Thor: Ragnarok is another film from the Disney Marvel universe, and is the third (and rumoured to be the final) instalment from the Thor franchise, which sees Chris Hemsworth reprise his popular role.
The first of the trilogy, titled Thor, was released in 2011, with the sequel, Thor: The Dark World, following in 2013. The latest is set after Avengers: Age of Ultron (anyone else have problems keeping up with the Marvel timeline?), where the Avengers assembled once more to save the Earth – again from alien weaponry.
Centred around Thor’s struggle to save his Asgardian civilisation, the film opens two years after the events of the Avengers movie. Held captive, Thor must escape his imprisonment from Sakaar, which is located at the opposite end of the universe, to prevent the destruction of his home planet at the hands of Ragnarok and Hela (Cate Blanchett). All of this without his trusty hammer…
Starring some of your favourite Marvel characters, including Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston), this is an action-packed sequel with all of the superhero fight scenes you’d expect. But is it worth watching? In short, yes – especially if you love the superhero genre.
In fact, some critics have argued that Thor: Ragnarok is actually the strongest in the trilogy. While the first two were impressive pieces of cinema in their own right, Ragnarok has taken the series to a new level.
Director Taika Waititi’s (who previously directed 2010’s Boy, and 2016’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople) take on the character and Marvel franchise provides a new, and refreshing piece of superhero cinema. You’ll find a more charming and fully developed character in Thor, as well as incredibly mesmerising backdrops and cinematography, arguably making Ragnarok better than its predecessors. You’ll route for Thor, laugh along with your superheroes and celebrate their victory. Apologies for the spoiler… 😉
The Thor: Ragnarok DVD is presented in the original ratio of 2:39:1, providing a quality widescreen picture.
The audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0, providing crisp clear sound – perfect for those violent clashes and superhero fight scenes.
For a more detailed picture and more defined sound, you could upgrade to the Blu-ray. However, I think the DVD provides quality on both fronts.
Thor: Ragnarok was released on DVD on February 26th and is available to buy now.
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Film score: 8/10
Running time: 130 minutes
Distributor: Marvel Studios
Released: February 26th 2018
Sound: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles: English SDH
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (ARRIRAW (6.5K), Dolby Vision, Phantom RAW (4K))
Disc Format: DVD9
Director: Taika Waititi
Producer: Kevin Feige
Screenplay: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle and Christopher L Yost (based on the comics by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby)
Music: Mark Mothersbaugh
Thor: Chris Hemsworth
Loki: Tom Hiddleston
Hela: Cate Blanchett
Heimdall: Idris Elba
Grandmaster: Jeff Goldblum
Valkyrie: Tessa Thompson
Skurge: Karl Urban
Bruce Banner / Hulk: Mark Ruffalo
Odin: Anthony Hopkins
Doctor Strange: Benedict Cumberbatch
Korg: Taika Waititi (voice)
Topaz: Rachel House
Surtur: Clancy Brown (voice)
Hogun: Tadanobu Asano
Volstagg: Ray Stevenson
Fandral: Zachary Levi
Asgardian Date #1: Georgia Blizzard
Asgardian Date #2: Amali Golden
Actor Thor: Luke Hemsworth
Actor Odin: Sam Neill
Actor Sif: Charlotte Nicdao
Odin’s Assistant: Ashley Ricardo
College Girl #1: Shalom Brune-Franklin
College Girl #2: Taylor Hemsworth
Lead Scrapper: Cohen Holloway
Golden Lady #1: Alia Seror-O’Neill
Golden Lady #2: Sophia Laryea
Cousin Carlo: Stephen Oliver