There have been many attempts at replicating one of our greatest international exports, the American superhero epic, but few have come closer to succeeding than the Russian X-Men clone Guardians. We delivered many crazy trailers and posters to you last year of this fantasy sci-fi spectacle from Mother Russia, but sadly it never received a wide release on U.S. soil. Until now.
Launched internationally in February of 2017, the film just secured a home video deal for the U.S. and Canada that will bring this offbeat band of mutants into the comfortable confines of our homes.
With mini-gun-toting were-bears, a Borscht-making ninja enchantress, clandestine government organizations and element-manipulating comrades all teaming up stop a world-altering villain, Guardians should have earned at least a limited release here in the States, but the stars never aligned for that to occur.
The fun, $14 million fantasy features an Avengers-style force consisting of: Khan, a lethal martial artist with the ability to master the wind; Xenia, a tempting woman who transforms her body into water; Ler, a man who can control earth; and Arsus, a gun-slinging mutant were-bear. The main villain is Argus, a demi-god with unlimited shapeshifting powers and a malevolent manipulator of electricity.
Here's the official description:
Set during the Cold War, a secret organization named "Patriot" gathered a group of Soviet superheroes, altering and augmenting the DNA of four individuals, in order to defend the homeland from supernatural threats. The group includes representatives of the different nationalities of the Soviet Union, which each one of them have long been hiding their true identity. In hard times, they settled down to business and gather to defend their homeland.
Directed by Armenian filmmaker Sarik Andreasyan, Guardians storms DVD and Blu-ray from Shout Factory on September 5.
(Via Bloody Disgusting)