As I wrote in my review of the SD version of this edit, I really loved the new narrative - the flip really suits the film and makes a lot of sense. I don't think anyone will actually doubt that Thor is who he says he is, especially since we see his image in the vortex, because we see Heimdall looking at Thor, and because, well, at this point we are familiar with the MCU.
This version is a special treat - not only is it a Fan Fix, but also an extended edition. Several new scenes add further depth to the story and flesh out the relationship between Thor and the Warriors Four. I really enjoyed seeing more of them, as well more of the film in general. My only issue with the narrative remains the placement of the flashback which I feel could have been improved easily (check the Forum Discussion for further details).
All in all, a wonderful take on one of the weakest films of the MCU (imho), which greatly upgrades it - and has become my definitive go-to version.
Malthus' stated goal in creating this edit was to craft a narrative worthy of the character of Thor, and in that regard, they handily succeeded. By restructuring the film, they have greatly improved the pacing, as well as the narrative tension. Now instead of it being the story of a god being punished to learn humility, it has become the story of a man thinking himself a god, a god thinking himself a king, before becoming one worthy of both. In addition, as the personal stakes for Thor increased, so did the external threats accordingly from mere humans to the Destroyer. As previous reviewers have said, it almost seems that this story was meant to be told through this narrative chronology, even following script story structure with the first evidence of Thor being who he says he is and transitioning into the second act hitting right around the 30 minute mark with the glimpse of Heimdall. The only possible snag was the Anthony Hopkins narration telling the history of Asgard and the Frost Giants slowed things down slightly, but it wasn't enough to detract from the overall narrative or my overall enjoyment of the film. The addition of the deleted scenes was seamless and added further character development.
I highly enjoyed this edit of Thor and would recommend you check it out. It is probably my preferred version of the theatrical release, and I am excited to see what Malthus has done with the rest of the Thor Saga.
This is my second edit to have watched from Mathus and again does a brilliant job. The restructuring of the narrative was seamlessly done and really enhances the story and makes us feel more relatable to the human characters like Jane and Eric (where they're sceptical of Thor) and in turn makes the reveal of Asgard feel so much more grander. The deleted scenes were implemented rather impressively and makes you question why the hell it was cut from the theatrical release. My overall viewing experience for this edit actually made me like Thor 1 more than before.
Okay, I'm really - and I mean, REALLY - impressed. This is one of those edits that reminds you why fan edits exist and just how much a movie can be improved. How much this is better than the original cannot be overstated. It's now fun, engaging and interesting, whereas the original lost pretty much everyone at some point I think. 100% replaced the original in my BR case. Just phenomenal Malthus, congratulations.
PS: The only reason audio editing is not a 10 is because of the audio in the deleted scene between Thor and Loki before Thor's coronation - the music completely takes over the dialogue just as Loki tells Thor that he loves him, and I had to replay that part a couple of times before I actually understood what Loki said. Other than that, basically flawless.
What Malthus has done here is truly astonishing. Thor is a movie and a character I hold near and dear to my heart, and this edit greatly improves upon the original in every way possible.
The addition of deleted scenes here works flawlessly. If this was the first time I had watched Thor, I wouldn't have even noticed it.
Not to mention rarranging the Asgard scenes to the second half of the movie is genius. I don't know why the original filmmakers never had this idea. By simply moving it to later, you get not only a better Thor movie, but a grander introduction to Asgard (after watching New Mexico for the past 45-50 minutes), a better character arc for Thor, and the sympathy you gain for Loki stays up until the movie ends.
Of course, the original Thor is no perfect movie, but this edit pushes it to it full potential and then more. Most of my narrative issues with the movie are gone. Overall, this is fantastic. A true masterclass in edits.