Wrath Of The Titans 3D

Featured In Issue 168, July/August 2012

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score4
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Jonathan Liebesman
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Perseus, the half-human son of Zeus, is once again on a quest in Wrath Of The Titans as the dangerous Titans, imprisoned in hell, threaten to rise up and overthrow the gods of Olympus, unleashing chaos and destruction in their wake. A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus (Worthington), the demigod son of Zeus (Neeson), is attempting to live quietly as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year-old-son, Helius. But unbeknownst to Perseus, a struggle for supremacy has been raging between the gods that will come to threaten his idyllic life. Dangerously weakened by humanity's lack of devotion, the gods are losing hold of their immortality, as well as control over the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades (Fiennes), and Poseidon (Huston). The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartaus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous Underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling as Hades, along with Zeus' godly son, Ares (Ramirez), switches loyalties and makes a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titan's strength grows as Zeus' remaining godly powers are siphoned...and hell is unleashed on earth. Enlisting the help of the warrior Queen Andromeda (Pike), Poseidon's demigod son Agenor (Kebbell), and fallen god Hephaestus (Nighy), Perseus bravely embarks on a treacherous quest into the Underworld to rescue Zeus, overthrow the titans, and save mankind. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the Bonus View feature Two Paths To The Titans, Focus Points "Path Of Men" and "Path Of Gods," three deleted scenes (HD 10:48), and up-front previews.

The 1080p MVC picture is a hybrid 3D production that looks terrific! Sharpness is exceptional. Sand and dust and explosive debris, which are prominent throughout, are rendered to show individual particles. Smoke is absolutely realistic as well. Fine textures are perfectly resolved. The fine detail is never degraded by noise or artifacts. The color palette is natural as well, with fleshtones and dusty and sun-struck environments appearing convincing. Kronos appears forbidding, with deep blacks and strong hues. Contrast is excellent, with deep blacks and consistently revealing shadow delineation. While originally scheduled as a native 3D production, the presentation is a conversion performed by Prime Focus. Director Jonathan Liebesman, after seeing the advances made in the technology in the past two years, decided to convert in post-production. Still, what an impressive 3D experience, no doubt due to the preconception as a 3D movie from the start. Depth and perspective are naturally portrayed and never exaggerated, though, there are the occasional out-of-screen negative parallax effects during the more intense battle scenes. The depth is most impressive during the extensive Labyrinth of Tartarus scene, perfectly depicting the dark recesses of the underworld. While the 2D presentation is excellent, this is the preferred fully realized 3D world that excitingly characterizes an immersive 3D experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is outstanding! This is an exciting and all-enveloping holosonic® soundtrack experience. This is a tour de force in terms of dynamic havoc, providing imaginative sound design and sonic characterization of vicious and fantastical mythological monsters and upheaval thrust onto the Earth. Numerous scenes depict monsters hurling trees or smashing through rock with tremendous force. This accomplishment is due to the aggressive use of the .1 LFE channel, to provide a deep sub-25 Hz foundation to the proceedings. The surrounds are aggressively utilized with directional effects to enhance the sense of feeling immersed in the soundscapes. Fidelity is excellent, as well as dynamics, with subtle low-level sounds enhancing the realism and contrasting with the bombastic action scenes. The orchestral music score is enveloping as well, with a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Dialogue manages to stay intelligible throughout, with at times, convincing spatial delineation. This is an exceptionally fine soundtrack experience whose sound design's execution is imaginative and energized. (Gary Reber)