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3D Blu-ray Review THE HTF 3D ADDICT: Clash of the Titans in 3D (2010)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Ronald Epstein

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    What can I say?  I love 3D!  From the moment I began watching 3D content in my home I quickly discovered that I needed more content.  I suspect that those of you just purchasing your first 3D hardware will acquire the same ferocious appetite.  That's why I became the HTF 3D ADDICT.  I personally love images that pop off the screen and come inches away from your face without becoming overly gimmicky.  However, I certainly appreciate the nature documentaries that offer beautiful depth and separation.  These are not necessarily reviews of the film themselves.  I am not going to concentrate on story or supplements -- you can find the 2D reviews elsewhere on this forum.  My job is to let you know exactly what kind of 3D experience to expect from the titles that are being released.   As I will be receiving a handful of new product from the studios expect to see more title coverage.





    Clash of the Titans 3D


    Studio: Warner Bros.

    Product Release: November 16, 2010

    Ratio: 2.4:1

    Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

    Running Time: 106 Minutes

    Rating: NR



    ON A SCALE 0-5

    Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 2.5

    3D Separation: 2.5

    3D In Yo' Face Factor: 0



    For me, the most surprising aspect about this new

    remake of Clash of the Titans was not the 3D itself but the

    fact that it turned out to be more bearable of a film for me

    to watch knowing in advance all the highly negative reviews

    given to it by the critics.  It's not a great film, but I got through

    it without any fidgeting on my couch.

    The story hasn't changed much since the original 1981 film

    starring Harry Hamlin and Laurence Olivier.  Basically, men

    are questioning and growing tired of the Gods mistreatment 

    and cruelty, rising up against them.  In this time a child is

    born, a boy destined to change everything. That boy's name

    is Perseus (Avatar's Sam Worthington).

    While war rages against the Gods, Zeus (Liam Neeson)

    is convinced by his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes) to release

    the Kraken to squelch the revolt by the men of Argos. 

    It wasn't a good idea to mess with the original 1981 film

    that featured the effects work of Ray Harryhausen which

    has become something to be worshiped more than the

    Gods or heroes of this version which has been muddled

    with CGI that has none of the charm of the original stop-motion

    effect technology.  

    One thing I have learned about 3D from people in the industry

    is that Directors need to educate themselves how to shoot a

    film properly in the format or the results are going to be chaotic.

    I say this because Clash of the Titans was not shot for 3D.

    What Warner did in an effort to garner more box-office revenue

    was to upconvert the film from 2D to 3D.  The downfalls of 

    doing this kind of conversion can plainly be seen in the final 


    Clash of the Titans doesn't look horrible in 3D.  It just

    doesn't look consistently great.  It's as if the studio labored

    hard to optimize the best scenes of the film and then let

    others go.  The result is 3D that looks quite passable at

    times and at others, you would swear that you were watching

    flat 2D.  Sometimes the seams in layers between characters

    and background can clearly be seen. 

    The overall level of separation (perception of depth) is 

    minimal except for a few key scenes that include the

    capturing of Medusa and the rise and defeat of the Kraken.

    There's mostly the sense that there is 3D, but the level 

    of it is quite uneven.

    And, because the film was not shot for 3D the effects

    work totally ruins the process at times.  You have these

    fast-motion battle CGI scenes that come across as blurs

    further hindered by shaky camera movement.

    There is absolutely no "In Yo' Face" 3D to be seen here.

    All objects stay squarely within the confines of the screen.


    Overall image quality looks perfect with nice earthy tones.

    The DTS-MA mix is very robust featuring the score by

    Ramin Djawadi.  Lots of underlying bass here with a good

    amount of effect noise.  I really enjoyed the use of vocals

    across the channels such as a laughing Medusa or the

    screeching of winged creatures attacking townspeople. 

    This is an encompassing mix.




    My best advice here is that if you already own the 

    standard Blu-ray of Clash of the Titans there is no real

    reason to upgrade as the 3D adds very little enhancement.




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  2. Lord Dalek

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    I imagine the failure of the 3D Conversion process used here was the main factor in why Warner canned the 3D version of Deathly Hallows Pt. 1.

    Either that or its because that film is in Super 35 which would prove to be problematic grain wise.
  3. Vincent_P

    Vincent_P Cinematographer

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    Modern film stocks combined with a Digital Intermediate should result in a very fine-grained image derived from a Super-35 negative, unless the grain is intentional.


  4. Stephen_J_H

    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie

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    I think the more likely reason for canning the 3D version of Deathly Hallows Part I is that Warner simply didn't have enough lead time to do a decent conversion. They successfully converted segments of the preceding two films, but the amount of lead time required to do a decent conversion of an entire CG-heavy 146-minute film would have been substantial. Decent conversions can be done when it is made clear from the beginning that the production is shooting for 3D (as opposed to in 3D)--see Piranha 3D as an example, but those expectations have to be built into he production beforehand and the conversion process needs to be given ample time. Clash of the Titans is now forever etched in people's minds as how NOT to do 3D conversion in post.
  5. Zack Gibbs

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    Yes they didn't have enough time, they're still converting Deathly Hallows Part 2. I imagine they'll probably complete the work on Part 1 eventually.

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