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Darksky Films’ I Am Thor Blu-ray Release
It's like a big party that we are all invited to in celebration of Thor, and it's long over due.
Published on February 5, 2016 | Filed under Review
I Am Thor

Like some other viewers that will be drawn to the documentary I Am Thor, I was introduced to Jon Mikl Thor via Rock n Roll Nightmare and Zombie Nightmare, rather than his music. And after watching the doc, I feel ashamed of that. Thor should have been huge. The doc compares them to other theatrical rock outfits like the all too obvious KISS, but it’s apparent in pretty much every bit of live footage here that Thor were something different and something much more sincere. It may have been a long time coming, but it’s their turn now.

Jon Mikl Thor is a fascinating subject on camera. His interviews may not always be articulate or necessarily revealing, but he always comes off as genuine and humble. There’s a fair share of tragedy and stakes involved both past and present, but Thor always seems to shine through the odds that are against him. He’s also incredibly candid. I’m sure that there are some folks from Thor’s past that will take issue with things he says on camera here but, hey, that’s life and him not holding back means that the film also doesn’t hold back. It’s refreshing, especially at a time when show biz docs tend to feel more pandering than not.

I Am Thor will likely end up earning comparisons to Last Days Here and Anvil: The Story of Anvil. That could be apt, and it’ll likely be of interest to the same audience but the film is decidedly different. Like this film, those are also underdog stories that have their moments of triumph yet ultimately portray their subjects as causalities of an industry. On the other hand, I Am Thor feels like a big party that we are all invited to in celebration of Thor. And it’s long over due. I was happy to attend.

I Am Thor

Darksky Films have brought I Am Thor to Blu-ray and it looks as good as its source material will allow. Most of this is culled from home videos and various types of home video from touring, mixed with some recently conducted interviews. It’s not as erratically presented as it sounds and it all looks organic and fairly represented but this isn’t going to wow anyone with its visuals. It looks as good as it should. We get DTS HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 options and both are mixed well. The live sound isn’t always as robust as I’d like it to be, but it works and I didn’t have any problems with balance or volume.

The only supplement is a theatrical trailer.

I Am Thor isn’t going to break the mold of the rock doc but it’s a fun, fascinating story of a band and a man that never truly got their due. If, like me, you primarily know of Jon Mikl Thor from his few film roles, it’s time to see him in a new light. Darksky’s Blu-ray offers a solid A/V presentation. Though the disc is light on supplements this still comes recommended for fans of Thor and for those interested in the subject.

Justin LaLiberty holds degrees in film preservation from the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation and film studies from Keene State College. He is the Creative Manager at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers and is an itinerant projectionist, ready to run reels if you've got 'em.
Justin LaLiberty

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