Review: “Guardians of the Galaxy” Blu-ray

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Have a Marvel fan on your Christmas list? I have the perfect gift idea for you: Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray. Each of Marvel’s releases, from Thor to Iron Man to Captain America to The Avengers, may have a different feel, but they all have one thing in common: “rewatchability.” That is, you can watch them over and over and enjoy them each and every time. Guardians continues the recent run of Marvel films with that rare ability, and with a few great Bonus Features on the Blu-ray, it would be great to add to your movie collection.

Many people, including myself, were a bit surprised when Guardians of the Galaxy was announced at the 2012 San Diego Comic Con. The vast majority of people seemed to have great cause for concern. Would this be the first big Marvel miss? What is Marvel thinking? Could they actually get people to show up to watch a film with protagonists that included a tree that talks and a foul-mouthed raccoon? Many predicted that this film would be a colossal box office failure, but Marvel proved once again, that they have a great formula for developing super hero movies that fans will show up for.

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Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy was definitely a success at the box office. Actually, to say that the film was a success is really a colossal understatement. Guardians got off to a great start at the box office, and it proved it had staying power as well, as it ended as the highest-grossing film of 2014. Marvel actually had two big hits this year, as Captain America: The Winter Soldier held the title of highest grossing film until Guardians surpassed it by over $70 million at the domestic box office.

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Before watching the Blu-ray, I wondered if it would live up to my memory of the big screen experience. Action movies can often be so predictable the second time around, so much so, that they really aren’t able to be enjoyoed for more than a single viewing. That’s definitely not the case with Guardians. If anything, I might have enjoyed watching a second and third time more than I did the first. I was able to appreciate all of the action scenes a little more and even picked up on a few things that I completely missed.

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As Marvel releases have tended to, this film transfer looks amazing on Blu-ray and the audio, which I haven’t even touched on, is also spectacular. While discussing the audio, I also really need to mention the soundtrack (aka, Awesome Mix Vol 1). It includes so many great classic 70’s songs. You can’t help but enjoy it. Guardians is worth a buy for the movie alone, and the Blu-ray includes several featurettes that add a little value. Of them, the “Guide To The Galaxy With James Gunn,” which walks you through details on making the film, is particularly enjoyable as are some of the deleted scenes from the film. My personal favorite however, was the gag reel which gives you and idea of how much fun the cast had with the film. Last, but not least, is the the Avengers: Age of Ultron sneak peek. We can’t wait for that one to be in theaters next year!

There probably isn’t much I can say about the film that you haven’t already heard. It’s great. The Blu-ray is great as well. You’ll want to add this to your movie collection.

Guardians of the Galaxy Bonus Video Clips

Bonus Clip: Benicio Del Toro as the Collector

Bonus Clip: Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon

Bonus Clip: Music from the Morag Scene

Bonus Clip: James Gunn’s Aesthetic Vision

 

Cast: Chris Pratt (“The Lego Movie,” TV’s “Parks and Recreation”) as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana (“Avatar,” “Star Trek”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Riddick,” “The Man with the Iron Fists”) as Drax, Vin Diesel (“Fast and the Furious” series, “Riddick”) as Groot, Bradley Cooper (“American Hustle,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) as Rocket, Lee Pace (“The Hobbit” series, “Lincoln”) as Ronan, Michael Rooker (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu Udonta, Karen Gillan (“Oculus,” TV’s “Doctor Who”) as Nebula, Djimon Hounsou (“How to Train Your Dragon 2,” “Gladiator”) as Korath, John C. Reilly (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”) as Corpsman Dey, Glenn Close (TV’s “Damages,” “Tarzan”) as Nova Prime and Benicio Del Toro (“Traffic,” “The Usual Suspects”) as The Collector.
Director: James Gunn (“Movie 43,” “Super”)

Screenplay: James Gunn (“Dawn of the Dead,” “Scooby Doo”) and Nicole Perlman (“Thor”)

Producer: Kevin Feige, p.g.a. (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World”)

Executive Producers: Nik Korda (“Robin Hood,” “The Golden Compass”)
Stan Lee (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”)
Victoria Alonso (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Thor: The Dark World”)
Jeremy Latcham (“Marvel’s The Avengers, ”Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”)
Alan Fine (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World”)
Louis D’Esposito (Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World”)

Release Date: 11/18 for Digital 3D and Digital HD
12/9 Digital SD, 3D Blu-ray Combo pack (3D Blu-ray + Single Disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy), Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand

Bonus Features:
(Digital HD*, Disney Movies Anywhere, 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray)
• Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
• Making-of Featurettes
• Exclusive Look at “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron”
• Gag Reel
• Audio Commentary
(DVD)
• Exclusive Look at “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron”
• Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene

* Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

Ratings: PG-13; PG for CE; G for CF
Feature Run Time: 121 minutes
Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray & DVD: 2:40:1
Audio: Blu-ray 3D & Blu-ray 2D = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French-Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, Latin Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
DVD = English/Latin Spanish/French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital
Languages: English, French & Spanish
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish

Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.

Bryan Moore

Bryan is a theme park and coaster enthusiast. He enjoys spending time at his favorite parks in Central Florida: Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In addition to theme parks, Bryan enjoys movies and gaming.

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