Marvel Studios’ GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3 is available on home release and while we would have hoped for a grand send-off to the trilogy, history would have us set measured expectations as to what we could expect.
Unfortunately, our worries were confirmed that the review copy we received for complimentary review does in fact boast a fairly small selection of features that left us wanting so much more.
To be fair, this home release isn’t being billed as the ultimate send off to the misfit heroes but we would have hoped for a little more to make the juice a little more worth the squeeze.
There’s two Featurettes on this release and while on a more robust release the behind-the-scenes content can total up to an hour or more, for this final hoorah Marvel has opted for just under 20 minutes. The first one, The Imperfect, Perfect Family, clocks in at 11 minutes and is less about this final jaunt and more of an overall retrospective on the entire franchise. We take a look at the journey of Star Lord — from his relationship with his mother in the first film, his father in the second, and dealing with himself in the final film. Interviews and footage from across the entire timeline of the franchise are included here with Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, and more in addition to director James Gunn.
The only other behind-the-scenes content is a 9-minute Creating Rocket Raccoon featuring cast and crew once again returning to go over the development and creation of Rocket from initial research and development of the visual effects process. Of course, we hear from Sean Gunn talking about getting the call from his brother to play the interim version of the character for the actors to play off of during shooting. We also get insights into the casting of Bradley Cooper and also a look at the reference footage of Oreo the raccoon who we first learned about at a Disney Parks Blog event!
It’s no surprise the Gag Reel here is one of the longest we’ve seen — coming in at nearly 6 minutes with a look at the hijinx on set including line flubs, technical issues, and other fun moments on set.
Deleted Scenes are presented without introduction – another lost opportunity. The official summaries follow below — none of the cut footage was anything terribly juicy and in watching them it’s clear why many of them were removed or later altered in the final cut.
- A Bit Much – Adam Warlock explains to Ayesha what he plans to do with the Guardians.
- A Lending Hand – Peter lends a hand to an injured humanimal on Counter-Earth and shows he means no harm.
- Drax’s Analogies and Metaphors – Drax gives Peter some interesting life analogies and metaphors.
- The Perfect Society – The High Evolutionary reveals his mission to perfect the universe.
- The Search for 89P13 – Behemoth brings not-so-good news to The High Evolutionary.
- Annoyed Peter – Peter gets annoyed while altering the shield.
- A Burning Escape – Peter runs back to grab his music player before escaping a blazing inferno on the Arête.
- Knowhere After the Battle – The High Evolutionary is brought back to Knowhere and locked up while Kraglin recruits Adam Warlock.
There is one final saving grace on here and it’s a Director’s Commentary with director James Gunn. While we haven’t had the chance to sit down and enjoy this, it’s a helpful bit of meaty material to help round out the offerings. While this home release release is woefully lacking in volume of extras, it’s still on par with Marvel’s general lean approach to home releases.
See it for Yourself
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3 home release is available in Digital and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD.