Blu-ray Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
By John Corrado
Focusing on the events of the rebellion that was hinted at in the opening crawl of the original 1977 film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story follows Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones), who is recruited by a group of rebel soldiers to help steal the plans for the Death Star, a super weapon that her father (Mads Mikkelson) helped build.
For a prequel to an iconic film that’s going to be forty years old next month, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is pretty spectacular. This is a dark and thrilling blockbuster that is rich with excellent performances and engaging characters, and provides an entertaining and emotionally resonant bridge between the series. For more on the film itself, you can read our three views right here.
The Blu-ray also includes a second disc featuring over an hour of bonus material. These include the short but worthwhile Rogue Connections, which shares some of the hidden references in the film, and a piece entitled The Stories that is really ten featurettes that can be watched together or on their own. These featurettes start with A Rogue Idea, which focuses on John Knoll’s initial pitch for the film, and continue with indepth looks at the film’s protagonists in Jyn: The Rebel, Cassian: The Spy, K-2SO: The Droid, Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills, Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary and The Empire, which focuses on the Imperial characters in the film.
Next up are Visions of Hope: The Look of Rogue One, which shows the lengths they went to in crafting a world that both felt unique and matched the original film, The Princess & The Governor focuses on how they were able to digitally recreate both Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia, and Epilogue: The Story Continues shows footage from the premiere with fans talking about what the increased diversity of the franchise means to them. Although it’s very easy to foresee a more decked out special edition coming somewhere down the line, like what happened after the initial release of The Force Awakens last year, these bonus features are solid and this is a worthwhile release for fans of the film.
Rogue One is a Walt Disney Home Entertainment release. It’s 134 minutes and rated PG.