Clash-of the Titans Blu-ray

Monday, 26 July 2010 12:29

The reimagining of “Clash of the Titans” is out now on Blu-ray, DVD, On Demand and Digital Download from Warner Home Video.  It is billed as a ‘colossal battle between men and the gods as this epic tale takes you on a non-stop, jaw-dropping adventure’.  There’s no doubt there’s plenty of spectacular CGI effects and heart pounding action, directed by Louis Leterrier (“The Incredible Hulk”, “Transporter 2”). It’s a question of immense star-spotting, too, with a cast headed up by Sam Worthington of “Avatar” and “Terminator Salvation” fame – he’s also tipped to be the next James Bond when the financial dire straits surrounding that franchise are sorted. However, it was a production plagued with problems which this release does not address.

Liam Neeson (“The A Team” movie, “Schindler’s List”), Ralph Fiennes (the Harry Potter franchise, “The Hurt Locker”) and the pneumatic Gemma Arterton (“St Trinian’s”, “Quantum of Solace”) are amongst the headliners to also look out for.  

Clash of the Titans 2010 on Blu-ray and DVDIt’s the ultimate struggle for power, where men are pitted against kings, and kings against gods. However, it’s the war between the gods themselves that could destroy the world.

Released theatrically in both 2D and 3D, this is the 2D version. “Clash of the Titans” is aware of its ancestry, having an early ‘pop’ at the 1981 original: Bubo, a replica of the heroic mechanical bird from that film, is not taken on the quest at the centre of the narrative – despite it being integral to the original story. Sam Worthington was not happy about Bubo’s inclusion in the plot - it’s a puerile distraction rather than a neat homage, which was no doubt the idea.

Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Fiennes), the vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing left to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Leading a band of waif and stray warriors, Perseus sets off on a journey deep into the ‘forbidden worlds’. Battling scroprion-like huge monsters, dreaded demons and other fearsome beasts, he will only survive if he can accept his power as a god, defy his prophesised fate and create his own destiny.

The behind-the-scenes team includes Academy Award® nominated visual effects supervisor Nick Davis (“The Dark Knight”), Academy Award® nominated prosthetics supervisor Conor O’Sullivan (“The Dark Knight”, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Academy Award® winning special effects and animatronics supervisor Neil Corbould (“Gladiator”). Rest assured that the majority of CGI effects are believable, although on occasion the forensic level of detail required for Blu-ray does expose the odd creak in the rendition.

However, much like the reimagining of Steed and Emma Peel in “The Avengers” 1998 movie, and Ben Affleck’s 2003 “Daredevil”, it looks like the curse of the ‘Middle America Test Audience’ has struck again. This is where an audience views an early version of the film, and notes what it does and doesn’t like. On such occasions, dark storylines and ambiguous character motivations tend to be sacrificed because, well, a lot of these audiences end up collectively not being very bright.

I dare say that we’re supposed to just sit back and enjoy the spectacle that is being served up to us in this revised theatrical version.  There’s plenty of bangs and crashes, but the plot unravels with very little pulling. Upon investigation, and a ‘hat-tip’ to Devin Faraci over at CHUD for the tireless research, it is revealed that this movie was changed immeasurably from its first cut, with new scenes being filmed, relationships changing, and entire chunks of narrative going amiss.

So, Zeus, despite being a rapist, and the reason for the human disenchantment with the gods, he becomes just an errant father figure to empathise with, rather than being as bad as Hades (in his own way). Gemma Arterton’s Io character originally had a brother-sister relationship with Perseus, but now becomes the central love interest. For Arterton fans, that’s fine as her screen time is increased, but it’s almost like the producers did what the test audience suggested rather than doing what’s best for the story.

Poor old Alexander Siddig as the god Hermes almost disappears from the theatrical print entirely.  The scenes for his fellow gods are also almost excised from the print, too; many of these interactions can be viewed in the “Deleted Scenes” section of this DVD and Blu-ray. Some of the CGI for these is incomplete, which unfortunately means a release of a “Director’s Cut” is not going to be a simple and inexpensive exercise any time soon.  However, don’t be surprised if when a sequel appears that such a cut is exhumed to tie in with the new movie - as confusing as it would be, with its entirely different approach and ending, it would still do good business.

Is it right to blame all the changes on the test audiences? The bottom line is that these amendments mean that rather than focusing on a fallen idol setting out to free humanity from god-like tyranny, he instead becomes a servant of the very evil he set out to oppose. It’s a fundamental change in the core of the movie, and dare I say fits in with the current waves of mainstream propaganda setting out to belittle those trying to raise awareness of the ‘Big Brother’ society that is globally being brought into being. Don’t resist, join your masters rather than fighting for a just cause – and don’t ever suggest that humans are just as important as the gods! Probably not something a test audience would consider...

Of course, you’re totally at liberty to say that ‘it’s only a movie’. However, these sorts of things interact with us at a subconscious level, so we’re not aware of how they have an effect on our value systems and beliefs.  Much like the plot of “Clash of the Titans”, mankind of the 21st Century is at a crucial turning point – freedom or tyranny await ahead, following the decisions we take in the here-and-now. If nothing else, this movie can certainly act as a focus for such talking points.

“Clash of the Titans” is out now, with a running time of 106 minutes approx, and a ‘12’ Certificate. It retails on Blu-ray with a RRP £26.99, DVD RRP of £19.99, and On Demand and via Digital Download from Warner Home Video. Alternatively, support this website and get it for less at www.cultvstore.com    

 

1 DISC DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes

 

2 DISC DVD SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Maximum Movie Mode includes feature length picture-in-picture plus the following focus points: Clash of the Titans TV Special; Sam Worthington is Perseus; Creating Medusa; The Kraken; Calibos; Zeus; Tenerife: A Continent on an Island; Scorpioch; Actors and Their Stunts; Wales: A Beautiful Scarred Landscape; Hades.

 

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES

As per the 2 Disc DVD, but with the following additional features:

  • Sam Worthington: An Action Hero For the Ages
  • Alternate Ending

 

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