Monday, November 15, 2010

Clash of the Titans 3D Blu-ray Review

Disc 1 Size: 39.3 GB
Disc 2 Size: 38.2 GB
Release Date: November 16th, 2010
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: ABC
The Video
The 3D Blu-ray presentation features a 1080p MVC video presentation. The 2D Blu-ray presentation features a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. To view the 3D version, you must have a 3DTV, 3D Blu-ray player and glasses; otherwise the disc will not load.

Warner Home Video has included a 2D version of the film on a 2D Blu-ray disc, which appears to be identical to the Blu-ray disc released earlier this year, features and all. Those who are familiar with the original release know exactly what to expect, a mixed bag.

The video presentation on both the 2D and 3D versions of the film are generally strong, however there is some evident edge enhancement throughout which is annoying. The edge enhancement is far from the worst we have seen, but it is definitely there.

Both versions of the film feature very pleasing colors and a pleasing level of detail throughout. Blacks are generally solid and quite inky. An included DVD reveals a noticeable upgrade in clarity and pretty much every aspect of the video quality.

The film was released theatrically in 3D, however it was one of the worst 3D experiences I have had in a theater. The film was not shot in 3D, but was a quick conversion job from the studio to drive potential 3D viewers.‘Clash of the Titans’ in 3D left a bad taste in my mouth. I don’t believe every film should be made in 3D, in fact I think 3D films should be reserved for animated films and films which would actually benefit from a 3D presentation, add something to the story or the way it is presented.

It appears Warner Home Video has gone back and fixed a few of the issues present on the theatrical 3D release for this Blu-ray 3D release. The release is far from perfect, but I definitely found it to be a much more enjoyable 3D experience than the one I experienced in theaters.

There are still issues however, which keep this far form a stunning 3D presentation. The most annoying issue would have to be the faster action sequences throughout the film. They were definitely a pain in theaters and they are a pain here, with too much movement to keep up with.

The action sequences while impressive at times just looked far too strange and it actually was painfully annoying at times. The sequences are quick, but they definitely were distracting from the overall experience. The 2D version of the film is difficult enough to keep up with really.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by the improvement found on this 3D Blu-ray release from my awful theater experience. The presentation is still far from perfect, but it is more enjoyable than I anticipated. If studios are going to convert films into 3D, I certainly expect better efforts in the future. 7/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless option included on both the 3D and 2D Blu-ay discs. Also included are French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks. Optional subtitles include English SDH, French and Spanish.

The English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track definitely adds to this experience. Dialogue is presented crisp and clear at all times. Surround use is fantastic, with immersive moments from beginning to end. The mix features impressive direction and excellent clarity.

The mix definitely keeps the film interesting, the action sequences are a surround sound dream. Little details pop up throughout the surround speakers even during quieter moments which left me very impressed by the experience as a whole.

Overall I am extremely impressed by the mix included. There are definitely better audio mixes on the format, but it is hard to be even slightly disappointed by this mix. Fans of the film and audiophiles in general will enjoy this almost perfect mix. 9.5/10.

The Extras

Disc 1 (Blu-ray 3D Disc) (39.3 GB):

No extras are included on the Blu-ray 3D disc, just the 3D version of the film. For the 2D version of the film and 2D extras, see ‘Disc 2.’

Disc 2 (Blu-ray Disc) (38.2 GB):

WB Maximum Movie Mode (Picture-in-Picture)
This is an entertaining picture-in-picture track which plays while you watch the film. A good amount of behind-the-scenes footage is included throughout.

Focus Points (35:02) (HD)
Sam Worthington is Perseus
Zeus: Father of Gods and Men
Enter the World of Hades
Calibos: The Man behind the Monster
Tenerife: A Continent on an Island
Actors and their Stunts
Wales: A Beautiful Scarred Landscape
Bringing Medusa to Life
Prepare for the Kraken!

Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages (7:56) (HD)
This feature goes behind-the-scenes with actor Sam Worthington and the extensive work it took to prepare for the role.

Alternate Ending (5:23) (HD)
The film’s alternate ending is included and presented in high-definition; the ending includes some unfinished special effects.

Deleted Scenes (18:11) (HD)
Deleted scenes are included in high-definition, watching them will quickly make you realize why they were deleted.

BD-Live Portal
Watch the latest trailers from Warner Home Video.

Disc 3 (DVD):

DVD copy of the film

Presented in 2D.

Digital Copy of the film
Presented in 2D. Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media devices. Expires November 14th, 2011.

The extras included on this release are great. Warner Home Video has released this combo pack edition with a 3D Blu-ray disc, 2D Blu-ray disc, DVD and Digital Copy version of the film. The extras included on this release are fantastic, I wish Warner Home Video had included some 3D extras however….perhaps a look at the 3D conversion. 7.5/10.

The Movie
Hollywood has been remake crazy lately, needless to say, it was no surprise that ‘Clash of the Titans (2010)’ came along. In this situation, I was not upset by remake news whatsoever. To be honest, I actually found the ‘Clash of the Titans’ from 1981 to be dull and particularly cheesy now.

The film was definitely in need of a good update. What we get with this remake is a solid wannabe epic that is ultimately forgettable. Sam Worthington stars as Perseus, you may also know him from ‘Avatar’ fame. Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton and others co-star.

My relationship with ‘Clash of the Titans (2010)’ has been love/hate. I saw the film theatrically, but I couldn’t get myself to get through the entire film on Blu-ray upon initial release. The film while not awful just didn’t interest me anymore.I definitely think the unfortunate 3D experience turned me off to the film. I did take the time over the weekend to revisit the film and while my 3D experience was much better (as was my experience with the German release), I still think the film is rather bland overall.

The film is something I would call a decent popcorn flick. The action sequences can be impressive, as well as the many special effects. The storyline itself is no better than the original, considering the special effects and updates in technology, it should have been better than the very dated original.

I do think I was too harsh on the film initially, like many films I did enjoy the film much more upon repeated viewing. Overall I think this is a somewhat decent film considering the imperfect original, but ultimately it doesn’t deliver the epic film I had hoped for. 6/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Clash of the Titans (2010)’ is a solid but forgettable film. The Blu-ray release is good, featuring a decent video presentation and strong audio mix. The extras are definitely enjoyable and I loved the behind-the-scenes footage. Overall the Blu-ray 3D release is ultimately ‘Worth a Look’ to those seeking 3D content.

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