Blu-ray Review: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO. Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Holdo, Benicio Del Toro as DJ and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke. The score is by John Williams.

In Episode VIII, Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

Possible spoilers ahead! Star Wars: The Last Jedi picks right up where The Force Awakens left off. A hesitant Luke Skywalker agrees to train Rey while Leia and what’s left of the resistance is being chased down by Kylo Ren and the First Order. Luke sees how powerful Rey is with the Force and it frightens him because he witnessed this same raw energy in Ben Solo who fell to the dark side. Supreme Leader Snoke shows how powerful of a manipulator he is with Rey and Kylo who end up coming face to face once again in a really awesome fight that takes place in Snoke’s throne room. How about those Praetorian Guards! Anyway, the final battle takes place on a new planet called Crait with what’s left of the resistance and Kylo Ren’s mighty First Order arsenal. This is where Luke finally comes into play and comes face to face with his former student and even though it wasn’t the epic battle I was hoping for, it was still a somewhat satisfying confrontation. Luke Skywalker makes the ultimate sacrifice for his friends but he lets Kylo-Ren know that he will not be the last Jedi because a new spark has been lit.

Unpredictable, that’s exactly how I described this movie after I watched it for the first time. This is also an extremely fast-paced installment, so even though The Last Jedi was an exciting movie to watch, it still had some flaws with the biggest ones being a few plot holes and poor character development with some of the new faces. There’s some great talent that’s terribly wasted in this movie. The Last Jedi introduces fans to several new planets as well as some awesome new ships, vehicles and creatures. Gotta love the Porgs! The story deals with Luke Skywalker wanting to end the Jedi for good because he fears the same thing will be repeated with Rey but he ends up realizing that she needs him to help her find her place in all of this. He fears that if the Jedi rises again, so will the Sith but he also realizes that she deserves a chance. This movie shows signs that there are already other people in the galaxy who are connected to the Force even though they aren’t Jedi so we’ll have to see how Episode IX wraps the Skywalker saga up.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front of the packaging features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has already gone down as the most controversial Star Wars movie in the franchise because of how some of the characters were handled but I still enjoyed the movie a lot and it is still a Star Wars movie. It’s also one of those movies that gets better each time I revisit it. Fan’s reactions have been split since the movie first released and everyone has a right to their own opinion, including me. What Rian Johnson did was take the franchise in a bold new direction (out with the old and in with the new) and to be honest it was a risky move. The story was still interesting to say the least and most of the characters were still fun to follow. The character development on some of the new faces could have been better. Luke Skywalker isn’t what anybody was expecting him to be because of what he went through with Ben Solo and this left him jaded and emotionally broken. Still, the legendary Jedi Master does find a way to help his friends by making the ultimate sacrifice in the end – a sacrifice that helps to ignite a new spark in the resistance. There’s a lot of sci-fi action that takes place in The Last Jedi and even a little humor to go along with it at times. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be available on a 2-disc Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) set on March 27th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios and Lucasfilm

Run Time: 152 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / EDA 2.0 / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English, French and Spanish

Special features: Good Stuff! The impressive list of extras include a feature length behind-the-scenes  documentary, a featurette, three scene breakdowns, two pivotalAndy Serkis mo-cap scenes, fourteen deleted scenes, a commentary track with the director and a digital copy of the movie.

  • 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. (1:35:23)
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way. (10:17)
  • Scene Breakdowns
  1. 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. (14:23)
  2. 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. (05:40)
  3. 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. (12:56)
  • 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. (05:49)
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson. (23:02)
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Digital HD Copy

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