DVD REVIEW: “Clash of the Titans” and Kevin Smith’s “Cop Out”

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“Clash of the Titans” (2010)
The primary complaint leveled against Louis Leterrier’s “Clash of the Titans” remake regarded the film’s post-production conversion to 3-D, a mistake that has been corrected in time for Warner’s Blu-ray treatment of the film. As expected, the film is infinitely more enjoyable without the headache of the revised technology, and the better conversion — to Blu-ray — is worth your time and money.

Desmond Davis’ original 1981 fantasy was a gooey, golden block of creamy Velveeta cheese, and Leterrier does a pretty good job of updating the mythology.

Half-human/half-God Perseus (Sam Worthington) now has a vengeful motive for taking down the meddlesome inhabitants of Olympus after Hades (Ralph Fiennes) wipes out his mother and father. And the three benchmarks need for re-telling “Clash” — the gods, Medusa, and the towering Kraken — all benefit from the industry’s advancement of special effects.

Warner unleashes their own version of the home-video Kraken — The Maximum Movie Mode — for Leterrier’s Blu-ray treatment. The cast and crew appear throughout the interactive feature in pop-up windows to walk audiences through the entire filmmaking process, beginning with early concept discussions, working through fight training, and carrying us all the way to the film’s climactic battle. The Maximum mode is exclusive to the Blu-ray, which you’ll want to grab for the superior visual transfer. In addition, the DVD includes an alternate ending, and a featurette on Worthington.
The movie – **1/2 out of 4
The Blu-ray – *** out of 4

“Cop Out”
“Clerks” director Kevin Smith took a beating in the press for “Cop Out,” the first film in his directing oeuvre which he didn’t write. Critics slammed the buddy-cop flick for being derivative, prompting Smith to fight back on Twitter by dismissing critics as irrelevant.

After finally catching up with “Cop Out” on DVD — the studio declined to screen when the film was in theaters — I don’t understand the point of the venom on either side. “Cop Out,” with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as polar-opposite cops tracking a stolen baseball card, has its fair share of problems. Most, however, have to do with Robb and Mark Cullen’s inconsistent script and not Smith’s direction, which is way more creative than the point-and-shoot approach he often ridicules himself for. The Willis does a fine job tolerating Morgan’s loud and obnoxious act, which gets stale quick.

Smith, however, is an open book of movie-making wisdom, which makes him an ideal candidate for Warner’s Maximum Movie Mode on the “Rock Out with your Glock Out” Blu-ray release of the film. The loquacious director reveals everything you’d ever want to know about “Cop Out” and then some as he screens additional footage, shows storyboards, interviews his crew, unveils unused takes, and doles out numerous factoids about the film. I’m lukewarm on most of Smith’s pictures, but find him immensely entertaining in person.

I enjoyed the “Cop Out” extras with Smith at the helm more than I did his finished film. So for me, the Blu-ray is an easy recommendation, even though the movie is not.
The movie – ** out of 4
The Blu-ray – ***1/2 out of 4

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