Thor: The Dark World has the unique blessing of coming out on home video as part of the Marvel universe. The reason we say this is the newly released Thor: The Dark World DVD and Blu-Ray contain bonus features that are sure to generate serious buzz for the latest chapter in the Chris Hemsworth-starring Norse god story.
Not only is there the super fun film itself (check out our theatrical Thor: The Dark World review), but there is an exclusive look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier and a Marvel One Shot called Hail to the King that features a continuation of Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin story from Iron Man 3. See what we mean?
First, the Thor-centric materials on the Thor: The Dark World DVD and Blu-Ray:
Our absolute favorite bonus feature has to be A Brothers’ Journey: Thor & Loki. From the moment Loki and Thor graced the screen together in the first Thor, it was the secret to the success of that film. Tom Hiddleston could not have been a better person to portray the evil brother of Thor… and Hemsworth is impeccably chosen to portray Thor.
Their relationship has been at the center of not only Thor, but also The Avengers and now Thor: The Dark World. In the latest chapter of the Thor mythology, Thor needs Loki’s help as they are fighting a common enemy on Asgard. Delving into the brotherly relationship that drives these Marvel Studios stories is a brilliant bonus feature and it is handled with grace in this 30 minute feature that is both entertaining and enlightening.
Hiddleston and Hemsworth both chime in, as do filmmakers, as to their favorite moments of these two brothers that are currently helping the Marvel world tick. It, honestly, may be the best movie-centric bonus feature on a Marvel DVD and Blu-Ray in several years.
Given the serious nature of the battle for Asgard and all that entails, the Thor: The Dark World Gag Reel is a fantastic addition and it’s always such a joy to see actors lose their way and have fun laughing at themselves. Goodness knows we get quite a few laughs from this gag reel!
What else is exemplary about the Thor: The Dark World DVD and Blu-Ray is the never-before-seen extended cut of the movie that you don’t have to be a die-hard superhero fan to appreciate. The deleted scenes are also a terrific bonus to see what made the film and what ended up on the cutting room floor. In this case, it’s not that these scenes were not solid, it’s clear they were just cut for time.
Now, the two Marvel universe-related extras that make this a must-own for any fan of the superhero studio:
The Exclusive Look: Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier previews the film that lands April 4 and showcases the cast of characters that by this point we know really well. This includes Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and of course Chris Evans who is back for his third turn as Captain America.
The look also introduces us to the latest villain, the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan. If it appears from the Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer that our World War II-era hero might have met his match, you’d be right. This is one tough son of a gun.
Finally, the Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King is nothing short of brilliant. This bonus feature would be worth the price of the package alone… even without that Thor movie being at the center of the entire thing.
Kingsley’s turn as “Mandarin” is supremely sensational and it is beyond blissful to see him embody the character once again in this short that is an extension of Iron Man 3. We will not reveal anything more than the short’s existence and how amazing it is… anything more would be a spoiler. Just. Watch. It.
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