Clash of the Titans
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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.
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). 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
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Anyway, this is still a fun movie.
The film itself is a classic and although grossly outdated by today's standards, it holds its own, imbuing a sense of nostalgia (for those of us who grew up watching this film) and also a sense of wonder for how wonderfully the film brings to life stories from Greek mythology. It features a wonderful cast of characters starring some big names such as Sir Laurence Olivier as supreme Greek god Zeus who casts a benevolent eye upon his demigod son Perseus, conceived with a mortal woman (Zeus had impregnated Perseus' mom, Danae by visiting her in the form of a shower of gold. Those Greek gods had their way with mortal women in various guises, and were quite creative in going about it too!). Perseus is portrayed by Harry Hamlin, who looks the part although his acting leaves much to be desired. There's Maggie Smith who plays Goddess Thetis, goddess of water (although by some accounts she is a sea nymph), who is enraged at Zeus' kindness towards Perseus when her own son, Calibos was cursed to become a monster when he crossed the gods.
The story follows Perseus' journey to seek his destiny, which he finds in battling various monsters such as the Gorgon Medusa, Calibos, and the Kraken, among others, in order to secure the hand of Andromeda, daughter of Queen Cassiopeia.
There's lots of monsters, and dramatic scenes here that make these tales of mythology come alive and my daughter was riveted from beginning till end. She did comment on how some of the effects seemed rather strange, for example, she felt the vulture depicted carrying off Andromeda's soul to Calibos was not very authentic. Oh well, at least she enjoyed the story. Truth be told, I have watched the 2010 version of Clash of the Titans and was completely underwhelmed. It was just lots of CGI and not much storytelling, and I have always preferred the latter.
One complain I have about this DVD edition is that the sound quality leaves much to be desired. I had to turn up the volume on my TV almost to the max to be able to listen to the dialogue. The picture quality too was merely serviceable, but I guess for 5 dollars, I shouldn't expect too much. Overall though, it got a thumbs up from my daughter, hence the five stars!