Let’s Dig Into The ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Blu-ray Release [Review]

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out on Blu-Ray/DVD this week and I had the chance to dive into the special features. Having watched them, I can say that watching the movie afterward was even more enjoyable.

The Special Features for the BR/DVD/Digital release are:

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance, and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

You can find an additional feature on the creatures with Neil Scanlan on the Target exclusive disc and there’s a Steelbook version at Best Buy that has a couple goodies, but this is a pretty solid rundown of what’s out there.

Here are just a few things I learned.

The look of the world all begins and ends with Ralph McQuarrie. He inspires everyone’s creative vision.

Felicity Jones absolutely loved working with Mads Mikkelsen and couldn’t help but call him Dad when she saw him. I adore this factoid. Watching both of them talk about their characters and each other was a great insight into the relationships both on and off screen.

Listening to Ben Mendelsohn talk about Krennic makes you like Krennic, which is both fascinating and frightening.

Guy Henry’s portrayal of Governor Tarkin is deeper than I realized and brought the character to life for me in a new way.

Vader affects everyone.

Everyone.

Riz Ahmed is amazing and a total nerd.

The feature on Chirrut and Baze is inspiring. Like, super inspiring.

K-2SO is Alan Tudyk and vice versa in the very best way possible.

I defy you not to fall madly in love with Diego Luna after watching the featurette on Cassian. If you’re already in love, you’ll fall harder. Just accept it.

There’s loads more to say and you know I could go on, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll just suggest you pick up a copy and enjoy Rogue One and the Star Wars universe in a deeper and more fulfilling way.

Just for fun, here’s a video of Riz Ahmed talking about his love for Star Wars for Disney. It’s wonderful.

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