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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