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Thor [DVD]

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  • Actors: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Anthony Hopkins, Clark Gregg
  • Directors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Producers: Kevin Feige
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Walt Disney Studios HE
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct. 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (695 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F435JT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 578 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kenneth Branagh directs this fantasy superhero adventure based on the Marvel comics character, which in turn is based on the ancient myth of Norse God of Thunder, Thor. Moving between present day Earth and the fantastic realm of Asgard, the film tells the story of the Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful but arrogant warrior god whose reckless actions rekindle an ancient feud among the deities. As a punishment, Thor is cast out of Asgard and forced to live on Earth among humankind. There, he falls in love with scientist Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) and, as the darkest forces of Asgard are sent to invade Earth, eventually learns what it means to be a real hero.

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Of all the folks in long underwear to be tapped for superhero films, Thor would seem to be the most problematic to properly pull off. (Hypothetical Hollywood conversation: "A guy in a tricked-out, easily merchandisable metal suit? Great! An Asgardian God of Thunder who says stuff like thee and thou? Um, is Moon Knight available?") Thankfully, the resulting film does its source material rather proud, via a committed cast and an approach that doesn't shy away from the over-the-top superheroics. When you're dealing with a flying guy wielding a huge hammer, gritty realism can be overrated, really. Blending elements from the celebrated comic arcs by Walter Simonson and J. Michael Straczynski, the story follows the headstrong Thunder God (Chris Hemsworth) as he is banished to Earth and stripped of his powers by his father Odin (Anthony Hopkins) after inadvertently starting a war with a planet of ticked-off Frost Giants. As his traitorous brother Loki (the terrific Tom Hiddleston) schemes in the wings, Thor must redeem himself and save the universe, with the aid of a beautiful scientist (Natalie Portman). Although director Kenneth Branagh certainly doesn't skimp on the in-jokes and fan-pleasing continuity references (be prepared to stick around after the credits, Marvel fans), his film distinguishes itself by adopting a larger-than-life cosmic Shakespearean air that sets itself apart from both the cerebral, grounded style made fashionable by The Dark Knight and the loose-limbed Rat Packish vibe of the Iron Man series. Glorying in the absolute unreality of its premise, Branagh's film is a swooping, Jack Kirby-inspired saga that brings the big-budget grins on a consistent basis, as well as tying in with the superhero battle royale The Avengers. --Andrew Wright --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By FallenGrace TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 May 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Though perfectly suited to watch as a stand alone feature, Thor is in fact the fourth movie of Marvel studios phase one universe that ties up with Avengers Assemble so if you want to understand some of the references then you should watch Iron Man, Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 first but it doesn't matter too much.

What does matter is that Thor is a fantastic film.

Based upon norse mythology, the character Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), the king of the realm of Asgard. During his would be corronation to receive the crown from his father, Asgard is attacked by a handful of frost giants, long time enemies of the Asgardians. Arrogant in his youth believing himself invincible, he is persuaded by his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) Thor and his closest warriors defy Odin and travel to Jotenheim to confront the giants resulting in war. Enraged by Thor's acts, Odin banishes him to earth to humble him. Pride before the fall as they say.

This film does so many things right. It has surprisingly strong character development at it's heart as Thor realises he has much to learn not only about himself but the other realms, I really enjoyed watching him grow.

The locations are stunning. The CGI heavy realms of Asgard and Jotenheim look fantastic, Asgard is all light with golden glowing castles and shimmering waters in contrast with Jotenheim's dark cold ice and rock environments. Despite these fantastical locations Thor's time on earth in a small desert town is equally memorable as Thor tries to adjust to a world he doesn't understand or belong leading to many humorous moments. Interestingly despite the large differences between each realm, it works well as a cohesive universe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A.P. Fuchs, author of The Axiom-man Saga on 15 April 2015
Format: Blu-ray
Long ago Odin (Anthony Hopkins) led Asgard to victory against the Jotunheim Frost Giants and captured the source of their power, the Casket of Ancient Warriors. Over a thousand years later, Odin is about to crown his son, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), as King of Asgard, but the coronation ceremony is interrupted when the Front Giants find a way into the weapons vault and try to steal back the Casket. Fortunately, it wasn’t stolen as the giants fell before they could take it. Wanting to make an example of them, Thor and some of his loyal companions travel to Jotunheim against his father’s wishes and start a war with the giants. Odin rescues them but not without grave consequences: upon returning to Asgard, Thor is banished to Earth for his actions, powerless and alone. Only his hammer, Mjolnir, is sent with him, but now with an enchantment that only the worthy can wield it—and Thor is not.

On Earth, Thor meets Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), an astrophysicist who was there along with her mentor, Dr. Erik Selvig, the night Thor came through the wormhole.

Meanwhile, Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), finds out that his own heritage is not what he was told and, upon finding out his true origin, seeks to ensure his brother never returns to Asgard so he could become the king instead.

While on Earth, Thor must learn what it means to be humble, care for others, and thus earn his place as the proper king of Asgard, all in time to stop his brother from leading the Frost Giants into Asgard and destroying Odin’s kingdom.

This flick was Marvel’s fourth film in its Phase One plan leading up to The Avengers.

I love this movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By lordbrett on 8 April 2012
Format: DVD
Marvel taking control of their own characters has been a God send to fans of their comics. They have produced a series of movies: Hulk, Iron Man and Captan America that, while necessarily adapting and changing things for the big screen, have retained the sense and spirit of what made the comics a hit in the first place. Thor continues the trend.
What fans of these films like is to see something that is recognisable from the original comics. Here we have an epic and sweeping Asgard, a genuinely awesome Destroyer, The Warriors Three, an all powerful Odin, a complicated and tortured villain in Loki and a brash, arrogant, funny and ultimately, mighty Thor.
This, I would guess, has a lot to do with being written by Michael Straczynski who has previously produced stories for the comic. But a lot of the credit must also go to another left field decison by Marvel in the directorial department with the appoitment of Kenneth Branagh who has taken the material and treated it with respect.
The film is not, as many a lazy reviewer has said when presented with a comics adaption, camp, high camp or silly. It is instead a near perfect distillation of 40 odd years of comics history into an enjoyable and satisfying screen event that is lean and punchy and does not outstay it's welcome.
For true fans there are little treats like the brief appearance of Hawkeye, mention of Dr. Donald Blake, reference to a certain Gamma ray scientist and the obligatory cameo from Stan Lee.
Like all the Marvel produced films since 'Iron Man' this is another step towards the 'Avengers' movie, an overall plan that is worth applauding for it'a ambitiousness.
Mighty Marvel Marches On.
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