Clash of the Titans (Blu-ray Review)11 Mar, 2010 By: Chris Tribbey
$14.97 DVD, $34.99 Blu-ray
Stars Harry Hamlin, Laurence Olivier, Maggie Smith, Ursula Andress.
Warner’s Blu-ray release of this amazing epic, timed to promote the 3D remake that hits theaters April 2, answers the demands from fans for a decent view of one of the best fantasy films of the 1980s. The lackluster transfer for the 2004 DVD release was roundly despised and took away from this mythic tale of Perseus, human son of the Greek god Zeus, as he travels the land fighting horrific foes, all for the love of the beautiful princess Andromeda.
Clash of the Titans is among the greatest fantasy adventures before CGI took over. Forget Jason and the Argonauts and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad. In addition to being his last film, this is stop-motion visual effects guru Ray Harryhausen’s most beloved and perhaps best work. It has everything: a captivating and adventurous tale; beautiful human heroes operating under the whims of even more beautiful Greek gods; and Harryhausen monster work at its best, with the nightmare-inducing Medusa, giant scorpions, the two-headed dog Dioskilos, and the mythical sea giant Kraken.
If you’re expecting modern-day film sharpness in your Blu-ray, you’ll be disappointed here. The graininess and softer look of an older film are still present, but the enhanced detail and lack of dirt and digital artifacts will have fans leaping for joy. For those who don’t yet have a Blu-ray player, this disc alone is worth the upgrade.
A 22-page color booklet included with the Blu-ray, featuring cast profiles, trivia and details about the film, is fun, but more bonuses would have been nice. A lengthy Harryhausen interview and monster profiles are all that’s included, and these are leftovers from the earlier DVD.
However, a jaw-dropping preview of the remake, a six-page color insert about the remake and a $7.50 movie ticket coupon make up for the shortcomings.