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|Clash of the Titans |
Actors: Harry Hamlin, Maggie Smith
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Science Fiction & Fantasy
The classic Greek myth of Perseus and Andromeda re-told with an all-star cast. To win the right to marry his love (Andromeda) and fufill his destiny, Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing ... more »
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Robert S. from BOX SPRINGS, GA
Reviewed on 11/3/2010...
Don't bother, read the book. The producers took a good children's book and turned it into a piece of garbage.
1 of 7 member(s) found this review helpful.
Melissa W. from MERRITT IS, FL
Reviewed on 11/3/2010...
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Rhonda P. (rhonnie40) from CHARLES CITY, IA
Reviewed on 10/18/2010...
Love the fact I can both versions now!
1 of 5 member(s) found this review helpful.
Jennifer F. (KnJFisher) from GILLETT, PA
Reviewed on 12/14/2008...
I recently re-watched this after 20 years! I loved it as a kid and guess what I still do, if you have not seen it: This was the great animator Ray Harryhusen's last progect, he is most famous for his stop action animation technique used in "Might Joe Young", "Jason and the Argonauts" and "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad". The techniques is also used here to tell the story of Perseus and his quest to defeat the Kraken and save his Princess Andromeda. Many creatures and adventures abound. The Medusa sequence remains a fantastic suspense sequence. Harryhausen's serpentine female creation is benefited by the stop-motion animation to give her a more otherworldly feel, same goes for the creepy Charon the Ferryman and the majestic Pegasus. The scorpion battle, Argos destruction, and the Kraken itself are still exciting set pieces but more in idea than execution. The two-headed dog, the fight with the demonic looking Calibos are all still fun for me. Yes it is campy, But its great fun! And a keeper for me!
10 of 10 member(s) found this review helpful.
Great film, lousy DVD
josh bellin | Pittsburgh, PA United States | 05/15/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I love "Clash of the Titans," but I'm terribly disappointed by the quality of this DVD. The "all-new digital transfer" that the manufacturer promises is quite possibly the worst transfer I've ever seen, enhancing the film's visual flaws while disguising its merits. In composite shots, live-action elements are so washed-out as to appear almost black-and-white at times, while stop-motion elements are garishly bright and crisp, looking more like cartoons than dimensional objects. This is particularly pronounced in shots of the flying Pegasus; the digital transfer so exaggerates the matte lines around the figure that it appears to be a paper cut-out plastered against the sky. Even the glorious Medusa segment suffers from these defects: what was, in the original (and on VHS), an atmospheric balance of rich darks and flickering red lights, becomes a clash of nearly impenetrable spots of shadow against grainy, pale-brown relief. I'm no authority on digital transfers, but my guess is that this one was done as quickly and cheaply as possible, the manufacturer's reasoning being (probably) that fans of Harryhausen will be so thrilled to have his films on DVD that they could care less what the films look like. Well, I was thrilled to have "Clash of the Titans" on DVD--but when the abysmal quality of the transfer interferes with the very effects that make the film great, my enthusiasm wanes considerably. I'd advise fans of Harryhausen to buy the video version, and to write angry letters to the manufacturer protesting their callous desecration of one of the master's greatest films."
GREAT HARRYHAUSEN MOVIE DESERVES BETTER TRANSFER :-(
! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b | TRI STATE AREA | 03/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What a shame, this is Ray's last feature film and they give the man a kick in his pants with this transfer. This has some of Ray's best creations and it's ruined with a washed out grainy print. I could not bring myself to give it a lower rating. The film deserves 5 stars for Harryhausen's incredible work, but the DVD transfer keeps me from giving a full thumbs up. The movie is still very watchable and at a bargain price it should not be passed by, but it should have been much better! Thankfully they are releasing this film on BluRay and on a new DVD, so I will update my review when it has been released and I have a chance to compare them.....I'll keep my fingers crossed that they do this gifted genius justice!"
A true delight for your inner child
Knight Hawk | Chicagoland, Illinois United States | 01/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Judging from the comments below, it seems one either loves this film or despises it. In the book "Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion", Mr. Ebert praised the film, so I decided to give this DVD a try. I'm glad I took a chance because it turns out Mr. Ebert's opinion matches my own. If you harbor a child's spirit within you, if you like to entertain fantasies, or enjoy comic books, this film is probably for you.
Ebert says "Clash Of The Titans" is special effects wizard, Ray Harryhausen's masterwork, a tour de force, and having seen many of the master's earlier films, I tend to agree. His effects are achieved by stop-action animation, rear projection, modeling, etc.; traditional methods requiring painstaking effort and which lend themselves well to a film which deals with ancient Greek mythology. But there is much more here than just fantastic effects. Nearly everything about this film works for me. The mostly British cast infuses the film with a high tone. Harry Hamlin plays the role of Persius exactly right, and Judi Bowker is adorable as the lovely princess Andromeda. The production values are high, with wondrous sets and marvelous costuming. The location filming in the Mediterranean is beautiful and sometimes breathtaking. The DVD video transfer is from a clean 35mm print and looks terrific in the 16:9 widescreen mode. The sumptuous London Symphony scoring sets a tasteful mood and effectively augments the story. I do have one gripe, however. The music track on this DVD has too much treble and the music is too loud, competing with the dialog. Whoever remixes these soundtracks should be instructed that the music is not supposed to upstage the acting. Apart from the sound mix, I honestly can't find much to fault with the film. This ages-old epic of gods and men, good vs. evil, and fantastic ordeals braved in the name of love, is treated with respect, both in script and acting, while remaining fun. Titans is an enchanting movie. It evokes a certain sense of magic which films like Star Wars seem to have sacrificed in the name of urbane sophistication and high-tech realism. This DVD is a fine choice for those who like a touch of charm with their escapism; a gem to be enjoyed again and again, by young and old, for it truly celebrates the child within."