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Blu-ray Review: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Vol. 2
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  136 minutes, audio commentary, featurette, music video, deleted scenes, gag reel, DVD, digital HD copy

VIDEO:  2.40:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO: English 7.1 DTS-HD MA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles:  English SDH, French, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Marvel Studios

Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 5-5-2017 (North America)

Blu-ray/ DVD RELEASE DATE: 8-22-2017

Peter Quill aka Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is helping to protect the Sovereign with his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy.  They accomplish their mission by killing the energy eating beast in exchange for Nebula (Karen Gillian), but soon the Sovereign are after them because Rocket decided to kidnap some batteries.  They are saved by Star-Lord’s dad Ego (Kurt Russell) and some of the group goes with Ego to his planet.  Meanwhile, the Sovereign hire Yondu (Michael Rooker) and his Ravager band to capture Peter and his team. 

 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 is a dumb fun space opera comedy which has plenty of comedic scenes (Rocket being called a trash panda, Baby Groot bring the wrong object to a prison cell over and over), scenes that defy scientific reality, and cameos from Sylvester Stallone as Yondu’s former Ravager teammate to Howard the Duck to Stan Lee as a stranded astronaut telling stories to the Watchers.   It is a very enjoyable sequel even though I enjoyed the first film more, but my problems lie with the sequel being too standalone, some sequences being there for comedy’s sake instead of serving a stronger story, not having more connective tissue to AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, and the stupid Baby Groot dance scene during the opening credits which takes away from the fight sequence in the background which I rather be watching.   Make sure to stay through the credits for all five post credit scenes along with the “I am Groot” text that transforms into end credits text (along with the disclaimer no raccoons or baby trees were harmed and yet no guarantee for the safety of the trainers).   I would definitely watch the sequel again and can’t for the sequel which will hopefully have the original Guardians of the Galaxy team showing up an d a certain Adam Warlock finally making his appearance (but the next appearance from the Guardians of the Galaxy will be in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

Four deleted scenes and a somewhat funny gag reel

 

The GUARDIANS INFERNO music video which has to be the weirdest and coolest extra on this disc which stars the cast in human roles along with David Hasselhoff and Stan Lee

BONUS ROUND: THE MAKING OF GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY which is a series of four promotional fluff featurettes which don’t offer much depth on the making of the movie despite some interviews, clips, and behind-the-scenes footage-

IN THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR WITH JAMES GUNN

REUNION TOUR: THE MUSIC OF GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 which talks about the various songs used in the movie and playing the music score on set while filming

LIVING PLANETS AND TALKING TREES: THE VISUAL EFFECTS OF VOL. 2- a look at the visuals effects of the sequel

SHOWTIME: THE CAST OF VOL. 2- a focus on the cast of the sequel

 

Feature audio commentary with director James Gunn

 

A code to download and/or stream the movie in HD along with exclusive digital extras

 

The movie in standard definition on DVD

 

FINAL ANALYSIS:  GUARDIANS OF THE GLAXY Vol. 2 is an enjoyable sequel, but it isn’t as good as the first one.  The extras are a mixed bag as the behind-the-scenes extras aren’t very in-depth (I wonder if there is a double dip coming in the future).

 

This review is 8-26-2017 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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