- Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Rene Russo
- Format: NTSC, Subtitled, 4K
- Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 7.1), French (Dolby Digital 7.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 7.1)
- Subtitles: French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, English, German
- Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: Parents Strongly CautionedPG-13
- Studio: MARVEL
- DVD Release Date: August 13, 2019
- Run Time: 112 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4,583 customer reviews
- ASIN: B07S86J824
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Marvel Studios presents the epic blockbuster THOR: THE DARK WORLD, starring Chris Hemsworth -- now in stunning 4K Ultra HD. Worlds collide when a powerful ancient enemy threatens to plunge the cosmos into eternal darkness. Now, reunited with Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and forced to forge an alliance with his treacherous brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor embarks on a perilous personal quest to save both Earth and Asgard from destruction.
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Pro tip: don't watch the Thor movies out of order or some of the important parts of the storyline will not make sense! ;) Oh... and bonus features on all these movies are totally worth watching!!!
Of course the movie is heavy on action and special effects, which look and sound great on blu ray. They tell enough of a story and do try to in a sense resolve the Thor/Loki storyline (at least from one of the character's standpoint), and also did a good job with, at least for the first part of the movie, avoiding the question of why not just get the Avengers to help? Theoretically they could have assisted in the final battle, but in the Asgard and Dark World battles there was no way for them to get there. That said, Captain America does make a pretty hilarious cameo.
The movie also rekindles the Jane/Thor relationship as he continues struggling between his duties to Asgard and his feelings for her. Kat Dennings and Stellan Skarsgård reprise their roles, but neither are really given much to do. Dennings is really there for comic relief, which she does well, and to an extent Skarsgård is as well. While Jane is central to the plot, there are times when she cannot do anything because she is basically sitting on the sidelines of battles between essentially immortal beings (at least as compared to her).
By this point you really have to look at the Marvel Movies (and even to some extent Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) as one big intertwined story. This definitely had the feel of a filler movie to get to Avengers 2, where we know more will happen. Unlike Winter Soldier, which I think was on par with, if not better than First Avenger for Captain America's story, I do not think this worked as well as the first Thor movie. Partly because I think the fish-out-of water, god with no power on Earth thing had a great comedic element that this movie did not, and could not based on the story. That said, if you are a fan of the genre and the whole "Marvel Universe" movies I think it is worth checking out.
For those who get the actual disc, as I said, the movie looks and sounds great on Blu Ray. For bonus features there is a mockumentary on The Mandarin (the villain from Iron Man III) that was included here for some reason. Then a multi-part making of/behind the scenes feature on the movie and the story. A first look at Captain America 2, a gag reel, deleted scenes and a feature on scoring the movie. All in all, good for what is there, with about an hour plus worth of extra content.
The film revolved around the Dark Elves who were at war with Asgard and released a force called the Aether. They lost however, and Asgard buried the Aether, but then it was discovered by Thor’s love interest Jane Foster (Natalie Prtoman) and entered her body. That led to a new war between the head of the Dark Elves Malekith and Odin (Anthony Hopkins) and the Thunder God Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
There’s an underlying theme of family conflict and reconciliation as well. Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is imprisoned at the start for his attack on Earth that occurred in the first Avengers’ film, but not executed because his mother Frigga (Rene Russo) still loves him. She is Loki’s only real connection with another even though he doesn’t want to admit it. When Frigga is slain by the Dark Elves it starts Loki’s reformation as he’s willing to work with Thor for revenge. This relationship would be further explored in Thor Ragnarok.
I think the main criticism was that there was just too much darkness in the movie. There were not only the Dark Elves, but the dark Aether, and then Malekith turned a black Dark Elf into Darkness to attack Asgard. Seriously though I think a lot of people just felt like the story fell flat. Some of this is warranted. Dark World is not as good as the first Thor movie and nothing compared to Ragnarok. That being said, it’s far better than Captain Marvel, Spider Man Far From Home or even Dr. Strange which are the worse releases by marvel so far. Yeah, there’s a lull in the middle, but when Thor decides to work with Loki things get a lot better all the way to the climax at the end.