Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 220, October 2017

WSR Score3.5
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In Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, the team must fight to keep their newfound family together as they battle all-powerful enemies and unravel the mind-blowing mystery of Peter Quill (Pratt)'s true parentage. (Gary Reber)

Special features on the Blu-ray Disc include audio commentary by Director James Gunn, the featurettes The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (HD 37:39) and Guardians Inferno Music Video (HD 03:35), a gag reel (HD 03:41 ), four deleted scenes (HD 05:04 ), upfront previews, and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR 10 picture was digitally photographed in Panavision® with the Red Weapon Dragon camera in Vista Vision and with the Phantom 4K camera for some scenes. The picture was rendered and sourced using a Digital Intermediate 2K (not 4K) master format and reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display. While exhibited theatrically in 2D, there was also a 3D conversion by Stereo D and Southbay that was exhibited, but there has yet to be released a 3D Blu-ray Disc, as there was with the 2014 original release. The color palette exhibits impressive depth and saturation, especially evident with Yondu's blue skin and with the complex diversity of other skin hues and objects pertaining to the planets, spaceships, and gear, as well as laser blasts and explosions. HDR enhances the brightest elements of the picture, while black levels remain deep. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. Still, resolution is superb, especially with respect to the intricate fine details exhibited in the incredibly varied objects and, of course, in the actors' facial features, hair, and costumes. Clarity is terrific, with image rendering that is pristine. This is an impressive reference-quality presentation from Disney. (Gary Reber)