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Tuesday
Apr222014

Thor: The Dark World - Blu-ray Review

4.8 Stars (out of 5) - Rated PG-13


Synopsis

Thor, the Mighty Avenger, battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. (Buy Now $26.96)

Starring:

Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Anthony Hopkins, Christopher Eccleston

Director:

Alan Taylor

Blu-ray Release Date:

February 25, 2014

Subtitles:

English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

Rating

Overall rating weighted as follows:

Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt

Audio 5.0 Stars (out of 5)

Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison 

  • Subwoofer – 5.0 Stars
  • Dialog – 5.0 Stars
  • Surround Effects – 5.0 Stars
  • Dynamic Range – 5.0 Stars

English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 5.1

This Blu-ray has everything you could want to experience your audio system at it’s peak. The subwoofer gets plenty of action with sounds of a stomping stone giant, expositions, crumbling pillars, space ship engines, and rumbles from Thor made thunder. Dialog performance was great and no lines get lost in the action. The rear channels always seem to be active with ambient sounds but also delight with the amount of activity in action scenes. It was fun to be on a safe couch and be surrounded by falling debris, screaming warriors, rain, thunder, flying spaceships, laser beams, and the unique metal whirring sound of Thor’s flying hammer.

Video 5.0 Stars (out of 5)

Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison

  • Color Accuracy  - 5.0 Stars
  • Shadow detail – 5.0 Stars
  • Clarity – 5.0 Stars
  • Skin tones – 5.0 Stars
  • Compression – 5.0 Stars

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Thor looks great on Blu-ray. The color pallet varies from scene to scene depending on what planet they are on, and the emotional content. Overall colors are natural and feature some standout features such as Thor’s bright red cape, the red liquid flowing Aether, bright blue skies, and shiny battle armor. Of course “The Dark World” has several dark scenes, and this Blu-ray performs well in these intentionally dark inky scenes. Clarity it top notch and makes it easy to see loose strands of hair, clothing textures, freckles on faces, fire embers, and bloody scratches on skin.

Bonus Features 4.0 Stars (out of 5)

  • Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King (HD, 14 minutes): A short entertaining film related to the Iron Man 3, and has nothing to do with Thor. Which stars Ben Kingsley as Trevor Slattery.
  • The Dark World Audio Commentary: Director Alan Taylor, cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and actor Tom Hiddleston.
  • A Brother's Journey: Thor & Loki (HD, 32 minutes): Divided into two parts, this Marvel Cinematic Universe documentary delves into the development, casting, character arcs and performances of Hemsworth's Thor and Hiddleston's Loki.
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (HD, 8 minutes): Six scenes that didn't make the cut are included.
  • Scoring Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler (HD, 5 minutes): Composer Brian Tyler briefly discusses the sequel's score and the creation of new musical themes.
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier Exclusive Look (HD, 4 minutes): Go behind the scenes of the next Marvel blockbuster with Winter Soldier.
  • Gag Reel (HD, 4 minutes): Laugh it up with the cast of The Dark World.

Movie – 3.0 Stars (out of 5)

Review

Thor: The Dark World is an entertainingly fun film that barely misses the mark by getting too caught up in its convoluted world building. Thor is probably the hardest superhero to relate to and pull off in a realistic way because, he’s almost immortal, travels through the universe in the blink of an eye, and is a prince on an alien planet. So, they give him relatable humanlike issues. A girlfriend his family doesn’t like and a brother that’s evil and wants to rule the universe. Wait, that last one isn’t relatable either, but the complex relationship between Thor and Loki is the most engaging part of this film. The action is fun and original, and I also found myself laughing sometimes. However, this movie does have a few weak points and the biggest is the villain. The bad guy has no personality, and is in no way menacing. He’s just there. Also, they try hard to build the world of Thor by adding lots of small details about Asgard, however they are not explained at all, and left me alienated from the story. This is not Marvel’s best work, but it’s not a complete miss. So when the third Thor movie comes out I’ll still be in line to see it.

 

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