The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise is by far the strangest, unusual franchise that Disney has ever handled. It’s far beyond what the Disney brand is comfortable with handling, or even beyond the family-friendly brand that Disney has set its legacy upon. That being said, the films themselves are certainly wonderful, weird, and wacky works of art in their own right, and while the Marvel Cinematic Universe should never attempt to reproduce all their films in this format, it’s certainly a great addition to the Marvel universe and to what summer blockbusters are capable of.
Now, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally available on Blu-Ray, Digital HD, and for the first time in Disney history, 4K HD Blu-Ray. Not only does this stunning movie look just as stunning on it’s Blu-Ray transfer, but this release comes with a few spectacular extras scattered throughout. Starting off the bonus features are a collection of featurettes that run for thirty-seven minutes in total. These are broken down into five parts which include:
In the Director’s Chair With James Gunn: A brilliant insightful look into the creative process of the Guardians films and working with James Gunn on these wacky space flicks. Gunn proves his ability to create three-dimensional characters despite the odd situations they are grounded in. The weird and creative world of Gunn makes him the perfect fit for these films.
The Reunion Tour- The Music of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Again, James Gunn discusses how the musical components of the Guardians films drive the story and emotion of each sequence. The majority of the songs found within these films are brilliantly and symbolically placed to carry a specific emotion or develop a central theme, not to mention the use of Brandy (You’re Fine Girl), which becomes a major component of the plot.
Living Planets and Talking Trees- The Visual Effects of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: This is a wonderful breakdown of many of the visual effects used in Vol. 2, and how the team pulled off the look and feel of the film using practical and digital effects, and how elements such as color, play into the emotional aspect of the film. It’s a delightful short featurette that adds some truly insightful information.
Showtime: The Cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Another fun featurette that dives into the work of the cast and crew of Guardians Vol. 2 in which the stars discuss their experience with working with one another and how each cast member plays into making the experience on-set craft the final product.
There are a slew of other featurettes, including a funny Gag Reel, a hallucinatory bizarre music video starring David Hasselhoff named Guardians Inferno, four lackluster Deleted Scenes, and a great Audio Commentary by the film’s director, James Gunn.
Overall, the Blu-Ray release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a bit of a mixed bag of some truly wonderful bonus features and a line-up of some on the lackluster side, but Marvel fans and Guardians fans will likely be happy with finally owning this film on Blu-Ray and for those with a 4K TV, a 4K release from Disney.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is now available to purchase on Blu-Ray.