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Clash of the Titans [Blu-ray]

 

(Louis Leterrier, 2010)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Warner

Video: Warner Home Video

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:47:51.766

Disc Size: 41,076,039,352 bytes

Feature Size: 20,235,804,672 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.98 Mbps

Chapters: 17

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 27th, 2010

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: VC-1 Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3155 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3155 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
* Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
* Dolby Digital Audio Portuguese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
* Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
DTS Express English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / 16-bit

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), French, Portuguese, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

Maximum Movie Mode: Harnessing the Gods, with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and director Louis Leterrier and enhanced picture-in-picture; enhanced scene breakdowns; enhanced VFX breakdowns; on-the-spot vignettes; close-up views of the Kraken, the Scorpiochs, Medusa, stuntwork, filming locales, and more

Focus points (35:02 in HD!)
Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages (7:56 in HD!)
Alternate ending: Perseus confronts Zeus on Mount Olympus (5:23 in HD!)
Deleted scenes (18:10 in HD!)

DVD/Digital copy

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, Perseus and his warriors will only survive if Perseus accepts his power as a god, defies fate and creates his own destiny.

 

 

The Film:

The mortals are fed up with the whims of the gods. It would be one thing if they stayed on Olympus and killed time leaning on pillars and addressing one another in thundering ultimatums. Now they meddle in the affairs of men. King Acrisius of Argos declares war, and enlists the aid of a demi-god who has been found at sea. This is Perseus (Sam Worthington), son of Zeus (Liam Neeson) and a human mother. He didn't ask to be a savior but would be happier as a simple fisherman. You know the type.

Zeus, it should be explained, disguised himself as the husband of Perseus' mother and stole into her bedchamber to father the boy. So he is a rapist. Just sayin'. Perseus so loved his mother and adoptive father that he will never forgive Poseidon for drowning them and wants nothing to do with gods. Yet such is his destiny.

 

The outcome is told in "Clash of the Titans" with impressive technical mastery and somewhat lesser dramatic command. For its intended audience, I suspect this will play as a great entertainment. I enjoyed myself, particularly after they released the Kraken. There's no particular dramatic conflict in the movie; Perseus has to wrestle with his demi-god ambiguity; Hades (Ralph Fiennes) nurses a resentment against Zeus; he demands the sacrifice of King Acrisius' daughter Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) to spare the city, and the citizens seem prepared to get along very nicely without her. That's about it.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert at the Chicago Sun-Times located HERE

 


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
 

The Clash of the Titans has a pretty strong transfer on Blu-ray from Warner. I, perhaps inaccurately, consider the occasional softness relating to the VC-1encode where I see AVC leaning to showcase a bit crisper visuals. But this looks quite good, regardless. Detail, depth and colors are all at the high end. The feature takes up over 20 Gig on the dual-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. As you might expect there are plenty of CG effects and they blend seamlessly into the dynamic flow of the film - as perfectly as you might hope. Skin tones don't seem overly warm and contrast exhibits healthy, rich black levels. Daylight scenes are more impressive but nothing is overly dark and there is no digital noise. This Blu-ray is impressive and offers the type of consistent image presentation that you might come to expect. It doesn't ever go overboard with the visuals, as we often see, but remains grounded and, for myself, lends the mythology themes a much needed linear edge without going to the less realistic plain. The 81' film had this same consistency and perhaps this was an intentional duplication. It certainly benefited the flow.

 

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Audio :

Strong and supportive DTS-HD Master 5.1 at a buoyant 3155 kbps. It is all you would expect from a modern action film adding the Kraken's roars that rattle the floorboards and some subtle separations that establish mood. The score is also adept developing some solid suspense (ex. in the Medusa lair) and rising to adventurous, heroic, conclusions. Warner offer some DUBs and subs and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

 

Extras :

A thorough listing of supplements with the extensive "Maximum Movie Mode: Harnessing the Gods" self-described with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and director Louis Leterrier and enhanced picture-in-picture; enhanced scene breakdowns; enhanced VFX breakdowns; on-the-spot vignettes; close-up views of the Kraken, the Scorpiochs, Medusa, stuntwork, filming locales, and more. I also enjoyed the 'Focus Points' which are over a 1/2 hour's worth of 10 sub-sections focusing on production including a lot of the CG of the monster effects. There is a lesser piece on the actor; Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages running less than 10-minutes and both an alternate ending (Perseus confronts Zeus on Mount Olympus) and almost 20-minutes of deleted scenes. The package comes with a second disc representing both a DVD of the film and a Digital copy for use with your portable device. Great job here Warner!

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
Critical reaction was running the middle course with some occasionally dominant negatives. I don't think this needs, obvious, comparing to the Harryhausen-infused Clash of the Titans from 1981. Those who know me - realize this IS my type of film. I enjoyed it quite a lot and lose any 'discerning edge' when it comes to adolescent adventures steeped in mythological monsters. Actually I don't think I've ever disliked a film with 'The Medusa' (from The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao to Percy Jackson!) Great action, super effects, a hint of a love interest (a beauty at that), an uplifting score and lottsa big ol' monsters (the scorpions, actually 'Scorpiochs', are about 50X bigger than the 81' flic). Come' on - lighten up! The Blu-ray gives a fabulous presentation both visually and aurally and there are some viable educating extras. For those keen on genre - I say 'go for it' and enjoy. It is the type of film that if you like it - you will watch multiple times over the years. 

Gary Tooze

July 18th, 2010

 


 

About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

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