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Clash of the Titans (1981) (Blu-ray Book)w/ Clash of the Titans Movie Cash

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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The Blu-ray edition of the original Clash of the Titans movie is a bit of a mixed bag. Some scenes look exceptionally good in high definition, while others are pretty grainy, especially night scenes. That's presumably due to the source material, because the movie never really looked that great on DVD either--this is probably as good as we're ever going to see it. The uncompressed DTS-HD sound is good but only in 2.0 (probably another source limitation--there is a good back-speaker effect approaching Medusa's lair). The packaging is quite nice: a book with stills from the movie, pictures and biographies of the cast (the Ursula Andress photo is a stunner) and special-effects creator Ray Harryhausen, and pictures and descriptions of the creatures. There are two bonus features, both in standard definition: A 2002 12-minute interview with Harryhausen in which he describes his work on the film, and short segments in which he describes each of six creatures. There's also a five-minute preview of the 2010 Titans remake. --David Horiuchi

Special Features

A Conversation with Ray Harryhausen
Myths and Monsters gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Harry Hamlin, Judi Bowker, Burgess Meredith, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress
  • Directors: Desmond Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (576 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q7ZOL2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,063 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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272 of 294 people found the following review helpful By Joshua David Bellin on May 15, 2003
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love "Clash of the Titans," but I'm terribly disappointed by the quality of this DVD. The "all-new digital transfer" that the manufacturer promises is quite possibly the worst transfer I've ever seen, enhancing the film's visual flaws while disguising its merits. In composite shots, live-action elements are so washed-out as to appear almost black-and-white at times, while stop-motion elements are garishly bright and crisp, looking more like cartoons than dimensional objects. This is particularly pronounced in shots of the flying Pegasus; the digital transfer so exaggerates the matte lines around the figure that it appears to be a paper cut-out plastered against the sky. Even the glorious Medusa segment suffers from these defects: what was, in the original (and on VHS), an atmospheric balance of rich darks and flickering red lights, becomes a clash of nearly impenetrable spots of shadow against grainy, pale-brown relief. I'm no authority on digital transfers, but my guess is that this one was done as quickly and cheaply as possible, the manufacturer's reasoning being (probably) that fans of Harryhausen will be so thrilled to have his films on DVD that they could care less what the films look like. Well, I was thrilled to have "Clash of the Titans" on DVD--but when the abysmal quality of the transfer interferes with the very effects that make the film great, my enthusiasm wanes considerably. I'd advise fans of Harryhausen to buy the video version, and to write angry letters to the manufacturer protesting their callous desecration of one of the master's greatest films.
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful By HiDefGuy on July 29, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Okay, I really like this movie and have since 1981 when it was theatrically released. It's not my favorite Harryhausen fantasy but it's in my top 5.

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.
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98 of 112 people found the following review helpful By ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b VINE VOICE on March 7, 2007
Format: DVD
What a shame, this is Ray's last feature film and they give the man a kick in his pants with this transfer. This has some of Ray's best creations and it's ruined with a washed out grainy print. I could not bring myself to give it a lower rating. The film deserves 5 stars for Harryhausen's incredible work, but the DVD transfer keeps me from giving it a full thumbs up.

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!


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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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Knight Hawk on January 29, 2003
Format: DVD
Judging from the comments below, it seems one either loves this film or despises it. In the book "Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion", Mr. Ebert praised the film, so I decided to give this DVD a try. I'm glad I took a chance because it turns out Mr. Ebert's opinion matches my own. If you harbor a child's spirit within you, if you like to entertain fantasies, or enjoy comic books, this film is probably for you.

Ebert says "Clash Of The Titans" is special effects wizard, Ray Harryhausen's masterwork, a tour de force, and having seen many of the master's earlier films, I tend to agree. His effects are achieved by stop-action animation, rear projection, modeling, etc.; traditional methods requiring painstaking effort and which lend themselves well to a film which deals with ancient Greek mythology. But there is much more here than just fantastic effects. Nearly everything about this film works for me. The mostly British cast infuses the film with a high tone. Harry Hamlin plays the role of Persius exactly right, and Judi Bowker is adorable as the lovely princess Andromeda. The production values are high, with wondrous sets and marvelous costuming. The location filming in the Mediterranean is beautiful and sometimes breathtaking.
The DVD video transfer is from a clean 35mm print and looks terrific in the 16:9 widescreen mode. The sumptuous London Symphony scoring sets a tasteful mood and effectively augments the story. I do have one gripe, however. The music track on this DVD has too much treble and the music is too loud, competing with the dialog. Whoever remixes these soundtracks should be instructed that the music is not supposed to upstage the acting.
Apart from the sound mix, I honestly can't find much to fault with the film.
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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
Blu Ray English audio track
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
DVD new release quality
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)
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