Clash Of The Titans

Featured In Issue 149, July/August/September 2010

WSR Score4
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Fantasy action violence, some frightening images and brief sensuality
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Louis Leterrier
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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 (Worthington) is helpless to save his family from Hades (Fiennes), vengeful god of the underworld. With nothing to lose, Perseus volunteers to head a dangerous mission to defeat Hades before he can seize power from Zeus (Nesson) and unleash hell on earth. Based on the motion picture directed by Desmond Davis and written by Beverley Cross. (Gary Reber)

The two-disc package includes the Blu-ray Disc™ release, the DVD release, and a digital copy of the film. Special features include Maximum Movie Mode (Bonus View) with a focus on monsters, gods, and man; the featurette "Sam Worthington: An Action Hero For The Ages" (HD 07:56); an alternate ending (JD 05:23); six deleted scenes (HD 18:10); and BD Live functionality.

The 1080p VC-1 picture is pristine throughout, with sharp and clear images. The film was shown theatrically in a digital cinema 3D conversion format. Some image smearing is evident upon critical viewing, but generally the imagery is exciting visually. The color pallette is slightly undersaturated, for a grayish bleak appearance. Hues are generally natural in tone, with realistic fleshtones. Rich greens characterize forests, in contrast to the bleak-looking deserts and wastelands. At times more colorful hues are exhibited, which adds a breath of vividness. Contrast is not particularly strong, but blacks can be solid and deep and shadow delineation revealing. Image depth is generally good. Except for scenes with the gods, which are intentionally stylized with a smeared effect, resolution is quite good, with sharply defined images, especially notable during close-up of facial features and object textures. Overall, this is an engaging picture experience with superb production design and costumes. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with a wonderful, expansive orchestral and choral music score that extends widely across the soundstage, with excellent depth and well into the surrounds, to provide an effective sense of holosonic® envelopment. The recording quality of the music is good, with excellent instrument timbre delineation. Foley effects are perfectly executed with convincing sounds of swords, movements, and debris heard throughout the soundfield. Medussa's lair is a masterful work of sound effects and Foley. Atmospheric sound effects are well executed as well, perfectly complementing the fantasy imagery and settings. Low-frequency energy is often intense and effectively dynamic, especially during the release of the Cracken beast and the intense roar of the beast. Bass extension extended to below 25 Hz in the .1 LFE channel when the beast destroys the City of Argos. While the soundtrack is extremely active with sound effects and Foley sounds, dialogue intelligibility remains remarkably intact, though, at times ADR misses the mark in terms of spatial integration. This is a high-energy, intense soundtrack that will challenge your home theatre system. SPL is often at the upper limits of theatrical sound levels. This is a soundtrack that won't disappoint. (Gary Reber)