REVIEW: ROGUE ONE lands with a suitable but decidedly scruffy-looking set of extras
ROGUE ONE is the breath-taking first-ever standalone Star Wars feature film not just from Disney but from LucasFilm and it did not fail to deliver. The heart-stopping (and heart-crushing) story is a thrilling roller coaster of emotions that ends with the dramatic moments before Darth Vader confronts Princess Leia in Episode IV.
And now, the adventure comes home in all the glorious formats including Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On-Demand. For the pricier formats, you’ll find yourself with a host of goodies to peruse.
On second viewing, in-home, the film is absolutely immaculate and at the same time gritty. While the CG-assisted Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia read slightly plastic in the theater the performances they render slightly more believable when their faces aren’t the size of VW Van.
And like a reliable old VW Van, the bonus features here turned out to be a set that runs well but does not necessarily give cause for any major thrills. Despite the impressive list shown below, the features are essentially segmented pieces of what would have traditionally been an hour-long making-off featurette.
I’m actually a big fan of the more segmented approach to the making-of featurettes because it makes it really easy for you to dive and and drill down to the specific behind-the-scenes pieces you want to absorb. The problem with the features here is that this making-of featurette–in its more digestible millennial friendly mini-chunks–is about all there is consume here. Sure it’s a satisfying main course, but a hefty heaping of desserty extras like deleted scenes or even more insight into the reshoots and restructure of the film that had initially caused concern while the film was in production, would have been appreciated.
Still the bonus features we do get are quite wonderful. The Rogue Connections piece is a fun one offering a look at the deeper connections within the film and the broader universe. It’s a welcomed break from the more straight-forward procedural featurettes of which The Princess & The Governor was a standout. These two featured reminded me a lot of old television specials that took a peek behind the curtain at creating iconic show-stopping moments in film. The rest of the pieces were definitely interesting but about what you’d expect. Overall, I was not disappointed. Like any respectable geek, I WANT MORE!!!
Here’s the complete list of extras, courtesy of Disney:
- 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.
ROGUE ONE is available now on Digital, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On-Demand.