Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-Ray Review

“You may know me by another name. Star Lord.”
“Who?”
“Star Lord, man. Legendary outlaw?”

No matter how many times you see this scene from 2014’s biggest box office hit, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, you can’t help but to laugh. There are numerous memorable aspects of this film that many thought was going to be Marvel’s first theatrical misstep because of the unfamiliarity of this brand. The soundtrack by far is #1 on that list. The Awesome Mix Volume 1 is to Guardians what John Williams’ score is to Star Wars – the oxygen. Warning: Those awesome songs will stick in your head for days!

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy

Awesome Mix Vol. 1 ©Marvel 2014

 

I, for one, was not to eager to see Guardians because I knew nothing about the comic books and the D-level characters. I felt there was too much I didn’t know about this world to enjoy it without asking, “who is that? Is he/she good or bad? Is that a tree or a plant monster? But then I saw the trailer which featured Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) dancing to “Come And Get Your Love,” the 1974 hit single by Redbone. This scene on a distant rocky planet with little scurrying creatures and eel-like monsters snapping in the air played against a familiar classic rock song from my era? I’ve never seen that before. I immediately changed my view. This was a must-see movie! Ok, I’m in!

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Actor Chris Pratt portrays Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, removed from Earth at age 9 ©Marvel 2014

 

Then I did something I never do. I saw it twice in the theatre. I had such a good time with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY I couldn’t wait to experience it a second time. The only downside was that I couldn’t pause the film to take in every breath-taking scene or catch a reference from the vast Marvel universe. If you’re a big Marvel fan you’ll want to have your finger poised over the pause button ready to stop the film and study the backgrounds to look for easter eggs. And there are plenty of them (study the scenes with The Collector for most of them). You’ll also want to go back a few times to rewatch the hilarious chemistry between Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). I would be shocked if we didn’t see a buddy-buddy spin-off film with these two characters.

What is all this leading into? GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will be released on DVD and Blu-ray just in time to be a great stocking stuffer on December 9th. To quote Rocket Raccoon, “Oh… yeah!”

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The film is awesome, however, the bonus features are less than awesome. You have your standard featurettes, gag reel, behind-the-scenes, audio commentary but not much to make you want to buy it on the first day of release.

The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Blu-ray release is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround. Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary
  • Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
  • Making-of Featurettes
  • Exclusive Look at Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
  • Gag Reel

You won’t be disappointed with the bonus features, you’ll just wish there were more of them. I was really looking forward to seeing another Marvel One-Shot which are short films included on most of the Marvel movie Blu-rays that fill in the blanks between movies.

The exclusive look at next summer’s Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is nice. Executive Producer, Jeremy Latcham, speaks about the sequel focusing on what fans really wanted to see like Hulk vs. Hulkbuster (which is a suit built by Tony Stark to bust the Hulk. Think Hulk/Iron Man mash-up. See the trailer for a quick shot).

 

In Guide To The Galaxy James Gunn featurette, the director says that after he’s done with that interview he’s going over to see Marvel president, Kevin Feige, about ideas he has for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2! As he says this you can hear the excitement in his voice. Ideas are struggling to get out. You’ve gotta wonder what songs he has in store for Awesome Mix Volume 2?

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Director James Gunn on set with actor Sean Gunn (Rocket Racoon performance capture) Photo by Jay Maidment ©Marvel 2014

 

If that isn’t enough, just watch Peter Quill dancing on the deserted planet of Morag to “Come And Get Your Love” again. [Sorry I keep bringing this scene up, but if it’s going to be stuck in my head, it’s going to be stuck in yours too. You’re welcome!]

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About Richard Woloski

Richard Woloski is the co-creator and co-host of the Star Wars/Disney podcast, Skywalking Through Neverland. Here, Richard and his wife Sarah (Jedi Tink to some) spotlight those who keep fandom alive - the fans!