Thor

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Overview

Exiled to Earth after his arrogance fans the flames of an ancient conflict, The Mighty Thor Chris Hemsworth of Asgard discovers the meaning of humility when a powerful old foe dispatches a destructive force to crush humanity. Only when the banished prince has defeated an opponent capable of crushing him in battle will he learn what it takes to be a true leader. Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Tadanobu Asano co-star in a comic-book adventure from ...
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Overview

Exiled to Earth after his arrogance fans the flames of an ancient conflict, The Mighty Thor Chris Hemsworth of Asgard discovers the meaning of humility when a powerful old foe dispatches a destructive force to crush humanity. Only when the banished prince has defeated an opponent capable of crushing him in battle will he learn what it takes to be a true leader. Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Tadanobu Asano co-star in a comic-book adventure from acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh.
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Special Features

4 Deleted scenes; Road to The Avengers featurette; Commentary by director Kenneth Branagh
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Editorial Reviews

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Tempering its sweeping scope with wit, humor, and just a little dose of dramatics, Thor is a super-charged fantasy epic that can stand alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is the fourth MCU film to be released and the first of two Marvel superhero movies to come out this summer -- Captain America being the other. Thor was originally slated for a 2008 release with X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn helming, but after several years in "development hell," Vaughn was replaced by Kenneth Branagh -- a surprising choice considering that his directorial filmography consists of at least five Shakespearean plays. However, despite all the eyebrow-raising, Branagh manages to orchestrate a superhero film that plays to both comic-book fans and laymen alike -- a Thor that's fun and that never takes itself too seriously, which you need for a summer movie blockbuster of this caliber. Though the battle scenes are a little muddled, Branagh fuses together striking production design and art direction with larger-than-life set pieces to create an often harmonious result. The film begins in the deserts of New Mexico, where astrophysicist and all-around good girl Jane Natalie Portman is doing research with her assistant, Dr. Erik Selvig Stellan Skarsgård, and intern, Darcy Kat Dennings, when suddenly Thor Chris Hemsworth, an arrogant hammer-wielding warrior form the mystical realm of Asgard, appears out of nowhere and the team literally hits him with their car. Flash back to the mystical realms, where Odin Anthony Hopkins, king of the Asgard, wages war against the Frost Giants and their leader, Laufey Colm Feore, to prevent them from conquering the Nine Realms. With peace achieved, Odin is able to focus on his two sons, Thor and Loki Tom Hiddleston, one of whom will take the throne as king, but when Thor breaks the peace treaty with the Frost Giants, defying his father in the process, Odin strips him of his mighty hammer and casts him out of Asgard. Now in human form, Thor must live among the humans on Earth and hopefully learn a little humility in the process. Chris Hemsworth makes quite an impression, both physically matching the description of the "God of Thunder" -- with his dirty blonde locks and ridiculously chiseled physique -- and possessing the right amount of humility and regality, and a little bit of humor, too. Not only does he prove that he can foster the right amount of emotional impact to make an audience cheer for the stranded titan, but he also proves that he can carry a film. It's fun to watch Thor navigate Earth as a god without powers -- smashing plates on the floor, attempting to stop cars with his bare hands, drinking poor Erik under the table -- and to see Jane and her crew react to his behavior. Speaking of Jane, Natalie Portman plays her character pretty straightforwardly. She giggles and swoons and bats her eyes like a lovesick schoolgirl, but who can blame her, really? Still, the relationship between Jane and Thor seems rushed -- they essentially fall in love in one syrupy scene complete with a trailer-park bonfire and shooting stars. Ultimately, though, the love story is secondary to the mythology surrounding the nobles of Asgard. While Thor is exiled on Earth, his sneaky brother, Loki, plots behind his back in an attempt to assassinate their father, Odin, played by Anthony Hopkins, who gives a commanding performance; it's Hiddelston, however, who is the standout here as Thor's complex half-brother, who is more than he seems to be, even in this context. Hiddelston gives a truly humanistic performance and his arc evokes genuine sympathy, which one rarely feels for a comic-book villain. What easily could have been a schlocky mess is instead an elegant tale of a father and his sons and the bond that can only be broken over time -- it's practically a Shakespearean tragedy, which may be what Branagh was going for in the first place. Note: For the fan boys and girls out there, Marvel cameos include Clark Gregg, who reprises his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson from the Iron Man films and Jeremy Renner as sharpshooter Hawkeye. Plus, make sure you stay through the credits as Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury. The coda hints at the next film in the universe -- Captain America -- and alludes to the infamous "Avenger Initiative."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • UPC: 097361439648
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,480

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Hemsworth Thor
Natalie Portman Jane Foster
Tom Hiddleston Loki
Anthony Hopkins Odin
Stellan Skarsgård Dr. Erik Selvig
Colm Feore Laufey
Ray Stevenson Volstagg
Idris Elba Heimdall
Kat Dennings Darcy
Jaimie Alexander Sif
Clark Gregg Agent Coulson
Tadanobu Asano Hogun
Joshua Dallas Fandral
Rene Russo Frigga
Adriana Barraza Isabela Alvarez
Maximiliano Hernandez Agent Sitwell
Richard Cetrone Frost Giant Captain
Darren Kendrick Frost Giant Sentry
Josh Coxx Frost Giant Hallstrum
Justice Jesse Smith Frost Giant Brute
Joseph Gatt Frost Giant Grundroth
Luke Massy Frost Giant Raze
Matthew Ducey Einherjar Guard
Jason Camp Einherjar Guard
Buddy Sosthand Agent Delancey
Blake Silver Techie
Jamie McShane Agent Jackson
Dale Godboldo Agent Garrett
Patrick O'Brien Demsey Agent Cale
Jim Palmer Sheild Guard, Shield Guard
Seth Coltan Townie
J. Michael Straczynski Townie
Ryan Schaefer Townie
Matt Battaglia Pete
Dakota Goyo Young Thor
Stan Lee Stan the Man
Joel McCrary Drunk Townie
Isaac Kappy Pet Store Clerk
Juliet Lopez Admission Nurse
Rob Mars Orderly
Carrie Lazar Viking Mother
Harley Graham Viking Child
Alexander Wright Viking Elder
Hilary Pingle Viking
Shawn-Caulin Young Viking
Kinsey McLean Viking
Kelly Hawthorne Viking
Ted Allpress Young Loki
Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director
Victoria Alonso Co-producer
Michael Babcock Sound/Sound Designer
C. Scott Baker Set Decoration/Design
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Aric Cheng Set Decoration/Design
Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
Peter Devlin Sound Mixer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Luc Étienne Asst. Director
Kasra Farahani Art Director
Kevin Feige Producer
Alan Fine Executive Producer
Luke Freeborn Art Director
David J. Grant Associate Producer
Sean Haworth Art Director
Scott Herbertson Set Decoration/Design
A. Todd Holland Art Director
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Tetsuo "Tex" Kadonaga Set Decoration/Design
Eileen Kastner-Delago Makeup
Richard King Sound/Sound Designer
Craig Kyle Co-producer
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Kevin Loo Set Decoration/Design
David Maisel Executive Producer
Jeff Markwith Set Decoration/Design
Ashley Miller Screenwriter
Don Payne Screenwriter
Anne Porter Set Decoration/Design
Mark Protosevich Original Story, Screenwriter
Andrew Reeder Set Decoration/Design
Richard Romig Set Decoration/Design
Paul Rubell Editor
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
Maya Shimoguchi Art Director
Zack Stentz Screenwriter
J. Michael Straczynski Original Story
Patte Strong-Lord Set Decoration/Design
Bo Welch Production Designer
Patricia Whitcher Executive Producer
Haris Zambarloukos Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thor
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Thor
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         Français
         Español
         English Audio Description
         Commentary By Director Kenneth Branagh
      Subtitle Options
         English
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      Commentary By Director Kenneth Branagh
      Deleted Scenes
         Commentary By Director Kenneth Branagh: On
         Commentary By Director Kenneth Branagh: Off
         Play All
         Thor and Loki Before the Coronation
         Warriors 3 and Sif Turn Over Their Weapons
         Frigga Confronts Odin
         Selvig Sings With Thor
      Road to Avengers
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Thor son of Odin.

    Thor son of Odin.

    Odin was a king. As Kings were originally meant to be. He was a formidable warrior and wise leader. He put the prosperity of Asgard above all else. He was ready for war, but never sought it.

    Thor was a warrior also, but not yet a leader. He had grown arrogant hungry, not just for battle but, for war. He wrongly saw war as glorious. Banished for that arrogance. Stripped of his power and cut off from home. He had to survive as just a man, not a royalty. He makes friends with ordinary people and falls for a brilliant woman. He accepts that he can't go home.

    After he stops trying to return home, his enemies from Asgard still try to kill him. His old friends seek to save him, and almost get killed in the process. To save his friends(old and new), and, more importantly, the woman he loves - Thor willing sacrifices himself. He was ready to die for them. In that sacrifice he became worthy of the power he'd been stripped of. The power to lead, protect, and vanquish, - the power of a King.

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  • Posted September 20, 2011

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    Hammer Beats Sword.

    This is the age-old storyline of the younger sibling being jealous of the older sibling and thinking that capturing the older siblings' power and authority will be a great benefit. "Thor" was a great DVD, with plenty of action and violence to keep you glued to the screen. What a thrill ride and a delight to see evil trying to overcome the good. With maturity "Thor" learns many valuable lessons. If you like seeing comic book heroes come to the "big screen," you probably will like this adaptation of "Thor." Enjoy!

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    I suppose any review of *Thor* ought to begin with the reviewer&

    I suppose any review of *Thor* ought to begin with the reviewer’s expectations—if you’re expecting a solid comic book/mythology movie with a strong sense of the comics ethos, a solid leading man who thoroughly inhabits all aspects of his character (from bathos to boorishness), a rather one-dimensional villain, and lots of rock ‘em-sock ‘em action encased in a simple, mediocre plot—then you will probably be satisfied with *Thor.* If you’re expecting anything else, you can pass on this one. The best parts of the movie are Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Thor’s adopted brother and the villain of this film (he’s also the villain in *The Avengers,* a film that displays Hiddleston’s acting talents to much greater effect). Ironically, the worst parts of the film are the two Oscar winners who inexplicably find themselves in a comic book movie trying to ACT all over the place. I’m talking about Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor’s father and the chief god, and Natalie Portman, who is allegedly a scientist/researcher but who turns into a mushy, goofy middle school girl whenever Thor flashes her a smile. Despite these two casting mistakes, the film is an enjoyable diversion, and it works well—as long as you’re not expecting it to be something other than what it claims to be.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    Pretty good

    The lead actor did a pretty good job as Thor. Sure there were a lot of CGI here and there, but that didn't stop me from liking some of the characters and the story. The fight scenes were really good.

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  • Posted October 23, 2011

    An Awesome movie

    Another Marvel hero.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    Amazing!

    This movie was amazing! I saw it in the theatre shortly after it's release. My then fiance (now wife) wanted to go and see it too after we had started dating, and I had no problem with that because I loved it so much! The Marvel franchise of movies overall are like I dream come true! I use to read a lot of comics when I was younger, and still do, and when I was younger I had always thought it would be cool if they one day broght these awesome superheroes to life in some movies, and I think it's so cool that they have the technology now to do them. A good buddy of mine in Hawaii sent this to me on Blu-Ray as a birthday gift. Super awesome! So stoked for Avengers in 2012!

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