Clash of the Titans (2010) Blu-ray Review
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.
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50/1 DVD
The story is essentially a Cliff’s Notes version of the original, with Perseus (Sam Worthington) saving the citizens of Argos after they angered the gods by destroying temples and statues. He embarks on a heroic quest, heavy-handedly aided by the gods – because his dad just happens to be Zeus (Liam Neeson) – to save humanity from the wrath of Zeus, unleashed via proxy by Hades (Ralph Fiennes). If he is unsuccessful, the city’s only option is to sacrifice princess Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) – no fault of her own, just a result of her mother Cassiopeia’s ignorance and arrogance – to the Kraken, a sea monster unleashed by Poseidon. During his journey with some soldiers of Argos, Perseus gets gifts and hints from not only his father, but the beautiful Io (Gemma Arterto – HUGE upgrade to Bergus Meredith), another demigod stuck in the middle of the story.
As with many movies recently, dialogue has taken a backseat to special effects and action sequences. There’s a watered down heroic thrust to the movie, and no real incentive for Perseus to save Argos, much less Andromeda; all he wants is revenge on the gods, and the people of Argos are an afterthought. This is a major flaw considering Andromeda was the driving force of the original quest, and here she’s merely window dressing.
At times the original Pegasus flew straight out of Napoleon Dynamite’s notebook, but the 2010 version is outstanding! A major upgrade. Each scene trumps the next, convincing the viewer of not only the scene’s reality, but fluid movements suggest that a winged horse actually exists. Great special effects. The best, however, is clearly Medusa. Snakes for hair, sinewy muscle, a lethal bow and arrow, a gaze that turns men to stone. The combination was enough to leave children with nightmares in 1981, and every facet was improved upon. Add in a sinister laugh and an upgraded crib replete with chasms, razor-sharp stalagmites, “liquid hot magma,” and the result is one of the scariest supernatural villains ever to appear on film. (It’s just too bad that she’s so easy to kill in both version of COTT).
Movie Quality: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/VC-1 with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. I was very impressed with this print on Blu-ray and having seen this film in the theater, I felt like Warner did a fantastic job presenting this film in high definition. Colors are not the strong point in this print as the world is intentionally made to look very dark and drabby due to the nature of the film. There are certain colors that due stand out, and when they do, they carry a nice pop to them. Black levels are inky and very strong throughout the film. Details are also excellent with facial pores being so evident and then. This is a film that you will feel like a part of the atmosphere which the image quality does pull you in. Even the CGI is well done not looking overly done.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Warner churns out yet another impressive audio mix on Blu-ray, taking advantage of the film’s sound design. I was immersed at all time throughout no matter if it was special effects or dialogue. The depth of the dialogue is well done through the center channel sounding very clear and crisp. The action sequences sound nice and expansive in the sound field with plenty of sound effects to make you feel like a part of the action.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
- Maximum Movie Mode
- Sam Worthington is Perseus [HD]
- Zues: Father of Gods and Men [HD]
- Enter the World of Hades [HD]
- Calibos: The Man Behind the Monster [HD]
- Tenerife: A Continent on an Island [HD]
- Scorpioch [HD]
- Actors and their Stunts [HD]
- Wales: A Beautiful Scarred Landscape [HD]
- Bringing Medusa to Life [HD]
- Prepare for the Kraken [HD]
- Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages [HD]
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
- Alternative Ending [HD]
- Digital Copy
Special Features: 8.5/10
I grew up as a fan of the original “Clash of the Titans”, which this day and age doesn’t hold up really well at all due to the bad special effects. The remake has the total package to be better than the original, except two major areas, which are the narrative and character development. I just did not feel like the remake did a good enough job in these areas. The video and audio quality is some of the best I have seen on Blu-ray. The special features are excellent and nice to see that they are also in high definition. This is highly recommended for fans of the the remake, for others I would consider renting this first.
Overall Rating: 8/10