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"Thor" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

The story follows the headstrong Thunder God (Hemsworth) as he is banished to Earth and stripped of his powers by his father Odin (Hopkins) after inadvertently starting a war with a planet of ticked-off Frost Giants. As his traitorous brother Loki (Hiddleston) schemes in the wings, Thor must redeem himself and save the universe, with the aid of a beautiful scientist (Portman). It’s “hammer time”. 

Specifications

  • Paramount Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 55 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Codec: VC1
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins
  • Directed by Kenneth Branagh
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

The film is directed by Shakespearean actor Kenneth Branagh, who directs the epic material well. Perhaps better than any other Marvel film, this one focuses on the hero's journey. This comic book character is more than a one dimensional player, but a truly heroic figure that you can relate with. There is father-son drama, court intrigue and an impressive confrontation between two brothers who have been at odds throughout the course of the story. Mixed in are touches of humor and a bit of romance to round out all of the CGI visuals delights. Hoorah for the noble hero! A fine recipe for movie night. 

Technical

The colors and contrasts are quite good with this flick. My only complaint is that some of the CGI is a bit blurry in some scenes and the intense coldness of Jötunheim leaves skintones and eyes with a bluish tinge. The sound is very powerful at times. Almost too powerful. Watch your volume settings and make sure your sub is set a few notches below your normal listening levels…really, I mean it. Great use of surrounds and the music is broad and expansive. Way to go, sound mixers!

Extras

Commentaries, trailers, deleted scenes, Road to the Avengers and several featurettes.