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Thursday, 06 July 2017 02:28

Director James Gunn confirms Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on 4K Ultra HD

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We just wanted to chime in here early this morning to report some great news for fans of Guardians of the Galaxy, Disney, and the 4K Ultra HD format. Director James Gunn just posted the following statement tonight on his Facebook page (which continues in full below the break):

“Yes, it’s true, & I am UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED to announce 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.” [Read on here...]

“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.

And yes for those of you asking, there will also be a 3D home release.

We will soon have lots more exciting announcements about the 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!

So more OFFICIAL announcements soon. Be careful what you listen to if it doesn’t come from here or Marvel Studios as sometimes things seep out into the world from artwork that isn’t finalized, etc.

And have a great Wednesday. Love to you all.”

So that pretty much clinches the reports from our retail sources yesterday (see our column here). Great news too about a Blu-ray 3D release of the film for fans who appreciate that. Looks like we’re going to get all the final details very soon.

By the way, James also posted this in response to a comment from a fan who said 4K is simply a fad and will be made obsolete by 8K in the future:

“It’s not possible for the human eye to distinguish between 4K and 8K on home screens, so that will never be the case. And the important part of this release is not the 4K – the truly different and amazing aspect is the high dynamic range with light and color which creates a completely more exciting experience, and is the best thing to happen to cinema in my lifetime.”

That’s EXACTLY right. The resolution increase from HD to 4K does makes a difference, but it’s High Dynamic Range makes the biggest difference in the experience of watching films at home… and in theaters for that matter.

From all of us here at The Digital Bits, and from all of our readers who love 4K Ultra HD, we’d like to say thanks to James Gunn for showing his support for this format with Disney. We agree: it’s an exciting way to watch great movies. We can’t wait for Guardians Vol. 2 on 4K Ultra HD & many more!

That’s all for now. Stay tuned…

- Bill Hunt

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