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"Thor, Tales of Asgard" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements

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Synopsis

The story begins with a teenaged Thor pining for some real adventure.  He decides to team up with his brother, Loki, and pursue the greatest adventure of them all - finding the Lost Sword of Surtur.  So Thor and Loki stow away on a sky ship captained by The Warriors Three.  Of course, the Warriors Three discover the interlopers and agree to join forces with them on their quest.  All the while Thor did not request or receive permission from his father, Odin, who is very skeptical that Thor and Loki can survive the wilds of the nine realms.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2009, Color, Not Rated, 1 Hr 17 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • 1080p, AVC
  • English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Rick Gomez, Tara Strong and Matt Wolf
  • Directed by Sam Liu
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: No

Commentary

This is not a movie about the war-hammer-wielding adult Thor. Instead, this movie covers a chapter in Thor's life as a teenager. Many people may be turned away in hearing that, but that would be unfortunate as this movie is an interesting perspective on the Thor legend. For example, in the long range plot narrative Thor and Loki become arch rivals. This movie does a very good job setting the stage for that forthcoming story twist.

I thought the sword would be like one you might find in an RPG game. You know the kind where you use fire to defeat ice or ice to beat fire? Well, surprise, the prize sword is some sort of crazy WMD. And let that be a mild warning for people who are are especially concerned with violence: this movie has some pretty graphic scenes. In the end, this movie reminded me of a better than average Saturday morning cartoon from my childhood, only with very nice audio effects.  

Technical

This movie is presented in 1080p and the quality of the Blu-ray transfer would appear to far outstrip the quality of the source material.  That is to say that it looks good - nice sharpness with very little line twitter which supports solid colors and decent blacks even though the art work is not very detailed.  The audio is surprisingly expansive if not particularly dynamic or impactful.  Still, the music is pleasing and the dialog is crisp and clear.

Extras

This is a two-disc set with a Blu-ray and a DVD included.  Extras include the featurette "Worthy: The Making of the Tales of Asgard", two audio commentaries and a bonus Marvel episode, "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes".  The DVD includes all the same features and is anamorphic.