I have been anticipating the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” since I saw it in the theater. I knew from the first viewing that this is a title I have to own. So when it came in the mail to review… I did a little dance.
Let me tell you, it’s worth going out to buy the Star Wars: Rogue One Blu-Ray. Not just because you’ll own an awesome movie, but also the Bonus Features. There are so many of them, they needed to put it on a separate disc.
Here’s what you’ll get
- A long behind the scenes film consisting of 10 separate featurettes. They can be watched all together of one at a time.
A Rogue Idea:
- John Knoll, Executive Producer and Visual Effects Supervisor, came up with the idea for “Rogue One” years ago. He pitched the idea to Kathleen Kennedy, when he found out they were going to start doing stand-alone Star Wars films. After she let him know they were interested, it snowballed, and several people began to get involved.
Jyn: The Rebel:
- Felicity Jones taking the role of Jyn Erso. She and her other cast members discuss the emotional and physical hurtles she went through to develop Jyn into a well rounded character.
Cassian: The Spy:
- Diego Luna as Cassian. He explains the character does not have super powers, but is just a man who believes in a cause. His fellow cast members also talk about what a stand-up guy he is.
K-2SO: The Droid:
- This droid was in the original pitch, as the ‘anti-C3PO’. When that didn’t seem to work, they went back to Ralph McQuarrie’s original sketches to come up with the look. And Alan Tudyk taking over the personality and believability of the character.
Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills:
- Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen two big, powerful Chinese actors take on the parts of the sage and the heavy. There are some interesting facts that come out in this featurette when it comes to their choices for their characters.
Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot and The Revolutionary:
- Riz Ahmed embraced the character of Bodhi, the rebel you root for. Forrest Whitaker tackles the role of a known character. The choices both of these actors make for their characters is really very interesting.
- This short delves into the complexity of the various shades of good and bad in the Empire. Galen Erso (Mads Mikklesen) and the choices that he had to make as a father and the lines being blurred. Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) and how black and white his evil is. Tarkin (Guy Henry) and how daunting it was to play this iconic character. And the choices the filmmakers made by revealing Vader later in the film.
Vision of Hope: The Look of Rogue One:
- The recreation and enhancement of Ralph McQuarrie’s original design when it comes to the look of “Rogue One”. This chapter delves into the importance of keeping true to the look of “A New Hope” since these films chronologically happen back to back.
The Princess and The Governor:
- SPOILER ALERT! The C.G. process the visual effects team went through to recreate Governor Tarkin and Princess Leia.
Epilogue – The Story Continues:
- Once the film is completed, it’s got to have a premiere! This shows the red carpet at the El Capitan theater in Hollywood. This also shows how much the Star Wars franchise has effected people and how joyous everyone is about the diversity of the cast.
- This is totally entertaining for any Star Wars fans. This featurette covers most of the connections between “Rogue One” and all the other Star Wars films – Like the appearance of the imperial probe droid, some of the names of characters and lines that are repeated throughout all the films. I have a very bad feeling about this…
Run, don’t walk – run to get the Star Wars: Rogue One Blu-Ray. If you have any love for Star Wars, this has to be in your collection.
How excited are you about this release?