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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.]]>
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I ordered this blu-ray from Amazon.com a week or so ago and it just arrived today. This is where I kick myself in the head for not reading other's reviews of the blu-ray first. The transfer sucks BIG TIME or, perhaps it was just the elements used to create this blu-ray that were a mixed bag! Most (not all) of the daylight scenes were excellent but the evening and night scenes were truly horrid. From the opening scenes of the soldiers on the sandy beach right up to the end titles all I could see were large chunks of dirt that wasn't removed prior to making the transfer. Way too much film grain (much more than should be for a film of this age) and artifacts throughout.. all this clearly visible in the darker and some of the daylight scenes viewed on a 65 inch HD LED TV.
It seems the studios are really getting lazy (or is it just cheap?) in releasing newer and older films in substandard transfers.
I can name on perhaps 1 hand the films I feel are really superb transfers to blu-ray. Another 25 to 30 that are good and all the rest (approx 985 in my collection) as dismal failures as far as the quality of the transfers. I invested in Blu-ray for the promised superb quality this new format offered and to be honest I feel cheated MOST of the time to the point where I'm not going to be buying blu-rays based on how much I like/love the film but more importantly how good the quality of the transfer is. It's just a slap in the face from the studios to wait for them to make one of my favorites available on blu-ray and to be let down once again by a skanky presentation.Read more ›
The print is very watchable and at a bargain price of $5.00 it should not be passed up, but the film and Harryhausen deserve much better! Thankfully they are releasing this film on BluRay and on a new DVD, so I will update my review when it has been released and I have a chance to compare them.....I'll keep my fingers crossed that they do this gifted genius justice!
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Save your money as the new release of this film looks to be the same old transfer and the Blu Ray isn't worth the upgrade as it just brings out the wear and tear all the more. There are no new extras either. It's a shame because this film desrves to be completely restored and preserved for future generations and old school Harryhausen fans!
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It's not difficult to see why. The latest version is typical of current special effects-based action movies. The pacing is fast, there are loud explosive noises for everything short of a fart and dizzying graphics to distract you from concentrating on a screenplay that suffers from major discontinuities and inappropriate costumes (since when did Zeus wear armor rather than a robe?). Interestingly, another reviewer pointed out that the plot was unimportant anyway because audiences really pay to see the newer and much better special effects. Really??!!! I always thought that if you wanted to see special effects on par with the new Clash of The Titans without thinking about a plot you could just play an XBOX or PS3 game through your home theater in the comfort of your own home. In fact, I'm shocked that more people haven't noticed that the new Medusa moves and looks like an artificial game character that moves like the '82 Centipede at the old arcades.
Don't get me wrong. The movement of the new monsters are definitely smoother and more convincingly natural overall than the old stop-motion animated monsters. But the motion is still a little smoother than you'd expect from reality and when you'd expect something to vary its speed, it's usually just one speed throughout its full range of motion. Also, Medusa in the new version doesn't look realistic enough to touch. On the other hand, the new scorpions look totally realistic.Read more ›
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I grew up with this movie. In fact, it was a family favorite. Seeing as my 11-year-old loves reading stories about Greek gods, I thought this would be perfect for him. Read morePublished 7 days ago by J. Carter
The myth of Perseus is one of the better known stories from Greek mythology. The 1981 movie Clash of the Titans is an adaptation of this myth. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Fan of Time-Life Books
I'm a fan of this show. The original is still the best. Bought it for my brothers for sentimental value and they were both very very happy!Published 1 month ago by Ginger Jamir
As close to the original myths as you are going to get in a movie. Since it's all based on Perseus, most of the myths are wrong (as they actually happen to or by others in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Holly Klein
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|How's the picture/audio quality on this Blu-Ray?||
Just finished watching the Blu-ray release of "Clash of the Titans" on a LG BH200 player/ 32" 1080i LG TV. It is, in my opinion, a sharper, clearer picture and better sounding than the original release on standard DVD. But, don't let your expectations be too much. The special... Read More
Mar 3, 2010 by S. Krouse | See all 10 posts
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I have a similar problem with the audio: the English track doesn't play at the normal level of the other tracks. If I turn the volume up full blast, I can hear it reasonably, but occasionally the audio will have a spurt of loud noises. I have a receiver that handles the hi-def sound, and I... Read More
Mar 24, 2010 by Haborojeff | See all 5 posts
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The keepcase version has been re-mastered. However, some of the scenes, particularly those featuring the animations are faded and grainy looking. Other parts are near high definition quality. For the price, I would recommend purchasing this version if you don't want to pay extra for the Blu-ray.... Read More
Jun 28, 2010 by Sheila Calabrese | See all 8 posts
Ridiculous price also 2012. Well I can wait.
Feb 27, 2010 by Boz | See all 2 posts
|What is the movie's rating?||
I wouldn't recommend it to be shown to a young audience on school grounds because there is brief nudity (Breasts)
Aug 14, 2011 by chupy12 | See all 2 posts
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