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Thor [DVD]

Natalie Portman , Kat Dennings , Haris Zambarloukos    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Natalie Portman, Kat Dennings, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Clark Gregg
  • Directors: Haris Zambarloukos
  • Producers: Patrick Doyle
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (438 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00F435JT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Product Description

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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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 3 May 2012
Format:DVD
As someone who hasn't read the Thor comics, I have no idea how faithful this film is or how in-character everybody is. But as a film fanatic, this is an amazing addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The viewer starts with little love for the main character, but I (and the people I watched this with) found that his personality was developed wonderfully, and that he's actually a really likeable hero underneath his arrogance and self-centred-ness. By the end of the film, he's one of the most relatable characters. Even the villain of this story is sympathetic, and it really is painful for the viewer to see him lose his way. I was apprehensive about the humans Thor meets- I don't really like romance or 'fish-out-of-water' movies- but they were all rather likeable and behaved realistically enough- well, except Darcy. I'd watch a film about that girl on her own, she's a brilliant cloud cuckoolander.

Some aspects of the story could have been explained better- like the Odinsleep- but most of these mysteries are cleared up with either watching the other MCU films or looking at some Norse myths (which is what this film and it's comic counterpart are loosely based on). I liked the way aspects of Norse legend like Yggdrasil, the World Tree, were incorporated into this movie. Also, unlike most MCU films, this is very character-driven, and I think that is what makes it such a good film. The action scenes are few and far between, but what we see is epic and I think it's done really well.

It's a film I'd recommend to anybody with an interest in superheroes (since it's a fresh breath for the genre) and also for anybody who likes fantasy or family/romantic dramas. There's a little of something for everybody.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thor comes down to Earth 28 Oct 2011
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For the uninitiated, that's the Thor. God of thunder from the Norse pantheon. Son of Odin. And in comics oft sent to Earth to learn humility in a human alter ego and occasionally do battle with duplicitious sibling Loki.

And be a member of superhero team the Avengers.

As we'll see next year...

In the meantime, Thor, like Iron Man did three years ago, takes the character and gives him an origin movie.

Director Kenneth Branagh tackles the problem of how to mix Norse gods and real world on screen by remembering Clarke's first law: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Thus the norse gods living in Asgard here are basically super advanced aliens who once came to Earth long ago to do battle with the Frost Giants - nasty and not quite so advanced aliens - when they attacked tenth century Norway.

Their worlds are connected by a shimmering bridge which is guarded by a gatekeeper. A bridge that in our technology might also be referred to as a stargate or a wormhole.

But that's all exposition we get after a brief opening when astrophysicist Jane Foster and two friends are investigating strange readings in the sky and promptly knock down a man who comes out of nowhere.

Jumping back to the exposition shows that this is Thor. And that he and his brother Loki were raised by father Odin who hasn't been to war since he beat the frost giants. And that Thor is a bit more impetuous and up for a fight than Loki is.

When the opportunity for that comes going against his fathers wishes seem him banished to Earth, and his hammer Mjolnir dropped into the desert [what you saw in that post credits scene in Iron Man Two].

Can Jane and her friends help Thor in his quest to get home?
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pride comes before a fall 11 Oct 2011
By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The film follows the myth/legend of Thor from the Marvel comics, who is played by, and if i might say with a very Heath Ledger like performance by Chris Hemsworth who does well for his first major lead role. Along with his brother Loki (Hiddleston) as the sons of the ageing King Odin (Hopkins) who has to decide which of them is to become his successor to the throne of Asgard. But after Thor & his trusty group of warriors set out against the will of Odin to confront past rival, King Laufey (Feore), things don't go to plan, and culminate with Odin stripping Thor of his hammer/powers & banishing him to Earth as a humble human, until he learns to change his ways & learn the consequences of his actions. On Earth he literally bumps into scientist Jane Foster (Portman), and her group, Erik Selvig (Skarsgård) & Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings -Thor), who want to learn more about him & where he came from. But still thinking he is a mighty hero, his ego takes a bashing rather then his enemies this time around, as he realizes he is just a humble human now.

Overall, coming into this I wasn't 100% sure what we would be getting with this Marvel comic movie directed by Kenneth Branagh. But we did walk away enjoying it. The main reason of that was down firstly to the films pace, it clicked along well & kept our interest, albeit it was predictable in places. And secondly the great cast of Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) who was amazing as Odin, powerful, wise & yet fragile. Natalie Portman (Black Swan) had a great chemistry with Chirs Hemsworth (
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