DVD/Blu-ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

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DVD Blu ray Releases September 13 2011 DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

It’s the week every Star Wars fan has been waiting for – or at least complaining about – since news of George Lucas’ latest milking of the legendary saga. But the Skywalker saga is not the only title worth your attention arriving on DVD and Blu-ray this week.

In addition to Star Wars, a number of television shows and some independent films make their way to home video. But Tuesday offers up another blockbuster as Thor comes to DVD and Blu-ray in both 2D and 3D. If that isn’t enough, one of cinema’s most cherished classics, Citizen Kane, hits Blu-ray as well.

The following titles can now be found on DVD and Blu-ray.



Thor DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Thor - Kenneth Branagh’s superhero film made just under $500 million and earned a 3.5-star review from us. It may not have been the greatest superhero movie ever made, but it did merit a green light for a sequel.

Paramount has brought an exquisite video and audio transfer to home video. Thor is a film of massive scale, spanning two worlds, and the visual experience on Asgard is significantly better than what we see on Earth. But this DVD and Blu-ray release does great justice to both. Moreover, if you have any kind of surround sound system, turn the volume up and enjoy one of the best 7.1 mixes of the year. This release has a solid collection of bonus features that makes the difference when comparing Thor with other comic book movie DVDs and Blu-rays of the past.

  • Audio Commentary: Director Kenneth Branagh
  • Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant
  • From Asgard to Earth
  • Our Fearless Leader
  • Assembling the Troupe
  • Hammer Time
  • Creating Laufey
  • Music of the Gods
  • A Conversation
  • Road to the Avengers
  • Deleted Scenes


Hesher DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Hesher - This may be a good release, but the cover art is baffling. The most prevalent pull quote states, “Hilarious.” If you didn’t catch our Hesher review, you should be informed that the film is far from hilarious. It’s a somber film about loss and recovery. Yes, it has some moments of comedic relief, but it’s otherwise a pretty serious film. Regardless of what category it falls under, though, the DVD and Blu-ray release is a nice one for fans of independent cinema.

Watch your volume level on this one. The sound mix is very detailed and even offers 7.1 surround, but the moments that utilize such audio are shockingly loud. It’s part of the identity of the film, as short spurts of metal rock splatter the speakers when you least expect it. Generally speaking, this home video release does a great job of making the most of Hesher‘s crisp cinematography. The bonus features are the only thing we would qualify as hilarious. Be sure to check out the extensive outtakes and an odd featurette called “Air Traffic.”

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Air Traffic


Meeks Cutoff DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Meek’s Cutoff - An award winner at the Venice Film Festival, Meek’s Cutoff showcases Michelle Williams in a dramatic tale of an Oregon Trail trek. The DVD and Blu-ray come in the film’s original 1.33:1 aspect ratio – an uncommon one that may cause confusion if you aren’t prepared. A 10-minute making-of featurette is all you’ll get with this home video release.


The Tempest DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

The Tempest - Julie Taymor’s unique vision of one of Shakespeare’s works comes home after a tremendously poor run in movie theaters. The film only made $346,594 worldwide on a $20 million production budget. Coupled with her disastrous Spider-Man musical situation, it’s been a tough year for the director. The release comes with very little to offer on every level, including the bonus features. If anything, it will provide a visual feast of imagery with a unique look.

  • Audio Commentary with director Julie Taymor
  • Russell Brand rehearsal riff
  • Music video: Reeve Carney, “O Mistress Mine”


Conan OBrien Cant Stop DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop - Gorgeous cover art headlines this documentary’s debut on DVD and Blu-ray. The late night comedian’s opportunistic documentary follows him in between jobs as he tries to keep the creative juices flowing with a massive live tour. As is the case with most documentaries, there is little to explore on the special features side of this home video.


Spartacus DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena - If any television show deserves a look on home video it is Spartacus. Of course, the show already airs on television, but the advent of Blu-ray allows us to see the show in an even better way than during its initial run. It looks absolutely gorgeous on Blu-ray, but both the DVD and Blu-ray brings some special features to the table as well – so much so that they merit a separate disc.

  • Audio Commentaries
  • 3D “Ring of Fire” Battle Sequence
  • Starz Studios: Gods of the Arena
  • Weapons of Mass Disruption
  • Battle Royale: Anatomy of a Scene
  • On Set with Lucy Lawless
  • 10 Easy Steps to Dismemberment
  • Post Production: The Final Execution
  • Enter the Arena: Production Design
  • Dressed to Kill
  • Convention Panel
  • Arena Bloopers


Big Bang Theory DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

The Big Bang Theory - 500 minutes of the fourth season of The Big Bang Theory heads to home video with a basic sitcom transfer that doesn’t impress, but also doesn’t take away from the show’s look or sound. That’s right, you’ll get all the surround sound canned laughter you can handle here. By shoving all 24 episodes onto two discs, there isn’t much room for bonus features.

  • The Big Bang’s Theory of Relativity: Actor on Actor – Simon, Melissa, and Kunal
  • The Big Bang’s Theory of Relativity: Actor on Actor – Kaley and Johnny
  • Gag Reel
  • The Big Bang Theory Live
  • Barenaked Ladies on The Big Bang Theory
  • The Big Bang Theory Theme Song Music Video

VERDICT: Buy if you have the rest. Pass if you don’t.

Glee DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Glee - While the Glee 3D movie did not fare well at the box office ($15.8 million worldwide), the show hopes to march on with the debut of season two on home video. The DVD and Blu-ray release devotes much of its power to a 5.1-surround mix that highlights the musical numbers. The bright colors of the show fair well on this 2-disc collection of all 22 episodes. The four-disc set includes a healthy array of bonus materials.

  • Glee Music Jukebox
  • Guesting on Glee
  • Stevie Nicks Goes Glee
  • A Day in the Life of Brittany
  • Sue’s Quips
  • Santana Slams
  • The Wit of Brittany
  • Building Glee’s Auditorium with Corey Monteith
  • Shooting Glee in New York City
  • The Making of the “Rocky Horror Glee Show”
  • Exclusive Bonus Song “Planet, Schmanet, Janet”
  • Getting Waxed with Jane Lynch
  • Glee at Comic Con 2010

VERDICT: Buy if you have the rest. Pass if you don’t.

Supernatural DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Supernatural - As season seven approaches, the sixth season hits home video with a four-disc set. Nearly 1,000 minutes of the CW show are covered with a nice transfer that brings the “dark” show to life on DVD and Blu-ray. Fans of the show will be pleased with the assortment of supplemental materials on this set, but you won’t be overwhelmed by it.

  • The Hunter’s Guide to Season Six
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Jensen Ackles: A Director’s Journey
  • Supernatural and the Quest for the Soul
  • “The French Mistake” Trivia Track
  • “The French Mistake” Alternate Takes and Outtakes
  • Supernatural: The Anime Series Episodes
  • Gag Reel

VERDICT: Buy if you have the rest. Pass if you don’t.

Its Always Sunny in Philadelphia DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The FX show brings its sixth season to DVD and Blu-ray the same week it launches season seven on television. Don’t expect a series box set anytime soon as the show has been picked up for at least two more seasons. But the sixth season home video provides plenty of bonus features to keep you laughing until the first episode of season 7. Most importantly, the disc includes an extended cut of the hilarious Lethal Weapon 5.

  • Audio Commentary on “The Gang Buys a Boat”, “Who Got Dee Pregnant?”, “Charlie Kelly: King of Rats” and “The Gang Gets Stranded in the Woods” episodes.
  • “Lethal Weapon 5″ Extended Cut with Optional Commentary
  • Dennis and Dee’s Podcasts
  • Blooper Reel
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Legal Advice with Jack Kelly
  • The Sunny Flip Cup Trivia Challenge
  • Wilfred Pilot Episode

VERDICT: Buy if you have the rest. Pass if you don’t.



Star Wars Blu ray2 DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Star Wars (Friday) – The #1 film on our 2010 list of Ten Movies That Need a Blu-ray finally makes it to the format. One of cinema’s most iconic sagas of all time reaches Blu-ray amidst plenty of controversy. It wouldn’t be a Star Wars discussion without a few complaints. But this time, George Lucas has irritated even his most loyal fans by making additional alterations to his already “enhanced” saga. Some of the changes include a CGI Yoda in Episode I and the addition of some dialogue to a rather famous moment in Episode VI.

Some fans have vowed to boycott the Blu-ray, but it is difficult to argue the value of this release. Aside from the obvious visual improvements of any film on Blu-ray, Lucas made the most of 6.1-surround sound. There’s a reason everybody seems to go to Skywalker Sound for the best mixes in the land. It seems Lucas put his best on this transfer because it is absolutely mind-blowing.

While this Blu-ray will cost you a pretty penny at its retail price of $140 (cheaper at select outlets), it will give you your money’s worth of special features. Across three extra discs, there is a flood of features that will take an entire weekend to explore, but sure sound worth the commitment.

  • Audio Commentaries – Each film has two commentaries. One features George Lucas and some cast members as heard on the DVDs. A second brings a number of cast and crew members together via individual interviews taken across the span of the last few decades.
  • Hours of Interviews
  • Almost 90 minutes of unseen deleted and extended scenes
  • The Collection – a closer look at items from the films.
  • Concept Art Gallery
  • Archive Fly-Through
  • The Making of Star Wars (49 minutes)
  • The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (48 minutes)
  • Classic Creatures: The Return of the Jedi (48 minutes)
  • Anatomy of a Dewback (26 minutes)
  • Star Warriors (84 minutes)
  • Star Wars Tech (45 minutes)
  • A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (25 minutes)
  • Star Wars Spoofs (97 minutes)

VERDICT: Buy it! Alterations or not. This is STAR WARS ON BLU-RAY!

Citizen Kane Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Citizen Kane - Another film on our “10 Films That Need a Blu-ray Release” list comes to Blu-ray the same week as Star Wars. This cinematic gem came in at #5 on the list, but is just as deserving as Star Wars. It is widely considered the greatest film of all time according to many lists. At 70 years old, this is as good a year as any and it’s a mighty fine release, too.

The video transfer comes from a 4K restoration, which means it is about as pristine as any release we’ve seen. The Blu-ray enhancement technology of today allows technicians to ensure this Blu-ray is the most efficient display available. It’s difficult to provide merits for an audio track that stays true to its original sound design, of which many movie fans have outgrown with recent advents in sound mixing. This is still a Blu-ray release worth your money.

  • Commentaries by Roger Ebert and Peter Bogdanovich
  • Oscar-nominated documentary, ‘The Battle Over Citizen Kane’
  • The Opening: World Premiere of Citizen Kane
  • Interviews
  • Production
  • Post Production
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • HBO documentary, ‘RKO 281′
  • Orson Welles Citizen Kane Hardback Book
  • Original key art and advertisements on cardstock
  • Several RKO letters and tangentially related paper from Welles and others
  • Opening Night Souvenir Program


O Brother Where Are Thou DVD Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

O Brother, Where Art Thou? – Yet another Coen Brothers title comes to Blu-ray, but this time it is the pair’s rendition of Homer’s Odyssey. As are many of the Coen Brothers’ films, O Brother remains a cult classic across a wide range of movie lovers. Even the film’s musical track “A Man Of Constant Sorrow” became a hit in multiple mediums. The Blu-ray comes with a select few featurettes that fans of the film should enjoy.

  • Painting with Pixels
  • Production featurette
  • Storyboard-to-Scene comparison
  • “Man of Constant Sorrow” music video
  • Theatrical trailer

VERDICT: Buy if you don’t own it yet.

Trainspotting Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

Trainspotting – In 1996, Danny Boyle jumped to the front lines of filmmaking with Trainspotting. While it doesn’t hold up as well visually today, the Blu-ray brings out some bright spots in the film. It’s not gorgeous, but the Blu-ray definitely improves upon the DVD.

  • Audio Commentary by Danny Boyle, Andrew Macdonald, John Hodge and Ewan McGregor
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
  • Trainspotting Retrospective
  • Interviews
  • Behind the Needle
  • The Making of Trainspotting
  • Cannes

VERDICT: Buy. It’s a worthy upgrade.

The Count Of Monte Cristo Blu ray DVD/Blu ray Breakdown: September 13, 2011

The Count of Monte Cristo – Disney and Touchstone bring this film adaptation of the famous novel to Blu-ray. A 5.1-surround track and a slight upgrade from the DVD video transfer are a decent enhancement to the film. But the DVD should do just fine, unless you’ve been waiting for this release.

  • Audio commentary w/ Kevin Reynolds
  • Layer-By-Layer
  • Five deleted scenes
  • The Clash Of Steel
  • Adapting A Classic
  • The Napoleonic World
  • The Pen
  • En Garde



Next week a true animated classic arrives on Blu-ray after 70 years as Dumbo emerges from the Disney vault. Other classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and new release hits like Bridesmaids will give the ladies something to be proud of. It is definitely a less packed week of DVD and Blu-ray releases, but there are titles worth grabbing so keep some money in your account.

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  1. Star Wars is apparently only the same master as the 2004 DVD release, and not the best it could be for Bluray. I feel there’s more on the cards from cash cow Lucas. Tight as a duck’s arse.

    • Have you actuaully seen them? Because I’m sitting here watching them right now and the transfer is amazing.

      • yea man, I’ve seen all the home video versions of Star Wars (including laser disc) and I’ve never seen it look like this. It’s not the best of all time in Blu-ray history, but it’s the best Star Wars to date.

  2. Didnt I already buy Star Wars? Oh Yeah! I bought the VHS Sets! Then I bought the DVD sets! Then I saw Them again in theaters! Now I Should buy them on Blu Ray!!

    Wait, F*ck That…No I shouldn’t

  3. Not seen them, just going from a review I read. I’d buy the original trilogy if it came with all relevant extras, but of course that’d be wishful thinking. CASH………COW.

    • You are more than welcome to wait for that day, which may come after all six movies get their 3D theatrical treatment and 3D DVD/Blu-ray. Me? I love Star Wars enough to say that a few alterations will not keep me from appreciating the iconic nature of this saga. And specifically as a Blu-ray watcher (almost exclusively), there is no home video experience like it and I won’t be passing it up. Having said that, it’s the one thing I really splurge on – Blu-rays. I’m not as selective as most. If you are trying to save your money, let a friend get it and watch it for free.

      • Couldnt agree more Mike, the alterations don’t bother me. I will still enjoy them, they’re Lucas’s films, he can do what he likes, and if people don’t like it then they shouldn’t buy it.

        Side note. I despise the box art on the complete saga, the individual trilogies have much better artwork.

        • DSB just wish they would put the original Anakin Skywalker back into the end of ROTJ.

    • “CASH………COW”

      Do you really think Lucas needs the money? He must be one of, if not the, richest film maker in Hollywood. Whatever his reasons, it isnt money.

      • Oh come on Sam!! Of course it’s about money..the complete bastardization of Star Wars has been witnessed over the last 20 years and it’s all about the money!!

        • That being said I am going to buy my copy immediately after work… :)

          • No matter what the reasoning is, the big issue here is that unlike other filmmakers who have altered their classics (Close Encounters of the Third Kind anybody?), Lucas is not offering fans an opportunity to choose what they watch. At least Spielberg provided all the cuts. Same goes for Blade Runner.

      • If it’s not about the money, then what? Lucas sure as hell isn’t doing this for the fans. If he was, then he would give them what they really want…..the original cuts of the OT.

        • Because he wants to. The changes don’t make any difference to the money, if anything they might make people less inclined to buy them. Who can even hope to guess what goes on in the mind of George Lucas?

      • He needs the money yes. He has children, and a string of very important properties, and an enormous company to run, and films to finance(prequel trilogy), and futures to protect for family and friends, and so on and so on. You’re naive to think otherwise. He practically invented cross merchandising, and has been busy raking it in ever since.

  4. I just bought Thor on iTunes in HD and yes I know it’s only 720 and not 1080 but it still has a good quality the only down side it did not come with special features. That blows

    • If it “blows” so much, then WHY buy it on iTunes?
      Just get the Blu-Ray edition which includes the DVD copy as well as a digital copy! – it’s not even that expensive.

      You do realize you’re being scammed?
      You’re PAYING for a digital movie: something that should be a BONUS when buying the disc.
      Digital download isn’t intended as a “replacement” for discs, it was only created for convenience so that people could watch movies on the go… then companies like Apple came along and discovered that mindless people are willing to pay (almost retail value) for an item that isn’t even an item (it just 0′s and 1′s – data)
      You’re paying for something that isn’t REAL… if your hard-drive crashes, can you get it back? No, but if you have it on a disc, then you’re in the clear are you not?
      If someone steals your laptop, can you claim money form the insurance for the dozens of movies on the drive? (I don’t think so) But, if someone robs your home, then I’m pretty sure the insurance would pay for you collection am I right? And, if for some reason, you have to sell your precious DVD/Blu-Ray collection, you might actually get some money, but if you try to sell your DIGITAL collection, I’m pretty sure people will laugh at you.

      I have many friends who buy movies online and they always complain about the quality and the fact that there aren’t any special features, and to tell you guys the truth, it’s REALLY annoying to hear them complain when they can easily solve that problem by just buying the actual product instead of doing a silly thing like paying a little bit less, for something that is actually worthless in reality (referring to the digital copy).

      • Some people use digital purchasing because they are always on the go. My buddy worked on a cruise ship and didn’t have the storage nor the compacity to watch dvds/bds, all he had was his laptop so he bough movies on itunes. He’s also not a movie “buff” life I am, so special features don’t real make or break a purchace for him. It’s practical in the right setting, so I wouldn’t say that people are being “scammed”. Hell I even know hardcore filmophiles who will buy movies on bd and itunes just so they can have it at home and on there ipods/iphones.

        • Okay, but I still don’t know why people would buy a digital version when they can get it FREE with the Blu-Ray + DVD combo. (Granted the BD/DVD costs a little bit extra, but in the end you get a lot more value for money IMO)

          • Not all bds come with digital copies. In fact, only a quarter of my collection has them and I always get the ones with all the extras and bonus features. And like I said before with people like my buddy, some people just don’t have the need for all that storage and stuff. Some people are completely happy with just having the film to watch. To each there own ya know.

            • Very fair points…

              In situations like you mentioned (with your buddy) then I agree that it is best to have it on a laptop.

              But I think those are supposed to be exceptions… this whole digital thing is becoming the NORM with all people (even people who have more than enough room to store the disc boxes).

              Digital download is also the main reason for piracy… even if you legally pay for it, you may decide to give it to a friend (or he might even just copy it onto his flashdrive without your knowledge), then that friend gives it to someone, and in the process 20 people have the movie and only ONE actually paid for it…

      • Excellent point, Avenger. That’s one thing that irks me about the technological age we live in. A digital copy will never have the same value to me as an actual physical copy, whether we’re talking about movies, music, or books. Your hard-drive crashes, or your computer/iPod/e-reader gets stolen, and your entire collection is gone. I find that incredibly problematic, and it kills me to think that in the not so distant future digital formats will be all that is available. There’s no warmth, no soul in a bunch of zeroes and ones. What’s art without soul?

        • Someone can also steal your physical collection too. Haven’t you heard of people having their cd booklets stolen out of their cars before? Also, if you back up all your stuff on an external hard drive you can avoid some of those problems as well.

          • But like I mentioned, your insurance will usually pay out for your physical collection if it’s stolen… but if your laptop and harddrive is stolen: then you can only claim for the PHYSICAL thing (i.e. the laptop and the harddrive – not the content of the drive).

            This is also one of the reasons I don’t buy so many games form the PSN store… if my PS3 brakes or gets stolen… my insurance will pay for the console but not for the games that were on the drive…

            Like I mentioned in the previous reply to your comment: their are some exceptions were digital copies are the ONLY practical way to watch a movie (like with your buddy), but for the rest of us, that isn’t the case.

  5. Xmen FC is on the way and now Thor is as well. Gonna some fun times with the Blu-ray in the next week. :)

    • I watched XMFC last Friday when I picked up the BluRay..picking up Thor this evening too!!

  6. Still on the fence about SW … I want it … but don’t feel like spending all the money …

    • GET IT !! GET IT !! GET IT !!

    • Don’t buy it. Save your money. There are far better forms of entertainment out there. And I figure you already have it on DVD?

      • All these voices give Hulk headache.

        • The voice(s) in my head say, Smash Blu-Ray! Smash Lucas! :)

  7. Getting Thor as soon as it comes out in SA. As a hardcore Marvel fanboy, I can’t wait for all those special features :D

    I also really want the remastered Star Wars box set (as soon as i win the lottery ;)), it looks unbelievable. I really don’t understand why people keep complaining about it: if you don’t want it, then DON’T BUY IT! (Man, some of you are acting so stupid. Just because YOU already have a box set, doesn’t mean the rest of the world does.) When Star Wars came to DVD, I wasn’t really interested, but now (since I’ve evolved into a geek) I really want to get the Blu-Ray set…

  8. Star Wars and Citizen Kane are definitely on my list. Oh Brother would be too except I’ve owned it since it came out, but the upgrade would probably be worth it given the spectacular cinematography. Trainspotting I might pick up sometime in the future, like a year or so.

  9. Thor and X-men are the only ones I feel the need to buy. I saw X-men twice in theaters and I still want to see it again.

  10. To those who have seen Thor, how does it compare with, say, the likes of Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Batman Begins, and Spider-Man 1 and 2?

    When I saw clips and trailers, I was annoyed by the presence of Natalie Portman and Kat Dennings.

    • I’m resisting the urge to scorn you for not seeing it in theaters. :)

      Having said that … kind of … I thought Thor was very good … especially the first and third acts. I still though Captain America was better, but that’s JMO.

      • Completely agree with INK.

        Thor was a very good movie, but NOT as good as Iron Man 1, Batman Begins and Cap, but it is way better than IM2 and the Spidey movies IMO.

        The movie does have some weaknesses (obviously), I also HATED Portman and Denning’s performances (sorry girls, nothing personal), but that was mostly because of bad writing IMO.
        But in the end, it’s a great flick, and definitely worth seeing.

        My honest opinion: You should buy the movie :D

        P.S. Can’t believe you didn’t watch it in theaters! ;)

        • I was thinking of seeing it in theaters, initially. But then I saw that first trailer. I thought, Hey, those scenes in Asgard look pretty cool… but then I saw him fall to Earth and saw Portman (in yet another movie she should not be in), and Kat Dennings making sidecracks that weren’t funny… at all. And it felt like I was seeing a trailer for some cheesy movie from the 1980s — like an all-too-familiar tale of some alien falling to Earth, and having to deal with some corny human beings, and perhaps help them solve their problems.

          I couldn’t believe I didn’t see it either. But watching any clips with Portman and Dennings told me I made the right decision.

          • You should really watch the movie.
            Once you see Thor smash frost-giants and Loki going crazy, you’ll forget about all the lame “earthling” jokes that are made…

      • INK, I better not let it out that I haven’t seen Captain America either! ( Dagnabbit! My Internet tongue fail me again! :P )

        • *fails me again…

    • I think Thor was comparable to Iron Man in how the two films successfully popularized the two different (and obscure) Marvel superheroes (and in Loki’s case, supervillain) on the silver screen. One way of gauging their success: the female audience. Both Iron Man and Thor could have totally turned off the distaff gender; instead I know just as many girls who loved both movies as guys.

      I even know some Norwegians who liked Thor (despite it bastardizing their favorite mythology, and in some cases, religion, to a degree… but that’s not the film’s fault.)

      There’s only two things I could really nitpick on Thor: it needed better action for the middle act in involving the Warriors Three more, and as mentioned before, Portman and Denning.

      What I am hoping for is that Thor 2 will be a MUCH better sequel than Iron Man 2. My expectations sort of diminished with Kenneth Branagh leaving the franchise, but I’m still hopeful.

      Btw, I pre-ordered Thor DVD/Blu-Ray combo back in August and I’m getting it in 4 days at half price. Woo.

      • I’m really tired of Hollywood focusing more on how much money a movie will make upfront than the basics of filmmaking.

        Not all superhero movies need love interests, or female co-leads.

        Sometimes it works, but most times it doesn’t. And even when they do have good scripted female characters, they cast the wrong people. How the actress fits the role should be the first thing on their mind, but instead, they try to go for the big name, or they try to push a small number of actresses to success, even if they don’t fit the roles.

        At this point, I’m debating whether I should even rent it or not.

        I really need to see Captain America…

        • Dude, you should at least just rent the movie.
          Most comic book fans are BUYING this movie because it WAS GOOD.
          The positives out-way the negatives:
          Thor smashing frost-giants > Denning making a lame facebook joke.
          Thor Vs. Loki > a woman that acts nothing like a scientist but more like a love sick school girl.

          Just TRUST us when we say: GO WATCH THOR ALREADY! ;)

          P.S. You are correct: you REALLY need to see Cap! ;) (Can’t believe you missed out on THAT as well… :()

    • IMO, Iron Man 1 and Batman Begins were better films, but Thor is better than Spidey 3 and IM 2. If I had to put them in order, it would be this:

      Iron Man
      Batman Begins/The Dark Knight
      Spider-Man 2
      Captain America
      Iron Man 2
      Spider-Man 3

  11. FRIDAY can’t get here fast enough I want my freakin
    STAR WARS THE COMPLETE SAGA ON BLU-RAY NOW!!! along with the free poster :-) :-) :-):-) :-) EXTREMELY EXCITED

  12. STAR WARS IS FOREVER!!! :-):-)

    • You speak wisely young padawan… ;)

      • What can I say STAR WARS is AWESOME!!! :-)

  13. Just got my copy of THOR on blu ray combo from best buy with that nice limited edition cover art.


    • You got mine by mistake. But that’s OK; just send it over and all is forgotten. :-D

  14. Just because I didn’t bother to get the Star Wars trilogy on DVD (which I’m REALLY glad about now) I might buy the Blu-Ray trilogy eventually. But it’s not at the top of my priorities – LoTR is!

  15. So gonna get Thor and maybe blue ray star wars

  16. I picked up both Thor and X-Men First Class today (along with the new Anthrax cd “Worship Music”). As much as I love the original Star Wars trilogy, I have them on DVD and with the upconverting from my Blu-Ray the picture looks fantastic. I have the VHS copies, so I will always have the original prints (although I really need to get the software to transfer them to DVD), but I really don’t need to upgrade again until they are converted for the holodeck. :-)

  17. I’ve now watched the prequel trilogy on Blu Ray, enjoyed them very much indeed. The picture quality is utterly amazing, but The Phantom Menace seems to have benefited the most. The CGI Yoda is a drastic improvement on the melted puppet they had used in most of the scenes. Some of the other changes I noticed are small and many people would probably miss them, slight asthetical adjustments, some added effects and I think even an extra line or two.

    Onto the original trilogy tonight and the extras at the weekend. Best Blu Ray ever!

    • How did you get it so early?

      • It came out on Monday in the UK. But by comparison we don’t get Thor over here for till the 29th. Swings and roundabouts.