Like a lot of people, I had high expectations when I went to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi in theatres back in December. I wouldn’t consider myself a hardcore Star Wars fan but I would still call myself a fan of the series overall. But the film didn’t live to what I was pictured it to be, and a lot of other people feel the same way, especially looking at some audience reviews for the film.
However, by watching Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Blu-ray, my perceptions of the film have changed slightly to that I still enjoy watching the film, it’s just not my favourite Star Wars film to date.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past
Even though the film’s story had a few questionable choices (like Leia being able to somehow save herself from dying in space or all the sequences on the casino planet), the film still looks good from a visual standpoint.
The film is much darker than previous films, making every scene more intense. It’s not as dark and gritty as the war-torn tone of Rogue One but it still a nice change from past films. I tested out the standard Blu-ray version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi but it’s also available on 4K Blu-ray.
When it comes to audio, you can hear every detail in the film, for a better overall and more fluid audio experience. John Williams’ score really compliments the darker tone of the film.
The Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray comes with a decent amount of feature. All the bonus features are on their own separate Blu-ray disc. The Star Wars: The Last Jedi standard Blu-ray comes with the film on one disc, extras on another and a code for digital redemption. It’s kind of strange that Disney isn’t included the DVD version which would make the Blu-ray combo a better deal, especially since they do that Marvel films like Thor: Ragnarok.
One of the highlights of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray is the feature-length documentary called, The Director And The Jedi. The documentary has writer/director Rian Johnson takes us on a “very personal and intimate journey throughout his production of the movie.” The documentary is very nice and shows a very in-depth look at the making into the film.
You’ll also find the usual director’s audio commentary where Rian Johnson will tell you about each scene in the film. The commentary is good but it’s nothing compared to the hilarious director commentary on the Thor: Ragnarok Blu-ray.
There’s also scene breakdowns which show an up-close look at some scenes in the film such as the opening space battle, the throne room with Snoke and the movie’s final confrontation on Crait.
Some other bonus features include deleted scenes as well as raw on-set footage of Andy Serkis’ performance as Snoke before he gets digitally transformed into the villain. There’s also a feature called Balance of the Force in which Rian Johnson explains his mythology of the Force and how he interpreted it in the film.
There are enough bonus features on the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray to keep fans for about an hour or two but nothing too crazy.
Overall, I liked the Star Wars: The Last Jedi Blu-ray but I think it’s severely lacking in bonus features to make it worth it for fans of the film.
- Visually stunning
- Detailed audio
- Includes a feature-length documentary
- Number of bonus features is lacking
- No DVD included in the Blu-ray combo pack