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Wrath Of The Titans (3D/2D) (2012) Print E-mail
Monday, 25 June 2012
Image“Wrath Of The Titans” is the sequel to 2010’s bust “Clash Of The Titans.”  I am going to admit right off the bat that I actually enjoyed the first film more than the second.  Sure, the first film was plagued by every filmmaking nuance in the book, but the sequel just doesn’t fill itself out enough for me to thoroughly enjoy it.

My biggest issue with the sequel, more so than the original, is the liberties taken with Greek mythology.  Now, this is true of every film about Greek mythology so I can’t throw all the blame on this film.  However, it is a pet peeve of mine.  While “Wrath Of The Titans” is not horrible there still is the fact that Andromeda was Perseus’ wife, not IO.  Gods don’t die from being hit with each other’s powers, unlike here where they crumble to dust.  The list goes on, but I think you get the point.  This film is not the worst offender, that honor belongs to Disney’s “Hercules” (which I still love).

In the sequel, Perseus has married IO who is dead because they couldn’t get her back for the sequel.  He vows to keep his son away from all fighting.  The people of the land have ceased praying to the gods and thus their power has weakened.  In doing so, the Titans are starting to break free from Tartarus as all that the gods have done starts to become undone.

Zeus calls upon his son, Perseus to help go to the underworld and make sure all stays where it should be.  Alas, Perseus is stubborn.  When Hades and Aries team up, Zeus is held captive as a sacrifice to father Kronos.  Meanwhile it is up to Perseus to travel to the wunderwold and save his father.  Hmmm, the plot sounds fairly weak and uninvolved to me.  And, yes that is exactly what it is.  The plot does not have any intricacies.  It is straightforward and small.

The sequel spends too much of its time with a worn out hero who we never really got to see in top form much in the first film.  In the sequel you want Perseus to kick some butt, but instead he is struggling the whole way.

The end of the film seems a bit anti-climatic but ends the way it has too.  My big inquiry at the end is, “where are all the other gods?”  Why did the sequels merely have Zeus, Hades, Aries, and Poseidon?  Where are Apollo, Artemis, Athena, Hera, Dionysus?  At the major gods have to be accounted for?  Alas, we have but a few.  Perhaps that contributes to such a simple-minded plot. It is too bad that Percy Jackson and the Olympians never took off.  That is film series that I would have loved to have seen.  Alas, Hollywood destroyed that one too with over-aged stars and book to screen changes that made me nauseas.  I still hope out hope for “Sea Of Monsters,” but not for more than another year.  Sigh.

The sequel arrives on Blu-ray 3D combo pack with a Blu-ray 3D disc, Blu-ray 2D disc and DVD/Digital Copy.  The video quality is divided in two.  First there is the 2D quality.  This is outstanding.  The black levels are rich.  Shadows are telling and artifacting is absent except for the brief moments, which would require a microscope to really find.  The color is accurate, remaining earthy and dusty.  All around, the 2D image is spectacular.  Now, the 3D.  Well, I will say that it is an improvement on the first film’s 3D conversion fiasco.  However, despite rumors, “Wrath Of The Titans” was not shot in native 3D.  It is another post-conversion 3D film.  Personally, I don’t have as big of an issue with post-conversion as most out there.  I still enough the 3D experience.  The fact that some post conversions are better than native and vice versa makes it hard to be mad at 3D itself.  This film has some interesting moments.  Depth is not as great as I would like it to be.  But at times the depth can be phenomenal.  There are several instances in which 3D takes you for a ride.  As the earth begins to crumble from the view of the underworld, the boulders darn near hit you in the face.  And when the camera takes a journey through the labyrinth to the center of Tartarus, well you might want to duck.  Still, the 3D imagery leaves a bit to be desired.  The colors weaken just a bit but the brightness remains stable.  Contrast struggles a bit as do the black levels.  Regardless, the 3D presentation is fun, but the 2D picture certainly has a tighter presentation.

The audio quality present on this Blu-ray is nothing sort of spectacular.  The dings that it gets are due to original sound design and not the transfer.  The sound effects are not as directional I would have hoped.  At times there is simply a barrage of sounds that clash together in a calamity.  The battle with the Chimera is an example.  Nevertheless, the clarity of most sequences is phenomenal with most dialogue nicely prioritized.  The surround channels are used extensively in the battle sequences and off and on during travel sequences.  The LFE channel is a nice supplement to the main bandwidth channels.  Overall, this audio track is going to rock your theater.

All special features are on the 2D Blu-ray disc.  The special features are not extensive, but the Maximum Movie Modes offered will please fans.  There are two Movie modes that can be selected.  One is the Path Of Gods, which talks about mythology (a lot of which is incorrect or incomplete by the way.  The other mode is Path Of Men, which is more about the creation of the characters and worlds.  Lastly, there are three deleted scenes.  Aside from the DVD/Digital Copy disc, that is it for special features.

“Wrath Of The Titans” is not perfect.  Some will say that it is better than the original.  Others that it is worse.  And still there with be others that same it is just as bad.  Personally, I thought the story was too simple and empty.  The video quality in 2D mode will knock your sock off as with the audio track.  The 3D presentation is fun but nothing compared to its 2D counterpart.  I recommend this title are a fun view.

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