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3D Blu-ray Review Wrath of the Titans: THE HTF 3D ADDICT REVIEW (1 Viewer)

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.





WRATH OF THE TITANS


Studio: Warner Bros.

Product Release: June 26, 2012

Ratio: 1.85:1

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

Running Time: 99 Minutes

Rating: PG-13



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Overall 3D Presentation Rating: 4

3D Separation: 4

3D In Yo' Face Factor: 0



Kraken open a beer and enjoy!

 

Preparing myself to review Wrath of the Titans was like 

preparing for a bad homework assignment that one would

hope to find any excuse not to do.  After all, this is the

sequel to Clash of the Titans, which was poorly received

by critics in 2010 and then had the misfortune of becoming

the poster child for the worst post-unconverted 3D film ever

made.  


Going into my review of Wrath of the Titans, I knew history

could very well be repeating itself once more.  Once again,

here was a film that was not critically well received and

whose 3D was done entirely in postproduction.  


However, once you actually sit in your favorite home theater

chair and begin to take in this film, you find something rather

remarkable has happened.  This time around, there seems to

be a sense of a coherent storyline.  The pacing is better thanks

to a seemingly endless string of action scenes and outstanding

effects that makes the film's 98 minutes seem well-timed.



Wrath of the Titans picks up 10 years after the first film. Since

defeating the Kraken, Perseus (Sam Worthington), the half-human

son of Zeus (Liam Neeson), lives as a simple fisherman bringing

up a family.  It has become a time where people have stopped

praying to the Gods, and as such, their work has become undone.  

It is these faithless times that have allowed Hades (Ralph Fiennes)

and Ares (Édgar Ramírez) to join forces and imprison Zeus while

they unleash Kronos to destroy the remaining Gods.


When Perseus witnesses the demons that have been unleashed

on earth, he has no choice but to take action.  He joins Queen

Andromeda (Rosamund Pike) and Poseidon's son Agenor (Toby

Kebbell) in an effort to reach the underworld and save his father.



Normally, I would be totally turned off by a film such as this that

relies mostly on its special effects to tell a story.  However, in this

case, it's obvious that a considerable amount of effort went into

making the effects work look believable, and as such, this film soars

as being the perfect popcorn flick that is enhanced greatly in 3D.


Yes, the 3D looks pretty darn good here, and that's something to

be said for a project the studio decided to upconvert rather than

film natively in the format.  In fact, I would describe Wrath of the 

Titans as being a mostly satisfying in-screen 3D experience thanks

to a well-defined level of depth that allows a lot of space for objects

(dirt, rocks, ashes and fire embers) to float and fly amongst the action

on screen.  Overhead shots of Pegasus flying above the clouds, or 

a nosedive shot into the chasms of the earth towards the underworld

look very impressive.  I also found Perseus's battle with a winged

2-headed Chimera to be incredibly fun to watch with its added

dimensionality (though its frantic pacing forced my eyes to readjust

several times). Unfortunately, some of the darker scenes inside the

labyrinth and underworld lend to taking the viewer completely out of

the immersive experience (which I find to be a normal occurrence).  



In the above paragraph, I described Wrath of the Titans to be a 

mostly-satisfying in-screen 3D experience.  That is true.  Just don't

expect anything to venture beyond the confines of your display,

however.  While there are a multitude of objects thrown forward,

none of it projects itself at the audience. Ghosting is not an issue

here whatsoever and I doubt anyone will experience any type of

double-imaging while watching this presentation.



The transfer looks wonderful.  The video encode is flawless giving

great attention to detail without any signs of artifacts.  Colors look

stable throughout, flesh tones are well balanced, and black levels

are deep. What I personally found to be a bit odd was the director's

decision to give the desert scenes a washed-out look to them. To

me, it looks rather overdone.



Be prepared to nail down the fixtures with this powerhouse 5.1

DTS-MA soundtrack that will test the limits of your subwoofer

and its potential impact for creating cracks in your ceiling and

walls.  Battles with Cyclops, Minotaurs and other beasties are

relayed to the viewer with tremendous force thanks to the amount

underlying LFE activity.  The rears do an excellent job of 

supporting the film's effects that effectively pan across the

channels, making this a wholly-immersive experience to the viewer.

Dialogue remains crisp and intelligible, never getting overwhelmed

by the chaos happening around it.


Wrath of the Titans arrives as a 3-Disc (3D Blu-ray+2D Blu-ray

+DVD+Ultraviolet) combo packaged in lenticular cardboard

casing.  Both the 3D and 2D Blu-ray feature a Maximum

Movie Mode that allows you to control your destiny and

choose one of two unique experiences: The Path of Men

or The Path of The Gods. The DVD includes a set of

deleted scenes.



CONCLUSION



While not perfect, Wrath of the Titans rises to the occasion

of being a better film than the original.  The post-converted

3D is actually quite good, making the argument of purchasing

the more expensive version more plausible (if you are considering

either).



Images are for illustrative purpose only not representative of the picture quality of this disc. 



Equipment


LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D display

Oppo BDP-93 3D Blu-ray Player

Denon 3311CI Receiver

Atlantic Technology H-PAS AT-1 fronts, 4400 center; 4200 rear speakers

SV Sound Subwoofer

 

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A bombastic bore, although it's loud enough to keep videogame kiddies from nodding off. They should go for broke and call the next one CRAP OF THE TITANS in 3-D Smell-O-Rama!
 

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^ Watched it last night and couldn't agree more. For such an effects-driven movie I was surprsingly bored. I really don't see how Sam Worthington continues to get lead roles.
 

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You're certainly right about the worth of Worthington, at least when it comes to carrying a CGI peplum; not to mention the single-daddy Perseus angle or his assorted lifeless compadres. Pegasus gave the best performance, since they decided to use Bubo the Owl as interior decoration. Thankfully I watched this in two dimensions - the less you have of this kind of thing in your face, the better - talk about flying debris!
 

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