So many Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-ray options, so little time.
The wait is finally over, and the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-ray is finally available for you to take home. But the question is, which one do you buy?
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is currently available in five unique variations, with three of those being store-exclusive special editions. Following the news that the Guardians of the Galaxy series would be establishing “the next 10, 20 years of Marvel movies,” it makes sense that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-ray would be released with such bravado. Let’s unpack each of these options to see which one reigns supreme.
Of the general releases, we have the Blu-ray / DVD combo pack for $19.99, and the 4K Cinematic Universe Edition for $27.99. Of these, the combo pack is your classic bread and butter release. You get the movie, a digital code for the movie, and a few bonus features. You technically can get the DVD as a stand-alone release, but it’s only $2 less and is stripped of that digital code. Even if you’re looking for the cheapest possible option, we’d still recommend the combo pack in this case.
The Cinematic Universe Edition is where things get interesting. On top of getting the movie at 4K resolution, you get a collectible poster, 80 minutes of bonus features, and a music video of “Inferno” featuring David Hasselhoff himself. Since this release still comes with a digital code and Blu-ray copy of the film, this is clearly the best of the general releases for fans.
Now we get to the tricky part: store exclusive versions. Target, Walmart, and Best Buy all have their own unique versions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Here’s what each of these look like.
At Target, we have both the Blu-ray combo pack and the Cinematic Universe Edition as per usual. However, each of these comes with a bonus “Meet the Ravagers” featurette that’s exclusive to Target copies. The basic combo pack is a few bucks pricier than it is on Amazon, but the Cinematic Universe Edition is currently the same price at both vendors. Definitely consider the Target version if the Cinematic Universe Edition interests you.
Walmart‘s exclusive version is based on the Blu-ray combo pack, and not the Cinematic Universe Edition. This release contains a “Exclusive Rocket & Baby Groot O-Sleeve,” as well as two packs of Upper Deck Marvel trading cards. The trading cards are a tempting bonus on their own, but they’re not technically exclusive either. If you aren’t that interested in the Cinematic Universe Edition but are interested in some extra collectibles, the Walmart edition is fairly solid. That said, if you want the best, most collectible version of the movie and its extras, it’s a bit on the weaker side.
And then we have Best Buy. These Steelbook releases of the 4K and Blu-ray combo pack versions are the priciest of the lot, but they’re also the most unique. The only downside is that the 4K version of the Best Buy version doesn’t appear to come with the poster that the regular Cinematic Universe Editions do. Still, this is probably the prettiest version of the box itself you can get, so get this one to make your shelf sparkle.
So which Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Blu-ray is best? That’s up for you to decide! Generally speaking, you’ll probably prefer the store exclusives if you can access them at competitive price points. Target has the most content, Walmart has the most collectibles (albeit with the least content of the three), and Best Buy has the best box.
Either way, you can’t go wrong no matter which release you pick. Happy hunting!