The third Star Wars film to be released from The Walt Disney Company, The Last Jedi, is a genius showcase of the unlimited boundaries of franchise storytelling. The Last Jedi is truly the pinnacle of perfection in its ability to balance the morals and heart of the Star Wars franchise while pushing it forward into new frontiers. A gorgeous visual beauty, paired with a heart-pounding plot, this installment of Star Wars puts the series at its most ambitious, and perhaps greatest point yet.
The Last Jedi is probably one of the most talked-about movies of the Star Wars series, with its ambitious storytelling techniques questioned by many fans. But The Last Jedi finds itself in a spot much like The Empire Strikes Back: full of unique surprises, complex storytelling, and emotional drama. Rian Johnson is a master at blending these elements, and he brings his talents, and obsessive Star Wars nerdom to the forefront to create this unparalleled masterpiece.
Finally, fans have the opportunity to re-watch this movie without the need of paying at the concession stand for each viewing. This month, Lucasfilm released Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Blu-Ray, and its release is a perfect one that accompanies an (arguably) perfect movie. First off on this release is the spectacular full-length documentary The Director and the Jedi, which premiered at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) convention. This documentary chronicles the entire journey of writer/director Rian Johnson, and his journey in bringing this film to life. It’s not only insightful, but beautiful and inspiring in every right, and it’s pleasing to see someone as talented and kind as Johnson to have a hand in the direction this series is heading.
When Rian Johnson took on the role to write this movie, he had a lot of work to do in creating the world that the characters of The Last Jedi inhabit. One of these elements is explored in The Balance of the Force, a featurette discussing the new approaches that Johnson took to exploring Luke’s relationship with the Force in this film, and why it leads off of the story that JJ Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan told in The Force Awakens. It’s a brilliant insightful look into the relationship that each character has with the Force throughout the film.
For even more insight, there’s a feature-length audio commentary, as well as deleted scenes, and audio commentaries to accompany those deleted scenes. Johnson clearly did not hold back on sharing insight into the making of this film, and we’ve all benefited from that. Another brilliant scene is ‘Andy Serkis Live’, featuring footage of Serkis before his digital transformation into Snoke, showcasing his incredible performance that brought the scene to life. Finally, one of the best hidden features of this release, available only through the digital copy on Movies Anywhere, is a ‘Score Only’ version of the film, void of all dialogue and audio effects aside from John Williams’ mesmerizing score. For soundtrack aficionados like myself, having the ability to watch some of the key sequences to this film, and to hear Williams’ masterpiece to accompany it without other noise, is a wonderful opportunity and it’s a great, brief look into what makes William’s work so wonderfully memorable.
Packed with brilliant behind the scenes extras, The Last Jedi is a must-own for anyone who cherished this brilliant film upon its release, and an essential for any Star Wars fan. This Blu-Ray release will bring new perspectives to the film and to the franchise, and allows fans to gain a stronger understanding of the morals and artistry of this installment. The Last Jedi continues to make a splash on the Star Wars universe, this release is the brilliant passage to a complete understanding of the artistry behind it.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is now available on Blu-Ray combo pack.