4K August 2019 - Thor: The Dark WorldWith the latest phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe winding up, it’s time to go back and fill the gaps in our collections with 4K goodness. So how does this one, Thor, fare on 4K Ultra HD? Is it godlike or sod-like?

The story:  After a quick history lesson on the nine realms, it’s time for Thor (Chris Hemsworth) to become king of Asgard. Well, until he goes all battle hungry and is stripped of his powers and banished to Earth… Still, there are some earthly delights that he gets to enjoy, including a blossoming romance with science-type Dr Jane Foster (Natalie Portman – soon to get her own Thor on in the fourth movie in the franchise). Thor has friends on the Asgardian inside, however, and with his bro Loki (Tom Hiddleston) up to his usual tricks, it just may be time for an intervention.

“This mortal form has grown weak. I need sustenance!”

The 4K disc: Dating back to 2011, this is one of the older MCU movies – not that you’d know it from this transfer. Right from the outset things look great, as impressive blacks couple with incredible brightness – truly a credit to the HDR enhancement here. When we first witness Asgard it’s quite revelatory, and being a brighter more than darker flick, there are scenes that truly impress throughout. Despite apparently stemming from a 2K digital intermediate, clarity is superb in close-up shots, literally singling out most every hair on Thor’s chinny-chin-chin. While a little grain is present in some early, earthbound night shots, it generally remains unnoticeable.

Sonically, a Dolby Atmos mix is the order of the day, and it really delivers. Bass is at times thunderous (appropriately), while rear surrounds as well as the height channels are utilised often and well, creating a magnificent sound bubble for viewers. The whoosh of Thor’s hammer Mjölnir is a particular sonic treat.

This is a single 4K disc release, with no extra features included at all.

Release date: August 14, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston

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