As if the movie wasn’t enough…
Thor: Ragnarok is a great adventure film! Filled with high-octane action, ROFL comedic moments, an engaging storyline, and a buddy film rolled into one, it is worth adding to your collection so you can savor it for years to come. But if that wasn’t enough, the folks at Marvel have added some interesting features to make you want to purchase it even more! Rolling out their more accurately titled “Multi-Screen Edition” (Blu-Ray / DVD / Digital all in one package) and their “Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition” (add 4K Ultra HD to that and take away the DVD), Thor: Ragnarok comes with its own special quirks along with the usual fare of additional material.
As with most movies today, this one comes with your typical Director’s Commentary – except it is not at all what you would call “typical.” If you’ve listened to any of director Taika Waititi’s interviews, you know he is quirky with a remarkable sense of humor. His take on a Director’s Commentary is as unique as he is. If you enjoy Taika’s style, you will love his commentary and apparently it is a feature not included in the digital version of the film.
Speaking of the digital version, a feature on the Hulk / Thor relationship called “Thor and Hulk: A Galactic Adventure” is exclusive to this format as are a few extra deleted scenes. The Hulk / Thor feature covers the growing evolution of their relationship over the course of the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but the real treat are the deleted scenes which are truly funny. I especially loved the scene between Thor and Doctor Strange which ends up a bit different than in the movie. Instead of simply being deleted, it was changed. This version is equally funny and in some ways more so. Also, there are a couple of Banner / Thor bonding scenes that were cut but were really funny also like the scene where Banner keeps calling Thor “Dumbo” and Thor says, “Say it once more and I’ll tear your head off.” Chris Hemsworth has some great comedic timing.
The featurettes on the disc have some great insight into the movie. A look at the development of Hela and Valkyrie is also a strong statement about the capability and the influence of these women (and the actors who portray them) in the MCU. “Finding Korg” is plain funny. Again, it showcases Taika Waititi’s particular sense of humor and the role he played in portraying the hero made of rocks – Korg. And I loved seeing how the film’s creators delved into the comics for inspiration including legendary Marvel creator Jack Kirby’s influence on set and costume design for the film and the way the creators paid homage to his unique style. The gag reel was great (my daughter’s favorite part) and part 3 of the “Team Thor” shorts was renamed “Team Darryl” and didn’t feature Thor at all, but instead Darryl’s new roommate – The Grandmaster. Finally, there is a featurette on the history of the MCU over the past 10 years that will be sure to excite you about the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
If the movie alone wasn’t enough, there is an abundance of added features sure to appeal to fans of the film. Plus, every time I watch it, I find even more details or quips and quotes that help me to enjoy it even more. This is a definite “must add” to your collection!
- Thor: Ragnarok is out now in stores everywhere or you can order it through Amazon. It is also available digitally through Movies Anywhere or your favorite digital movie platform.