New on DVD: Clash of the Titans (2010) Movie

Perseus ropes himself a winged horse, chops off some heads, and romances a demi-God or two in Louis Leterrier’s “Clash of the Titans” remake. The film was a monster hit in theaters (with a sequel expected to go into production early next year), and is due to make its home video debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand and for Download on July 27, 2010 from Warner Home Video.

In Clash of the Titans, the ultimate struggle for power pits men against kings and kings against gods. But the war between the gods themselves could destroy the world. Born of a god but raised as a man, Perseus (Sam Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Ralph Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing to lose, Perseus volunteers to lead a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Liam Neeson) and unleash hell on earth. Battling unholy demons and fearsome beasts, Perseus and his warriors will only survive if Perseus accepts his power as a god, defies fate and creates his own destiny.

Movie Review:

The best thing about watching “Clash of the Titans” on Blu-ray? No stinkin’ post-conversion 3D to get in the way of all the sword-slinging action. I’m not saying Warner was ill-advised to convert the film into 3D in post (at least from a creativity point of view, though obviously not from a financial standpoint, as the film cleaned up in 3D screenings), but I am saying I would rather face Medusa for the privilege of not having to endure it in 3D theaters again.

The movie itself, fortunately, manages to overcome its 3D albatross. Sam Worthington is a tad stiff, but let’s face it, this isn’t really a Sam Worthington film. You could easily plug anyone into the role of Perseus and surround him with the likes of Mads Mikkelsen and the always adorable Gemma Arterton, and you would still produce the same hit movie at the box office. The Gods and special effects are the thing, and though it comes across as too rushed at times, this is a Louis Leterrier film, so that “rushed” feel is to be expected.

Overall, “Clash of the Titans” won’t replace the original in the eyes of most fans, but it probably never had much of a chance at doing that in the first place. The original was a seminal piece of filmmaking in many ways, and the remake feels too familiar and “remake”-ish. That is, it doesn’t really try to do anything really differently from the original, and it mostly shows. But it’s still a relatively fun popcorn film, and the PG-13 rating makes it accessible for younger viewers.

Blu-ray Combo Pack Review:

Maximum Movie Mode

Harnessing the Gods, with Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, and director Louis Leterrier and enhanced picture-in-picture; enhanced scene breakdowns; enhanced VFX breakdowns; on-the-spot vignettes; close-up views of the Kraken, the Scorpiochs, Medusa, stuntwork, filming locales, etc.

Alternate Ending

The biggest bonus with the Combo Pack is the over 5-minutes long Alternate Ending that is included with the Blu-ray version. Besides featuring a final confrontation between Perseus and dear old daddy Zeus on Mount Olympus, the alternate ending also confirms that Andromeda (Alexa Davalos) was more than just a damsel-in-distress in the original story, but a potential love interest for Perseus. She was eventually replaced (though not physically, but storyline-wise) by Gemma Arterton’s Io. In the alternate ending, Perseus sucks face with Andromeda in the ocean during her rescue, then does it again on the beach, before riding off to confront dear ol dad. Curiously, there were no additional scenes in the Deleted Scenes section (below) to really introduce any kind of “chemistry” between the two throughout the film, so it probably made a lot of sense that they didn’t instantly fall in love while floating in the ocean post-Kraken attack.

Additional/Deleted Scenes

18-plus additional minutes, including longer versions of scenes with Perseus and Io, as well as more scenes with Andromeda and her royal family. (Andromeda apparently had a very fierce female bodyguard; too bad she was never introduced except in one of the deleted scenes.) The more substantial deleted scenes have to deal with the Gods, which involves an ongoing subplot with Apollo (Luke Evans), who had basically a blink-and-you’ll-miss cameo in the movie. Apollo originally had a much bigger role, though in the final scheme of things, his scheming didn’t really amount to a whole lot in the finished film, so chopping it off was probably smart.

Sam Worthington: An Action Hero for the Ages

An 8-minute featurette lauding the greatness of Sam Worthington. Meh.

Get “Clash of the titans” on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, On Demand, or Download it July 27th, 2010.