Thursday October 19th 2017

Release The Kraken!- Clash of the Titans on Blu-Ray & DVD

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I have to admit, the announcement of the 2010 remake of the iconic original Clash of the Titans movie of the 80’s left me skeptical. I even delayed watching it on DVD, but after viewing it this weekend I will dismiss all naysayers once and for all and say “Release the Kraken!”

The 2010 remake of Clash of Titans stands out from the original as not only a whirlwind of glorious special effects, but a plot line that makes more sense in line with the classic Greek mythos. And there are no mechanical owls present in this movie as least not for long.

Sadly, we do not have the regal and majestic presence of Sir Laurence Oliver in the role of Zeus, ruler of the Gods of Olympus. Instead, we have Liam Neeson (from movies such as Taken and the A-Team) who rendered an excellent performance showing the wrath and the benevolence of the father of the Gods. Sam Worthington(whom we saw in the most recent Terminator installment as a prototype terminator) is just as stoic and wooden in his acting as Harry Hamlin was in the original. Gemma Atherton, who takes on the role as the Princess Andromeda of the Greek City of Argos shows a lot more depth from what we have seen in action movies where the female lead merely looks pretty and shows cheesecake. The only regret was that Ms. Atherton was not given more screen time in this movie. The plot was centered around her savior and rescuers.

There are some major plot changes in this version that for me actually made more sense. The major villain, Calibos, in the original movie, was a brave hunter and the son of the Goddess Thetis, who was cursed by the whim of Zeus for squandering his gifts. In the new movie, Calibos is the transformed and disgraced King Acrisius, whose wife was tricked into sleeping with Zeus (shape changing into his form in their royal bed chamber while the real king was away). After Acrisius condemned the worship of the Gods, he sentenced his wife to be placed into a casket into the sea while pregnant with Zeus’s child. Thus begins the hero Perseus’s journey, thrust into an uncertain world, realizing he is a demigod while hating the Gods as they destroy and force the hand of all around them.

The rest of the story is the same as the original movie however as Perseus must race against time on the winged steed of Pegasus (with the freshly severed head of the Medusa in tow). His journey will lead him to face down with the Kraken, released upon Argos by Hades, which Perseus must defeat because the only alternative is to sacrifice the Princess Andromeda on the cliff side altar by the sea. The special effects are outstanding. Claymation be damned!

Both the original Clash of the Titans movie of the 80’s and the 2010 remake of Clash of Titans are now available on Blu-Ray and DVD. It is worth checking them out.

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