Marvel’s Thor gets to play a serious game of Portal in Thor: The Dark World. Now it’s popped in on 4K Ultra HD, how does it shape up? Will it enrich your life, or is it all a lie?
The story: The nine realms of Asgard are set to align, causing strange things to happen on Earth. Dr Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is investigating when she absorbs a powerful ancient dark force known as the Aether. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) comes to her rescue, taking Jane back to Asgard in hopes of sorting a cure. But her presence there attracts pointy-eared dark types who are a tad keen to get their hands on this substance, no matter what the cost. Becoming ever more desperate, Thor even enlists his brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), but can he actually be trusted?
“There is nothing more reassuring than realising that the world is crazier than you are.”
The 4K disc: Not only is this one dark in title as well as nature, due to its key settings it’s also relatively dark overall visually when compared with its predecessor. This really brings black levels to prominence, and they’re wonderfully inky here, without crushing out detail. In fact, for a movie that was apparently mastered at 2K, this upscaled presentation exhibits some very pleasing detail. With the movie looking darker generally, the brighter side of the HDR effect isn’t as prominent as in Thor, however it does scrub up very well when lightness is called upon.
The first Thor sounded fabulous in Dolby Atmos, and this one is very much its equal. Also presented in Atmos, it’s a busy affair that doesn’t leave height channels wanting, while it sends things hurling all about the listener. Throughout even the most full-on chaos, dialogue always remains easily discernable. Also like the first movie, bass here is very pleasing (your neighbours, however, may not agree…)
This is a solo 4K disc release, and no extra features are included.
Release date: August 14, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.