4K October 2019 - Guardians of the GalaxyThe motley bunch known as the Guardians of the Galaxy hit 4K Ultra HD in their first MCU adventure. So, how do they go on the format? “I am Groot!”, or “I am Groot.”?

The story: Writer/director James Gunn took a bunch of hardly household Marvel names and put them up in lights, in this first adventure for Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and the true star of the show, Groot. Star-Lord – aka Peter Quill – has filched an orb that holds great value for the fate of the galaxy, and soon discovers that everybody wants a piece of him in order to get to it. He needs help, and eventually gets it from initially unlikely – and unwilling – sources as a new galaxy force is ultimately forged.

“I am Groot.”

The 4K disc: Another effects-laden Marvel Cinematic Universe extravaganza, it comes as no surprise that Guardians of the Galaxy springs from a 2K master format, and has then been upscaled. The results are quite pleasing, with some scenes (less effected ones, generally) exhibiting some good detail. The HDR treatment suits this film, and hasn’t been set to stun. As such, there are increases in brightness that, sometimes literally, make the transfer shine, while blacks go deep without destroying detail. Skin tones – be they pink, red, green, blue, yellow – also benefit from the increase in visual dynamic range.

All the action comes to us via a Dolby Atmos mix that initially sounds quite subdued. We’re used to cranking Disney Atmos presentations, but we found that this one required more of a bump than usual. Once there though it’s a pleasantly immersive experience, with plenty of fun surround action joined by bottom end when called upon. Dialogue remains clear even duting the more raucous scenes, and that mostly ace (Rupert Holmes? Seriously?!) ’70s mixtape soundtrack scrubs up a treat.

A single disc release, no extras are included.

Release date: October 2, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

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