If anyone has purchased this Blu-Ray could they please comment on the picture/audio quality? Although I'm very excited that this classic film is finally on hi-def I'm going to first get more info on whether it translated well to this format, taking into account its age.
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 efects are still obvious, but they seem to "blend" better into the background. Some scenes of the movie are very sharp, while others seem a little "grainy". I think the "graininess" is from the attempt to add visual effects (fog, mist) to a particular scene. Bottom line: It's better than the original standard DVD release and am happy to "double-dip".
Here is what I just posted as a review. Hope it's helpful: Just got the blu-ray yesterday and watched it last night on a 1080p 65" panasonic plasma. Over all, I think the transfer isn't bad. There are some grainy transfers (the opening scene starts this way, and I was thinking---oh this isn't going to be good). But some of the scenes are crystal clear with great definition. Be ready to see all the flaws that you wouldn't see in the DVD, given the mix of stop motion animation, mattes, etc. With the HD transfer, you'll see blue lines around mattes and background film. The most obvious thing to me was the burning "body" in the Joppa square is very clearly made of wood; it's almost painful to see how bad the prop is when shown in high def. You'll also notice how obvious the witches' prosthetic chins and eye covers are; again the price of having a more defined product. I actually enjoyed seeing how all the different techniques blended together to make the film, but it could be distracting to others.
I'd say my biggest distraction with it all (and this showed in the theater and DVD) is how many "night" scenes were actually done during the day with a filter. I think it's a bit more obvious with the high def, but if you've seen this movie in any format you've seen it.
The sound is decent; I thought it was a bit low on the volume; I had to turn it up a little louder than I normally do for movies.
I would recommend buying the keepcase version for $4.99 on sale. It doesn't sound like the Blu-ray is enough of an upgrade for justify the extra cost. I played the keepcase on a Blu-ray player and the best scenes are near HD quality.
I cannot judge the audio quality but the Blu-ray is superior to the DVD in picture quality. Yes, it is grainy in parts but if you turn down the sharpness so it doesn't magnify the film grain the picture is much sharper and much more three dimensional. I have already sold my DVD since the Blu-ray is superior.
This movie is easily one of the worst transfers to Blu-Ray I have ever seen. The grain is terrible and the sound quality is not up to hi def standards. Now, I have watched this on a 106in screen with a Sony HD projector VPW-70 which produces an excellent picture . So, it may be that the grain is that much more amplified, but I have also watched it on a Panny G30 54in plasma and noticed the same amount of grain. In my opinion, the movie is great, but the Blu Ray version is unwatchable.
Well heres my conclusion from all ive heard : 1 .Book Versions are hard to find ..... Get it now while its avaliable . 2. When a better version comes out replace it in your Book Version . Case Closed .
Its not remastered, it looks like a dvd upconverted. It was released on the quick to cash in on the new COTT. Its the worst looking Harryhausen blu-ray. I actually turned it off and threw down the case in disgust on my first try watching it.