REVIEW: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ DVD / Blu-Ray

guardians-galaxy-blu-ray-400_0The Guardians of the Galaxy DVD is out—and the special features includes everything a Marvel fan could possibly want.

The extended/deleted scenes offer an interesting insight into Gamora and Nebula’s relationship, and the gag reel features a rewarding clip of the cast and crew having a dance-off party. Guardians of the Galaxy’s DVD special features also include commentary with director James Gunn along with three featurettes.

The first featurette, a “Guide to the Galaxy” with Gunn, is composed of interviews, on-set footage, and concept art. The featurette gives an impressive look at the scope of the making of the film. It gives an in-depth tour of the locations our Guardians traveled to – from the dark and beautiful Morag to bustling criminal outpost Knowhere. The sets are phenomenal—our personal favorite is the prisoner complex the Klyn, which hardly needed any CGI touch-ups.

The second featurette expands on the visual designs; James Gunn’s original concept art came to fruition without many changes—he originated the idea of the Nova Corps forming an energy barrier to keep the Dark Aster contained. Rocket and Groot’s visual evolution is fascinating to watch, with the filmmakers also talking about character personalities and contrasts between a plant and an animal.

The third and final featurette is the one that made our hearts stop. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen: behind-the-scenes footage of The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Joss Whedon introduces brief but epic shots of their beautiful set locations, car explosions, and our favorite actors shooting arrows or wielding a shield.

If anything, fans of Guardians of the Galaxy will love the behind-the-scenes footage; and fans of Marvel in general will leap to get their hands on the exclusive look at The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Let us know if you have watched Guardians of the Galaxy from the comfort of your own home yet in the comments below. If so, let us know which character and location was your favorite, we want to hear your thoughts!

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation .

Posted on December 11, 2014, in Movie Reviews. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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