Thor Ragnarok – an ultimate experience on Blu-ray

In 1962, the now-legendary duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced “The Mighty Thor” to readers of Marvel Comics, unleashing a new era of action-adventure with their conception of the hammer-wielding Norse god, who debuted in the sci-fi anthology “Journey Into Mystery,” #83 in August of that year.

Despite the Nordic-sounding names, the story was rooted in familiar, universal conflicts that have driven human drama since the beginning of time. To this day, 55 years later, Marvel Comics continues publishing new adventures depicting the God of Thunder, the most recent being 2016’s “The Unworthy Thor” from writer Jason Aaron and artist Olivier Coipel.

The newest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Thor” franchise, Thor Ragnarok, continues the lineage of epic adventures chronicled in the franchise’s two prior big screen successes: 2011’s “Thor” and 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World,” which, collectively, earned over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office.  Read more about the film

When an ancient evil, lurking for eons, is released from its shackles, Thor finds himself in a serious situation. The Asgardian prince is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer just as Asgard needs him now more than ever.

With his kingdom shattered, Thor’s only hope is to summon the warrior within, and fight his way back against impossible odds to save his people from Ragnarok.

He finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela.

But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!  

Chris Hemsworth returns to the title role of the hammer-wielding hero of Asgard. He is joined by Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s duplicitous adopted brother, Loki; Cate Blanchett as the villainous Hela; Idris Elba as the Asgardian sentry, Heimdall; Jeff Goldblum as the eccentric dictator, Grandmaster, ruler of Sakaar; Tessa Thompson as the fierce warrior, Valkyrie; Karl Urban as Skurge, one of Asgard’s  strongest warriors; Mark Ruffalo reprising his role of Bruce Banner/The Hulk from “The Avengers” and “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”; and Anthony Hopkins again portraying Odin, King of Asgard.

The film is directed by Taika Waititi from a screenplay by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle & Christopher L. Yost.

BONUS FEATURES:

    • Director Intro Director Taika Waititi humorously discusses why he got into moviemaking and the film’s cinematic “influences.” It’s easy to see where the film got its sense of humor. Available under the “Play” menu option.
    • Gag Reel
    • Team Darryl
    • Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes  A quick discussion of several key MCU characters — Iron Man, Thor, Captain America — as well as their work together in the Avengers films, other recent MCU entries, and the upcoming Infinity War.
    • Deleted Scenes  Extended Scene: Thor Meets The GrandmasterExtended Scene: Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny AvengerExtended Scene: Grandmaster and TopazSkurge Finds Heimdall, and Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar.
    • 8-Bit Sequences  Crude computer animated storyboards for a pair of scenes but certainly more crisp, clean, and detailed than classic 8-bit graphics. Included are Sakaar Spaceship Battle (0:58) and Final Bridge Battle (2:17).
    • Audio Commentary: Director Taika Waititi, true to the form seen throughout the extras, delivers one of the most humorously inclined commentary tracks ever recorded that blends general commentary insight with witty play-by-play.