Friday, March 23, 2018

Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Lucasfilm’s Star WarsThe Last Jedi—the next action-packed chapter of the Star Wars saga— Earned critical acclaim and the No. 1 spot atop 2017’s list of highest-grossing films. The visually stunning film welcomes the return of original characters, including Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, Yoda, R2-D2 and C-3PO and further explores the deepening journey of the saga’s new members, Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren. Now families can bring home the movie digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on March 13, two weeks before the 4K Ultra HD™ Blu-ray, and Blu-ray™ disc on March 27.  This release also marks Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision™ HDR and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio, delivering consumers a transformative viewing experience.

Director Rian Johnson takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of Star WarsThe Last Jedi in a feature-length documentary, explaining his unique interpretation of the Force, detailing the painstaking process of creating Snoke, and deconstructing action-packed scenes from the film such as the epic space battle and the final confrontation. Johnson also reveals two exclusive scenes, featuring Andy Serkis as Snoke prior to his digital makeover, as well as 14 never-before-seen deleted scenes, in addition to his audio commentary.

Bonus features include*:
  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force - Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns
    • Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
    • Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
    • Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their in-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition (formerly the Blu-ray Combo Pack) includes Blu-ray, and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition, including 4K Ultra HD disc with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, Blu-ray disc, and a digital copy (where available). Dolby Vision delivers greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors. Dolby Atmos places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. Together on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, viewers will practically feel the Force in their own home.

My Thoughts

My family has been waiting for this release and we couldn't be more excited about the Blu-ray/DVD/ Digital HD pack. This movie was just fantastic and everything I hoped it would be. Kylo Ren makes for a great villain and I was glad to see he was back. He's not as disciplined as Darth Vader, which allowed for more raw emotion. Rey is a wonderful heroine, and I loved her interaction with Luke. It's nice to see a women taking the lead, and Finn was just amazing too. 

One of the best parts of this film is seeing most of the original cast reunited. I'm so glad they didn't hire younger actors to play these roles because that would've ruined the realism. No one can replace the originals. My favorite character is this film is Leia. She is proof of the strength of the female gender. Throughout the series, she has been through so much and lost almost everyone she cared about. Her home planet was even blown to pieces. Yet, she's still the only Skywalker who was never been tempted to the dark side. She is a great example of a real heroine,  and Carrie Fisher played the part beautifully. 

I don't want to give too much away as far as the story line, but be prepared for lots of adventures. There are great fight scenes and lots of chases. There are victories and some very bitter losses. The special effects are outstanding and the alien extras in the cast are an art-form all of their own.  In addition to the movie, this set includes some awesome bonus footage, including deleted scenes, a full length documentary, and so much more. This is definitely a movie everyone needs to have in their collection.

Be sure to grab a copy for yourself today. It's available now in store national or online at Amazon.