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Published on March 27th, 2020 | by Craig Silliphant

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Blu ray Release

With the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on blu ray and 4K, we look at the release and the special features too.

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Woo-boy, I’ve been waiting for this one.  I saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a couple of times in the theatre and took my six-year-old son to one of those screenings.  Both of us have been looking forward to the blu ray release so we can watch it again at home.  And again.  And again.

Is it a perfect movie?  Not even close.  In fact, it’s quite messy in places. But in my review of the film itself, I look at why I loved it anyway.  And why, toxic fans be damned, I don’t think Star Wars owes us anything.  I think I owe Star Wars a lot.  I think it’s a shame that they’ve halted production on the feature films.  It’s hard to live in a world where there’s not a new Star Wars movie to look forward to (I did that enough as a child after Return of the Jedi was over).

As a side note, even though I do currently have Disney+, where all these movies can be found (Skywalker drops in April too), I still pick up the physical media.  I love owning them and I could never be without the ability to watch them if streaming services or the internet go down for whatever reason.

And now, with the home video release, comes a wealth of special features.  Unfortunately, there’s not a director’s commentary, but there are several hours worth of new content that goes behind the scenes, including a feature length making-of that makes you feel like you were actually there for the production of the movie.  You’ll pick up a lot of background information about the creation of the universe itself, story choices they made and why, and the chemistry of the actors (and how they worked around the passing of Carrie Fisher).  I’ve always loved to go behind-the-scenes with Star Wars, and like the excellent feature length doc on the Last Jedi release, these special features deliver the goods.

Here are the special features:

 

  • The Skywalker Legacy: The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase: Dive into the making of the movie’s epic land speeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
  • Aliens in the Desert: See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
  • D-O: Key to the Past: Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
  • Warwick & Son: Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
  • Cast of Creatures: The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life.

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Craig Silliphant

is a D-level celebrity with delusions of grandeur. A writer, critic, creative director, broadcaster, and occasional filmmaker, his thoughts have appeared on radio, television, in print, and on the web. He is a juror on the Polaris Music Prize and the Juno Awards. He loves Saskatoon. He has horrible night terrors and apocalyptic dreams.



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