Hitting blu-ray and DVD today from Disney is the latest instalment in the Skywalker Saga, The Last Jedi, director/writer Rian Johnson’s follow-up to 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Johnson delivers a strong film that has proven divisive with some fans, but for yours truly, it’s up there with The Empire Strikes Back, it sends characters in new directions, expands the universe, has fantastic, undeniable Star Wars moments (the John Williams score is usually a giveaway) and some great revelations.
And now, we can watch it whenever we like! For a die-hard fan like myself, I get giddy every time I throw a Star Wars film into my blu-ray player.
It’s no surprise that the transfer is pristine, the colours are sharp, the blacks are deep, the images beautiful, and the sound is gorgeous. It’s a stunning looking film, continuing The Force Awakens use of computer generated and practical effects.
The story sees Rey (Daisy Ridley) learning from Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), while Poe (Oscar Isaac), Leia (Carrie Fisher, in her last film role) , and Holdo (Laura Dern) try to keep the Resistance fleet one step ahead of the First Order, all while Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) hope to find aid.
It’s big, expansive, incredibly entertaining, and riveting, and incredibly Star Wars. It needs to be loud and often!
If the theatrical release was Christmas, the blu-ray release is my birthday. As I love digging into the Extras disc. This one proves to be incredibly entertaining. There is a feature length documentary, The Director and the Jedi which gives us an inside look at Johnson’s approach, prep, and shooting of this instalment in the Star Wars Saga.
I love this documentary, it’s nothing short of amazing; taking us into each aspect of the film, and there are a number of brilliant moments that shows the beauty, the craftsmanship that goes into the making of these films. It’s a powerful, and informative watch.
Along with this great doc, there are a few featurettes that give us a look at specific moments in the film, breaking down Johnson’s concept for the film, including his thoughts on how the Force works, what it means for the Star Wars universe, and the characters who inhabit it.
There are a series of scene breakdowns that show how the iconic moments went from an idea, to a storyboard, to the big screen via sound, visual effects, and the actors who bring the moments to life.
With this is a look at Andy Serkis and his motion capture performance (the man has perfected this art) of the leader of the First Order Snoke…
But the real prizes include a feature-length commentary by Johnson, and a collection of deleted scenes.
From the moment it burst onto the screen, The Last Jedi proved that it was something unique, different, and still incredibly at home in the universe that so many of have grown to love since 1977, and we eagerly await each new adventure with bated breath.
But until then, I can watch this one over and over… My Star Wars marathons are getting longer each year, and that is definitely a good thing.
Bring the Force home today!!