Blu-ray + Digital | Disney | 2019 | 142 min | Rated PG | March 31, 2020
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (33.50 Mbps)
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
| Film Synopsis |
Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) promises Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) that he will be the new Emperor once he's gone, but Ren has doubts. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) is training with Leia (Carrie Fisher) to defeat the First Order. Her friends, Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) set out on the Millennium Falcon to help her in her quest. With the help of an anonymous spy within the First Order, they make headway, but setbacks may turn their mission into an impossible one.
| Video |
The film uses a wide color palette and this release handles them with care. The darkest blacks look inky, while the brightest lightsaber blade is so vibrant it pops off the screen. Muted and mid-range colors also feel accurate to the theatrical experience with details feeling crisp and sharp when intended to be so.
| Audio |
The Rise of Skywalker's Blu-ray includes a volume-challenged DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless soundtrack. Dialogue is clear and detailed from a natural front-center location. The audio mix also plays John Williams’ final Star Wars score quite well. The subwoofer rumbles with authority every time Rey or Kylo Ren uses their force powers.
| Special Features |
The Skywalker Legacy: The supplementary package highlight. This feature-length documentary not only explores the making of The Rise of Skywalker in great detail but also dives deeply into franchise history and lore, intermixing making-of takes from throughout the saga that complement Episode IX's creative story, with emphasis on the original trilogy and the latest trilogy.
Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase: An in-depth look at the making of one of the film's biggest action sequences.
Aliens in the Desert: Returning to another desert location for parts of The Rise of Skywalker, shooting in Jordan, building a small community to support the production, and exploring the part the location plays in the movie.
D-O: Key to the Past: Exploring a key ship new to the latest trilogy.
Warwick & Son: Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Return of the Jedi, returns to play the character in The Rise of Skywalker alongside his son, Harrison.
Cast of Creatures: A fun look at the the role creatures play in the saga as well as applauding those who build and perform them.
| Overall Reaction |
With over two-and-a-half hours of bonus features, including a feature-length making-of documentary, fans will feel satisfied with this Blu-Ray release of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker". Honestly, buying the Blu-ray is worth it for “The Skywalker Legacy” documentary alone. With this being the final in this 3 part trilogy, I can say this trilogy is better than the prequels but not a good as the originals.
Summary (out of 5)
Film: 3.5 Video: 4.0 Audio: 4.5 Extras: 4.0 Overall: 4.0