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"Thor: The Dark World" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Thor returns to battle the Dark Elves, who have returned from their stinging defeat from centuries ago to seek revenge on the people of the 9 realms. If the evil Malekith should obtain the Aether, an all powerful malevolent substance, he will destroy the universe and reshape it to his liking. Unfortunately, against Odin's wishes, Thor is forced to enlist the aid of his half brother, Loki...but Loki's motivations and loyalties remain obscure.

Specifications

  • Disney
  • 2013, Color, PG-13, 2 Hr 3 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.40:1
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD MA 7.1
  • Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
  • Directed by Alan Taylor
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

What sets Thor apart from the other Marvel super heroes is the fact that Thor is a demi-god…not a super hero. I have always felt that Thor was the odd man out in the Marvel kingdom. That fact does not diminish this movie however. If you liked the first one that was directed by a Shakespearean actor (Branagh), this sequel is bigger, badder and even more gorgeous on the big screen. Thor is a bit mellower here than the first film, but maybe he learned some valuable lessons from the first film. Loki is the really “fun” character here…in fact the movie would have lacked sizzle without him. He and Thor make an unlikely alliance that has good chemistry and adds some much needed character development. Portman and her science friends are just filler and comic relief. The villain, Malekith, is evilly good, but you never really get a sense of what makes him tick. In any case, this movie is all about action (spectacular!) and eye-candy (wowzers!) which is delivered with a fast paced story line. As always, be on the look out for Stan Lee’s cameo. As an anonymous Asgardian was over heard saying, "All hail the worthy sequel!"

Technical

The picture and sound are excellent. The cities, costumes, characters and colors are even better than the first movie. Such amazingly detailed costumes and creatures! The shadow details are never murky. Colors are bright and eye fetching. Whether explosions or swirling dirt and rocks, the whole surround system experience if fully utilized throughout the film. The dialog is distinct and well center onto the screen. The deep, subterranean rumbling bass during the explosions and battle scenes is quite intense. Make certain you do not force your feeble sub woofer to keep pace with the action…this sound can be a sub killer!

Extras

Included are a commentary, mini film featuring an interview with the “Mandarin” in prison, deleted scenes and alternate takes and commentaries. A digital copy is also included.