Guardians of the Galaxy Goes Blu

The number one hit of the year, Disney/Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, arrived in a reference quality Blu-ray this week from Disney Home Ent.

Guardians of the Galaxy is the most surprising Marvel success as well as its biggest departure. And yet it embraces the core Marvel ethos of ”belonging, loss, and addictions,”  according to exec producer Victoria Alonso.

And thanks to  writer-director James Gunn, we’re reminded that sci-fi can be fun. What’s old is new again. He gives us a  nostalgia trip with a colorful galaxy of rogues and villains, turning archetypes on their heads. At the heart is Chris Pratt as space adventurer Peter Quill, Groot, the lovable humanoid tree (voiced by Vin Diesel), and the baddass Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper).

“When they first told me about Guardians of the Galaxy,  I wasn’t sure about it,” Gunn insists. “I’m a big Marvel comics fan but I didn’t see this as a movie. But for some reason, driving home from a meeting with the Marvel guys, it suddenly occurred to me that this was the space epic I’ve always wanted to make… The movies that influenced this movie the most were the movies that I saw as a kid: Raiders of the Lost ArkStar WarsBack to the Future. I didn’t want to make a movie that was like those movies, but a movie that made people feel like those movies made me feel because they were so novel and different.

“But this movie has a nostalgia to it, and so did those movies. Star Wars and Raiders were harkening back to the pulp serials of the ’20s and ’30s, and this movie harkens back to the movies of the ’70s and ’80s. And there’s something about the forwardness of the movie with the backward feeling that is similar to those movies. But that aspect of it is not something I thought of until I was finished.”

Meanwhile, Guardians has been Oscar shortlisted for VFX.  Groot is a highly complicated character who required a high level of complex modelling. He needed to look as rigid as a tree but also flexible enough to animate and give emotion. Each individual branch running through Groot’s body was modelled and rigged individually. MPC’s animation team created a procedural system to automatically add these ‘mechanical’ effects based on the position of the joints.

Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes

·       Making-of Featurettes

·       Exclusive Look at “Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron”

·       Gag Reel

·       Audio Commentary

 (DVD)

·       Exclusive Look at “Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron”

·       Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scene

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in 3-D, Animation, Below the Line, Blu-ray, Clips, Movies, Oscar, previs, Tech, Trailers, VFX, Virtual Production

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