Saturday, September 12, 2015

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One Now on Blu-ray

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One delivers all 15 action-packed episodes plus never-before-seen bonus material and cast/crew interviews revealing the magic behind the making of the hit series. Releasing on Blu-ray and DVD on September 1, this is a must-add collection to the library!

In the first groundbreaking season of Star Wars Rebels, young hero Ezra Bridger joins the clever but motley crew of the starship Ghost in their resistance against the Empire. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. Ezra and his new rebel friends -- Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper -- embark on daring adventures in their fight against oppression across the galaxy, receiving help from familiar heroes such as Lando Calrissian, Ahsoka Tano, and Jedi Master Yoda. Pursued relentlessly by the Imperials and a Jedi hunter called the Inquisitor, this tenacious ragtag band of rebels will find itself in the crosshairs of none other than Darth Vader when season one closes in a shocking two-part finale. 

Star Wars Rebels is created by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Sherlock Holmes), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (“Gargoyles).

Featuring the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr. (“I Know What You Did Last Summer”) as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Young Justice”) as Hera, Steve Blum (“The Boxtrolls”) as Zeb, Tiya Sircar (“The Internship”) as Sabine, Taylor Gray (TV’s “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”) as Ezra, David Oyelowo (“Selma”) as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter”) as the Inquisitor.

Bonus Features:
  • Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration (Exclusive to Blu-ray)
  • Season One shorts: “The Machine in the Ghost,” “Art Attack,” “Entanglement,” “Property of Ezra Bridger”
  • All DVD Bonus (see below)

My Thoughts

My 13-year-old son is a huge Star Wars fan, and he was thrilled when Disney came out with Star Wars Rebels. The series centers around a group of rebels who fight the Empire when they try to occupy their home. It brings is a whole new cast of characters (at least new to me) including Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, but some classic favorites still make an appearance, like R2-D2 and C-3PO.   There are 13 episodes in the first season including:

Droids in Distress
Fighter Flight
 Rise of the Old Masters
 Breaking Ranks
 Out of Darkness
 Empire Day
 Gathering Forces
 Path of the Jedi
 Idiot's Array
 Vision of Hope
 Call to Action
 Rebel Resolve
 Fire Across the Galaxy

In addition to all the episodes of season 1, this Blu-ray set also gives you a sneak peek at season two and a behind the scenes looks at the first season. My teenage son loved this new series, and he is hoping they keep this one going a lot longer than  Clone Wars.  The animation is great is the story-line keeps you on the edge of your seat. He can't wait to see where season two takes things.