Wars: The Last Jedi
(2017 aka Episode
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A Picture: B+ Sound: A Extras: B+
third film under Disney's acquisition of the most famous LucasFilm
property (wanting it so much, they bought the whole company) is Star
Wars: The Last Jedi
(2017 aka Episode
which is expertly directed by Rian Johnson (Looper,
and the follow-up to J.J. Abrams' The
(reviewed elsewhere on this site).
fans like myself are thrilled simply by the fact that this movie
exists, as many years ago it seemed unlikely that the franchise was
going to continue after George Lucas stepped away from the Director's
Chair after Episode
3: Revenge of the Sith
in 2006. While not the strongest entry in the franchise, there's
still a heck of a lot of love about The
and in many ways, it goes against the grain and creates an entry that
is highly unpredictable and entertaining despite what we may have
theorized or 'hoped' would happen as fans.
note that is the first Star
title in the new 4K UHD format and is also one of the best looking
discs of the format I've seen to date. We hope to continue covering
back catalog titles of the franchise as they inevitably become
available in 4K UHD in the years to come. Disney has just recently
embraced the format with some of their Marvel Studios titles
of the Galaxy 2
and the recent animated Oscar winning Coco
(reviewed elsewhere on this site). This edition of The
features the solely the film in 2160p and then a separate Blu-ray
which contains all of the extra features spanned over two discs.
remember eating dinner with a close friend of mine before seeing this
film on opening night and we were both exchanging ideas about how we
thought the film was going to play out... even going as far as
placing a few friendly bets on our theories. We both walked out of
the cinemas hours later scratching our heads... discovering that
neither of us were right about what we thought was going to happen.
Neither of us knew if we even liked the film or not... until seeing
it a few more times... which, after repeating viewing, the film gets
better and better. Now, after a sixth viewing, I hold it in pretty
high regard though I still lean towards liking last year's Rogue
just a tiny bit more due mainly to its resurrection of Peter Cushing
and the badass Darth Vader sequences.
stars Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Oscar Issac, Adam Driver, Andy
Serkis, John Boyega, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Benicio Del
Toro, Frank Oz, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Lupita Nyong'o, Billie
Catherine Lourd, Gwendoline Christie, and many many others. Also
notable is that this is the last performance from Carrie Fisher as
Princess Leia, who sadly died at the end of production. She does
(SPOILER) survive the film (despite one scene where she easily could
have been offed), and which will make fans wonder how her death will
be handled in the next installment.
us again with the new new cast of characters (and a few old ones)
that were established in Episode
get to catch up with Rey (Ridley) who has finally located the long
lost Luke Skywalker (Hamill), who has been hiding in a remote island
in a uncharted corner of the galaxy. Rey's attempts to get Luke to
come back to the fight (and train her) prove unsuccessful as Luke has
since given up his mantle of hero and has instead disappeared into
obscurity along with the dying Jedi religion. Hot on her trail (and
that of the Rebellion) is Kylo Ren (Driver), the son of Han Solo
(Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia Organa (Fisher), who is destined to
stop Rey before she unlocks her true potential and turns against the
tyrannical First Order - which took over Galaxy conquering after the
fall of Darth Vader and the Emperor after Return
of the Jedi.
of Rey and Kylo's complicated stories, we also meet up with the
Resistance (known as 'the Rebellion' in the original trilogy) who are
trying to escape the grasp of General Hux (Gleeson) and Snoke
(Serkis), who are hot on their tail. It's up to Finn (Boyega), Poe
Dameron (Issac), new characters Vice Admiral Holdo (Dern), Rose
(Tran), and Leia to get what's left of the Resistance to safety on a
remote planet known as Crait. Of course, both missions end up being
anything but simple as the fate of the Galaxy hangs in sway...
the presentation... this demo worthy 4K UHD disc presents the film in
2160p 2160p HEVC/H.265, Dolby Vision (12-bit color)/HDR (10-bit
color; Ultra HD Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition with a
widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and a flawless Dolby Atmos 11.1
lossless audio mix straight from the experts at Skywalker Sound.
John Williams' Oscar nominated score is a highlight of the audio mix
and on full display here with little left to be desired in terms of
tones and colors are vibrant and perfect (especially with Dolby
Vision & HDR technology) and the Special Effects are even more
beautiful than they were in the theater with this next level of
detail. Audio wise, also on the disc is a 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track and
various 2.0 Stereo tracks in foreign languages and Descriptive Audio.
Leave it to Star
to test the limits of the new format and with breathtaking results.
included is the 1080p Blu-ray presentation of the film with similar
audio and video specs as the 4K UHD but with a more compressed image.
It still looks great for the format but is missing that extra bit of
clarity that is seen on 4K UHD with Dolby Vision & HDR. Also
included is a digital copy.
few things in the film bothered myself and other fans that will
hopefully get resolved in Episode 9 (which will once again be
directed by J.J. Abrams) I'll put here for readers interested. For
one is Luke's tone and character throughout most of the film, which
is that of a defeated warrior and not an Obi-Wan like master as many
were hoping. I personally am okay with Hamill's portrayal and am
kind of happy that he didn't just willingly accept the mission.
Johnson could have easily made Luke evil, or had him be something
totally different than what he became. Most upsetting to me, though,
was the sudden death of Snoke (Serkis), which is effective in the
film but leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Will we discover that
Snoke is in fact still alive in the next film and what was killed was
a force projection? Or is he really dead? Only time will tell.
Rey's parentage was supposedly going to be explained in this film but
was instead left a bit more vague than many would like... we have to
wait for J.J. on that one too.
gripe people had was over the new ''casino'' planet and its not so
subtle message about animal cruelty in the second act. Personally, I
feel the time in the film spent on this planet is a bit silly in the
film but at the end of the day it is what it is and may or may not
have been inspired a bit by Harry Potter. Personally too, I wanted
more Captain Phasma, more Snoke, and a little Boba Fett action?
(That's just the fanboy talking...) I'm not too thrilled about
''broom boy'' at the end but maybe there's some sort of greater plan
for him (and Han Solo's dice) in future films. I also didn't end up
hating the Porgs like I thought I would. END
a bounty of extras (but will there ever be enough?) which (as
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
of the Force
- Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to
interpret its role in such a unique way.
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.
- Motion capture and Star
collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of
creating the movie's malevolent master villain.
- 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.
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.
Scenes - With an introduction and optional commentary by
writer-director Rian Johnson.
Commentary - View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by
writer-director Rian Johnson.
loved it and fans were divided about it but at the end of the day at
least we have a new and vastly different entry in the ever growing
franchise and we should all be happy about that.
pushes the property into new territory and dares to be more than a
laundry list of references to the original films. There's no
argument that the Force is with this demo worthy presentation in 4K
UHD and a must own for any Star
fan with the technology. I would give my left arm to get a copy of
the original trilogy on 4K disc but as Obi Wan once said...
will also be different editions of the film on Blu-ray in steelbook
packaging (Best Buy) and a Target Exclusive edition that are sure to
sell out fast upon the release date and have inflated eBay prices in
no time flat.
J.J. Abrams' plans are for the next entry remains to be seen at the
writing of this review, but at least in a few months after this
posting, we will have another Star
adventure in the shape of Solo:
A Star Wars Story,
directed by Ron Howard. How that adventure will turn out we will
have to wait and see...