Wrath of the Titans available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and for download 6/25!
How do I feel about ancient stuff, two headed flying dogs, giant cyclops, beautiful landscapes, and lots of drama powered with the need to defend the humans on this Earth? Fantastic. I feel a lot of good things for this kind of movie. It’s bold and exciting and it has that magic of taking me to the place where ancient mythology lives in my brain. It is safe to say most of what I think I know about things like cyclops and Pegasys is from movies, story books, TV shows, and my imagination of all that mixed together in some kind of wonderful dream world. I can’t be in the same world as a flying horse, but to see a movie in which that world does exist and it’s right in front of my eyes, it satisfies me.
I see this as part of the Clash of the Titans, so there is no comparison from my point of view. If you are looking for a history lesson, or fictional history lesson, or any kind of lesson, turn that off at the door. These movies are all about the adventure and what was in our minds when we learned of these mystical things leading up to what we want their world to be like.
Our hero is Perseus, again, and he’s trying to be the simple fisherman, even though is father is Zeus. OK, so he and Samantha Stevens have a lot in common. They both possess infinite powers to make the world however they choose for it to be….and they CHOOSE to lay low and try to be NORMAL!! What the hell? Seriously, these characters are bit stretched in the good dialogue department, but other than that they are interesting and fun and I found myself rooting (silently) for the good guys and booing the bad guys. What more can I ask from a summer flick? Not much really. I go into something called Wrath of the Titans with a certain set of expectations and non-expectations, all were delivered on….except for one. Unfortunately the CGI was not seemless at all times. That does annoy me. There are times when the person riding the freaky monster was too rag-dolly, and the Pegasys flying was sort of the kind of effect that made me blur my eyes and pretend it was perfect. That all being said, most of the movie is a lovely piece of Mythology eye candy.
The cast is fine, no one really shines with these parts. I do like Sam Worthington, and then there are the other guys. They all do a fine job of over acting occasionally. They get intense when you might get the urge to giggle, but in a good actor appreciation kind of way. Overall I would recommend this, and Clash of the Titans for an evening’s entertainment. Get the popcorn, get the beverages, get comfy and take a ride!!
- Maximum Movie Mode – Two seperate Maximum Movie experiences on one disc, the first takes you through the mythos and legend of the gods and the second shows you how the movie was made. Warner do an awesome job with these extras even going as far as getting the stars of the movie to host it.
- DVD & Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 3/10
I don’t hate the cover, and then again I kind of hate it. So, where does that leave me with a score. Why a 3 out of 10? It’s muddled and boring. I would not have this as a poster in my house, no way. The action is supposed to be vital and dynamic, but it’s blobbed together and doesn’t do justice to that scene in the film or to the overall vibe. The menu is designed, prettied up and fancy. Why? I lost my affinity for these menus. I just want to get to the movie, to the extras, and then out. It would take a pretty spectacular menu to change my mind.
Audio & Video: 10/10
Yep this disc gets a 10/10 it’s as close as you can get to perfection. First the 1080P AVC encode delivers the goods on every level. Flesh Tones are accurate and every frame looks pristine. The scenes near the end look like major works of art you could freeze frame any one of them and put them on show in a gallery. Wrath is also presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio this ensures it fills every pixel of your display to give that cinema experience in your own home.
Warner’s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack will smash up your room and make you feel the wrath of the gods. Standout sequences include the Cyclops battle with each tree that is thrown landing right in your lap. Dialog is crisp and never hard to understand, music is epic and sweeping. Warner have a very special presentation here which fans will really soak up and enjoy.
I really enjoyed this movie, and it’s predecessor, but the price is too high. I do not think this movie is worth the purchase price of over 2o bucks. I say wait for it to hit the $10 neighborhood and jump right in. Both for 20 I can handle if you plan to watch them a few times, share with your friends and family. Rent it if you just want the ancient theme for your evening. The extras are really good, so if you see that as added value, you might think it’s worth the price.
Overall Score 7/10