2016 was a great year for movies and 2017 is off to a rousing start, with critical acclaim spread to all the films we've been anticipating. Yet, disappointingly, the most anticipated film of last year still hasn't hit store shelves. #RogueOne was a big hit for the house of mouse, and with the solo Han (pun intended) film starting principal photography and The Last Jedi in deep post-production, we have a lot of #StarWars to look forward to in the next few years.
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Thankfully, Disney has gifted us with some really good news. Rogue One finally has a home release date, and though a divisive film, it's sure to be a big hit. The Star Wars story will drop on Digital HD March 24th and Blu-ray/DVD on April 4th. Disney's announcement also revealed store exclusives, bonus features and a home release trailer to hype fans up:
The Fault In The Design Of The Cover Art
Look at the Rogue One Blu-ray cover art. Looks pretty good, right? However, the more a big Star Wars fan looks at it the more likely they will find its really simple mistake. If you examine it closely you'll notice the the TIE fighters in the cover art are shooting out red lasers when they should be shooting out green lasers. That's a pretty big problem that'll make Star Wars fans all over never look at their Blu-ray the same way. It's comforting knowing that the next home re-release probably wont have the same mistake, but that leaves us to ask: How did that get approved in the first place? There's still always a chance that they are being shot at by X-wings, but that may seem out of place due to the fact that it is out of frame and that all other ships are shooting forward. Even if the TIE fighters on the top were being shot at, the one on the bottom will still be one of question due to the fact that it is coming out where the blast is triggered, and that there is no parallel laser beside it.
Though there is no making of documentary like Disney had for The Force Awakens or Captain America: Civil War, it does have a lot structured around the characters of the film as individuals of the ensemble. What is also interesting is the fact that they have a feature about how the concept came to be in addition to one about the future of Lucasfilm. Though that specific feature may not have The Last Jedi footage, we don't have to wait long until the first promotional material drops at Celebration Orlando, which runs during April 13–16.
Check out the features included in the Rogue One DVD below:
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.
It's too bad the bonus features on home media have been declining as of late. The prequel bonus material was always amazing. Hopefully, studios up their game during the coming years to attract a wider audience to revisit their favorite films.
For a sneak peek at some of the cool behind-the-scenes features you didn't see in theaters, check out the video below:
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