In a lot of ways, the star of last fall’s Thor: Ragnarok was not its titular superhero but the man directing him: Taika Waititi. With Ragnarok, Waititi was able to make a superhero blockbuster that was both among the best in the Marvel Studios canon and also a movie that was distinctively his: full of wry, offbeat humor, laugh-out-loud gags, clever writing, and heavy-metal spectacle. He also got to steal a few scenes in it too, as Korg, the rock-man who just can’t seem to get a revolution started.
Being the exceptionally talented and extremely funny, well-dressed man he is, there’s probably no better person to introduce Thor: Ragnarok than Waititi himself. Which you can see now, thanks to io9, which debuted the clip in advance of Ragnarok’s Blu-ray release on February 20.
Thor: Ragnarok has quickly spread across torrent sites after customers were able to prematurely download the title an entire month before its planned mid-February digital release. The error is apparently the result of a miscommunication between Vudu and Apple.
Both companies participate in the Movies Anywhere program, which lets consumers watch their digital movie libraries across devices and various apps such as iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, and others. It’s a fantastic idea that basically bulldozes any kind of ecosystem lock-in — at least when it comes to movies.
According to TorrentFreak, some users on Reddit noticed that when placing a preorder for the well-received Thor: Ragnarok with Vudu, the movie showed up as immediately available on iTunes. Somewhere along the line, Vudu and iTunes mixed up the handshake on the release date, and iTunes seemed to think that customers had rights to watch the film right away instead of waiting another month. The movie could be streamed as well as downloaded in full for offline viewing. And as you might guess, it took very little time for a flawless, 720p version of the digital release to find its way onto the internet. Once iTunes’ DRM protections were stripped away and it was shared, the movie spread like wildfire. Higher resolutions (including 1080p) may also be out there.
You’ll be able to watch the third Chris Hemsworth-starring Asgardian adventure in the comfort of your own home as of February 20. You can pre-order it here.
Those of you who want to own a physical copy have to wait a little longer, though, as it won’t be released until March 6. You can pre-order physical formats here. 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD versions will all be available, but the release notes don’t mention a 3D version for whatever reason. One is available to pre-order, so that’s a bit odd. I shall investigate this further and get back to you, 3D junkies!
Check out two celebratory trailers, too!Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar and Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger & Grandmaster and Topaz.Gag reel: watch a collection of goofs, gaffes and pratfalls starring the cast.
Exclusive Darryl short – fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s ‘Roommate Needed’ ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.
Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes – Marvel’s universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We’ll examine the Cinematic Universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes’ current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: Avengers: Infinity War.
Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor – Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways but it is the evolution of Thor’s own sense of humour, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor’s eccentric counterparts.
Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie – This piece explores the strong female characters in Thor: Ragnarok, their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.Finding Korg – A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the worlds of Thor: Ragnarok to life.
Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went into creating the look and feel of Sakaar. From design inspired by Jack Kirby’s classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.
Journey into Mystery – A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for Thor: Ragnarok within the comics. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor’s comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.
Short, sweet, and to the point. So it seems pretty clear that Tessa Thompson liked what she saw at the Black Panther premiere. The Thor: Ragnarok actress has become a vocal champion for increased diversity in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (that’s actually one of the main reasons she signed on to portray Valkyrie in the first place), and Black Panther’s headline-grabbing emphasis on black and female representation likely played a very big role in her enjoyment of the film.