Happy Birthday to ME! I know that sounds sort of selfish but I have been waiting to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at home after not one but two showings in the theater. But you know even in a theater there are distractions like children needing to go to the bathroom or a friend or family member asking you questions about the first Guardians of the Galaxy. With Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital I can now enjoy the movie plus a whole lot more, from music videos to bloopers. But it is not really all about me. My children have known it was ordered for weeks and have been driving me CRAZY every time they see an envelope arrive in the mail. And, as expected, as soon as it arrived we watched it that night! Dinner was served in the family room because no one could wait even the short time it would take to eat at the table before enjoying it one more time.
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
This release marks Marvel Studios first in-home title to release in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, providing consumers with the ultimate home entertainment experience with next-generation high dynamic range visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, the film’s storyline continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians (Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket) must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. This blockbuster sequel featuring the world’s favorite band of intergalactic misfits, blasts into homes on 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray on Aug. 22.
The ultimate in-home experience is the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (which includes a collectible poster while supplies last) comes packaged to include a 4K Ultra HD version of the film, a Blu-ray, a Digital Copy and more than 80-minutes of exclusive, never-before-seen bonus materials. Bonus will take fans behind the scenes with the movie’s diverse, dynamic cast of misfits and inspired team of filmmakers, debut an all-new original music video starring David Hasselhoff and special guests, hilarious outtakes, deleted scenes, audio commentary by director James Gunn, and more.
The Greatness that is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
I admit that the music/soundtrack was killer. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the first movie and soundtrack but this one …this one has you rocking and rolling and singing along. If anyone is looking for another birthday present for me I could be convinced to accept the soundtrack on CD so I could play it in my car. One added bonus if you pick up the CD on Amazon you can enjoy the songs and sounds on MP3 for free! (limited time you know how things change on Amazon)
Have a box of tissues handy as there is a very touching scene at the end. My oldest daughter says I’m not allowed to say anymore than that because it was too much of a spoiler and “ruined the whole movie for her” (so dramatic). But yes even watching it for the third time and knowing it was coming I still needed a few Kleenex.
Other favorite about Vol. 2 was that while the story was about Peter Quill/StarLord finding his family what that it was really about the whole team finding their family. It is not necessarily who you are born related too, but can be a while lot more.
BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital
The Making of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – A four-part, behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.
Visionary Intro – Director James Gunn provides context on how he continues and expands the storylines of these beloved characters in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
Guardians Inferno Music Video – Join David Hasselhoff and special guests for a galactic retro dance party.
Gag Reel – Laugh out loud at all the hilarious off-script shenanigans and bloopers that took place on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” featuring all your favorite Guardians.
Four Deleted Scenes – Check out four specific scenes that had to be cut from the film, including two extended scenes and two deleted scenes.
Audio Commentary – Check out a special narration of the film by director James Gunn, who guides fans through an inside look at the making of the movie.
All the features listed above plus four extra exclusives:
Three Scene Breakdowns (Digital Exclusives) – We’ll reveal the anatomy of a few key scenes from the film. Discover the process in bringing these scenes to life. It starts with a doodle and the rest is film history. Audiences will be given the option to view 5-6 layers of specific scenes in the film. Scenes include “Eclector Escape,” “Gamora and Nebula,” and “Rocket and Ravagers.”
Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout! (Digital Exclusive) – Get an exclusive sneak peek inside the most anticipated ride at Disneyland, Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: Breakout!. We’ll dig into the concepts and inspiration, and talk about what it took to bring the most epic ride at Disneyland to life.
The sequel stars Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Beyond”) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax, Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket, Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Walking Dead”) as Yondu, Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula, Pom Klementieff (“Ingrid Goes West,” “Oldboy”) as Mantis, Elizabeth Debicki (“The Great Gatsby,” “Everest”) as Ayesha, Chris Sullivan (“The Knick,” “This Is Us”) as Taserface, Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Gilmore Girls”) as Kraglin, Tommy Flanagan (“Gladiator,” “Sin City”) as Tullk, Laura Haddock (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Luther”) as Meredith Quill, with Sylvester Stallone (“Creed,” “The Expendables”) as Stakar, and Kurt Russell (“The Hateful Eight,” “Furious 7”) as Ego.
Designing Baby Groot
My daughter had decided that she wants to be a computer animation artist. She has a whole grand plan including a scholarship (hopefully) to Ames (University of Iowa) with a friend from middle school and then heading off to San Francisco to join the animators at Pixar or to L.A. to join the animators at Disney/Marvel Studios. That’s why I’m thrilled to be able to give her this behind the scenes look at designing Baby Groot. I can’t wait till she gets home to show it to her.
I already have Sully from Monsters Inc and Monsters U, Funko Pop Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Beast from Beauty and the Beast as well as Joy from Inside Out on my desk. I think that this Dancing Groot should join his friends from Disney and help me enjoy my hard working days don’t you??
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trivia
What other movie did Sylvester Stallone and Kurt Russell play in together?
Kurt Russell (Lt. Gabriel Cash – and he’s no angel!) and Sylvester Stallone played in the 1986 movie Tango and Cash as a very “odd couple” of partners kicked off the police force and landing in jail. Teri Hatcher also stars in the movie as Sylvester Stallone’s sister (Lt. Raymond Tango and Katherine Tango)
Can’t wait another minute? See Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Amazon Instant Video right now!