Immortals appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc.
Though usually excellent, some parts of the image disappointed.
My only concern related to blacks and shadows. Dark elements tended to be a bit inky, and low-light shots – of which we found many – were often quite tough to discern. While I got the impression this was a stylistic choice found in the original photography, it still created a distraction. Frankly, I got tired of attempting to figure out what was happening in all the murk.
Otherwise, this was a top-notch presentation. Sharpness always looked good. From start to finish, I thought the film appeared crisp and concise, with virtually no instances of softness to distract. The image lacked jagged edges or shimmering, and edge enhancement appeared to be absent.
In terms of source flaws, the movie lacked any defects; it seemed clean and fresh. The majority of the film opted for a golden tint, though some rich reds also materialized. Within the film’s design, the hues looked solid. Without the muddy shadows and blacks, this would’ve been an “A” transfer, but those elements distracted too much for a grade above a “B”; probable director’s intent or not, a flawed image is a flawed image.
Immortals boasted a strong DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack. Though not a consistent assault on the senses, the soundscape opened up the material well. Action sequences provided the most zing, of course, as they broadened around the room and engulfed the viewer with various elements. Quieter scenes also showed nice breadth, and the music spread across the front in a satisfying manner.
Audio quality also was positive. With only a few metallic exceptions, speech remained natural and concise, with no edginess or other problems. Music was dynamic and full, while effects seemed strong. Those elements produced good punch and lacked distortion. They seemed accurate and tight, and the movie featured excellent low-end response. This wasn’t a consistently killer track, but it was certainly worth of a “B+”.
When we head to the extras, we open with a featurette called It’s No Myth. It runs five minutes, 27 seconds and provides notes from Cal State University CWL and Classics Department lecturer J. Mark Sugars, Cal State Professor of Comparative Literature Dr. Nhora Lucia Serrano, director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, UCLA Department of Classics lecturer Richard Rader and actors Kellan Lutz and Luke Evans. They discuss a lot of the characters and themes of Immortals and give us mythological background. Too many potential spoilers appear to make this something to watch if you’ve not yet seen the movie, but it’s nice to see afterward.
Under Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem’s Vision, we find a collection of four featurettes. These occupy a total of 20 minutes, 29 seconds and include “Tarsem’s Vision”, “Visual Effects”, “Stunts” and “Creating the Score”. Across these, we hear from Tarsem, Lutz, Evans, writers Charles and Vlas Parlpanides, producers Gianni Nunnari, Ryan Kavanagh and Mark Canton, supervising art director Mark Manson, costume designer Eiko Ishioka, VFX producer Jack Geist, VFX supervisor Raymond Gieringer, director of photography Brendan Galvin, executive producers Tommy Turtle and Jeff G. Waxman, stunt coordinator Artie Malesci, composer Trevor Morris, and actors Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto, and Stephen Dorff.
The pieces look at Tarsem’s take on the material and visual design, story/character topics, sets and visual effects, stunts and action, and score. These cover a nice range of topics, but they don’t do so with a lot of detail. The tone tends to remain fluffy and emphasizes how great the movie will be. Still, we learn a reasonable amount along the way.
Cut footage appears next. We get an Alternate Opening (11:34), two Alternate Endings (8:38 and 4:07) and eight Deleted Scenes (8:10). In the “Opening”, we meet young versions of Theseus and Phaedra; it includes some of the material found in the movie’s actual start, but it gives the flick a quieter launch. As for the alternate endings, the second seems more “alternate” than the first. Neither does anything to substantially change the movie’s finish – the same people die in all of them – but they’re moderately interesting to see.
Don’t expect a ton from the “Deleted Scenes”, either. They embellish some of the character and add minor tidbits, but I’d be hard-pressed to cite anything particularly intriguing; we get some small additions but nothing more.
Immortals: Gods and Heroes lets us see a graphic novel. It comes via still frames and lets us learn more about the various movie characters and themes. It can be a little tough to read – even on my 50-inch set, the print tended to be a bit small – but it’s still a fun extra.
The disc opens with ads for Haywire and Machine Gun Preacher. These also show up under Sneak Peek along with a promo for Act of Valor. The disc tosses in the trailer for Immortals as well.
Essentially a combination of 300 and Clash of the Titans, Immortals boasts impressive visuals but not as strong an emphasis on story and characters as I’d like. While it’s not a bad effort and can deliver some vivid action, it usually favors style over substance and lacks the desired impact. The Blu-ray provides generally excellent picture along with very good audio and an average roster of supplements. This is a watchable movie but not anything memorable.