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  • Actors: Thor
  • Directors: Frank Meyer
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Smog Veil Records
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009N31E0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,973 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The definitive DVD retrospective of THORs early years. MTV-style videos, rare TV appearances (including a Merv Griffin Show 76 feature), and live clips. Includes all the classics: Keep The Dogs Away, Anger, and Thunder on the Tundra and 20 more power me

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ken Pierce on September 2, 2005
Thor is and always was one of the most interesting people in Hard Rock music. This DVD is a perfect historical document to the first 20 years of Jon Mikl Thor's career and his efforts to defend the music fan from the forces of evil. It is a battle he has fought well, and you are given the reminder very well in this DVD appropriately titled "An-Thor-Logy". Starting with footage that dates back to 1976, on the Merv Griffin show of all things, we see Thor first as a Las Vegas styled "strongman entertainer". He performs the song "Action" by The Sweet, and personally I am not a fan of Sweet covers when I can listen to the real thing. Thor's voice is also not of the register for such a vocal range. Despite this, even back then he showcases the hot water bottle inflating he is known for. After this piece he is more showcased as a rock music performer and how his act began and grew ever more interesting over time. There are a few more TV appearances to enjoy on this DVD as well and the old school fans will remember them I am sure.

This DVD is really a lot of fun because it not only shows you a great historical document on one of the most dedicated forces in Hard Rock, but it really is the only place you will ever get to see a lot of this footage ever again. It seems to include all of Thor's promotional videos and contains a lot of live footage with a couple of different line-ups playing along with him. The videos might seem a bit corny by today's standards but for what Thor and his music were about they truly fit in well. They are actually mini-movies showing Thor fighting demons and defeating his enemy or just simply performance pieces were it is meant to look like this is a live show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on September 27, 2010
In the mid-'80s, I remember buying the heavy metal magazines (mostly for Motley Crue and Judas Priest) but always remember seeing Thor in them.

The Vancouver-born Jon Mikl Thor was a heavy metal showman who was like Alice Cooper on steroids. As a teenager who lifted weights while listening to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, he also incorporated his childhood interest in comic book superheroes to create his stage persona, The Mighty Thor.

Thor was a precursor to the Chippendales and male stripper phenomenon of the '80s. Even though he wasn't a dancer, the fact that he used his amazing physique as part of the gimmick really paved the way for the idea of beefcake as entertainment for women (and some men). One reporter even named him "the male Dolly Parton" obviously referring to his bodacious attributes.

While there's no denying much of Thor's appeal was visual, you can see in his performances that he was very earnest in giving the audience the best show he could.

Thor began performing during the Glam Rock era of the '70s and his influences were Alice Cooper, David Bowie, Kiss, Lou Reed and even Elvis!

Anyone doing a search on Thor already knows that this music isn't exactly the calibre of Alice Cooper, Aerosmith or even Kiss. It is what it is, as the saying goes, but I must say I prefer the Vegas/Glitter style act he was performing in the '70s to the later '80s era where he took the heavy metal persona too seriously.

As a video document of Thor's career, you can't get much better than this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Mccormack on January 3, 2007
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Fans of Thor HAVE to get this. Wow, the amount of classic clips is amazing. I can't believe there is so much more to his history than I knew, having been a fan since 1983...it was a great time reliving these classic moments. You look at all of the pictures, and here is this huge muscle bound snarling man staring at you; but the video reveals what appears to be a gentle, super nice smiling rocker. I have a new found respect for this artist after watching this. I give it five starts because it is a real blessing to have this compilation in my hands and I am truly grateful. I just hope there is a part two, as this only covers thru the mid 80's...we need twenty more years exposed!
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I've always believed that what the world needs is a career retrospective on "muscle rocker" Jon Mikl Thor. Thankfully Smog Veil records has made this a reality.
For those unfamiliar with Thor(if you're reading this you should be, but you never know), he's a bodybuilder from Vancouver who has won many titles, but found his true calling in Rock and Roll. Taking on the image and persona of the mythical hero/comic character, Thor started making music in the mid seventies, starting out as a glam act, then a hard rock/metal act in the 80s, right up until the present day. Also incorporated into his act were circus strongman type feats. He's known for blowing up a hot water bottle til it explodes, bending steel with his teeth and having cinder blocks crushed on his chest. In the late 70s it looked like Thor might have been destined to be the up and coming big thing in rock, but he never really achieved anything more than cult status. Even the metal community doesn't really talk about him! You know he's gotta be corny if the metal community keeps him on the hush hush. He's probably more famous in Canada, but I'm not sure.
The An-THOR-logy DVD isn't a documentary of his career, but rather 90 minutes of archival footage. It includes his promo videos, many live performances, TV show appearances, old interviews with folks who had seen his live act, television commercials, and the hilarious appearance on the Merv Griffin show(the folks in the audience as well as Merv's band have no idea what to think of this guy!). Most of it does consist of live performances. I was only familiar with a handful of songs coz his older albums are quite difficult to come by. I guess you'd say it's kinda Manowar-ish lyrically and thematically, but musically a lot more basic.
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