REVIEW: ‘THOR: RAGNAROK’ your life with feature-packed home release
THOR: RAGNAROK was a great film. It was the first THOR film in the MCU that I actually enjoyed watching and now that it’s available on home release, there’s hours of ways to dive deeper into what is the unquestionably the most entertaining chapter in this character’s trilogy.
As always, the most complete way to fill your movie library is to purchase the Blu-ray release and maximize your selection of extras. So that’s where we’ll dive first:
- Director’s Introduction and Directors Commentary are expected features for a good release and while we haven’t had the chance to dive into the latter, it’s always great to see filmmakers give extra love to their projects and share their experiences and thoughts.
- Gag Reel is ALWAYS a highlight, especially for epic features like Marvel films. Two minutes and seventeen solid laughs including more than one shot in the pills for poor Loki.
- There’s not a dedicated “Making Of” featurette here but as is more typical of late the equivalent of an hour-long behind the scenes look is split up into multiple featurettes:
- Journey into Mystery goes in with the director, writers, and more to tie into the writing and tie-ins into the original comics and how they influenced the film, its visuals, and character relationships.
- Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown goes into perhaps one of the most interesting planets yet in the MCU. Located at the edge of known and unknown, it’s quite a departure from what we’re used to — especially in THOR films — offering a hyper-color playground that gave filmmakers a really unique backdrop for a large portion of the film and one of the only places that would fit a personality like Jeff Goldblum. The colors, styles were a complete tribute to Marvel legendary Jack Kirby.
- Finding Korg takes a great look at the director’s chair for this film and the unique personality that is Taikia Waititi and how he brought to life the indelible champion Korg.
- Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie which takes a look at the badass women in this film, in particular two of the most bad-ass in the MCU as portrayed by Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson.
- Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor explores what was the final missing piece to make THOR movies good… the HUMOR. Rounding out a character that always sorta felt a bit staccato.
- Exclusive Short/Team Darryl goes back to a fan-favorite with Thor’s Australian flatmate Darryl. These never quite did it for me but the addition of Grandmaster (Goldblum) makes this a worthwhile watch. Because… Goldblum, obviously.
- Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes catches us up on the MCU as we prep for the next chapter with “Avengers: Infinity War”
- 8-bit Sequences are a cute “throw-away” feature that help give the release a more robust offering. We find Final Bridge Battle and Sakaar Spaceship Battle scenes translated into viral-ready classic 8-bit video-game format.
- Deleted/Extended Scenes are a ubiquitous feature and in this release we get six:
- The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall, & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar
- Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger, & Grandmaster and Topaz
- Thor and Hulk: A Galactic Adventure showcases one of the most surprisingly key features of THOR: RAGNAROK by taking a closer look at this unique Super Hero friendship/bromance as it has spanned across the whole of the MCU. Totes BFFs.
- Additional Deleted Scenes are included here which normally would not be a very exciting feature but the two saved for exclusive digital release are awesome including the hilarious Travel to Asgard with fantastic “outtakes” with Jeff Goldblum plus the Race To The Wormhole offering more great interactions between Thor, Hulk, and Valkyrie.
THOR: RAGNAROK is available now digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on Movies Anywhere, 4K Ultra HD™ Blu-ray™, DVD, and On-Demand.