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first two 4K disc titles, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and Pirates of the
Caribbean Volume 5 are welcome additions to the burgeoning 4K title library,
though one is much better than the other as both a home video presentation and
as a movie.
nice to see Disney stepping up to the 4K world. The company may be many things,
but stupid it is not. And it knows how to make money.
But there was
a time when the company misunderestimated the marketplace so badly that it
ended up suing a tech company for having the audacity to create a new
technology! That was after Sony introduced the Betamax, ushering in the home
video age - and Disney (and some other studios, if I remember correctly) sued
them, ostensibly because they thought they'd lose a pile of money due to
piracy, home taping, whatever. It made
no sense then and looking back on it now (and considering the percentage of its
income Hollywood makes from video releases these days) Disney looks pretty
company's credit, however, once the Disney folks came to their senses they
learned to exploit home video really well - and (at least when it comes to
DVD's and Blu-rays) have released a string of video products that have
traditionally offered outstanding audio and video quality and plenty of
supplementary materials. I've been a fan of Disney discs for a long time and to
this day use some of them as reference titles when reviewing audio/video
One of those
reference discs is the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, which also just
happens to have become one of my "desert island discs." I love GG1
and the Blu-ray's picture is so good it's one of the first discs I turn to when
reviewing. It looks great up converted to 4K, too - so much so that I'm not
sure how much better a real 4K version could be. Not that I wouldn't want to
try it, especially with High Dynamic Range!
say, when Disney announced they'd kick off their 4K disc inventory with
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, I began drooling in anticipation. And it was
justified drool: not only is GG2 a terrific film in its own right, it's a
splendid example of the 4K UHD species. And while I don't think it's quite as
good as the original (I have a weakness for origin stories) it's close enough;
it's fun, packed with action, and offers the kind of state-of-the-art special
effects we've come to know and love even in movies that suck otherwise.
2, picks up a few months after the first movie ends. We don't really know how
long, exactly, but it doesn't matter. The Guardians are now a gang of galactic
mercenaries, a kind of family unit, doing work for whoever's willing to pay
them. After an opening credits sequence that see them fighting a tentacled
monster while Groot (still a baby) grooves, they manage to(mostly) protect the
precious batteries of the golden Sovereign people and are rewarded not with
gold or cash but with the captured Nebula (Karen Gillan), Gamora's (Zoe
Saldana) kind of sister.
(voiced by Bradley Cooper) steals some of the batteries - because he can - which
pits the Sovereigns and their really cool fleet of remotely controlled drone
fighters against them and it looks like the multitude of little ships may be
more than the single Guardians ship can handle. Ah, but then some mysterious
guy shows up and blows away the fleet, saving Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris
Pratt) and his little group of friends (which also includes Dax, played by Dave
Bautista, and Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel) to fight or guard or steal, another
But who's the
guy? As GG fans undoubtedly know by now, it's Quill's mysterious and long-lost
Dad, Ego (played with exuberance by Kurt Russell), who's been searching for his
son for many years and, thanks to the events of the first movie, was finally able
to track him down. He's a kind of "small g" god and promises
immortality and power to Peter.
there's more to Ego than meets the eye and there's where I'll stop describing
the plot. I will say, however, that I laughed nearly as much at this movie as I
did the first - and I even got misty-eyed at the end. It's a bigger movie than
the first, which I had doubted was possible given GG1's grand scale, yet it
doesn't get bogged down with its grandeur.
There are a
few short instances of the movie taking itself a tad seriously, or at least threatening
to lose its razor sharp focus, but they're few and quick and easy to forgive.
If you enjoyed
the golden oldies from the first movie, you'll probably love this one, too. I
was particularly thrilled to hear my favourite Cat
Stevens songat the end, and it fits this film beautifully.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2, UHD disc comes packed with the Blu-ray
version and a download code, and for some reason Disney has chosen to label the
Canadian release with French first, which is like the U.S. version favouring
Spanish over English.
I watched the
4K disc and then spot checked some of my favourite scenes in 1080p thanks to
the conventional Blu-ray. Guess which I preferred….
version, besides being at the UHD format's 3840x2160 pixels, features High
Dynamic Range (HDR) - which gives a brighter picture with deeper colours. And
what picture and sound! The Blu-ray looks terrific, but the 4K HDR treatment ups
that ante wonderfully. Colours are indeed noticeably richer, and detail is
improved as well. You can really notice the upgrade when you look at the
various "non-white" characters' skin, particularly Yondu's (Michael
Rooker), Nebula's and, even more spectacularly, the designs on Drax' body. Ditto
for fabrics, space ships, you name it. It's a great treat for your eyes,
especially considering the gorgeous locations created for the film.
Dolby Atmos, which is backwards compatible to most humans' equipment, and it
sounds great. It's also as big and bombastic as the movie - and the video
presentation - and will give your home theatregood workout. All channels are made good use of in this audio immersion
in Marvel's universe.
some interesting bonus features on the Blu-ray, though I wanted to learn how
they made Kurt Russell look young at the beginning and they never included that
info. I learned later that it was done digitally, and it's so good they fooled
me - and I remember what Kurt Russell looked like back then (yep, I'm that
an audio commentary and a rather silly disco video starring the cast and David
Hasselhoff. And there's a little poster for the video in the box, so you can
hang it in your bedroom and look at it, all dreamy-eyed, from your bed.
Do kids still
Hot on the
heels of Guardians 2 is Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth
kick at that particular can and what appears to be an obvious attempt at
cashing in on a lucrative franchise. I guess you could say that about GG2 as
well, but at least it has the advantage of still being fresh and exciting.
Pirates 5 is exciting, but fresh?
a.k.a. "Dead Men…" is worth seeing, but it seems a bit more than a
tad forced and tired, as Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) finds himself the
target of living and dead folks he's wronged in the past. It's definitely a
spectacular title full of action and terrific special effects and that makes it
worth seeing at least once.
Right off the
bat, the "Pirates franchise" torch is passed from Orlando Bloom's Will
Turner to his son, Henry (Brenton Thwaites), making this kind of a
"Pirates of the Caribbean: the Next Generation." Then, the young
Turner sets out to find Sparrow - joining everyone else on planet Earth, it
would seem - so he can free his father from his particular curse. Along for the
cinematic ride are other cursed pirates looking to free themselves, others
looking for revenge, others looking for power, others looking for booty. There
are just plain others involved as well, not dead or undead, and all these
disparate interests come together in a rather convoluted plot that didn't need
to be nearly as convoluted as it turned out to be.
only hope to prevent everyone from offing him is to find the legendary Trident
of Poseidon, which gives whoever wields it total control over the seas in a way
that reminded me of Little Mermaid's Ursula the sea witch, on steroids.
The first big
action scene, a bank robbery in which they steal the actual bank, reminded me
of Monty Python's Crimson Permanent Assurance bit, and there's a lot of other
stuff that you can see coming from miles away, but there's also enough intrigue
and action to keep you interested until the closing credits, well, close.
performances are fine (I especially love Geoffrey Rush's Barbossa, and we now
have Javier Bardem along, in a CG-enhanced bad guy role!) and the production
looks as big as it attempts to be.
expects these days, the special effects are eye-blowing. They even part the
blue sea in this thing, leading to a climactic fight among the coral and an
exciting escape before the waters de-part. Many of the ghostly characters are
CG-enhanced as well, some of them being only partially there; it's quite cool! There
are some nifty ghost sharks, too, though the movie may have jumped at least one
of them during its production.
As much fun
as Pirates 5 is, however, it all seems kind of contrived, tired and ready to be
put out to pasture. This version, with its younger stars, seems kind of like a
reboot, but a half reboot since everyone else (other than the other new
characters introduced for this tale) is a holdover from the other films in the
series. It definitely isn't a fresh start like J. J. Abrams' first Star Trek reboot
It's a good
example of the UHD 4K disc species, though it isn't quite up to the standard of
GG2. I did some spot checking between the Blu-ray (the 4K package also comes
with a digital download code) and the 4K HDR disc and the newer technology
definitely leads to an improved image. It isn't as stark a difference as with
is wonderful, with very sharp textures and lovely colours. If you wanted to,
you could count every picked zit on Geoffrey Rush's face, though that doesn't
seem like the best use of home theatre time. The resolution really pays off
with the sets, the aged and weathered ships with their tattered sails, and the
costumes, in which every detail shines (unfortunately so, for some of the more
unsavoury…). The black level is excellent, too, which helps in the many dark
The audio is encoded
with Dolby Atmos, and this translates to Dolby TrueHD for most mainstream home
theatres. It's a good track, but not as dynamic or room-shaking as the one on
Guardians Vol.2. Channel separation is fine, dialogue is mostly clear and
there's terrific ambience in the creaking masts and other stuff like that. Cannon
fire sounds properly "high calibre" and the musical score comes
through nicely but not obtrusively.
pretty good, too, though as with GG2 you'll have to head for the Blu-ray disc
to find them. Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Making of a New Adventure is a seven
part feature you can watch all at once or separately, and it includes cast and
crew comments and insights, a look at the new stars, the special effects, a day
with actor Kevin McNally (Gibbs), Paul McCartney's unnecessary cameo, and the
franchise's legacy. Whew!
One thing I learned
that I though was cool was how the filmmakers used drone-mounted cameras, a
strategy I expect will become even more popular in coming years.
a blooper reel, a Jerry Bruckheimer photo diary, deleted scenes and a couple of
two releases, Disney has landed firmly, and on both feet, in the 4K UHD HDR
market, offering exquisitely crafted discs that are sure to please the
sensibilities of videophiles and audiophiles alike.