Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Home Entertainment have officially announced and dated the 3D and 2D Blu-ray releases of director Alan Taylor's Thor: The Dark World, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Rene Russo, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Jaimie Alexander, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings and Tadanobu Asano. The sequel to Marvel's Thor arrives on February 25th.
Synopsis: Marvel's Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor (Hemsworth), the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's Thor and The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos... but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin (Hopkins) and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster (Portman) and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.
The 2-disc 3D combo pack release will feature 3D and 2D versions of the film on two BD-50 discs, along with a downloadable Digital HD digital copy. The combo pack does not include a DVD copy, however. Likewise, the 1-disc 2D combo pack features a 2D BD-50 and a Digital HD digital copy.
Update: Bonus content includes:
Marvel One-Shot Short Film: All Hail the King
Audio Commentary with Director Alan Taylor, Producer Kevin Feige, Actor Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Cinematographer Kramer Morgenthau
Never-Before-Seen Extended and Deleted Scenes
A Brothers' Journey: Thor & Loki
Go behind the scenes with the filmmakers and cast in this 30-minute featurette to explore two of the most iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. Journey through the key moments that have defined and endeared these characters to audiences around the world with stars Chris Hemsworth (Thor) & Tom Hiddleston (Loki).
Scoring Marvel's Thor: The Dark World with Brian Tyler
Go behind the scenes with the filmmakers and acclaimed composer Brian Tyler for a look at the creation of the movie's original score.
Exclusive Look – Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Get an exclusive first look at the latest installment in the Captain America franchise and its cast of characters, including Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Director Nick Fury, Chris Evans as our hero Steve Rogers, his new ally Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon played by Anthony Mackie, and a mysterious enemy from the past: the Winter Soldier played by Sebastian Stan.
I think I enjoyed this one more than the first but it's probably because the first + The Avengers set up the background so I understood the mythology more. Didn't see the first one in the theater but saw this one. I'll pick it up.
I think it's stupid the Blu-ray not having the DVD copy. Oh well, probably going to get the 3D Blu-ray just for the digital copy, even though I don't have a 3DTV or 3D Blu-ray Player. Agree with jholmes93, don't do this for "Frozen" and better yet Disney, don't do this again in the future mutha f**kers!!! OR ELSE I WILL USE ITUNES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awesome job Disney....No BD/DVD/DC combo with a slipcover and no DMR points. Really bringing out the big guns for your second Marvel release...Hey atleast there are plenty of The Lone Ranger combo packs...that I won't touch.
@bowlingbilly You have to remember though that everything we've been told about Frozen is almost entirely on speculation. I'm sure the March 18 street date is correct since every major retailer is listing it, but they could just as easily do the same kind of packaging as they are doing for this. At least for the 3D version anyway
I'm okay with no BD/DVD combo since I'm wanting to go Blu only, though I don't have a BD drive for my PC yet. There is also the point that all my other Marvel Studios movies (minus Iron Man, got the 2-disc BD, though I bought the DVD years ago) are combo packs. It is a little odd how Disney is willing to just release it with fewer options, seeing as they pioneered the combo pack concept. Meanwhile Warner Brothers will release combo packs with no notice of a DVD inside.
I'm surprised so many people are complaining over the lack of a DVD copy. Kind of surprised so many people are still using them for things; my DVD copies that come with these discs just tend to gather dust.
Regardless of what is/isn't included, I'll be getting it for sure to add to my "Marvel Cinematic Universe on Blu-ray" collection. I personally found this film to be an improvement over the first Thor movie, though I wouldn't quite say it was the best in the MCU series.
Having Loki himself on the commentary makes it sound like all the more appealing a release!
Frozen will have it in both (DVD) because it is from the animation division of disney, not the live action unit to the commenter who asked about that title. this and gravity are on the same day, surprising.
now for the 3D, the version in the usual way with the DVD copy is a yes or no (the 3 disc version)? i assume in animation disney doesn't do for 3D the film only that's it no extras at all right? in live action 3D they do? i am guessing the last time in animation disney did a 3D film only all extras are on the 2D deal was with cars, or were there other titles? for frozen will it be film only in 3D, all extras are in 2D on the 2D disc? or the film only, get a horse in 3D for that side, get a horse in 2D for the 2D version. and the dvd getting its supplements.
for thor though, will it be film only in 3D, nothing else, all extras are on the 2D disc, the dvd is removed or there with its supplements? now i know with iron man 3 we did a film only deal in 3D conversion by Stereo D (awesome conversion company who does great work, same folks who converted the first film), all extras are on the 2D disc, dvd does its own supplements.
I wouldn't mind the lack of a DVD if the prices were cheaper. As is, I'll wait for a coupon or hold out to buy the 3D combo pack through a third party site (unless the digital copy includes DMR points like Avengers and Iron Man 3).
Here goes Disney again, trying out something different like they did with Oz the Great and Powerful. And like that, I hope it suffers. While I never use the DVD discs myself, I know it is very convenient. If they're omitting a DVD disc, and only selling 1 disc, this better be no more than $17.99 on release day at BBY or Target. Considering Disney had the lowest price of about $31.99 for a 3D and digital copy only for Oz TGAP, though, and this being Thor and all, I doubt they'd do that. We'll see late next month, but lower the prices of Blu-rays since you're lowering the cost to manufacture by omitting an extra disc!!!
Disney obviously doesn't give a crap. Why should I about this? Its called "Thor: the Dark World" but more than half of it isn't about either of those two things but just Kat Denning's hijinks on earth because Natalie Portman didn't want anything to do with this. Its better than Iron Man 3 but like it suffers from being mismarketed (Iron Man 3 was marketted as a showdown between two characters who barely have 2 minutes screentime together) and a mid-credits stinger that (like Iron Man 3) leaves you just scratching your head. Even as a fan of the movie it teases at it left me wondering what the heck did I just watch. Better just take the money you'd spend on this and put it toward seeing Winter Soldier two months after this.
I'm hoping this means the end of combo packs. I hate, as someone who's invested heavily in Blu-ray, that almost every time I get stuck with a DVD copy that I never use. All while people who refuse to upgrade to Blu-ray can still buy a DVD of the movie by itself. As long as they include an iTunes copy with the standard Blu-ray (which it now looks like it will be) so that I could "future proof" my collection, I think I'm good.
Remember if an ultraviolet is one for both (with an itunes file) both will work not render one useless. I do use the DVD copy if i have to (such as when the internet goes out, getting internet back...). disney in the animation division does itunes copies, in live action yes its still done, but if the UV is not there.
@Blucollect, Disney's DigitalCopy+ does not have a UV option as Disney does not support UV. It does have a Vudu option (which means you can only watch it on Vudu, not on any UV providers). I understand people tend to confuse Vudu with UV since Vudu is a UV provider. However, DigitalCopy+ only lets you redeem it on one digital service only.
I enjoyed the first movie more than this one. I think the trailers ruined this one for me. Why I now stopped watching trailers past the Teaser trailer. Due to my addiction to superhero movies, this is a day one buy.
Looks like more corporate fun and games to me. They stop including DVD's but still expect to charge a premium price? That's fine. I'm a huge Marvel fan, but I'll wait to buy, if at all, simply on principle. It's tough to buy something when you KNOW you're getting ripped off.
i am just acting as a concerned collector, hence my username, about having a DVD with it and the release of the 3 disc edition which is what they normally are anyway.
thank you for telling me about Disneys DigitalCopy+.com service, which works with itunes, and is linked to vudu. Disney doesn't believe in UV at all, which is why their service is linked to Vudu. i know it means i can only use Vudu for that and not my ultraviolet services which are linked to that and the cloud. wow, really? Vudu gets confused with UV since it is a provider. but Disney and DigitalCopy+ (What they use) lets you use it in one service alone and works with Itunes right Disneywildcat? thanks again DisneyWildCat.
I do as well, it seems in Live Action and in this collaboration with marvel we want to ignore the combo pack Blu-Ray in the usual manner in 3D mode and in 2D as well.
Now the animation unit with their shift to 3D CGI made to be re-rendered into 3D, as finding nemo does not count as a conversion along with the first monsters where they both had to be done over because at the time their existing technology only allowed for 2D CG (it could be only in nemo's case as it was not obviously intended as a stereoscopic 3D movie, as a result it had to undergo a 9 month long re-rendering process for the 3D re-release as it had to be re-rendered at a higher frame rate for each eye with the effects added for the 2 eyes. since the initial resolution on that title had to be doubled to match a higher playback speed, it had to do that long a re-rendering.) monsters was already 3D modeled, the remaster was slightly easier unless that was 2D CG as well.
the animation unit is not that stupid when it comes to combo pack distribution because they are focused on a wide demographic and mainly the children. they know what they are doing as we need to look back on the catalog traditionally animated titles, and the 2D/3D CGI titles now which are in combo packs because that is how disney does things.
the live action unit is that stupid as we need to look at oz's case where we don't do a proper combo pack and make it a pain on the consumer and not give that title a proper combo pack. Thor the Dark World is removing the DVD from both, but my concern again is will disney choose to release the 3 disc version we are accustomed to?