Thor: Ragnarok appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. From start to finish, the movie looked solid.
Sharpness worked well. No signs of softness occurred, so I thought the film consistently displayed tight, precise visuals. No moiré effects or jagged edges appeared, and I witnessed no print flaws.
To the surprise of no one, the film emphasized the usual orange and teal palette. That said, the movie came with a good array of other hues – especially in the Grandmaster’s world – so the orange/teal wasn’t oppressive. We got a nice blend of hues, all of which looked strong, and the 4K’s HDR colors added pep.
Blacks were deep and firm, while shadows offered smooth, clear visuals. I felt impressed by this fine presentation.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the movie’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack added a lot of pizzazz to the package. With so much action and havoc, the soundscape enjoyed a slew of chances to come to life, and it did so well.
Space battles and related elements filled the room and zoomed around the spectrum in a vivid, well-integrated manner. Everything connected together in a fluid manner that formed an engrossing circumstance.
Audio quality also succeeded. Music was bold and full, while speech seemed concise and well-rendered.
Effects appeared accurate and dynamic, with terrific low-end. I felt pleased with this exciting soundtrack.
Footnote: the disc’s menus used much louder audio than the movie itself. Just a warning to crank down the volume before you return to the menus!
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? The Atmos audio seemed a bit more engaging and immersive, while visuals demonstrated improved definition, blacks and colors. The Blu-ray looked great in its own right, but the 4K seemed just a bit stronger.
No extras appear on the 4K disc itself, but the included Blu-ray copy adds a mix of components, and these open with an audio commentary from director Taika Waititi. He offers a running, screen-specific look at cast and performances, effects, stunts, music, sets and locations, and various bits of trivia.
During the commentary's first segment, Waititi does little more than crack wise - and without much impact, as his remarks don't seem all that funny. He settles down after a while and offers more filmmaking substance as the track proceeds, but not enough to make this a particularly informative chat. We get a decent smattering of notes but Waititi wastes too much time with nonsense along the way.
We can watch the movie with or without a Director’s Intro. In this one-minute, 44-second clip, Waititi jokes around some more. He’s funny in small doses, so the intro goes down better than the tedious commentary.
Five movie-related featurettes fill a total of 34 minutes, 24 seconds. We find “Getting In Touch With Your Inner Thor” (6:39), “Unstoppable Women” (5:59), “Finding Korg” (7:34), “Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown” (8:25) and “Journey Into Mystery” (5:47).
Across these, we hear from Waititi, executive producer Brad Winderbaum, producer Kevin Feige, dialect coach Andrew Jack, screenwriter Eric Pearson, visual effects supervisor Jake Morrison, costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo, production designer Dan Hennah, comic writer Walt Simonson, and actors Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Mark Ruffalo, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, and Karl Urban.
The clips look at the depiction of Thor, cast, characters and performances, Waititi’s impact on the production, the design of the Sakaar sets, and connections to the comics. The shows mix useful facts with lots of happy talk to become sporadically informative.
Next comes a Gag Reel. It spans a mere two minutes, 18 seconds and delivers the usual silliness and goof-ups. Don’t expect much from it.
A short film entitled Team Darryl lasts six minutes, eight seconds. It expands prior shorts that made Thor the roommate of Australian Darryl, as the Grandmaster moves in with the human. It runs a little too long but it still amuses.
Five Deleted Scenes take up a total of seven minutes, 20 seconds. These include “Thor Meets the Grandmaster (Extended Scene)” (2:12), “Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger (Extended Scene)” (2:07), “Grandmaster and Topaz (Extended Scene)” (1:13), “Skurge Finds Heimdall” (0:43), and “Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar” (0:54).
The three extensions just add more comedy, and since they emphasize Goldblum, that’s fine with me. “Skurge” offers a minor bit of exposition, while “Chases” brings some action. Neither adds much.
A featurette called Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes goes for five minutes, 23 seconds. It offers notes from Feige, Hemsworth, Ruffalo, Marvel Studios co-president Louis D’Esposito, directors Anthony and Joe Russo, and actors Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans.
“Heroes” offers a quick overview of the MCU from 2008 to date. It feels like the promo piece it essentially is.
Two 8-Bit Sequences appear: “Sakaar Spaceship Battles” (0:58) and “Final Bridge Battle” (2:17). These claim to offer pre-vis segments used to plan for those scenes, though they’re really just gags, as they show the scenes ala the style of 1980s video games. They’re cute and that’s about it.
The disc opens with an ad for Black Panther. Sneak Peeks throws in promos for various Marvel-based video games. No trailer for Ragnarok appears here.
Packed with action, Thor: Ragnarok throws enough at the wall that some of it sticks. However, its relentlessly jokey tone feels out of place for the characters and subject matter, so the film sputters too much of the time. The 4K UHD offers very strong picture and audio plus a generally positive collection of supplements that loses points due to a weak audio commentary. I’m not wild about the movie, but this 4K UHD makes it look and sound great.
To rate this film visit the prior review of THOR: RAGNAROK