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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out on 4K and Blu-ray now. Though the last chapter of the Skywalker saga ended on a somewhat disappointing note for some Star Wars fans. However, the film offers strong performances from its key players like Daisy Ridley’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. Plus, all bonus features that are on the 4Ks and Blu-rays are enjoyable, and most importantly, worthwhile to make your Star Wars Sequel Trilogy complete.
The Rise of Skywalker follows the events of The Last Jedi, where the First Order asserted their dominance over the frail Resistance. In it, we see Finn (John Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) gallivanting around the galaxy so that they rally forces to bring an end to the First Order. The two realize that the stakes have been raised when First Order spy’s intel reveals that Emperor Palpatine is still alive on the uncharted planet of Exegol. Kylo Ren, who is looking to step out of shadows of his predecessors, uses the Sithway finder to find Exegol, and kill Palpatine. But before he could do that, Palpatine makes him an offer he cannot refuse. First Meanwhile, Rey, who is completing her Jedi training under the guidance of General Leia (Carrie Fisher), discovers that there is a way to reach the Sith planet.
The Rise of Skywalker does a lot more as a fan service movie than something that brings a satisfying conclusion to a nine-film arc that spans 40 years. The convoluted story, plus characters, haphazardly jumping from one planet to the next with no explanation at all, and the reduced roles for some of the characters like Rose Tico, was detrimental to the film as a whole. But there is no doubt that it still has its devoted fans who believe that the conclusion is excellent. Which is great for them. And while I am disappointed in it, there are still some things to look forward to from the bonus features on the Blu-ray.
One thing that immediately grabbed my attention is “The Skywalker Legacy” feature. This feature-length documentary charts everything from the original trilogy and the prequels to Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm, and the subsequent sequel trilogy that led up to the Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker.
Another legacy bonus that may be worth your time is “Warick & Son.” In it, the great Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
There are other bonus features like the “Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase,” which is a breakdown of how one chase scene worked. The “Cast Of Creatures” bonus feature takes a look at how practical effects and digital works combine seamlessly to create what fans will see in the film.
Below is the list of bonus features that come with all the 4Ks and Blu-ray. The Maestro’s Finale, which is the most exciting bonus feature, in my opinion, in it, composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares his insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Bonus features include*:
· The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
· Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase– Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
· Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
· D-O: Key to the Past– Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
· Warwick & Son– Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
· Cast of Creatures– The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveals the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics, and digital magic that bring them to life!
· The Maestro’s Finale– Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
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