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Thor Blu-Ray Review

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Thor Blu-Ray Review

Astroplus and Astrovision released Thor for the Blu-ray last week and unfortunately I wasn’t able to resist and my inner geek forced me to hand over my credit card to the cashier and I happily went home with my purchase. I even bought the 3D version even if I don’t have a 3D TV, lol! Someday though I’ll update this post when I get one (hoping for a bonus this Christmas). Anyway, here’s my complete review (que lightning and thunder SFX: KABOOM!).

IMAGE / PICTURE QUALITY – 5/5
Undoubtedly these new movies fully take advantage of the HD format. The colors are crisp and stunning and it is as every bit as detailed as I remembered it in the movies.

SOUND QUALITY – 4/5
I couldn’t really maximize the sound quality but being in a 7.1 format it means I need to add 2 extra speakers to fully experience this in true surround sound. However, even with 2 speakers less, the sound was still amazingly crystal clear. There are times when the background music may weirdly die down a bit to give way for dialogue (I noticed this in the prologue of Odin) but it doesn’t really break the spell it majestically brings on to the screen.

My only complaint is that the producers didn’t really employ the same crystal clear sound transfer that they did with the feature film to the bonus material — particularly the deleted scenes. The sound dies down a bit and it would be best to have the subtitles up and running to understand some bits of the dialogue.

EXTRAS & BONUS – 3/5
I was a bit disappointed with the bonus material that they decided to include here. Initially in my DVD preview I was raving mad with excitement for two reasons:

  1. We get to see a marvel short film called “The Consultant” which supposedly weaves its way into the Marvel Movie Universe.
  2. There’s this special called “Road to the Avengers” which was thought was something even better than “The Consultant”. What we got are a short measly 5 minute(or less) of featurette.

The Consultant plays out with Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) having a one-on-one discussion with fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. operative on a scenario that General Ross (William Hurt, Incredible Hulk) is considering. We’re fed a pretty phony assumption that the government wants to release Agent Blonsky (Tim Roth), also known as the Abomination, in the Incredible Hulk to be used by the US government as a weapon. The short doesn’t leave the table-top discussion as we’re shown pre-existing clips of the Abomination and flashback with the Hulk. Since S.H.I.E.L.D. believes that this is a dire mistake by the ever hard-headed General Ross, Agent Coulson thought of bringing in his “consultant” to discuss matters with Ross. He, of course, turns out to be Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr.) and we’re shown again the same clip at the end of The Incredible Hulk. Tadaa—! Nothing new.

The Road to Avengers is pretty much a montage of pre-existing clips in Comicon (with the announcement of the Avengers) some generic interview of the cast and director on what a challenge it is to bring the Avengers to screen and pre-existing clips from various movies. In other words, again, nothing new to look forward to. No special clip or news or announcement. We understand that everything is still in production and that certain secrecy obviously will pay off later but when you announce something like this as a special feature for what could probably be the most ambitious movie project to date, please give the fans something else to sink their teeth into. I mean, we did spend our money to buy the Blu-rays, right?

Aside from those, the behind the scene featurette wasn’t as broad as what Iron Man 2 had. Although it was a pleasure to see some short clips of Sir Anthony Hopkins playing the role of Odin delivering varied lines from the film. You can really see his acting prowess here!

The deleted scenes were fun to watch and we get more moments with the cast of characters that Thor has. We see more Frigga, Thor’s Mother played by the beautiful Rene Russo and more brotherly bonding with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston) before the coronation of Thor.

Total Bonus materials are somewhere along the 2 hour mark. Wish they could’ve actually included more as Thor is one of those films that really just leave you wanting for more.

Overall, Thor is a must have if you’re completing the Avenger’s set in stunning High-Definition.

Thor Blu-Ray and Limited 3D Edition is available at Astroplus and Astrovision at Php 1700.00 and Php 2300 respectively.

PS: I use a PlayStation 3 as my Blu-Ray player and I have a 40″ LED Samsung TV at home.

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