Buckle in, Star Wars fans! The latest film from a galaxy far, far away is now available on Blu-Ray and Digital, and it’s packed with some great extras to make this release worth picking up. While Solo is a great Star Wars movies–albeit a skippable one, this release adds even more fun to the mix and sheds light into the great behind-the-scenes information that fans will certainly clamor for and enjoy. Join us as we jump to hyperspace and take a look at everything on this new release.
Roundtables, Remodels, and Ron Howard
The first feature on this release is a roundtable discussion moderated by incomparable Ron Howard, who directed the film following the departure of Chris Miller and Phil Lord. The roundtable discussion features all of the main cast of the film, discussing their experience with Star Wars, it’s influence on their acting careers, and personal memorable experiences from working on the set of Solo. A notable feature, Remaking the Millenium Falcon sheds light on the process of redesigning the iconic Millenium Falcon for this film, which sees the ‘fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy’ before it’s scrappy appearance. In Solo, the Millenium Falcon is a glorious and shimmering new ship owned by Lando, and so the designers of the film took great details in re-modeling the ship to look as fresh and clean as possible. It’s a brilliant look at the feat of creating something so new out of something that has been such a major part of popular culture since 1977.
Creating and Re-Creating The Characters of Solo
Solo features a plethora of great characters, both new and old. Some of the features on this release, including Becoming a Droid: L3-37, showcases the work behind bringing Star Wars’ newest droid to life, and the fascinating animation work behind it, blended together with Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s onset performance of the character. Pulling these two elements together, similar to the same techniques used for Alan Tudyk’s performance of K2SO in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, bringing this droid together required physical character elements and computer animation for a realistic and animated performance.
The Legacy Behind Solo and Star Wars
The best features on this disc are the ones that are cemented within the legacy of Star Wars. During the roundtable, the cast and crew discuss how the day of George Lucas’s set visit was a memorable and inspiring moment of production, and I think that sums up how passionate the team behind this film was to deliver something that can truly contribute something new and fun to the vast universe that makes up these films. Kasdan on Kasdan is one of those features, showcases the father-and-son team of Star Wars writing legend Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Force Awakens) and Jonathan Kasdan on their experiences working together and continuing the Star Wars legacy that Lawrence had embarked as it made its everlasting imprints on pop culture in the 80’s.
The Release is Full of Fun, Accompanying a Fun Film
Solo isn’t quite the best that Star Wars has to offer, but it’s certainly a worthy footnote in its history. It’s a film that is full of fun, and shouldn’t be taken too heavily for not delivering on it’s predecessors, that include the spectacular works of The Force Awakens, Rogue One, and The Last Jedi. But, appreciating Solo for the fun film that it is, particularly one that appears to have had a difficult production, it truly is a great film that works in what it sets out to accomplish. With this release, the bonus features deliver a great addition to a equally great film that will shed the standard insight you’d hope to find. All in all, Solo is another fun release from Lucasfilm, and one of the better Blu-Ray released from The Walt Disney Company lately.
Solo is available for purchase on Blu-Ray on September 25th, and is now available on digital.