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The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage.
88/100
4K Disc Released
2017
HDR
HDR10 | Dolby Vision
Sound MIx
Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1
Aspect Ratio
2.39 : 1
IMDB Rating
7.7
Overall Score
Rating Overview
4K Picture
90%
Audio Quality
80%
Special Features
99%
Store
85%
Rating Summary
After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming. And the Guardians find that they are up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy.

Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 directed by James Gunn was released in theatres in 2017 and it became one of the biggest hit of the year. The movie was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is based on Marvel Comics and sequel to Guardian of the Galaxy (2014). The sequel grossed even more than its predecessor and was taken exceptionally well by the fans and critics. The movie earned a nomination for Best Visual Effect in the 90th Academy Awards. Marvel has announced another sequel to this movie, Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is expected to be released in 2020.

The glittering color, the imagination and the madness in Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made the movie exceptionally entertaining.

Movie Review:

There are debates among fans and critics if the sequel is better than the original or not, but there’s no debate that the Vol. 2 of the franchise was a fantastic movie. The movie managed to deliver the same amount of energy along with humor. The chemistry between the reluctant heroes was amazing. The script was flawless and never missed out to deliver a great line. The film deserves credit to its visuals as it was mind-blowing. The soundtrack was also praiseworthy and people seem to love it. The cast of the movie is absolutely amazing and everyone did a very good job. James Gunn did a remarkable job to put so many big names together in a film and make it work for everyone else.

However, like most other film sequels, Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has a plot that is similar to the original. Sometimes it seems that the plot has been shuffled and rearranged from the original one in order to make the Vol. 2. But the best part about this film is that Gunn succeeded to expand the original theme of the Guardians, so the movie doesn’t seem like just another movie in the franchise. The story feels like a continuation of the first part which is why this can be dubbed as a successful sequel. The director gave time to the characters to let them grow while introducing some new characters to the franchise. The movie has some scenes that are really funny and people will enjoy them more by watching those scenes repeatedly. The director was not afraid to put a stop on the plot for some ‘laugh out loud’ jokes and then to continue with the storyline again. The movie also has some tear-jerking scenes which hit the audience right in the feels. But Gunn did a fantastic job to keep the balance between heart-breaking scenes, humor, and action to keep the movie fun and entertaining.

Storyline:

After saving Xandar from Ronan’s wrath, the Guardians are nowadays renowned as heroes. The Guardians of the Galaxy are hired by the leader of the powerful alien race, Ayesha to abolish a monster to protect their treasured batteries. Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Rocket and Baby Groot conquest the monster and obtain the notorious Nebula, who happened to be Gamora’s estranged sister, as formerly agreed to collect the bounty presented for her. However, Rocket steals a handful of the extremely valuable batteries from the gold-colored race. Their spacecraft gets attacked by Sovereign with the order of Ayesha. But shockingly, the Sovereign fleet gets attacked and destroyed by an enigmatic ship while the Guardians crash on a planet.

After a while, they get to know that the ship that aided them is owned by Ego, who happens to claim that he is Quill’s father. He invites Quill to visit his planet. Quill decides to go with Gamora and Drax to the planet. Meanwhile, Rocket fixes their spacecraft with Baby Groot, while Nebula is cuffed to debris. Quill and others get on their way to the planet, while Quill comes to know from the celestial Ego that he has powerful abilities. Even though Quill feels like that he’s on heaven, Gamora felt something wrong in Ego’s planet. She goes on to investigate and finds out Ego’s biggest secret. On the other hand, Ayesha hires the outcast Ravager Yondu Udonta, who raised Quill, to hunt down the Guardians for them. The story unfolds in a fantastic manner and never let the audience get bored.

The story is an outstanding follow-up to the original. The director did an exceptional job to make the sequences mesmerizing. The heritage of Quill gets revealed in the movie which helps the audience understand the character more. The occasional humor in the movie along with eccentric build-up of the story makes the movie really fun to watch.

The 4k Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc:

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has brought Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to Ultra HD 4k Blu-ray as a combo pack of two-disc with a flyer. The dual-layered UHD66 disc is put securely opposite to a Region Free, BD50 disc. Both of the discs are kept inside a black, eco-cutout case with a lightly glossy slipcover. The package also includes a witty poster of David Hasselhoff. The available subtitles for the movie are- English, English SDH, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin (Traditional). After inserting the disc, the viewers are taken to a menu screen containing full-motion clips and music is played in the background.

Picture Quality: (4.5 out of 5 stars)

This was the first film released in 4k UHD by Marvel and Walt Disney Studios, and it must be said that they did a fantastic job. The movie was released in spectacular H.265 encode in HDR10. Although some reports suggested before this release that, the UHD will be released with Dolby Vision after it received unbelievable praise in the theatres. But the studio decided to go with HDR10 at the end, but it still looked fabulous. The 2160p video looks extra sharp and looks way better than the HD format of the movie. Some spots and scenes are visible even more to make the movie experience better. The whole film was shot entirely on the Red Weapon Dragon camera system which is capable of 8K resolution but mastered in a 2K digital intermediate (DI). The studio decided to keep the film’s original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 widescreen. The disc uses 10-bit video depth with a Wider Color Gamut (WCG) and High Dynamic Range (HDR).

The scenes in the movie look remarkable and absolutely clear in the 4k UHD version. The hairs on the head of Rocket can be counted individually as it is extra sharp. The HDR brought out the golden hues of the Sovereign race, which have more of a glittery glow about them, while the colors have more intensity. The palace of Ego and its surroundings can be noticed more architecturally. The fires in the battle are more vibrant and looks completely real. The cracks in the rough body of Groot can be felt by just watching it.

The video quality has increased by a margin compared to the Blu-ray version of the film. It can be clearly understood after watching the first fight in the movie. The contrast and the brightness have improved in this version and it helps to represent the comic in a better manner. The vibrant cinematography is not much of an upgrade in the 4k UHD presentation, but it is still slightly better than the Blu-ray version. The shadows are clearly visible while the clothing and skin textures look so much genuine. Every Marvel fan will enjoy the movie more with the fantastic improvement in the video quality.

 

Audio Quality: 5 out of 5 stars

The audio quality of the UHD 4k seems to be of no fault as the studio added a Dolby Atmos track which is founded upon a reference Dolby TrueHD 7.1 core. The audio is a clear upgrade from the Blu-ray version of the film as it contains DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track. The Dolby Atmos soundtrack is a tremendously energetic and lively soundtrack with a few demo-worthy moments. The sound is noticeably fuller and of more robust stance.

The dialogues are clear, the background music is just a pleasure to listen to in this UHD 4k presentation of the film. The action effects, especially the ones happening in space are just a delight to watch, the sound has added depth and the details are clearer because of the quality of sound. The bass is quite strong in the movie but in a very balanced way. The locations of the film are needed to be understood by the viewers and the sound has really helped to do that. The track is capable to filter through the detail without missing a single beat. The movie contains a lot of action, they are heard mainly through the rear speakers while the dialogues are mostly presented through the center speaker.

A movie like Guardian of the Galaxy needed to have a fantastic level of audio and the studio made sure of that. The sound quality in the 4k disc will surely help the viewers to comprehend the film more and have a cinematic experience at home.

Special Features: 2 out of 5 stars

The 4k Blu-ray disc has no special feature in it, which is a big disappointment after providing such fantastic audio and video quality. However, the HD Blu-ray is provided free with the disc which contains a good set of special features.

The special features contain an Audio Commentary from director James Gunn providing background details about the film’s shooting and how the story was developed. Then there is a brief 1-minute introduction from the director. After that, there is a four-part, nearly 40-minute featurette that is packed with behind the scenes footages, and takes in the most important parts of the movie that the fans would want to know about, from Gunn’s processes and his impact on the film to the soundtracks, the cast and, most importantly, how the mind-blowing special effects were created. The extras end with a 3-minute gag reel with a few deleted scenes.

Final Verdict:

Guardian of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a very entertaining movie that can be watched multiple times. The movie has proudly been added to the list of sequels that have been as good as its predecessors. Marvel and Walt Disney have finally made their debut in releasing 4k Blu-ray disc and they did a wonderful job in doing so. The video and audio presentation has been exceptional, and even though the special features were kind of a disappointment, overall, the 4k UHD Blu-ray has been a successful release by the studio.