The eighth film in the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, ‘Thor: The Dark World’, was released last November to critical and commercial success. The film finds Thor returning to Asgard, following the events of ‘The Avengers’, as Loki is locked away for his crimes against the earth. But when a centuries old enemy resurfaces, bent on using the Aether to take control of the universe, and become its ruler. Thor knows this isn’t a battle he can handle on his own, so he reluctantly turns to his brother, Loki, for help to save Earth, Asgard, and the rest of the Nine Realms from destruction. Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, and Natalie Portman all return for this third Thor adventure, this time directed by ‘Game of Thrones’ director Alan Taylor. Thankfully, the film has finally made its way to blu-ray, and the results are spectacular.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ comes to blu-ray, courtesy of Walt Disney Home Entertainment, featuring a spectacular looking transfer. The film looks absolutely beautiful, keeping its film look intact from the theater. The presentation is just stunning, with the grimy look of the Nine Realms popping, while the Earth and Asgard scenes are wonderfully glossy and colorful. It’s a great looking film, and Disney has done a bang up job on the transfer. The film also features a great 7.1 HD audio track, giving the film an incredibly wonderful boost. It’ll give your speaker system a good work out, especially in the battle scenes. It’s a loud sound mix, with a lot of bass, and it’s one that your neighbors may not be a fan of, but it does its job in a spectacular fashion, keeping the film’s theatrical mix intact.
Thankfully, the film’s sound and picture aren’t the only standouts on the set. The film has quite a few great special features, and one in particular Marvel fans won’t want to miss. The perviously mentioned feature is a new short film, ‘Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King’, which follows up on the events of ‘Iron Man 3’, where you catch up with Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley), who is now in prison. It’s a great film, and actually brings some new questions to light in the MCU, and opens up quite a few new doors. There is eight minutes of deleted scenes, and in a way, I’m sad the scenes that are there were cut. They all add a few more character moments to the film that could have really benefited the final product, and it’s a shame they ended up on the cutting room floor. There’s also half hour look at Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston named, ‘A Brother’s Journey: Thor and Loki’, that actually delves into the actors being cast, to now. It’s a great look at the behind the scenes, as well as these two men who have now played siblings in three separate films. The disc rounds out with a small look at ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, starring Chris Evans, a gag reel, and an audio commentary. It’s a pretty well put together disc, with some great features, some that fans will surely appreciate.
Disney rarely releases discs that are anything but, and thankfully, ‘The Dark World’, is no different. The disc features a stellar transfer, a great sound mix, and a slew of special features. The film itself is quite good as well. Tom Hiddleston and Hemsworth are both great in their respective roles, and Alan Taylor does a fine job on the direction. The film is a step up from the first, creating a truly fun experience. It’s action packed, full of humor, and fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far are sure to love it. The blu-ray, as well as the movie itself, gets a very high recommendation.
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