Hey gang, Valkor here. When TOV's new site design made its debut, we kicked things off with a look at one of this summer's hottest films – Wrath of the Titans. I enjoyed the experience and ended up giving it a 3.5 out of TOV 5 stars. We now come full circle as the folks at Warner Home launchs our way, "Wrath of the Titans" Blu-Ray Combo Pack with some nifty features that's sure to win.
Taken from my original review:
Wrath of the Titans takes places ten years after the events of the first film; Perseus (Sam Worthington) is living the simple life as a fisherman and a single dad (his wife has since passed on). He and his son Helius (John Bell) have chiseled out a nice, quiet life for themselves. But that tranquility is about to come to an abrupt end; Zeus (Liam Neeson - Taken) along with his son Ares (Edgar Ramirez) and brother Poseidon, head into the depths of hell to face off against Hades (Ralph Fiennes). But it was trap set up by Hades and Ares (Who's not happy that daddy Zeus gave all the attentions to Perseus) to lure Zeus into Tartarus so that may capture him and sap him of his powers to awaken the most powerful god of them all – Cronos!
But a half god can't possible go up against the god of all gods and win right? This round another demi god joins the ranks in the form of Agenor (Toby Kebbell) "the navigator" and son of Poseidon who'll guide Perseus and crew to find Hephaestus (Bill Nighy), who's the key to safe passage into the labyrinth that leads into Tartarus. Finally there's Queen, now warrior Queen Andromeda (Rosamund Pike – Burning Palms) who's not just a bad ass, but also the love interest to Perseus.
Together the group will face off against the deadliest of monsters such as Cyclops, a Minotaur, Chimera, these crazy looking lava creatures and finally Cronos himself, in an attempt to save the world from destruction. Wrath of the Titans is a very simple film, but doesn't pull any punches. However I'll save that sorta talk for the TOV Breakdown.
The Blu-Ray Combo pack comes with three different media for the film – Blu-Ray, DVD, and UltraViolet Digital copy. Special features include deleted scenes and storyboards. You also have focus points where you get to choose your path – either Path of Man or Path of the Gods to get some behind the scene bits about the film. But the heart of the special features is "Maximum Movie Mode" where once again you get to choose either the Path of Man or Path of the Gods to get a unique experience when watching the film. MMM uses picture in picture plus comic book paneling, giving you a whole new perspective when watching the film. With Path of Man, you get a behind the scenes look at the making of the film, the stunts, CGI, etc., With path of the Gods, you'll learn more about the mythology that went into creating this film.
The film is presented in 16X9, 1:85:1 aspect ratio, full 1080p with audio covering DTS-HD Master Audio, plus English, Spanish, and French 5.1 audio with English, French, and Spanish subtitles. So after checking out the film many months since its theatrical release, have my views changed for the better, the worse, or will they remain the same?
If you've already watched the film theatrically and enjoyed it, then you'll really love the home version because you can skip to some of the best scenes without sitting through the entire story. The plot is very simple and easy to follow but it's the action that saves this film from the depths of mediocrity. The battles are big, loud, and visually stunning; I can watch the Chimera scene for days. Forget that, what about the final battle with Kronos? Now that's visually stunning! That's actually an extra that should have been included on the disc – all the best battle scenes at your fingertips. Kudos on the attention to detail audio/video wise, this is an amazing transfer that does the theatrical film justice.
About the film itself, you can read that in my original review where my points still stand and you can read that by clicking on teh link in teh right side bar. As for the home release, I have no issues.
Wrath of the Titans Blu-Ray Combo is available now and you can also pick it up as a single disc DVD, single disc Blu-Ray, as well as a 3D combo pack. Either way, this is a must own film loaded with huge large monster battles, loud/large battles, and it's quite entertaining. Yes I gave the film a 3.5 but I'm gonna bump up the home release and give it a 4 out of 5. Get your copy today, I highly recommend it.