Marvel knows what fans want isn’t afraid to give it to them. The plethora of extra features and bonus material on the Thor: Ragnarok blu-ray proves that much. Yes the DVD will still have a high-quality version of the film but if you loved the movies as much as me you’re going to want to get the blu-ray edition.
The entire disc just screams with the personality of visionary director Taika Waititi and bursts with all the personality of the film itself. It’s bright, funny and contains weird little tidbits that will make viewers smile in delight. Take, for instance, the 8-bit scenes. Tucked deep in the special feature section is a series of 8-bit videos that the filmmakers created to help them build some of the more complicated action sequences. The result is something that’s somehow ultra-low budget and totally in-line with the style and tone of the film. It’s kind of genius.
Then there’s the short film “Team Darryl”, itself a sequel to the short film on the Captain America: Civil War blu-ray which had Thor as the roommate of a random guy in New Zealand. This time Thor is gone and The Grandmaster, fresh off Ragnarok, has taken his place. Watching Jeff Goldblum ham it up back on Earth is worth the price of the blu-ray alone. Here’s hoping Darryl has at least a cameo in Infinity War.
Honestly there’s a solid four or five hours of extras on the blu-ray, enough to keep anyone busy for the good part of a day. The director commentary from Waititi is so wildly different from most commentaries that it brings a fresh to new angle to the film itself. Not only is it a relatively unique perspective since Waititi was both an actor and director on the film but it’s riddled with jokes that show just how much fun everyone had on set. To say Waititi was a hands-on director is an understatement. After listening to the commentary it’s clear that he was not just directing but played at least three characters, not including Korg.
One interesting side-effect of getting to see extra scenes or deleted scenes in modern movies such as Thor is it gives the audience the chance to see how the sausage is made. In a couple of the deleted scenes on the disc fans will get a first-hand look at just how far the CGI for Hulk has come. There’s a key scene between Thor and Hulk where the CGI was clearly still in process and it looks like something out of the mid-90s. It’s almost jarring in contrast to the final result, which is easily the best Hulk we’ve seen on screen yet. More proof that there’s still a lot of work to be done on the production end of filmmaking long after the movie itself has wrapped. It should be noted that the movie itself is still beautiful on blu-ray. The digital transfer is seamless and all the details really pop on screen. The whole package looks like a work of art.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.