Hollywood director James Gunn announced on his official Facebook page Wednesday that Walt Disney Studios will release his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for home video in 4K Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut.

Gunn’s post said that “after a couple of years of me begging and pleading, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be coming to home video in 4K UltraHD. It will be the FIRST Disney release to be released this way.”

Gunn’s Facebook posting didn’t mention in exactly which format Disney plans to release the 4K HDR version, although a report on Engadget cited “internal documents” stating it will be released August 22nd in DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray formats.

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No mention was made of digital formats or services that might stream the title or provide it as a digital download. Interestingly, Apple, a Disney ally, recently announced its support for HEVC compression, which is used for 4K Ultra HD streaming and downloads, and could be added to iTunes for future offerings.

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According to Gunn’s Facebook posting: “4K UltraHD is almost certainly the best way you can see this movie at home – with more definition and the most vibrant colors possible on your home screen, and with the brightest brights and the blackest blacks. A being composed of light truly appears to be a being composed of light! This version is a roiling cinematic river of beauty and I’ve taken hundreds of hours personally making it look the best it can. This is one of the reasons why LIGHT and COLOR are such important elements of Vol. 2’s story, and why we screened the World Premiere in Los Angeles in essentially this format.”

Gunn also said home release plans include “a 3D home release” and “some unbelievably cool additional content, including something that’s so amazing I’ve been chomping at the bit for months not being able to talk about it!”

Gunn promised that more official announcements will be coming soon.

In other comments Gunn said: “Film does not allow for anywhere near the same amount of dynamics of color and (especially) of light that high dynamic range formats do. Blacks are actually black in high dynamic range and lights are bright (on film they are shades of gray). Again, this is more about that aspect of this format more so than the 4K.”

He also cautioned fans against embracing too quickly content released with HDR that hasn’t been properly graded by the content creators: “It takes a lot of work to do it in real time – be wary of people just releasing content in high dynamic range that hasn’t been through the correct process.”


By Greg Tarr


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