Immortals Blu-ray Review
Audio: DTS HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD/ 1 DVD
Zeus has trained a man to fight (Theseus), he kept himself disguised as an old man. Theseus only knew him as a friend, not a god. The gods cannot directly become involved with man, not even to aid them, unless the Titans are released. In this film, the titans are defeated gods themselves, kept imprisoned in Mount Tartarus. A Tyrannous mortal man named Hyperion is searching for the one item that will release the titans, The Epirus bow. He wants the release of the Titans to fulfill a personal vendetta he has against the gods. Hyperion’s men refer to him as their king, though he denounces the name.
Let’s go ahead and get one thing about the Immortals out in the open. It is a violent movie. I knew that the nature of the film meant violence, but it was easily the year’s most violent film. It wasn’t the shear amount of killing that was going on at any given time; it was some of the methods used to kill. King Hyperion, for example, kills his seer by gouging his eyes out with his thumbs as he was cradling his head. Three spiritual but powerful women (foes of Hyperion) are placed in a cow shaped oven and slowly cooked over a small, open fire when they refuse to give the location of the oracle. A monk cuts out his own tongue as Hyperion is about to torture him in an attempt to find the Epirus bow. Yes, the movie is violent, but the men committing the acts are labeled by their deeds, and they are portrayed exactly as they are supposed to be, the worst kind of men imaginable, the kind which sadly still exist.
Mickey Rourke plays as the villainous Hyperion, and puts forth a very entertaining and impressive performance. As much as you might hate the tyrant king, there is something unsettlingly charming about him. Theseus is played by Henry cavil, who was especially comfortable with his role. The acting is great in this film and most of the contributors obviously wanted the film to be great. The gods were suitably arrogant, the peasants humble, even Theseus, the peasant that fought like he could destroy an army with his bare hands.
I won’t spoil too much, but Theseus does find the bow before Hyperion. It is a cool bow, but ultimately serves as only a key, not a game changer (he gets the most use out of it five minutes after he finds it). Theseus is open in his disbelief of the gods for the first half of the movie. Upon finding the bow, he has a change of faith. He loses the bow and Hyperion gains control of it. At the climax of the film, two armies of men are fighting each other, Theseus and Hyperion are fighting their own private battle, and the gods are fighting the titans. The film very smoothly transitions from slower paced scenes that fill in details of the rapidly developing plot, to faster scenes of in-your-face action.
There is a lot of cleverness going on here that is easily missed. Perhaps my favorite part of the film finds Theseus in a maze-like crypt, fighting a very large man who wears a bull-shaped mask. It seemed to me like the labyrinth and the Minotaur, another legend that begins with this film. It was very clever and subtle. If I have one criticism it would be that the film is too subtle sometimes. If you watch but aren’t paying the fullest attention, you will miss plot elements, and never know you missed them.
Movie Quality: 7.5/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. Colors are strong bringing the mythological world of greek gods to life. The color palette is also vibrant bringing making this look like a very colorful film. Blacks are deep looking like the ink coming off a comic book. The blacks are some of the best that I have seen on a high definition format. Details are also very good with some very acurate looking Fleshtones. Dark scenes are well lighted with excellent depth where you never have a hard time viewing the ongoing action.
Print Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA l0ssless 5.1 mix. The soundfield is immersive at all times no matter if it is the special effects or dialogue. I was literally amazed with the amount of dynamic panning from each speaker in the rears. Bass was punchy. Dialogue is also well placed in the center channel sounding crisp and clear. The best part of this all around aggressive soundtrack is that it is well balanced between the dialogue and sound effects.
Print Quality: 10/10
- It’s No Myth [HD]
- Caravaggio Meets Fight Club [HD]
- Alternate Opening – Young Theseus [HD]
- Alternate Ending – This is Our Last Embrace [HD]
- Alternate Ending – Theseus Kills Hyperion [HD]
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
- Immortals: Gods and Heroes [HD]
- Theatrical Trailer [HD]
- Sneak Peeks [HD]
Special Features: 8/10
What this movie has done most successfully, has given a beginning to man’s legend of the Greek gods. It has made this beginning as believable as possible while still injecting an appropriate level of Hollywood magic. It is action packed, entertaining, and thought provoking. We loved this film, just don’t let the kids watch, or even hear it. If you like films of this nature, then you have to check this one out.
Overall Rating: 9/10