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Clash of the Titans [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 9794232
  • Release Date: 03/02/2010
  • Rating: PG
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (68 out of 73)

    Special Features


    • A conversation with Ray Harryhausen
    • Myths and monsters gallery
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    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

    Cast & Crew


    • Laurence Olivier
      Laurence Olivier - Zeus
    • Harry Hamlin
      Harry Hamlin - Perseus
    • Claire Bloom
      Claire Bloom - Hera
    • Judi Bowker
      Judi Bowker - Andromeda
    • Maggie Smith
      Maggie Smith - Thetis



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 73 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The best transfer possible...

      Posted
      RichterIX

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Better Than the Remake

      Posted
      GregM
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      I'm guessing that most people who are considering this movie are like me -- children of the 80's who remember it fondly. If that's the case, I don't think you'd be disappointed buying this at a reasonable price. The most memorable scenes still resonate and it's fun to watch from an adult perspective. Yes, the special effects are outdated, but I still enjoyed the stop-motion techniques, and knowing that I'm looking at real objects and not something created on a computer. For example, Medusa is so much more present and sinister here than in the CGI-laden remake. And I actually enjoy CGI in many movies. The picture quality varies from scene to scene. Some are grainy and somewhat unfocused, while others are quite sharp, clear and colorful. One thing that's consistent is that it always look like film, as if it hasn't been touched up at all. In my opinion that works well for this movie, but others might disagree (especially if CGI and blu-ray picture quality is all you've known). For me, it was well worth the price to revisit this creature-filled world.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Blu-Ray Review

      Posted
      DJJeffyV

      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.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Ray Harryhausen!!

      Posted
      Bennie
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      Grew up watching Ray Harryhausen films in theaters. Yes, I'm that old. I was fascinated by his stop-motion special effects of 'monsters': 2 headed dogs, Medusa, the Kracken, skeleton warriors, etc. I was absolutely terrified of the bird in his movie "The Giant Claw". Best post-WWII science fiction until "Star Wars" in 1977. BluRay edition of this classic is most excellent. Get this edition of "The Class of Titans" (1981) while it is available.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Delightful 80s cheese

      Posted
      Atreyu77
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      A wonderfully cheesy 80s romp with delightfully hokey effects and an air of self-importance that you just don't see today. I am a huge fan of 80s movies, and this is a great addition to the collection. Yes, it does slow down from time to time, and folks raised in today's short attention span culture might be turned off, but for children of the 80s or fans of vintage sci-fi, this is a delight that runs circles around the recent CGI-heavy remake.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Camp Mythology Adventure

      Posted
      Frugaldude

      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      it's a classic!

      Posted
      Mangaka7
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      This one has it all. The hero's journey. The princess who refuses to do what she is told to do. Monster, Gods and skeleton warriors brought to life by none other than Ray Harryhausen. While, for someone this might seem a bit funny, since its claymation and not CGI. This is the original version. The story and acting is the best of the two films. No comparison.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      This is an all time classic!

      Posted
      Raymond
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      This is an all time classic you cannot find old movies like this on bluray anywhere these days thus is such a huge part of my childhood. I absolutely love the work of ray Harry housen. This is such a piece of film history right here. It don't get any more classic than this! The cgi and film quality/color is much much better from the way that I remember it!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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