Story: 4.5 / 5
Video Quality: 5 / 5
Audio Quality: 5 / 5
Extras: 3.5 / 5
Guardians of the Galaxy has got to be one of Marvel’s best offerings to date.
Many were skeptical about its chances at the box office. However, it proved to be a huge success on the film and music scene. The soundtrack for this film was comprised mostly of 70s songs, which managed to top the Billboard Charts despite the fact that it was comprised of golden oldies. Much like the quality of the soundtrack, the acting was on point too. Who would have thought that a raccoon and a tree would become two of the most iconic characters of pop culture this year? For at least a month following this film’s release everyone was saying “I am Groot” in conversation and on social media. It captivated the heart and minds of millions and made relatively unknown characters household names. Marvel gambled and came out winning with this one.
Guardians of the Galaxy follows the tale of Peter Quill aka Star-Lord, an intergalactic outlaw that will do just about anything to make a buck. But this time it would seem that he has stolen something priceless, something with the power to change the universe as we know it. The only problem is that Star-Lord has no idea as to what he has stolen and who he has taken it from. This sets the premise for a memorable action adventure film that has it all: humor, action, superb CGI and so much more.
Guardians of the Galaxy is a highly detailed AVC MPEG-4 encode framed film with a theatrical 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Having watched this film in 3D at the cinema, it is safe to say that the 2D Blu-ray is just as great and does not miss out on much – there was only a scene or two with dedicated 3D anyway. Being a movie that is filled with alien life-forms, many thought the CGI would fail as it did for Green Lantern’s first cinema flight. However, Marvel got it right! They brought the universe to life and it shows on this Blu-ray. The film features lovely colour contrasts, be it in space or in character design. You have lovely neon laser beams being shot across the screen and then you have the dark universe being lit up with thrusters, gun fire and explosions. All looking crisp and believable, even Rocket and Groot look like actual living entities and not CGI creations. The video is flawless, without a hitch or a glitch as it runs smoothly from minute to minute.
Although it was presented as a Dolby Atmos mix at the cinema, Marvel and Disney have encoded this Blu-ray in 7.1 DTS-HD MA. The movie still sounds great! The dialogue is crisp and easy to hear even in the heat of the most epic of battles. This works well as it keeps the viewer engaged and they do not end up missing any key plot twists, name drops and jokes. The low frequency effects work well to great a truly interstellar experience. From thrusting rockets to epic explosions, all are presented as they should be. The music plays a crucial role in this film so the presentation and timing of each song is critical. This Blu-ray captivates the viewer with each tune ensuring that the listener appreciates each and every song.
This is where I feel the DVD is lacking. There is no short film exclusive which viewers have become used to. A nice little 7 minute film would have been great. Heck even the Mandarin got one! Another great addition would have been some character biographies. These characters are relatively unknown to most people so a little Marvel Encyclopedia biography would have been a great addition. A few digital comics new or old could have worked well too and this would have made the disk stand far ahead of the rest. Instead, what you are given is the following:
Deleted Scenes (Which are so pointless you will be glad they are deleted)
Gag Reel (Which was built as having and Epic dance off…which is actually not that epic to say the least)
Audio Commentary with James Gunn
The Intergalactic Visual Effects for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
And the only two worthwhile exclusives:
Guide to the Galaxy with James Gunn, presented in an awesome old-school 8-bit Video game style.
Avengers: Age of Ultron Exclusive Look (which lets you get a glimpse of what marvel has to offer us next year. And boy it is looking good!)
This Blu-ray is a must have for any collector, even if you collect Cinema Noveau films. Yes, it is a great film that will impress anyone of any age. The jokes are surprisingly adult for the most part, so this is definitely not a kiddie’s film. This is a proven Box-Office success and it proves to be a success on Blu-ray as well.