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Disney Joining 4K Fray in August With 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

11 Jul, 2017 By: John Latchem

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment July 11 officially announced its first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray title will be Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which arrives Aug. 22 on the UHD format, as well as Blu-ray and DVD. Disney will release the film on Digital HD, including in Ultra HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, Aug. 8.

Disney was the last major studio holdout in regards to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The next-generation format launched in March 2016 and offers four times the resolution of standard Blu-ray, bolstered by high dynamic range that produced brighter brights, deeper blacks and richer colors. The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 UHD Blu-ray will also sport Dolby Atmos immersive audio.

Director James Gunn had reportedly been urging the studio to release the film on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, and took to Twitter to celebrate the news in the days leading up to the official announcement. "You'll be able to see Vol. 2 in all it's high dynamic range glory," he wrote in one Tweet.

The “Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition” will include a 4K disc of the film, a Blu-ray of the film, a digital copy code, more than 80 minutes of extras, and a collectible poster while supplies last.

The film, which earned $386 million at the domestic box office, stars Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker as Yondu, Karen Gillan as Nebula and Kurt Russell as Ego. In the sequel, the team must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter’s true parentage.

Extras on the Blu-ray include a commentary with Gunn, two deleted scenes, two extended scenes, a gag reel, a “Guardians Inferno” music video with David Hasselhoff, a “Visionary Intro” featurette in which Gunn provides context of how he expands the storylines in the franchise, and a four-part “The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” documentary done in the style of classic-rock album liner notes.

Extras exclusive to the digital version include three scene breakdowns and a look at the Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: Breakout! Ride at the Disney California Adventure theme park.

The DVD version does not include any bonus materials.

Best Buy’s website lists an exclusive Blu-ray combo pack containing both the 4K and 3D versions of the film.

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