I loved Rogue One in the theater. It was a spectacular film, so I was very excited for the Blu-Ray and DVD release. Considering how much we knew about the reshoots and how much of the content we saw in the trailers never appeared in the film, I expected the Blu-Ray to be full of fun content. Sadly, there were no deleted scenes. I was so sad about this.
The Blu-Ray does have some fun extra content, but we didn’t get a commentary track for those insights into the director’s mind. Though the featurettes do a great ob of putting you into the mind set of the characters, I wanted so much more.
What is included:
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.
My particular favorite was the look into creating the the beautiful CGI overlay of Princess Leia. When I had heard she would appear, I was terrified of the mess they would make of that, but I loved the moment and thought they had handled it very well.
The movie makes me cry every time I watch it. Yes I knew going in that they sacrificed everything to get the plans to the rebels, but seeing it on screen after 2 hours of meeting and loving this incredible cast of characters is difficult.
Jen Erso is a strong female character, which doesn’t surprise me because Star Wars has previously written amazingly strong women. However, they could have more than one appear in a film at a time. (episode 7 does do a little better but still)
For me Alan Tudyk’s K-2SO stole the show. The sassy robot stole my heart. I want a movie with K-2SO and Marvin from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The sassy banter would be amazing.
So overall, I still would have purchased the Blu-Ray because it’s Star Wars, but I wish I had had more deleted scenes and input on the reason so much was reshot.
4 out of 5 stars.
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