Clash of the Titans The eschewing of modern optical effects techniques in favor of the classic stop-motion animation work of special effects legend Ray Harryhausen was a delightful highlight of this action adventure that attempted to give Greek mythology the Star Wars (1977) treatment. Harry Hamlin stars as Perseus, a mortal who, due to the interference of the mighty god Zeus (Laurence Olivier), finds himself in the city of Joppa, far away from his island home. There, he falls in love with Andromeda (Judi Bowker), an imprisoned princess. To free her, win her hand, and thus half of the kingdom, Perseus solves a riddle, but Joppa's enraged ruler orders Andromeda fed to the Kraken, a towering sea monster that's the last of the powerful Titans. In his quest to save Andromeda, Perseus must endure a series of trials with the help of the winged horse Pegasus and a friendly playwright, Ammon (Burgess Meredith). His ultimate goal is to secure the head of the grotesque Gorgon named Medusa and use it to turn the Kraken into stone, but dangers await, including the hideously deformed Calibos (Neil McCarthy). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
The best transfer possible...
Posted by: RichterIX from: Indiana on
Several other reviewers gave this Blu-ray low marks because of what they considered to be a "bad transfer." I disagree, and think a better way to describe this disc would to call it "uneven." This is a 1980s film, and it does exhibit the characteristic "softness" and grain that appear in almost all high-def transfer of 80s movies. The fact that people are complaining about grain being present is kind of silly, considering the movie's age. If there was no grain, it would be an indicator that the movie had been scrubbed with digital noise reduction, which would be much worse. I'll take grain over everyone looking like mannequins any day.
I will say, however, that the picture quality on this discs swings back and forth wildly between "decent" and "pretty bad," but this is more the fault of the original film source than it is the fault of the Blu-ray transfer. Some scenes look very clear (with a film-like amount of grain) and others seem unreasonably noisy or dark. Warner did the smartest thing here that they possibly could have done with such a problematic film source: clean up scratches and dirt, keep the original soundtrack (instead of creating an artificial surround sound track) and then avoid using any kind of digital sharpening or grain removal.
This is the best that this movie could possibly look in HD, and it's definitely worth the price if you are a fan.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Good mythology movie
Posted by: jX2010 from: on
This a good movie about Perseus and the Gods. I like it on Blu-ray. Some scenes look amazing, but there are some scenes that don't look so good. With the Blu-ray version of this movie, it is a digi-book. It has stuff about the actors and the character in the movie. Overall, good Blu-ray movie.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Ghostman7 from: Margate City, NJ on
A Classic Movie if you are a Lover of Greek Mythology this is a wonderful movie, great special FX for its time.
in the style of Jason and the Argonauts
One of the Top Movies on my list of Favorites
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: DJJeffyV from: Rochester Hills, MI on
This review is for the Blu-Ray edition and not for the actual movie, which is one of my favorites from my childhood. The transfer to Blu-Ray is really bad. Most of the scenes are grainy and don't come close to looking like a Blu-Ray 1080p movie. This is probably one of the the worst looking Blu-Ray movies ever put out. It seems whenever there is a special effect on the screen the movie looks grainy and that is quite often. There are some scenes that look good but most of them do not. The transfer is horrible. The booklet that comes with the Blu-Ray is nice but it doesn't make up for the lousy film transfer. If you already own the first DVD that came out back in the early 2000's I wouldn't bother buying this version.
2 out of 5 found this review helpful.
no english audio
Posted by: dars1109 from: newyork,ny on
no english audio regular dvd is better the transfer is horrible;
I wouldn t even buy this for a dollor, I would not recommend this
2 out of 6 found this review helpful.
" DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY"
Posted by: jmc27 from: chicago on
i bought this movie so i could see it before i go see the new release.But this movie, i thought was going to look great on blu ray. i was wrong !!! it's not in blu ray, it's a "BAD" transfer and the sound is even worse. It's not even in 5.1 or 7.1. what a let down ! So save you money and go to show and see the new version
1 out of 13 found this review helpful.
wow just wow
Posted by: pieisnotpie from: on
am i the only one who thinks a movie which shows [no offense to women] a full on breast with nipples and a womans butt a bad movie for anyone under 18 not to mention horrible quality and quite worse animations
0 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Posted by: tito85 from: san antonio tx on
i realy hope the new verson is a lot like the old one
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
Classic Camp Mythology Adventure
Posted by: Frugaldude from: on
This is a must-have, 1980s cinematic phenomenon! The mythology is shaky, given that the title clash is between two creatures that are not, in fact, titans in the classical sense. What the heck the Kraken is doing here at all is a mystery, as well as what happened to the third head of Cerberus (here called Dioskilos, meaning two dogs).
Anyway, if you can get past the cheesy old-school animation and terrible script, this is a keeper that kids and adults will enjoy for years to come.
0 out of 0 found this review helpful.
A Monster Classic!
Posted by: Teber from: Vicksburg, MI on
I love this movie! The characters are fun, the plot moves swiftly, the music is great, but best of all are the Ray Harryhausen monsters. What fun those are! Reliive some classic mythological cinema with this great film. You will not be dissappointed.