Thor: The Dark World Review and Blu-ray Features
Thor: The Dark World
8 Nov. 2013
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Ok so I personally thought it was a great MCU film. Now I know the kinda cliffhanger was Loki survived but since he’s impersonating Odin, did he kill the real Odin? Or lock him up?
Not a plot hole, just something they intentionally didn’t want to reveal/explain yet and will be addressed in another film.
Whether Odin is dead or not remains to be seen, Kevin Feige has simply said “We have very good ideas whether the All-Father is with us or not.”
Tom Hiddleston/Loki is amazing.
I enjoyed the whole film in general, I thought it was really good but WOW when Tom was on screen as Loki he just completely stole the show in the best way possible. Those eyes, that smile, that smirk, that voice.
Mjolnir (Hammer) ….between takes.
Chris Hemsworth improvised hanging the hammer (Mjolnir) on a coat hook in a polite manner, after playing with it between takes.
Iceland as the setting..
The filmmakers chose Iceland as the setting for the dark world of Svartalfheim, for its black volcanic landscapes. The name itself, “Svartalfheim”, literally means “Black elf world” in Old Norse/Icelandic
Bigger Role for Loki
Loki was originally not going to appear at all, and there was going to be a much greater focus on Malekith and the Dark Elves. Following his popularity in The Avengers (2012), the script was rewritten to give him a bigger role.
Stage H at Shepperton Studios
Odin’s throne room set was built on stage H at Shepperton Studios, the same stage where the ceremony scene was shot for Star Wars. (It also housed the moon set for 2001.) Disney announced they were purchasing LucasFilm and making new Star Wars movies. Stage H is very large, the biggest at Shepperton.
Harrows Navigation Interface
According to Jake Morrison, the Harrows navigation interface was a great way to combine outside with inside environments: “It projects the surroundings on a bubble around you. With some cockpit shots in other films, you’d cut from the exteriors that would be frenetic and fast-paced into potentially quite a dark interior with a lot of dialogue – you can make the outside very exciting but when you get into the cockpit, how do you make that stuff fun?”
The spaceships used by the Dark Elves
According to VFX supervisor Jake Morrison, the Harrows, the spaceships used by the Dark Elves, are powered by black holes: “A black hole pulls in all directions. You stick a box around it – but if you poke a hole in one side of the box it would pull in that direction. So effectively if you strap a craft around that you’ve got a propulsion drive which is kind of an impulsion drive.”
Role of Kat Dennings…
Kat Dennings describes her role in this film as a matchmaker: “She loves Jane, she really wants Jane and Thor to be together. It’s almost like her own little soap opera that she watches.”
Patty Jenkins(The initial director of the film)
In late 2011, Patty Jenkins was officially announced as director for this film. In December 2011, she backed out of the project due to “creative differences.” Natalie Portman was publicly upset that talks between Marvel and Patty Jenkins broke down, some sources even claim she threatened not to take part in the film with another director but couldn’t get out of her contract.
Thor’s flight ability in the film
Jake Morrison redefined Thor’s flight ability in the film: “He’s jumping to attack somebody, it should be more of a lift and land rather than necessarily a straight-line drive. The thinking behind that is that he can control the weather so the wind can keep him aloft to allow him to have that kind of profile.”
Healing table instruments were based on tuning forks..
According to Jake Morrison, the healing table instruments were based on tuning forks: “The Asgardian holograms are to do with wavelengths. The tuning forks actually create a magnetic field and inside the field people can interact with, and it can emit strings like on a violin. The nanotech would then display essentially a representation of Jane’s soul that looks like these fine strings of GOLD that move through her and at the same time are interactive.”
Loki as a “Firework in this film”
Tom Hiddleston describes Loki as a “firework” in this film: “Well, where next? What’s he going to do? What level of remorse does he have? If he does have any remorse or regret, why? Who does he feel guilty in front of, and who does he laugh in the face of? What’s his motivation? If he stands to win, what does he stand to win? As a character you’ve got all these new motivations, but as an actor I am absolved from playing hero or villain – I’m just the live wire. And that was more fun than I can possibly tell you.”
Look of Asgard in the movie
Alan Taylor wanted Asgard in this film to have a more natural look: “The first Thor was quite shiny and it was a very conscious, smart choice. I wanted to get more of a sense of the Viking quality, the texture and weight of history. They’ve been around for thousands of years.” To achieve this, the crew filmed on the coast of Norway (particularly the Lofoten islands) for three days, capturing six hours of footage; Asgardian structures were then embedded over this footage.
RT/Meta Critic Review
With a good sense of humour, strong action set pieces and Hiddleston and Hemsworth on top form, it’s just great fun. (Click here to see)
Thor: The Dark World charges the field of battle with a striking 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer every bit as impressive as other Marvel movie presentations. Taylor’s London is overcast and rather colorless, but Asgard and the Nine Realms are teeming with dusky, golden hues, piercing primaries, beautifully saturated skintones, and fittingly unforgiving comic-ink blacks. Contrast doesn’t falter either (although it does come on a tad strong), nor is crush really a significant issue, despite the shadowy, impenetrable depths of locales like Malekith’s command ship. Detail wows at every turn regardless, with crisp edges free of ringing or aliasing, exceedingly well-resolved fine textures unhindered by aberrant noise, and excellent delineation (given the appropriately dark circumstances). Scenes set on Malekith’s homeworld, Svartalfheim, are bleak, desolate and a bit murky, yes. A hint of softness even creeps in. But it’s all in keeping with Taylor and cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau’s intentions and the visual tone the filmmakers bring to the war-torn Realm. And with a pristine encode that isn’t subject to macroblocking, banding or any other anomalies that might prove distracting,The Dark World delivers yet another Marvel Cinematic Universe Blu-ray presentation worthy of high praise
If The Dark World‘s battle sequences don’t test your gear’s mettle, the devastation of the film’s thunderous, world-invasion third act certainly will. Disney’s DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround track is outstanding, brimming with the sort of sonic punch, power and precision every Marvel movie audiophile lives for. LFE output goes big and goes bold, dispensing Earth-rocking explosions, merciless implosions and metal-rending impacts, all of which boast terrific low-end presence and prowess. The rear speakers come alive as well, filling the soundfield with whizzing ships, energy blasts, angry behemoths and fierce warriors. Directionality is dead on. Pans are wonderfully transparent. And the experience is as immersive and involving as they come. All the while, dialogue is clear, intelligible and nicely prioritized. No mishaps or issues whatsoever.The Dark World sounds even better than it looks, making for a top notch AV presentation all around.
- Marvel One Shot: All Hail the King (HD, 14 minutes): “Come not between the dragon and his wrath.” Ben Kingsley’s Trevor Slattery returns in this thoroughly entertaining short film from Iron Man 3 co-writer Drew Pearce. Surprises come in threes, although the biggest one probably won’t be all that surprising to fans who’ve already sniffed out Marvel’s plan of attack. Suffice it to say, the twist in “All Hail the King” will be as much of a water cooler topic as the gotcha reveal in IM3, if not more so. Just be sure to stick around through the credits for a fantastic little cameo I won’t spoil here.
- The Dark World Audio Commentary: Director Alan Taylor, cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau, producer and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and actor Tom Hiddleston dissect the film with scene by scene specificity, albeit a bit more dryly than commentary enthusiasts might prefer. Taylor and Morgenthau share a mic, as do Feige and Hiddleston. But the two pairs have been recorded separately, leading to a slightly humorless — but no less extensive — track.
- A Brother’s Journey: Thor & Loki (HD, 32 minutes): Divided into two parts, this Marvel Cinematic Universe documentary delves into the development, casting, character arcs and performances of Hemsworth’s Thor and Hiddleston’s Loki. Part 1 begins by focusing on the original Thor (2011) and Joss Whedon’s Avengers, but soon ropes in Thor: The Dark World. Part 2 offers a more sequel-specific overview of the Asgardian brothers that features plenty of interview segments with key members of the cast and crew.
- Deleted & Extended Scenes (HD, 8 minutes): Six scenes that didn’t make the cut are included — “Extended Celebration Scene,” “Jane Learns About the Aether,” “Loki: The First Avenger,” “Thor and Frigga Discuss Loki,” “Dark Elves Prepare for Battle” and “Extended Vanaheim Scene” — and come complete with optional audio commentary. As far as I’m concerned, nearly every scene (minus “The First Avenger”) should have been in the final film from the outset.
- Scoring Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler (HD, 5 minutes): Composer Brian Tyler briefly discusses the sequel’s score and the creation of new musical themes for Thor, Odin, Loki, the Dark Elves, and the Nine Realms.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier Exclusive Look (HD, 4 minutes): Go behind the scenes of the next Marvel blockbuster with Winter Soldier producer Kevin Feige, directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and actors Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan and Robert Redford.
- Gag Reel (HD, 4 minutes): Laugh it up with the cast of The Dark World.