came to be on the big screen. I like how one of the cast members clearly lies about his family knowing about the book, but overall this is a decent extra yet it runs too short.

** BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES **

Secrets of the Gods: This entertaining extra discusses the gods featured in the movie and provides tons of educational background information on them. Movie clips are shown and voice-overs done to give viewers the history of the gods and some fun facts about the cast. The segments are though disappointingly short but I recommend viewing each of them.

Inside Camp Half-Blood (5 minutes): The camp the kids are at for a decent portion of the movie is talked about and interviews are given by the crew and cast. There’s not a lot of entertainment value here although I like it when the cast actually participates in the interview process.

On Set with Brandon T. Jackson (6 minutes): Jackson gives an in-depth look at the sets of the movie and talks about his character. Jackson has a bright future ahead of him and hopefully if a sequel is done reprises his role as Grover.

Meet the Demigods (4 minutes): The cast yet again talks about the gods of the film and discusses their role in the movie. This is somewhat of a rehash of the other extras in the disc but I still recommend viewing this one since I like the whole “roman god” thing.

Composing for the Gods (3 minutes): This is the only extra that isn’t available in HD and is of incredibly poor quality. The composer for the movie talks about the score of the film and in all honesty this is the only extra I would skip.

What’s New: This is similar to BD-Live and gives you a look at trailers and other extras from other fox movies such as Fantastic Mr. Fox and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Inside the Lotus Land Casino: This can be either streamed of downloaded but sadly the quality here isn’t all that great. The lotus casino is examined and the cast gives interviews about their experience with the set and the filming of the scene.

Live Lookup: This option plays throughout the entire movie and allows you to literally lookup anything you want and other details. This is similar to “movieIQ” from Sony and other studios and I must say this is an awesome extra. If you by chance watch the film again try to have this extra on and learn some things about the cast.

Finally, a DVD and a Digital Copy are available for you to do what you will with if you so choose.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I saw the movie when it hit theaters months ago and was expecting a similar transfer. Instead, I got a much better transfer full of vibrant colors and little to no noise the entire time the flick was on the screen. Colors are gorgeous and truly represent how great a film can look with attention to detail. There are multiple scenes available here to showcase what the movie can offer, mainly the Hades scene and the Hydra battle scene, but then again there are a few things I noticed. There were a few scenes that did have a little noise and grain in them, which is the reason this didn’t get a perfect score. The one scene though that surprised me the most was the final battle scene and it just didn’t look as great as I was hoping.

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is a joy to listen to the entire time the movie plays. I must say that Fox has for the most part provided some of the top tier movies in terms of video and audio, and here is definitely no exception. Dialogue levels are absolutely perfect and not once did I struggle to hear anything the cast said. The surround sound was used extensively and also perfectly, as though I heard sounds coming from all speakers quite often and the battle scenes sounded magnificent. The hydra boss battle is clearly reference material in terms of loudness and “oomph” material, so if you only have one spot to watch I recommend that scene. There’s nothing wrong with this audio track. Kudos to Fox on yet another job well done with their audio tracks for new releases and I look forward to reviewing the next one.



.::OVERALL::.

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief is truly a phenomenal movie that should be enjoyed by anyone who in the slightest likes science fiction in films today. The movie provides both entertainment and education mixed into one great flick that is for both kids and adults. The technical package is stellar as it sports both top-notch audio and video. Oh, I forgot to mention the ton of special features that are also great to watch and educational at the same time. This is one thief to catch and add to your collection right away.