Take a Look at Guardians of the Galaxy in Stunning 4K Ultra HD

by on September 29, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – September 29th, 2014

James Gunn’s new Marvel Comics epic superhero movie “Guardians of the Galaxy” has been in theaters in the U.S for a couple of months now after some intense anticipation by both Marvel Comics fans and science fiction fans in general.

However, it’s quite possible that many of those who did see it never got to truly appreciate the fully fleshed out resolution glory of the movie as it was filmed.

The makers of “Guardians of the Galaxy” did a couple of broad things during shooting to ensure that the final theatrical release and its subsequent home video versions would create a truly immersive movie experience for fans who deserve the best.

The first of these technical features –designed for theater audiences– was the use of 3D with shifting aspect ratios for maximal immersion in what’s on the screen. The aspect ratio of the movie varies between 1.90 : 1 and 2.35 : 1 depending on the specific scene. The 1.90:1 ratio will only be available to 3D IMAX audiences but as claimed by numerous professional film viewers, the effect produced is truly something worth going to see “Guardians” for.

For IMAX audiences who see the movie in (what is reported to be) some truly excellent 3D will get the benefit of switches between both aspect ratios and the result is a movie experience that is notably more full bodied and encompassing.

As for the second technical feature of shooting, it’s the raw film resolution itself. James Gunn shot “Guardians of the Galaxy” in 2.8K resolution with an ARRI Alexa XT Plus camera system with the use of several high powered lenses such as the Zeiss Master Primer series, Panavision Primo and Angenieux’s Optimo lenses.

ARRI is extremely well regarded in the professional film world for their superb cameras and though the shooting resolution of “Guardians of the Galaxy” wasn’t full 4K Ultra HD, the 2.8K raw resolution lends itself superbly well to 4K upscaling, much better than Full HD does.

If you want to see for yourself (and happen to have a 4K Display monitor or TV) check out the upscaled 4K preview in the video below!

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  • jbr
    March 16, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Too bad this video is upscaled. if you’re going to post content in a site called you might learn what 4K content actually looks like.


    • Daniel
      January 18, 2019 at 8:39 am

      If you bothered to read the very short article then you would have read that the movie wasn’t shot in 4k. It was shot in 2.8k. Also the writer explains at the end of the article that the preview is upscaled to 4k. Try reading. It can do wonders for you and for that matter the rest of us that have to share this world with the likes of you.


  • Maximus Davis
    September 5, 2016 at 5:29 am

    Hahaha.. burnt.


  • Anonymous
    December 2, 2016 at 1:32 am

    jbr speaks the truth – nothing but upscaled 1080p…



  • Alexandr Frund
    April 12, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    When will Native 4K movies come out? And when can they shoot Guardians Of the Galaxy in HDR10+ And Dolby Vision along with IMAX ENHANCED?


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