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Blu-ray Review: Thor: Ragnarok

March 6, 2018

By John Corrado

With Black Panther currently dominating the box office, Marvel has been top of mind these past several weeks, but a few months back the studio had another hit on their hands with Thor: Ragnarok, which is now coming to Blu-ray.

While the film doesn’t have a ton of plot, it’s simply a lot of fun, with enjoyable characters and a sense of playfulness to it that feels refreshing.  This is a purely entertaining entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, that mainly sets out to have a good time, and mostly delivers on that promise.  You can check out our three views of the film right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a commentary track with director Taika Waititi, the New Zealand indie filmmaker who took over the reigns of the franchise, as well as a gag reel, deleted and extended scenes, and a good selection of featurettes.

Getting in Touch With Your Inner Thor focuses on Chris Hemsworth’s acting and how his character has loosened up over the course of the films; Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie is a profile of the film’s kickass new female characters played by Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson; Finding Korg is a look at the comic relief character played by Taika Waititi; Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown talks about the wacky planet that is home to Jeff Goldblum’s flamboyant Grandmaster; and Journey Into Mystery touches upon the influence of Jack Kirby’s artwork upon the look of the film.

There’s also Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes, which presents an overview of the first eighteen films in the franchise starting with Iron Man in 2008, and leading up to this summer’s Avengers: Infinity War; the very amusing new short film Team Darryl, which shows the further adventures of Thor’s former roommate Darryl (Daley Pearson), who now has a surprising new tenant; and 8-bit versions of the two action sequences Sakaar Spaceship Battle and Final Bridge Battle, which were done to help the filmmakers plan and shoot these scenes.

This all adds up to about an hour of bonus material in total, and it’s enjoyable to watch through, giving us a good sense of how much fun everyone from the director to the cast seemed to be having on set.

Thor: Ragnarok is a Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment release.  It’s 130 minutes and rated PG.

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