Guardians of the Galaxy

Guardians of the Galaxy

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Director: James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista

Cast: James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista

     
 

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A group of interstellar outlaws team up to save the galaxy from a villain who seeks ultimate power in this comic book space adventure from Marvel Studios and director James Gunn (Slither, Super). Peter Quill was just a young boy when, devastated by his mother's death, he sprinted out of the hospital and was swept into the stars by Yondu (Michael Rooker),

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A group of interstellar outlaws team up to save the galaxy from a villain who seeks ultimate power in this comic book space adventure from Marvel Studios and director James Gunn (Slither, Super). Peter Quill was just a young boy when, devastated by his mother's death, he sprinted out of the hospital and was swept into the stars by Yondu (Michael Rooker), the leader of an eclectic band of space scavengers known as The Ravagers. Twenty-six years later, Quill has adopted the nickname Star Lord (Chris Pratt). He's broken away from The Ravagers in an attempt to track down an ancient orb that is also coveted by the evil Ronan (Lee Pace), who is in league with the dreaded Thanos, and who dispatches his top assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to retrieve it from Star Lord. In the process of doing so, Gamora also gets drawn into a fight with furry bounty hunter Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and his tree-like, humanoid companion Groot (voice of Vin Diesel). Subsequently thrown into prison, this unlikely quartet quickly makes the acquaintance of fearsome warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), who seeks bitter revenge for the slaughter of his entire family at the hands of Ronan. In the process of making a daring prison break, Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax recover the orb, and transport it to The Collector (Benecio Del Toro), who reveals that it houses an Infinity Gem - one of six precious stones that harbors incredible powers that could pose a dire threat should they fall into the wrong hands. Later, Ronan acquires the Infinity Gem and plots to use its power to destroy The Nova Corps home-world of Xandar, The Guardians of the Galaxy must race through the stars to recover it before Ronan can carry out his genocidal plan.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Marvel Studios take their biggest risk to date with James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy, an upbeat space adventure driven by an infectiously fun retro soundtrack and a colorful cast of rogues-turned-reluctant heroes. Narrowly transcending the confines of a tiresome, safe plot thanks to these unique factors, as well as Gunn's eccentric embellishments (it's hard not to fall for a movie that kicks off with a dancing hero using a mutant rat as a lip-synch microphone), this Marvel gamble pays off more often than not, even though it could have benefitted from a bit more trimming in the editing room. Peter Quill was just a young boy when, devastated by his mother's death, he sprinted out of the hospital and was swept up into the stars by Yondu (Michael Rooker), the leader of an eclectic band of space scavengers known as the Ravagers. Years later, Quill (now played by Chris Pratt) adopts the nickname Star Lord and breaks away from the Ravagers in an attempt to track down an ancient orb. That artifact, as it turns out, is also coveted by the evil Ronan (Lee Pace) -- a villain in league with the dreaded Thanos -- who dispatches his top assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to retrieve it from Star Lord. In the process, Gamora is drawn into a fight with bounty-hunting raccoon Rocket (voice of Bradley Cooper) and his tree-like, humanoid companion Groot (voice of Vin Diesel). Subsequently thrown into prison, this unlikely quartet quickly make the acquaintance of fearsome warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), who seeks bitter revenge for the slaughter of his entire family at the hands of Ronan. While making a daring prison break, Star Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax recover the orb and transport it to The Collector (Benicio Del Toro), who reveals that it contains an Infinity Gem -- one of six precious stones whose incredible power could pose a dire threat if they fall into the wrong hands. Later, when Ronan acquires the Infinity Gem and plots to use it to destroy the Nova Corps' home world of Xandar, the newly formed Guardians of the Galaxy must race through the stars to obtain it before he can carry out his genocidal plan. It doesn't take a Warcraft veteran to see that the geeks have inherited Hollywood, and as once-niche events like Comic-Con begin to generate as much hype as mainstream sporting events like the Super Bowl, it was only a matter of time before Marvel Studios realized the value of widening their cinematic universe beyond such familiar properties as Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America. With an expansive scope that seems open to endless possibilities, Guardians of the Galaxy provides the perfect opportunity to bring something fresh to the scene. If nothing else, Guardians feels like an invigorating throwback to the pop-culture properties that were Saturday-morning staples in the 1980s. In harkening back to an era before sci-fi became so fatalistic and dour, Gunn speaks in a cinematic language that fans of cartoons like the Justice League and films like Heavy Metal will understand, while simultaneously giving younger audiences something that seems entirely fresh. Though it could be argued that his attempts to tie the simplistic story here into the ever-expanding Marvel movie-verse feel more detrimental than monumental (the plot could be succinctly summarized as "the Guardians must stop the bad guys from getting the orb"), as a director he still wrangles plenty of fun out of the overlong, too ambitious script, injecting it with just the right amount of energetic quirkiness to smooth over its narrative clutter. There's plenty of whimsy here to savor, and despite the convoluted plot, it does seem as if Gunn is devoted to the characters and the universe they inhabit. At its core, Guardians of the Galaxy is an origin story, yet by focusing more on the present than the past, Gunn lets us feel like we're getting to know the characters organically and in real time. Of course, by explicitly giving us Quill's background in the opening scene, the screenplay smartly connects us with the story's sole human, allowing us to see the universe through his eyes as we learn just enough about his lawless companions to provide an exhilarating balance of danger and wonder. From Pratt on down the line, the actors are completely committed to their roles, with Bautista nearly stealing the show as the vengeful yet unexpectedly logical and hilariously literal Drax. No doubt Bradley Cooper had a big smirk on his face while blasting out Rocket's sarcastic one-liners behind the mic, and as Quill's surrogate father Yondu, Gunn regular Michael Rooker balances between menace and humor in a way that makes his character genuinely unpredictable. Practical makeup effects are tops across the board, with Karen Gillan's evil Nebula even overshadowing Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser, whose black face paint makes him look like the frontman for an intergalactic death-metal band. In an alternate universe, kids would be asking their parents to stop by Burger King on the way home for a Guardians of the Galaxy kid's meal with a collectible glass. Perhaps when the promised sequel finally hits the screens in 2017, the Guardians will have earned their standing among Marvel's finest and Gunn will have found more efficient ways to work his unique style into the company's epic agenda. If and when that finally happens, that Groot glassware will be a rare and valued commodity.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/09/2014
UPC:
0786936842784
Original Release:
2014
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
2,779

Special Features

1. Exclusive Look At Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON -- Bursting With Action, And Including The Newest Members of The Marvel Cinematic Universe -- Quicksilver And Scarlet Witch -- Marvel's AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Is Truly A Battle For The Ages! 2. Deleted Scene

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Chris Pratt Peter Quill/Star-Lord
Zoe Saldana Gamora
David Bautista Drax
Lee Pace Ronan the Accuser
Bradley Cooper Rocket Raccoon
Michael Rooker Yondu
Karen Gillan Nebula
Benicio Del Toro The Collector
Djimon Hounsou Korath
John C. Reilly Rhomann Dey
Glenn Close Nova Prime
Ophelia Lovibond Carina
Gregg Henry Grandpa
Vin Diesel Groot
Josh Brolin Thanos
Laura Haddock Meredith Quill
Sean Gunn Kraglin,On Set Rocket
Peter Serafinowicz Denarian Saal
Christopher Fairbank The Broker
Krystian Godlewski On Set Groot
Wyatt Oleff Young Quill
Janis Ahern Meredith's Mother
Solomon Mousley Meredith's Brother
Lindsay Morton Meredith's Best Friend
Robert Firth Dr. Fitzgibbon
Melia Kreiling Bereet
Tom Proctor Horuz
Nick Holmes Horuz' Mate
Max Wrottesley Sacrificed Nova Corpsman
Stan Lee Xandarian Ladies' Man
Nicole Alexandra Shipley Pretty Xandarian
Sharif Atkins Nova Arresting Pilot
Brendan Fehr Corpsman Dey's Partner
Tomas Arana Kree Ambassador
Mikaela Hoover Nova Prime's Assistant
Emmet Scanlan Head Riot Guard
Dominic Grant Angry Guard
Spencer Wilding Mean Guard
Alison Lintott Sad Woman With Horns
Alexis Rodney Moloka Dar
Nathan Fillion Monstrous Inmate
Keeley Forsyth Mottled Prisoner
Frank Gilhooley Burly Prisoner
Alexis Denisof The Other
Enzo Cilenti Watchtower Guard
Richard Katz One Legged Prisoner
Enoch Frost Rifle Guard
Ronan Summers "Drop the Leg" Guard
Laura Ortiz Tortured Pink Girl
Marama Corlett Pit Boss
Rosie Jones Ladies Of The Boot of Jemiah
Abidemi Sobande Ladies Of The Boot Of Jemiah
Alex Rose Ladies Of The Boot Of Jemiah
Ekaterina Zalitko Ladies Of The Boot Of Jemiah
Emily Redding Ladies Of The Boot Of Jemiah
Stephen Blackehart Knowhere Dispatcher
Jennifer Moylan-Taylor Sad Krylorian Girl
Bruce Mackinnon One-Eyed Ravager
Ralph Ineson Ravager Pilot
Rob Zombie Ravager Navigator Voice
Naomi Ryan Nova Centurion
John Brotherton Nova Starblaster Pilot
Graham Shiels Alien Nova Pilot
James Gunn Maskless Sakaaran
Doug Robson Maskless Sakaaran
Rachel Cullen Corpsman Dey's Wife
Isabella Poynton Corpsman Dey's Daughter
Imogen Poynton Corpsman Dey's Daughter
David Yarovesky Goth Ravager
Miriam Lucia Crying Xandarian Citizen

Technical Credits
James Gunn Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
David Acord Sound/Sound Designer
Victoria Alonso Executive Producer
Jhon Alvarado Animator
Aaron Barlow Animator
Tyler Bates Score Composer
Gabriel Beristain Cinematographer
Christopher Boyes Sound/Sound Designer
Krzysztof Boyoko Animator
Michael Brewster Cinematographer
Justin Brunett Animator
Blair Burke Animator
Alexandra Byrne Costumes/Costume Designer
Jamie Christopher Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Andrew Clement Makeup Special Effects
Paul Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Mike Cottee Animator
Craig Wood Editor
Jordan Crockett Art Director
Louis D'Esposito Executive Producer
Ben Davis Cinematographer
Arslan Elver Animator
Emma Ewing Animator
Matt Farrell Animator
Kevin Feige Producer
Alan Fine Executive Producer
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Jed Fisher Animator
Framestore Animator
Shepherd Frankel Production Designer
Dominc Fysh Asst. Director
Graham Gallagher Animator
David J. Grant Co-producer
Eduard Grigoryan Animator
Alon Helman Animator
Joseph Henson Animator
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Kem Kamal Animator
William B. Kaplan Sound Mixer
Yukari Kawasoe Animator
James King Animator
Sidney Kombo Animator
Nikolas Korda Executive Producer
Jeremy Latcham Executive Producer
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Steve Love Asst. Director
John Mooney Sound Mixer
Christopher Mullins Animator
Benjamin Mulot Animator
Juan Niño Animator
Chris Page Animator
Florian Parrot Animator
Alan Payne Art Director
Craig Penn Animator
Chris Perkowitz Animator
Nicole Perlman Original Story,Screenwriter
Reg Poerscout-Edgerton Casting
Fred Raskin Editor
Darren Rea Animator
Christian Roberton Executive Producer
Liam Russell Animator
Sue Safianoff Animator
Jonathan Schwartz Co-producer,Producer
Kat Seale Animator
Nicolas Seck Animator
Alfonso Sicilia Animator
Mike Stallion Art Director
Mark Swain Art Director
Tom Brown Art Director
Ollie Trotman Animator
Jon Turburfield Animator
Matthew Williamson Animator
James Wilson Animator
Hughes Winborne Editor
Charles Wood Production Designer
Gez Wright Animator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Guardians of the Galaxy
1. Prologue
2. Morag
3. Ronan the Accuser
4. A Man of Honor
5. The Kyln
6. Crimes Against the Galaxy
7. Escaping the Kyln
8. Knowhere
9. I Do Not Dance
10. The Collector
11. Facing Off With Ronan
12. Something Incredibly Heroic
13. 12 Percent of a Plan
14. The Fleet Approaches
15. Inside the Dark Aster
16. Destroying Xandar
17. Protecting the Guardians
18. Guardians of the Galaxy
19. Guardians Pardoned
20. End Credits
21. End Tag

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Guardians of the Galaxy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best comic book movies ever. Action, humor, interesting plot, it has it all.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure I was going to like this for some reason. But having seen it finally, its not that bad. Best part is Groot and Rocket and well, the humor and tone of this. Pretty good.
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Good teen/space flix
Nagirref More than 1 year ago
If I could give this movie more stars, I would. I wasn't too thrilled with the idea of watching it but our kids wanted to see the racoon so I thought, well how bad can it be? By the first two minutes, I was hooked! By the time the opening credits started I was laughing like a child! This movie gets you from the beginning and keeps you wanting more. We had rented this that first viewing but I knew watching it once wouldn't be good enough. I purchased the BluRay combo pack (and the soundtrack, Awesome Mix Volume 1) and I'm so glad I did. The bonus outakes are hilarious. This movie is funny, smart, and with a touch of sadness but one of the best movies I've ever seen. This family eagerly awaits the sequels. In the meantime, we watch it once a week and listen to the soundtrack repeatedly!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny! Loved the humor.
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Calida More than 1 year ago
Far and away the best Marvel movie ever made. A hugely entertaining space opera with some great comedic moments, this was the most fun I've had at the movies in a really long time.
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