By Chris Arrant
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After winning over the hearts and minds of the movie-going public with the May 6 theatrical debut of Marvel Studios’ "Thor" film, the hammer-wielding Asgardian is back in for a repeat performance with an expansive home media release. On sale now, Marvel’s "Thor" is available as a Blu-ray 3D Three-Disc Combo Pack, Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, DVD as well as for download on iTunes. And while each contains an array of extras and bonus features, you'll have to check out the decked out Blu-ray releases of the film for over 80 minutes of bonus material featuring Thor and his mythological family.
11 new scenes will be revealed on the "Thor" Blu-ray, featuring Thor’s parents as well as his compatriots the Warriors Three. And one of the most-talked about scenes in the movie, featuring scientist Erik Selvig drinking with Thor in a bar, sees an extended version featuring the two drinking...and singing.
In addition to the deleted scenes, the "Thor" Blu-ray features the premiere of the first short film by Marvel Studios, dubbed the "Marvel One-Shots." The first, titled "Marvel One-Shot: The Consultant," features the ever-present Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) squashing a potential problem for S.H.I.E.L.D.
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”Short films are something we've talked about doing in one way, shape, or form since I first began at Marvel,” explains "Marvel One-Shot" co-producer Brad Winderbaum. “As we build the cinematic universe, it always felt like a fun idea to have one-shot adventures with characters or situations outside the features. In 'The Consultant' we wanted to show some of the influence that Agent Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D. have over some of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s heaviest hitters.“
When it comes to fleshing out the diverse array of characters and concepts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the "Thor" Blu-ray also sheds light on the next film in the series--2012’s "Marvel's The Avengers." In the featurette “Road to the Avengers,” documentary film-makers are given unprecedented access to the set of the upcoming team-up feature and talk to both the cast and director Joss Whedon about the film.
“Our documentary producer Brad Baruh has been on all of our sets since 'Iron Man 2' and has produced a lot of great material in support of all our films,” says Winderbaum. “As we began seeing all of the great interviews and moments we were capturing on the set of the Avengers, it was a no-brainer to include a piece like this on the 'Thor' home media release...spoiler-free, of course.“
For more Thor, visit the film's official site and our "Thor" movie page!
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In addition to "Thor," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Marvel's The Avengers" on May 4, 2012 and " 3" on May 3, 2013.