Ever since Disney acquired Lucasfilm back in 2012, it kicked off a new era of Star Wars films, beginning with The Force Awakens in 2015 and then most recently Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s not the best film in the franchise but it’s still one worth watching at least once.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
The film sort-of answers the question of who Han Solo is but only to a certain degree, there’s still a lot more we don’t know about the character. At least with films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story , they had something to go off of, mainly basing the film’s story on the opening crawl from Episode IV: A New Hope.
The film’s story is one of the weaker part of Solo: A Star Wars Story but it still offers some great visuals, like other Star Wars films have in the past. I tested the standard Blu-ray version of Solo: A Star Wars Story, but it’s also available on 4K Blu-ray.
When it comes to audio, every little detail can be heard which makes for a better overall audio-visual experience.
The Solo: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray comes with some bonus features, which are featured on their own disc apart from the film. With each standard Blu-ray pack for Solo: A Star Wars Story, you get the film disc, bonus features disc and a code of the digital version. It’s a bit odd 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.
In terms of bonus features, it comes with the following:
- Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable — Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making.
- Team Chewie — See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
- Kasdan on Kasdan — Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
- Remaking the Millennium Falcon –Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special modifications.”
- Escape from Corellia — Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
- The Train Heist — Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.
- Becoming a Droid: L3-37 — Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.
- Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso –Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.
- Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run –Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.
- The Millennium Falcon: From Page to Park — In an exclusive bonus feature available as a digital code with the Target release, you can get a look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.
- And Deleted Scenes:
- Proxima’s Den
- Corellian Foot Chase
- Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
- The Battle of Mimban: Extended
- Han Versus Chewie: Extended
- Snowball Fight!
- Meet Dryden: Extended
- Coaxium Double-Cross
All the bonus features included on the Solo: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray last about an hour or so which is on the smaller side of things.
Overall, I wanted to like Solo: A Star Wars Story a lot more but the film was just lacking in terms of being an exciting story to tell, it may have something to do with the change in directors about half-way through production but it’s hard to put my finger on it.
- Great visual
- Detailed audio
- A small number of bonus features
- No DVD included in Blu-ray combo pack