A Star Wars Story
(2018/LucasFilm/Disney 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)
Ultra HD Picture: A 1080p
HD Picture: B+ Sound: A/A- Extras: B Film: A
second standalone Star Wars film, Solo: A Star Wars Story
(2018) is the Star Wars film that fans didn't know they
wanted. Being one the harshest critical fanbases in movie history,
the film had some trouble during production and ultimately didn't
make the money at the box office as was hoped. Now, the future of
the spinoff Star Wars stories are in question. It was rumored
that this would be the first part in a rumored trilogy (which I would
be all about) but that is now uncertain as it didn't make numbers as
high as previous installments. Still, it did gross more than its
budget so its as of this writing uncertain what LucasFilm plans to do
next after Episode 9 in 2019.
of its unsuccessful run was timing. It was released in the packed
month of May and released while us nerds were still soaking up
Deadpool 2 and The Avengers: Infinity War and the other
part was with fans who decided to boycott the film after The Last
Jedi failed to impress them or other lame reasons. The truth of
the matter is that Solo is an incredibly fun genre film
directed by Ron Howard (who also directed LucasFilm's Willow)
and is a worthy entry in the franchise that reimagines original
trilogy characters as a bit younger and answers some questions fans
have always wondered about a few of their favorite characters.
did Han first meet Chewbacca? What about Lando (played by Donald
Glover)? How did Han become captain of the Millennium Falcon and
make the Kessel run? These are questions we Star Wars fans have
always wondered and now have an answer to.
by Alden Ehrenreich instead of a CGI-ed young Harrison Ford, the
character is portrayed as a young smuggler trying to find his way in
a war torn galaxy. He loses his first love Qi'ra (played by the
beautiful Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame), joins the
Empire as a means to survive, and unexpectedly meets a mentor in
Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and a best friend in the wookiee
Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). The film also features characters played
by Jon Faverau, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Warwick Davis, Clint
Howard, and a very special cameo appearance by a Star Wars fan
is the second Star Wars film to be released on the 4K UHD
format and much like The Last Jedi,
is an impressive presentation to say the least. Presented in
2160p HECV/H.265, HDR (10; Ultra HD
Premium)-enhanced Ultra High Definition image and a 2.40:1
widescreen aspect ratio. As for the audio, the film has several
mixes to choose from on this disc including English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos
lossless mix, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital,
Spanish and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus.
terms of the film's score, this time Harry Gregson Williams takes the
spot and crafts a beautiful score that should be purchased and
listened to on its own. Using a theme by John Williams, the score
blends in well with other soundtracks in the series.
included is a 1080p Blu-ray disc with DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1
lossless sound at its best and video specs. The detail is clearly
stronger in the 4K UHD disc when you compare the two editions with
more detail on the film's intricate visual effects and characters. I
can't until Disney releases The Force Awakens and Rogue One
onto the 4K UHD format as the upscale is certainly welcome for these
highly imaginative films.
digital copy is also included.
The Director & Cast Roundtable - Sit down with director Ron
Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of
the film's making.
Chewie - See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life
in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
on Kasdan - Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son
Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie's script together.
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
from Corellia - Get behind the wheel for the making of this
high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
Train Heist - Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this
action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular
a Droid: L3-37 - Meet the newest droid... and the talented actor
who helps bring her to life.
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.
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.
Solo: Imperial Cadet
Battle of Mimban: Extended
Versus Chewie: Extended
Millennium Falcon: From Page to Park - An exclusive 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.
it's not quite as awesome as Rogue One, Solo is a fresh
story for the franchise and gives me hope that they will continue it
in a further installment. Hopefully now that it's on video it will
find the larger audience that it deserved in cinemas early in the
summer. As a fan, I truly hope they decide to continue this
storyline even if young Han makes a cameo in another standalone Star
Wars story. There are plenty of seeds planted in the film that
could pay off later to fan acclaim if they just continue the story
set up here, which was written by Star Wars screenwriter
Lawrence Kasdan and his son.