The completely bonkers Russian superhero movie Guardians will be released in the United States by Shout! Factory on Blu-ray and DVD. The film came out in Russia in February after wowing the entire world with its crazy trailers featuring an Avengers-like squad of superheroes battling an evil electricity-controlling professor and his army of clones.
Directed by Sarik Andreasyan, Guardians looks for all the world like a Hollywood superhero movie, but with a very distinctive and bizarre Russian twist. The star of the trailers and poster art was the character Arsus, a man who is capable of transforming himself partially or even completely into a bear. Only transforming himself into half-a-bear allows Arsus to open up on his enemies with a bullet-spitting mini-gun while still having a completely intimidating bear-head (it's that kind of movie).
Bloody Disgusting reports that Shout! Factory is coming out with a DVD and Blu-ray of Guardians in the United States on September 5, 2017. The synopsis:
"During the Cold War, an organization called “Patriot” created a super-hero squad, which includes members of multiple soviet republics. For years, the heroes had to hide their identities, but in hard times they must show themselves again."
In addition to Arsus, the other members of the Guardians are a man named Ler who can make rocks levitate, a ninja-like man named Khan who is good with blades and a woman named Xenia who is able to walk on water. The movie's bad guy August Kuratov pulls off the very supervillain move of inventing a machine that allows him to control other mechanical devices, giving him the ability to disable his enemies' weapons and leaving the country open to attack by his army of clones. Not content with taking over Moscow, Kuratov wants to go into full Bond villain territory by using satellites to transmit his machine-controlling technology over the whole world. Naturally, the Guardians are the only ones who can stop him.
Despite all the excitement over the film's impressive trailers, critics in Russia totally blasted it and though it did have a strong first weekend at the Russian box office it suffered from bad word-of-mouth and its business quickly tailed off. So it doesn't look like we'll be getting a Guardians 2. With impressive special effects and tons of weird action, Guardians looks like another worthy addition to Shout! Factory's already-impressive catalog of cult films, indie flicks, off-beat TV series, animation titles and other various oddities.
Source: Bloody Disgusting