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.
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