Below, we list the biggest Blu-ray and DVD releases out today.
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins
Format: BD, DVD
The movie: Chris Hemsworth fits into the role of Thor wonderfully in this Marvel big screen adaptation of the comic books. Thor starts off as an arrogant and overconfident god in Asgard before being punished for recklessly confronting the villainous Frost Giants. His father (Anthony Hopkins) strips him of his powers and exiles him from Asgard, so when Thor ends up on Earth, he has to regain his powers and return to save his threatened realm. What makes Thor a great superhero movie is that it doesn't conform to the usual story beats. Thor is a superhero who starts off with an insane amount of power before losing it - a complete reversal of fortune that comic characters usually face. It's because of his banishment that we're treated to a touching emotional coming-of-age journey and some great fish-out-of-water comedy.
Bonus features: Commentary by director Kenneth Branagh; featurettes including 'Road to the Avengers' and 'Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant'; deleted scenes; teaser and theatrical trailers; Avengers animated trailer.
Watch a trailer for Thor below:
Starring: Jason Statham, Paddy Considine, Aidan Gillen, David Morrissey
Format: BD, DVD
The movie: Timed conveniently on the same week Killer Elite is released, Blitz is another Jason Statham movie but one that isn't half-bad and worthy of your time. The Stath plays hot-headed Detective Sergeant Tom Brant, tasked with hunting down a serial and cop-killer (Aiden Gillen) who dubs himself 'The Blitz'. Violent, funny and thrilling, Blitz plays on Statham's strengths and the result is an impressively entertaining movie. Ignore the major plot holes, particularly towards the end, and you'll be in for a treat.
Watch a trailer for Blitz below:
Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Eileen Atkins
The movie: This Oscar-winning drama is a bit of a long one at more than 150 minutes long, but it's a sweet and very poignant film. Cold Mountain tells the story of American Civil War deserter Inman (Jude Law) who's making his way back to his girlfriend Ada Monroe (Nicole Kidman). While the love between Inman and Ada is heart-warming, they are supported by a number of superb colourful characters played by the likes of Renee Zellweger (who won 'Best Supporting Actress' at the Academy Awards for this movie), Eileen Atkins, Ray Winstone, Natalie Portman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cillian Murphy, Giovanni Ribisi and more. Terrific acting all-around elevates Cold Mountain into a highly recommendable flick.
Watch a trailer for Cold Mountain below:
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