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Disney enters the 4K UHD business with 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'

Posted Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 1:51 PM Central
Last updated Friday, July 21, 2017 at 10:56 AM Central

by John Couture

Phew, Hollywood's worst-kept secret is finally out of the bag. With today's announcement that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be coming to all physical home entertainment formats on August 22, Disney is officially in the 4K UHD Blu-ray business.

Disney was the last holdout among the "big six" studios with the newest format, but relented when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn practically coerced them to release his latest film on 4K UHD.

As you can see, James let the proverbial cat out of the UHD bag last week, but Disney enforced its embargo on us until today. You can see the full details and artwork for each version below.

Of course, the real question now is whether Disney will release 4K UHD versions for all of their films (and eventually go back to release their more than deserving catalog on the new format), or if this is a one-shot sort of thing. Perhaps we'll get an answer when they announce the home entertainment release plans for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales on Friday. Stay tuned.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer)
Blu-ray:

  • 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.