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Wrath of the Titans (3D Blu-ray Review)

11 Jul, 2012 By: John Latchem

Box Office $83.67 million
$28.98 DVD, $35.99 Blu-ray, $44.95 3D Blu-ray combo pack
Rated ‘PG-13’ for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action.
Stars Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike, Bill Nighy, Edgar Ramirez, Toby Kebbell, Danny Huston, Ralph Fiennes, Liam Neeson.

The Clash of the Titans remake in 2010 was by no means a masterpiece, but was an entertaining enough adventure that, in many ways, improved upon the original 1981 film.

The follow-up, Wrath of the Titans, continues the romp through Greek mythology with the further adventures of demigod hero Perseus (Sam Worthington). Years after the events of the first film, Perseus has settled into the simple life of a fisherman with his son when he is once again summoned into action by his father, Zeus (Liam Neeson).

Zeus explains that the era of the Olympian gods is coming to an end. The people no longer pray to them, which drains their power. But without their power, the gods cannot maintain the binds of Tartarus, the prison that constrains Kronos, the ancient Titan ruler and father of Zeus and the other gods.

Kronos has made a deal with Hades (Ralph Fiennes) to absorb the remaining power of the gods in order to escape and reclaim dominion over Earth. To prevent this, Perseus must assemble the Spear of Triam, the weapon the gods originally used to defeat Kronos. Perseus is joined on his journey to the depths of hell by his ally from the first film, Queen Andromeda (now played by Rosamund Pike) and Agenor (Toby Kebbell), half-god son of Poseidon.

Anyone who enjoyed the previous Titans should have no trouble digesting this one. Typically for this kind of film, the actors are full of bluster and the visual effects are put to good use to convey massive battle scenes. Unlike the first film, which was converted to 3D well after production was completed, the sequel seems to have been staged with 3D in mind, making the conversion process more effective.

Aside from three deleted scenes, the bulk of extras on the Blu-ray are contained within the film’s Maximum Movie Mode, which offers the viewers a choice between “Path of Gods,” a guide to the film’s mythological source material, or “Path of Men,” a look at the making of the film. Some of the videos can be watched as separate focus points.

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