The Film (4/5)
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) ends up trapped on the planet Sakaar and becomes a gladiatorial battle slave to the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum), where he ends up fighting his friend, the Incredible Hulk who has been trapped in that form unknowingly for years on Sakaar. Thor is without his hammer, and a way to escape, while his home planet Asgard is being pillaged by his recently discovered older sister Hela who is bent on ruling Asgard, but is also kick starting Ragnarok.
What We Do In Shadows co-director Taika Waititi takes over the reigns for the third Thor film, and the one film in the Thor sequence which I can say is a total success. The film is a lurid, bright affair that looks like it burst out of the pages of some great golden age Marvel comic, but crossed with some fantastic post-Star Wars big budget space opera. This one sees Thor far off Earth, and fit square in the cosmic side of the Marvel universe, and feels like a much larger film because of that. The rare moment we spend on Earth is in the presence of Benedict Cumberbatch's Dr. Strange which helps set up the Hela back story, and is an entertaining aside in the film.
The majority of the film takes place on Sakaar with a few asides with secondary and returning characters taking place on Asgard, where we get some very solid scenes on combat. The film ramps up the humor from the other Thor-related films, and is much in keeping in line with the rest of the Marvel 2017 slate Spider Man: Homecoming, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Hemsworth has long had Thor down by now as does Hiddleston as Loki. Jeff Goldblum does a solid Goldblum-esque turn as the Grandmaster and the rest of the cast is predictably solid in their roles. For once I'm not going to say "Best Marvel film yet", the whole 2017 slate actually doesn't get that, but Thor: Ragnarok, is up there among the most fun films Marvel has created to date, and will certainly get significant re-watches.
Thor: Ragnarok is presented by Disney/Marvel in a splendid 2:39:1 1080p AVC encoded transfer. Everything here really does pop. Colors just emerge from the screen, detail is excellent, I could find zero issues with the transfer.
Audio is handled by a DTS-HD MA 7.1 track in English. Everything here sounds quite excellent, and I did not detect any issues.
Extras include a commentary track, deleted scenes, a gag real, interviews, featurettes, short films, and so much more.
Thor: Ragnarok is a bright, colorful, epic, comedic, comic-book extravaganza and one of Marvel's most fun films. The Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic, and is loaded up with extras. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.