Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me Immortals on Blu-ray for review on my dad blog. The movie is a Greek mythology story, but with unexpected twists. Immortals is available now on DVD and Blu-ray. Below is a quick summary of the film. Continue reading for the full Blu-ray review of Immortals.
The 411 for Immortals
|The story||Theseus tries to stop the evil Hyperion from freeing the Titans|
|Appropriateness for children||The movie isn’t appropriate for young children. There’s a sex scene, nudity, gory violence, intense scenes, and mild profanity.|
|Rating||Rated R for sequences of strong bloody violence, and a scene of sexuality|
|Genre||Action, fantasy, drama|
It’s not your typical story based on Greek mythology
When I saw the trailers for Immortals, I thought the film was about Greek mythology. In a way, it is based on Greek mythology — but with a new twist. For instance, in the movie, there are only a handful of gods instead of twelve Olympians. And the god are all young and beautiful (like Anne Rice’s vampires). Another example: Hyperion is a Titan in Greek mythology. But in the movie, he’s an evil and ruthless king that tries to free the Titans imprisoned within Mount Tartaros. In Greek mythology, Titans are considered evil. But I don’t remember them described as demonic apes, which is how the movie depicts them. Then there’s Theseus. In Greek mythology, Theseus was the king of Athens. However, in the movie, Theseus is a fatherless peasant. If you’re a purist, then Immortals is probably not for you. However, if you like to see a different take on Greek mythology, then Immortals is worth watching.
The Epirus Bow is the key
The movie starts off with a narration about the battle between Immortals. The Immortals who won called themselves gods. The ones that lost, were called Titans and banished to Tartaros. The only thing that can free the Titans is the Epirus Bow. This is where the oracle and King Hyperion comes in. Hyperion is determined to find and use the bow to free the Titans, and the oracle has a vision about the Epirus Bow. According to the oracle, Theseus will find the Epirus Bow.
Mickey Rourke is the bad guy again
Once again, Mickey Rourke is the bad guy. In Immortals, Rourke plays the part of evil King Hyperion. Immortals was directed by Tarsem Singh. Immortals also features Henry Cavill (Theseus), Stephen Dorff (Stavros), Freida Pinto (Phaedra, the oracle), Luke Evans (Zeus), John Hurt (Zeus disguised as an old man), Joseph Morgan (Lysander), Anne Day-Jones (Aethra), Greg Bryk (the Monk), Alan Van Sprang (Dareios), Peter Stebbings (Helios), Daniel Sharman (Ares), Isabel Lucas (Athena), Kellan Lutz (Poseidon), Steve Byers (Heracles), Stephen McHattie (Cassander), Matthew G. Taylor (Mondragon), Romano Orzari (Icarus), Corey Sevier (Apollo), Conrad Pla (jailer), Neil Napier (Beast Handler), Tyrone Benskin (Hoplite Captain), Abdul Ayoola (Kerkyon), Dylan Smith (Stephanos), Robert Naylor (Young Theseus), Mercedes Leggett (high priestess), Kaniehtiio Horn (high priestess), Ayisha Issa (high priestess), Danny Blanco Hall (Archon), and Robert Maillet (Minotaur).
Lots of extra on the Blu-ray version
The Blu-ray version of Immortals includes two discs. One disc is a digital copy of the movie. The other disc contains the movie itself and various bonus features. Here are the special features (not including the movie trailer and sneak peaks) on the Blu-ray disc:
It’s No Myth
This is a commentary about Greek mythology and how/why Immortals changed it.
Caravaggio Meets Fight Club: Tarsem’s Vision
This 20+ minutes feature is about the director’s vision for the film and how he used special software to map out and remap out scenes before they were filmed. The feature includes commentary about visual effects, stunts, and creating the musical score.
The Blu-ray disc includes an alternate opening (Young Theseus) and two alternate endings (This Is Our Last Embrace and Theseus Kills Hyperion). The alternate beginning (11+ minutes) featured younger versions of Theseus and the oracle. It’s more informative, but also has a much slower pace. The other two alternate endings, in my opinion, had a similar feel as the regular ending.
There are about eight deleted scenes in this bonus feature.
Immortals: Gods & Heroes Graphic Novel
This is a still-frame graphics novel. Too bad it wasn’t animated. It’s not even narrated so you have to read the captions like a regular comic book.
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