Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 launched into theaters in May but now the music-packed film is launching into homes as the first in-home title to release in 4K Ultra HD. SYFY WIRE had the opportunity to preview not only the 4K Ultra HD but some of the 80 minutes worth of bonus features from the release ... including the debut of a music video starring David Hasselhoff. Here's what we learned.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 director James Gunn and David Hasselhoff stopped by Walt Disney Studios ahead of release day to preview the music video for the retro "Inferno" music video (which Hasselhoff himself had yet to see). Hasselhoff recorded the title track off of the Guardians Vol. 2 soundtrack, which was released earlier this year. Gunn said that "the song was written to be a music video as much as it was written to be a song." The music video was even shot with older equipment to fully reach its retro potential and will be included as a special feature on the digital and Blu-ray releases of the film this month.
Gunn proposed the idea of the song after Hasselhoff's film cameo had been shot and clearly the former Knight Rider enjoyed the experience. "To see this video and to be a part of the whole Guardians family now is incredibly cool," Hasselhoff told us. The video also features the other stars of Guardians, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker (who according to Gunn "has no sense of rhythm at all") and Pom Klementieff.
Other special features included are a four-part behind-the-scenes look at "The Making of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2," which shows that the theme of family in the film also applied to the cast while on set, and a peek at how Gunn chose songs for the sequel along with closer look at the role music played in the film from before production through editing.
When viewing the 4K UHD alongside the Blu-ray, there was a distinct and noticeable warmth and detail available in the new platform which will stun those who are lucky enough to own 4K televisions. And with Disney beginning to release films in UHD, it will only continue to improve in-home experiences.
Bonus materials also included in the release are a gag reel, deleted scenes and audio commentary. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is available on 4K UHD Digital today and will hit Blu-ray/DVD on August 22.