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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Studio and Year: Disney - 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 111 minutes
Genre: Action/Fantasy/Sci-fi

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Stellan Skarsgard, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Ray Stevenson, Rene Russo, Jaimie Alexander, Christopher Eccleston
Directed by: Alan Taylor
Music by: Brian Tyler
Written by: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, Stephen Feely
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 25, 2014







"An ancient evil awakens…"


Film Synopsis:

Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Experience this action-packed adventure featuring exclusive bonus content, including a gag reel, deleted scenes and a new Marvel short film available on Blu-ray.

My Take:

Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. To defeat an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor sets upon his most dangerous and personal journey yet, forced into an alliance with the treacherous Loki to save not only his people and those he loves…but our universe itself.

I grew up reading Marvel Comics and Thor was my first superhero favorite. This came from reading about his exploits with The Avengers and sporadic episodes of his own comic. I initially tried to keep up with his extended battles/adventures that took place away from Earth (Mid Guard) but eventually lost interest. He remained a personal favorite though and I looked forward to enjoyed his initial transition to the big screen in 2011’s Thor. I took my son to see Thor: The dark world during its theatrical release and found it to be a fun sequel with a slightly better story than the original. Like the first film the opening and first act move at a deliberate pace as it sets things up for act two which provide a bit of thematic melodrama followed by rewarding action with the heart of the story resting on the correlation of details and interpersonal relationships that ultimately drive the unfolding events leading to the finale.

As I have alluded to in other reviews these movies certainly aren’t highbrow filmmaking (nor are they supposed to be) but the screenplay is very decent and contains some nicely integrated humor, satisfying character development and corny but effective romance. The production elements are top notch and carry the proceedings quite effectively. Chris Hemsworth continues to do a nice job in the title role and the return of Thor’s various characters including my girl Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins, Tom Hiddleston, and light comic relief Kat Dennings is always fun to watch. Thor: the dark world is a solid sequel that makes for excellent popcorn entertainment while proving to be a worthy addition to the Marvel Film franchise. The ending is left wide open for more so we will see what comes of that.

* It should be noted that Thor: the dark world is also available in a 3D Blu-ray combo pack however as with Iron man 3, that wasn’t an option for review. My apologies to those hoping for coverage of that release.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence.



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 98

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Video: 92

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Thor: the dark world comes to Blu-ray Disc from Disney featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.5 Mbps.

This is a great looking and faithful Blu-ray presentation that delivers high level detail, gratifying depth and resolute definition that brings out the lifelike textures captured by the camera lens. Colors are lavish and eye popping with oversaturated primaries and warm tonality that make them pleasing. Flesh tones are tonally natural with appreciable delineation among the varied complexional types in the cast. This isn’t a bright film however spot on contrast and inky blacks enhance sequences containing mixed content (the exterior shots of Asgard and the dark world look terrific). Shadow detail is discerning which adds depth to the film’s low lit environs. On occasion the nature of the photography softens some shots but its effects are innate as fidelity appears unaffected. From what I could see there are no compression related video artifacts or noise present in this whistle clean high definition video transfer that looked superb on my big screen.

The 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack doesn’t disappoint. This is a powerful mix that utilizes the entire system to create a theater like experience. Sound staging is excellent as both the front and rear channels are seamlessly integrated. Sound effects traverse the room during the action based sequences. Dynamics are energy filled and impact felt with discerning articulation and resolute clarity. This is an aggressive mix that makes regular use of the subwoofer to accentuate its already strong dynamics. The result is that all points of contact seem to resonate with tactile low bass impact. The quality of the bass is first rate as it is fills the room with clean, deep resonating low frequency energy. Dialogue has excellent soundstage presence with clear, defining vocal character and discerning room penetration. This is a reference quality audio presentation that offers demonstration worthy material for those who like to show of their home theater systems.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD) 6 Never-Before-Seen Extended and Deleted Scenes with optional filmmaker commentary

  • (HD) Gag Reel – 3 minutes

  • (HD) Marvel One shot: All hail the king – 14 minute film short

  • (HD) Exclusive Look – Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier- Get an exclusive first look at the latest installment in the Captain America franchise and it’s incredible cast of characters, including Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Director Nick Fury, Chris Evans, our hero Steve Rogers, his new ally Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon played by Anthony Mackie, and a mysterious enemy from the past…the Winter Soldier played by Sebastian Stan – 3 minutes

  • (HD) A Brothers’ Journey: Thor & Loki- In this 30min two segment feature go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast as we explore two of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe with stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) & Tom Hiddleston (Loki), and journey through the key moments that have defined and endeared these characters to audiences around the world

  • (HD) Scoring Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler - Go behind the scenes with the filmmakers and acclaimed composer Brian Tyler for a look at the creation of the movie’s stunning original score – 5 minutes

  • Audio Commentary with Director Alan Taylor, Producer Kevin Feige, Actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau.




Final Thoughts:

Deft and slightly more rewarding than its predecessor, Thor: the dark world is an engaging and fun action film that captures the essence of the Thor mythos in an exciting, contemporary and entertaining way that fans can enjoy. It roars onto Blu-ray from Disney featuring top notch high definition video, pulse pounding DTS-HD 7.1 channel surround sound and a solid supplemental package. Thor: the dark world deserves a place in the collections of fans and comes recommended on Blu-ray.





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I've gone back and forth on pre-ordering the 3D version of this, but I think I'll give it a go. I'm always entertained with these movies, the A/V is always up to snuff and the story is usually adequate. smile.gif

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I will definitely have to rent this one. I saw it in the theater and found it a bit disjointed as compared the the first film. Sometimes I need an additional viewing to make a final judgement.
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Huh... neither you nor bluray.com got to review the 3d version. That's odd. I wonder if this is the bluray version of not screening a terrible movie for critics. I assumed the 3d would be fantastic and will still most likely get that version but I'm curious what the deal is, if there is one--maybe it's just coincidence.

Nice to hear about the stellar audio! Looking forward to it.
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I went to see it in theaters and the 3d was almost non existent. If the blurays 3d quality is anything like the first one I would pass. It's kind of strange that these Thor movies have bad 3d while Captain America, The Avengers and Iron Man 3 actually had some good 3d in them being that they were all post converted.
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This review is severely inadequate as it does not allocate an entire paragraph exclusively discussing Kat Dennings. Ralph, please revise smile.gif
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Huh... neither you nor bluray.com got to review the 3d version. That's odd. I wonder if this is the bluray version of not screening a terrible movie for critics. I assumed the 3d would be fantastic and will still most likely get that version but I'm curious what the deal is, if there is one--maybe it's just coincidence.

Nice to hear about the stellar audio! Looking forward to it.

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Marvel Studios didn't offer the 3D release for review. The same thing was done with Iron man 3. It may be a cost cutting move I am not sure. We (the writers) were contacted in advance and queried as to whether we wanted to cover just the standard 2D Blu-ray prior to them going out.


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Marvel Studios didn't offer the 3D release for review. The same thing was done with Iron man 3. It may be a cost cutting move I am not sure. We (the writers) were contacted in advance and queried as to whether we wanted to cover just the standard 2D Blu-ray prior to them going out.


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Thx for the review.

We watched it 3 days ago. All in all not bad, but to me as someone approaching 50 it seems more and more that all these movies are really made for young teenagers. Sure this movie is based on some made up story, but the main characters are supposed to be GODS, right? So IMHO it looks stupid that Thor walks and talks to his Walhalla friends, as if they are flaunting on Venice Beach. C'mon give me a break. Show a little class or something, don't walk around like you come from an Australian beach resort (!).

Sound indeed very impressive.

Better than No.1 ? Not sure. A keeper? Maybe.
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Im a big fan of all these marvel movies and really like thor 2 as one of the better marvel movies to date.
i loved the action and how you get to see more of what other asgardians are capable of, the story at times was a bit predictable but i always found it better not to be to critical of movies and just sitback and enjoy.
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Definitely will be picking this up. Saw it at the hotel room I was staying at a few back and this film rocked. I enjoyed the second more than the first. Thanks Ralph. smile.gif
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I'll go with the 2D version now and get the Phase Two set when it comes out. Can't wait!

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Agree with everything you said, Ralph...except, you mean, MY girl Natalie! LOL! Great to hear this is reference A/V, too!

Also getting this 3D! cool.gif
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Thanks Ralph,day 1 for me THOR is my FAVE.
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Great review!  I, personally, loved Thor 2 when I saw it in the theater.  I'm a big fan of the first Thor so I had high hopes for The Dark World and I didn't disappoint.  I think I liked it more than the first movie, though it's hard to say definitively because it's been a few months since I saw The Dark World.  It'll definitely be a pickup for me once it's released in a few weeks.  

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Thx for the review.

We watched it 3 days ago. All in all not bad, but to me as someone approaching 50 it seems more and more that all these movies are really made for young teenagers. Sure this movie is based on some made up story, but the main characters are supposed to be GODS, right? So IMHO it looks stupid that Thor walks and talks to his Walhalla friends, as if they are flaunting on Venice Beach. C'mon give me a break. Show a little class or something, don't walk around like you come from an Australian beach resort (!).

Sound indeed very impressive.

Better than No.1 ? Not sure. A keeper? Maybe.
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I remember when I saw this in the theater and the first view of Asgard was seen and I thought, I need this on disc. By the end it was a definite buy. Just waiting for when it ships. smile.gif

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Can someone do me a favor and scan the cover art for this disc and email me the file? If you can do that I'd really appreciate it (and Ralph may want it too!).

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Really sucks the 2d combo pack does not have a slip cover and the 3d version has.

Don't folks just throw away the slip covers? I never thought to save them as they're paper and will fray over time

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I beg to differ. For one thing, it gives items that cool collector's ed factor. For another, it keeps the actual case scratch-free and looking good in the long run. Also, most "fraying-over-time" is minimal if you handle with care. I ordered Pacific Rim 3D via amazon and my copy didn't have a slipcase and I still feel it looks cheap in comparison.
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I beg to differ. For one thing, it gives items that cool collector's ed factor. For another, it keeps the actual case scratch-free and looking good in the long run. Also, most "fraying-over-time" is minimal if you handle with care. I ordered Pacific Rim 3D via amazon and my copy didn't have a slipcase and I still feel it looks cheap in comparison.

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agreed, but those who keep them aren't watching those movies much if at all past the first viewing, hence the condition of the slip cover remaining like new.
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Thx for the review.

We watched it 3 days ago. All in all not bad, but to me as someone approaching 50 it seems more and more that all these movies are really made for young teenagers. Sure this movie is based on some made up story, but the main characters are supposed to be GODS, right? So IMHO it looks stupid that Thor walks and talks to his Walhalla friends, as if they are flaunting on Venice Beach. C'mon give me a break. Show a little class or something, don't walk around like you come from an Australian beach resort (!).

Sound indeed very impressive.

Better than No.1 ? Not sure. A keeper? Maybe.

I'm 54 and still love these kind of movies. smile.gif

BTW, not even 5 minutes into the movie Loki is lectured about not being a god. They just happen to live longer, a lot longer, than us. wink.gif
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I picked this up yesterday but only had 2 options. Either a single Blu ray or 3D Blu ray + Blu Ray + Digital copy. I try and buy all my movies with a digital copy, any idea why they didn't offer just a Blu ray & digital copy?


** I do have 3D TV and Blu Ray player but don't care for 3D at all.
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