The biggest movie of the year is on its way to a screen (very) near you, starting as soon as next week. Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will be released on Digital HD next Tuesday, November 18, and 3D/Blu-ray on Tuesday, December 9. We’ve got the full list and a review of the special features, and a Q&A with director James Gunn after the jump!
Yesterday, Disney hosted members of the press for an advanced screening of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’s special features before James Gunn self-moderated a Q&A session. The full list of features to be included with the home release of GOTG is as follows.
Bonus Features (Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray)
- Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes: ‘Fake Laugh’ (:23), ‘The Klyn Will Have to Do’ (:41), ‘No, I’m the Stupid One’ (:27), ‘Sisterly Love’ (1:40), ‘Dancing Guard’ (:45)
- Making-of Featurettes: ‘Guide to the Galaxy with James Gunn’ (20:01), ‘The Intergalactic Visual Effects for The Guardians of the Galaxy‘ (6:50)
- Exclusive Look at Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2:08)
- Gag Reel (3:42)
- Audio Commentary with director James Gunn
Save for Gunn’s commentary track and some of the Gag Reel, all of the special features were shown at yesterday’s screening and they are indeed worthy of picking up GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY in your preferred home format. Gunn’s “Guide to the Galaxy” shows the equally high measures of creativity and care that went into the making of the film, as does “The Intergalactic Visual Effects for The Guardians of the Galaxy.” You will see how and why the connection you felt to Rocket and Groot was no accident.
All of the special features are laced with a hilarious, ongoing GOTG story in the form of an 8-bit video game complete with a digitized version of the original movie score. What was shown of the Gag Reel promised it’s every bit as funny as it should be while the deleted scenes demonstrate the difficulty in making decisions to leave certain parts of the film on the editing room floor. The exclusive look at AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON does not reveal much that has not already been seen in the trailer, but seeing the global scale of the production is impressive.
During the Q&A, I asked James Gunn what it has meant to him to see audiences connecting with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on such a strong, emotional level after pouring so much of himself into the making of the film.
“It’s touching, I mean, it’s really touching. I really made the movie completely sincerely and I love the characters and I’m moved by it. You know, I still, every time I watch the movie and I see Drax pet Rocket’s head, I still get teary-eyed, honest to God still. Like, I loved that moment in particular. But you know, I love the movie, I love the characters, and I love the people I made the movie with, so to have people respond to it on that emotional level, you know, and to have people get what I was going for with the whole movie. After having a career of doing many things that I thought were pretty obvious what I was doing with them and then sometimes people just didn’t exactly see them how they were, being able to get to the point where I feel like I’m able to speak to people clearly through film is a real joy, a real joy.”
You can listen to the entire Q&A below, which features Gunn talking about the success of the film and how beholden he feels to Marvel’s Phase 3, including AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, as he works on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2.
Once again, it was such a thrill to see and hear just how much heart went into the making of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY from the ground up. The film itself and the passion behind it are so genuine, making the worldwide audience’s overwhelming response to GUARDIANS now seem inevitable in hindsight. Marvel’s big risk paid off because the studio bet on a sure thing, director James Gunn’s love for the characters, his brilliant vision, and his ability to communicate that vision to virtually any viewer.
UPDATE: Here are some clips from the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY special features.
You can pre-order your copy of Marvel’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY at the links below.