New on DVD/Blu-ray: Wrath of the Titans (2012)

Sam Worthington, Rosamund Pike and Toby Kebbell in Wrath of the Titans (2012) Movie Image

Sam Worthington returns to save the day in “Wrath of the Titans”, the follow-up to 2010’s hit “Clash of the Titans”. This time around, ol Sam has to deal with more than one giant monster, there is a small army of them waiting to slice and dice (and possibly crush) him. What’s a Greek Demi-God to do? Find out when “Wrath of the Titans” arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and for digital download June 26, 2012 from Warner Home Video.

Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson star once again as gods at war in “Wrath of the Titans”, under the direction of Johnathan Liebesman. A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington) the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson) is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes) and Poseidon (Danny Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus? godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramrez), switch loyalties and make a deal, with kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), Poseidon’s demigod son, Argenor (Toby Kebbell), and fallen gob Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the Titans and save mankind.

Oh, those wacky Titans, always causing trouble. Now the fate of all mankind is at stake. Talk about taking the threat to the next level! That’s what Perseus (Sam Worthington) is dealing with this time around, with “Wrath of the Titans” set 10 years after the events of “Clash”. Between then and now, Perseus has lost his beloved Goddess, gotten a pint-sized version of himself, and grew some hair. Life is good! Well, mostly.

Give director Jonathan Liebesman and his screenwriters this: they really don’t diddle-daddle with “Wrath of the Titans”. The film hops right into the thick of things, with Perseus back in action, reconnecting with Greek warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike), and heading off on a quest to save the world before you can even catch your breath. An amusing Toby Kebbell joins the franchise as another half-God, with Edgar Ramirez doing his somber bad guy thing. “Wrath” follows the rules of the Hollywood sequel — it’s bigger, louder, and there’s a hell of a lot more monsters for Perseus to deal with this time around.

“Wrath of the Titans” will benefit viewers of the first movie the most, but newcomers to the series may be a tad bewildered. There are a lot of characters, many with their own personal history that aren’t necessarily re-introduced to the new viewer. Having seen “Clash”, though, it was easy for me to jump back into the saddle for the sequel, and I appreciated that “Wrath” didn’t waste too much of my time trying to fill me in on a movie I had already seen. Which left me to appreciate the film and its many monster battles, of which “Wrath of the Titans” has plenty of. The movie is wall-to-wall action, with Liebesman delivering the goods on a regular basis. He does miss out on showing Kronos’ army more often throughout the film, but I suppose those guys with four arms must have cost a pretty penny every time they whirled around onscreen.

Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans (2012) Movie Image

Will you like “Wrath of the Titans”? Absolutely — if you’ve seen “Clash of the Titans” and liked it. If you had issues with “Clash”, I can’t tell you that “Wrath” solves everything, but it is a better movie in many respects. If nothing else, “Wrath” is a very good continuation of the series. But of course, you’d have to be a fan of the series to appreciate that last statement.

The Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with the film on two discs, containing the Blu-ray and standard DVD versions of the movie. You also have Ultraviolet streaming options if you’re so inclined. The film’s big special feature is its Maximum Movie Mode, but this one has a slight tweak from the usual Maximum Movie Mode experience — you get to choose between “Path of Gods” or “Path of Men” mode. “Gods” fills you in on the movie’s many Gods and Titans, while “Men” is the more traditional behind-the-scenes stuff that pops up during specific sections of the movie. You can also switch back and forth, which is nice. For those who would rather not have the featurettes popping up as the film plays, you can also elect to watch them separately at your own leisure. And finally, about 10 minutes worth of deleted scenes in various stages of completion which don’t really amount to too much.

I would have liked to see more creative extras in a major Hollywood Blu-ray release, but at least the visuals and sounds are excellent. I thought the creatures looked pretty good on the big screen, and they still look pretty spectacular at home on Blu-ray.

Buy “Wrath of the Titans” on DVD or Blu-ray June 26, 2012 from Warner Home Video.

Wrath of the Titans (2012) Movie Blu-ray Cover

Wrath of the Titans (2012) Movie Blu-ray Cover