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Thor: The Dark World (Blu-ray)
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Thor: The Dark World (Blu-ray)

Lightning strikes twice for Marvel in their latest Blu-ray release, Thor: The Dark World.

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While some may think otherwise, I thought the original Thor film was a surprisingly fun, action-packed adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. Now after the epic that was The Avengers, Marvel’s hammer wielding hero returns to fight off an ancient evil and save all of the nine realms in Thor: The Dark World, now battling for a spot in your growing Blu-ray collection.

It’s everything you (probably) loved about the theatrical version, now served at home in beautiful high-definition and packed with plenty of special features that rival the power of Thor’s might hammer. Oh, and with plenty of Loki, too.

The plots kicks off with the story of the dark elves, evil beings that existed in the darkness before the dawn of the universe and ruled everything thanks to a power known as aether. Their leader, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and his armies were finally taken down by Odin’s father long ago and peace finally spread across the realms. In the present time, astrophysicist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) just so happens to come across some aether after being pulled through a wormhole made by the nine realms coming together every 5,000 years. After being infected by the power of the aether, which also awakens Malekith from suspended animation, Jane begins to fall ill which summons Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to find her and use the power within her to stop Malekith from returning the entire universe to darkness.

As with the original movie, this sequel is also an action-packed ride that exceeded my expectations and more. It was fun seeing Thor’s allies return, such as The Warriors Three, Sif, and his father Odin played by the always great Sir Anthony Hopkins. But the one who really steals the show and makes things awesome is Thor’s brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston). After the events in The Avengers and some tragedy that takes place early in the film, Loki is a little more serious this time around, yet still has some of the best and funniest lines in the film.

Even better is getting to experience all of this in high-definition on Blu-ray. Like previous Disney/Marvel films the transfer of the film is nothing short of perfection. Visuals and audio come in detailed and vivid, which is sure to make viewers feel like they’re in the middle of the action.

And after the fun in Asgard ends, there’s plenty of special features to keep you busy. The audio commentary has director Alan Taylor, producer Kevin Feige, actor Tom Hiddleston, and director of photography Kramer Morgenthau sharing their experiences working on the movie and the making of it which fans are sure to enjoy. “A Brothers’ Journey: Thor & Loki” is a 30-minute two-part behind the scenes piece that features the main cast and some of the crew as they talk about some of the movie and go into detail about the parts that were shot in London and Iceland.

The best extra on here is quite possibly the “Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King” which sees the return of Sir Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin/Trevor Slattery character and has him being interviewed in prison, with both comedic and dark results. There’s also more extras such as extended / deleted scenes, a hilarious gag reel and more.

Thor: The Dark World is an awesome adventure that just about anyone can enjoy, whether they’re fans of the hammer wielding comic book hero, The Avengers, or just looking for a quality action flick. As with the original Thor this is a sequel that defies expectations, creating a relatable hero we can believe in. With a great cast, a  mercifully simple story, and plenty of stylized action you’ll want to snag yourself a copy of this for your collection and fly away with a magic hammer to Asgard. You’ll be glad you did.

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02/25/2014

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PG-13

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Walt Disney Studios

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About the Author: Chris Mitchell