Clash of the Titans (1981) B+
Debuting as a Blu-ray Book, “Clash of the Titans,” out on DVD March 10, 2010, is an enjoyable epic fantasy, filled with drama, passion and colorful stop motion animated creatures that look even more eye-popping in the Blu-ray edition.
The last feature film from creative genius and special effects wizard, Ray Harryhausen, “Clash of the Titans” is the original picture adaptation of the myth of Perseus and his struggles to save the Princess Andromeda.
WHV is releasing this edition just before the new Clash of the Titans due in theaters March 2010, which stars Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Sam Worthington (“Avatar” and “Terminator Salvation”), to be directed by Incredible Hulk’s Louis Leterrier. This fan boy favorite, dazzling in premium Blu-ray packaging, contains photos from the set, production notes and more. Movie cash to see the new theatrical film is also included.
The machinations of the gods above and the fates of man and monsters on earth play out in a “Clash of the Titans.” Harry Hamlin stars as the brave Perseus, mortal son of Zeus (Laurence Olivier), who sets out to fulfill his destiny by rescuing his beloved Andromeda from the wrath of the goddess Thetis (Maggie Smith). Perils await Perseus time and again, as he faces snake-haired Medusa, fearsome Kraken, winged Pegasus, two-headed dog Dioskilos, giant scorpions and more.
Though special effects techniques today have been dramatically transformed by CGI, the highly-imaginative and incredibly detailed work by Ray Harryhausen in his legendary films continues to hold audiences spellbound today. Now, even more so on Blu-ray. A disciple of stop-motion pioneer Willis O’Brien (King Kong), Harryhausen adapted the techniques O’Brien developed and created his own film genre from the 1950s to the 1980s utilizing his own stop-motion animation process eventually identified as “Dynamation,” which makes small, well-articulated models come to life by photographing them one frame at a time and then moving them slightly between exposures.
Besides Clash of the Titans, some of his memorable special/visual effects films include “The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms” (1953), “It Came from Beneath the Sea” (1955), “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad” (1958), “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963), “One Million Years, B.C.” (1966), “The Valley of Gwangi” (1969), and “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” (1974).
* Interviews: A Conversation with Ray Harryhausen
* Myths and Monsters (in map form on DVD and gallery on Blu-ray)
Clash of the Titans Blu-ray Book will sell for $34.99 SRP. The film will also be available as a Standard DVD for $14.97 SRP.
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