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The way better version of Clash of the Titans you didn't see

04.09.2010

The main complaint about CLASH OF THE TITANS thus far has been its hit-or-miss CGI, and its rather horrendous translation in 3D in post-production. But for those of us who looked passed the special effects and tried to comprehend that exceptionally disjointed story of the film, it turns out there’s a reason for the mess we found.

CHUD’s Devin Faraci has written a very interesting piece where he researches just what the hell went wrong with TITANS’ story, and why it appears so muddled onscreen. As he found out, the original cut of the film was much different than what we saw in theaters, hence why a lot of scenes had to be reshot post-production. For starters, the major change was that the main villain of the film was Zeus, not Hades, and the gods had a much larger role in the film, which actually explains a lot of plot inconsistencies in the film. Minor spoilers below:

“The most drastic changes in the film come at the expense of the gods. Many watching the movie wonder why Danny Huston would have been hired to play Poseidon when he has almost absolutely nothing to do in the film; the answer is that nearly two thirds of the business with the gods was edited out of the film, and the very tenor of the god scenes was changed in fundamental ways.

In the original version of Clash, Zeus is the bad guy. He's a god who has sort of lost it, and it's unmistakably his fault that the humans have turned against the Olympians. The rest of the gods play a significant role in events, especially Apollo and Athena, who barely appear in the theatrical cut of the film. The younger generation of gods are afraid, realizing that Zeus' mismanagement has led them to a serious crossroads in their history, and that if they don't take action, they'll lose all their power.”

It really is an interesting read, and speaks to just how much a film can be changed at the last minute, even after filming has wrapped. Check out the full story over at CHUD.

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10:20AM on 04/13/2010
Let's hope we get this version on DVD, because the rape of the mythos on screen was bad enough, add to that a story that felt disjointed and rushed, Clash was a big letdown for me. The only thing i liked was Medusa, shame.
Let's hope we get this version on DVD, because the rape of the mythos on screen was bad enough, add to that a story that felt disjointed and rushed, Clash was a big letdown for me. The only thing i liked was Medusa, shame.
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1:32PM on 04/12/2010
Clash Of The Titans: The Renegade Version....well it worked for Highlander 2.
Clash Of The Titans: The Renegade Version....well it worked for Highlander 2.
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6:30AM on 04/12/2010
Agree with apzombie & a1ant , this guy's not taking responsibility for his screw up.
btw, i just watched the original movie yesterday, and it was loads better than this pile of crap
Agree with apzombie & a1ant , this guy's not taking responsibility for his screw up.
btw, i just watched the original movie yesterday, and it was loads better than this pile of crap
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6:29PM on 04/11/2010
i'm tired of excuses from this director. he said the incredible hulk had an hour or so cut as well and could have been a much better film. here's a hint buddy, either learn to control to length of your work or don't go into big budget studio projects where you don't have final cut.
i'm tired of excuses from this director. he said the incredible hulk had an hour or so cut as well and could have been a much better film. here's a hint buddy, either learn to control to length of your work or don't go into big budget studio projects where you don't have final cut.
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7:52PM on 04/10/2010
This title is misleading. There's no proof that the original version was better. There might have been a good reason for them changing the film - who knows. Can't judge until we see the original version.
This title is misleading. There's no proof that the original version was better. There might have been a good reason for them changing the film - who knows. Can't judge until we see the original version.
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7:51PM on 04/10/2010
This title is misleading. There's no proof that the original version was better. There might have been a good reason for them changing the film - who knows. Can't judge until we see the original version.
This title is misleading. There's no proof that the original version was better. There might have been a good reason for them changing the film - who knows. Can't judge until we see the original version.
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4:29PM on 04/10/2010
Keen on getting that cut eventually.
Keen on getting that cut eventually.
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12:46PM on 04/10/2010
Interesting, hopefully the original cut makes it's way out at some point.
Interesting, hopefully the original cut makes it's way out at some point.
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12:25PM on 04/10/2010

GORE

Well that and it needed to be restricted. I felt like half the gore was edited out as well. The movie lacked the good stuff.
Well that and it needed to be restricted. I felt like half the gore was edited out as well. The movie lacked the good stuff.
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7:00AM on 04/10/2010

motherfucking...

studio execs dont watch movies? how the fuck can you have a movie about a revolution against the gods with no gods in it? dumbfucks.
studio execs dont watch movies? how the fuck can you have a movie about a revolution against the gods with no gods in it? dumbfucks.
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9:22PM on 04/09/2010
I agree with the Tidbit: How to train your dragon was the best film I've seen in the past 3 months!

While Clash of the Titans...not so much...
I agree with the Tidbit: How to train your dragon was the best film I've seen in the past 3 months!

While Clash of the Titans...not so much...
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6:07PM on 04/09/2010
Good old Devin, I don't know why the studios don't hire him as a trouble shooter, he always knows what went wrong with a film AFTER it happens.
His hindsight is awesome.
Good old Devin, I don't know why the studios don't hire him as a trouble shooter, he always knows what went wrong with a film AFTER it happens.
His hindsight is awesome.
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5:54PM on 04/09/2010
What sucks about Hollywood today is for directors like Letterier who aren't as big as Speilberg, they never get final cut on big movies. Instead you get these suits who freak out over stupid things, have no clue what good movie making is, and ALWAYS ruin a good film. This is also why today independent films are so much better in quality. Too many hands in the pot, and too many opinions in filmmaking are BAD. I agree with Outsyder, let Letterier do his fucking job in peace.
What sucks about Hollywood today is for directors like Letterier who aren't as big as Speilberg, they never get final cut on big movies. Instead you get these suits who freak out over stupid things, have no clue what good movie making is, and ALWAYS ruin a good film. This is also why today independent films are so much better in quality. Too many hands in the pot, and too many opinions in filmmaking are BAD. I agree with Outsyder, let Letterier do his fucking job in peace.
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5:43PM on 04/09/2010
There's always a director's cut.
There's always a director's cut.
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10:05AM on 04/10/2010
I don't think so... Because that would be for the executives to admit their wrong... WICH THEY WON'T. That's the very reason we'll never have the director's cuts for Avengers or the REAL DC of the last 2 Terminators movies !
I don't think so... Because that would be for the executives to admit their wrong... WICH THEY WON'T. That's the very reason we'll never have the director's cuts for Avengers or the REAL DC of the last 2 Terminators movies !
5:14PM on 04/09/2010
I havent seen it but I might rent it someday. But the question that comes to mind is: Would it really be that much better ? I mean you've got Gods messing around, its kinda campy in itself and I dont know, but that film seems to take itself seriously.
I havent seen it but I might rent it someday. But the question that comes to mind is: Would it really be that much better ? I mean you've got Gods messing around, its kinda campy in itself and I dont know, but that film seems to take itself seriously.
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5:14PM on 04/09/2010

Devin Faraci sucks dick...

This guy is one of the worst internet movie news writers out there.

Yeah, Clash could have been a better movie. Was it originally a better movie? This douchebag doesn't know. All he knows, like everyone did when we learned of all the reshoots, was that massive reshoots = bad.
This guy is one of the worst internet movie news writers out there.

Yeah, Clash could have been a better movie. Was it originally a better movie? This douchebag doesn't know. All he knows, like everyone did when we learned of all the reshoots, was that massive reshoots = bad.
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5:11PM on 04/09/2010

That's what I wanted to see.

But what I got was 1h 30min worth of average CGI and a story that was barely even there.

EDIT: Strange...two posts with one click? The gods don't like me. :(
But what I got was 1h 30min worth of average CGI and a story that was barely even there.

EDIT: Strange...two posts with one click? The gods don't like me. :(
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5:02PM on 04/09/2010

That's what I wanted to see.

But what I got was 1h 30min worth of average CGI and a story that was barely even there.
But what I got was 1h 30min worth of average CGI and a story that was barely even there.
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4:38PM on 04/09/2010

Not again

Same shit happened to Leterrier after wrapping the Incredible Hulk. Let the man direct his fucking movies.
Same shit happened to Leterrier after wrapping the Incredible Hulk. Let the man direct his fucking movies.
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3:07PM on 04/09/2010
Well at least now I can expect to see a re-edit or "Director's Cut" of the film. Clash was awful...at least now I know why (if CHUD is correct).
Well at least now I can expect to see a re-edit or "Director's Cut" of the film. Clash was awful...at least now I know why (if CHUD is correct).
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2:48PM on 04/09/2010
So does that mean they filmed all these scenes? Or were they cut from the script?
So does that mean they filmed all these scenes? Or were they cut from the script?
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2:47PM on 04/09/2010

Yeah

Watching it, you knew it was reworked. Danny Huston as Poseidon made no sense with his 2 lines.
Watching it, you knew it was reworked. Danny Huston as Poseidon made no sense with his 2 lines.
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2:04PM on 04/09/2010
Well hopefully they release an unedited cut.
Well hopefully they release an unedited cut.
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1:58PM on 04/09/2010
i come to this website SPECIFICALLY to avoid reading anything written by Devin Faraci.
i come to this website SPECIFICALLY to avoid reading anything written by Devin Faraci.
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1:46PM on 04/09/2010

I knew it

Just watching it, you could tell something happened- it was uneven and confusing in an emotional way, it was like they were afraid to break conventions.
Just watching it, you could tell something happened- it was uneven and confusing in an emotional way, it was like they were afraid to break conventions.
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1:23PM on 04/09/2010
This was one of the "top films to see this year" for me. And it looks like the film I was so excited to see never came.
This was one of the "top films to see this year" for me. And it looks like the film I was so excited to see never came.
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1:17PM on 04/09/2010

too late

Too late to change the boring film we saw
Too late to change the boring film we saw
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1:16PM on 04/09/2010
so i guess the orignal version had less God-Jesus undertones with the Zeus-Perseus relationship.

cuz that was so lame.
so i guess the orignal version had less God-Jesus undertones with the Zeus-Perseus relationship.

cuz that was so lame.
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1:26PM on 04/09/2010
Um, that stuff was in the original as well since Perseus IS Zeus' son in all of the mythology...where do you think the Jesus story came from.
Um, that stuff was in the original as well since Perseus IS Zeus' son in all of the mythology...where do you think the Jesus story came from.
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