I Am Thor Blu-ray Review
“I Am Thor” is an endlessly fascinating documentary.
In the documentary “I Am Thor,” the subject of the film is a man of many talents by the name of Jon Mikl Thor. To film buffs, the name may ring a bell as “Rock “N” Roll Nightmare” and “Zombie Nightmare” have become beloved bad movie classics over the years. Aside from his brief acting stint, he is/was a stage performer, a bodybuilder, and, above all, a rock star. Unfortunately, the talented Canadian entertainer never quite became a household name. Despite not achieving superstardom though, Thor admirably continues to try and carve out a music career for himself as we see in this feature film.
Like with many documentaries, the film is largely comprised of archival footage and photos, music video and concert footage, home movies, newly shot interviews, and newly recorded behind-the-scenes footage from a European tour. The film is largely told via interviews with Jon, friends, and bandmates who essentially narrate the film and the story of his life. Among the topics covered here are his wives, MANY bandmates, managers, his music career, his nervous breakdown and health issues, his retirement and comeback, and some very wild and honest stories about his sexual exploits and being kidnapped.
Having already been a fan of his films and music, I was intrigued by “I Am Thor” going into it. However, I was surprised to discover that it was such an honest and moving fast paced documentary. The film (which feels reminiscent of “Anvil: The Story of Anvil”) really tells it like it is here as it explores Thor’s hardships and determination to succeed. It’s a simultaneously revealing, heartbreaking and inspiring story about fame, the human spirit, entertainment, and life. While I would have liked to have seen more about his cult status from his film work, it was understandable why that was barely touched upon. The docu is all about his music aspirations and that was wisely the focus.
Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? The documentary varies wildly in quality. Some of the interview footage of Thor looks particularly weak in spots.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track is hit-and-miss. The tunes and certain interviews sound rockin’ while other interviewees sound almost faint at times.
Extras include Dark Sky Films and an “I Am Thor” trailer.
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