The remaining films in the “Star Wars” film franchise – so far – are all coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 31st it seems, via Disney, according to retailer listings. There will first be a very lavish, expensive box set available (seemingly exclusive) at retailer Best Buy called “The Skywalker Saga” (pictured above) which is now available for preorder. That Skywalker Saga set will include Episodes 1-9 of the films, as well as two Blu-ray Disc counterparts for each film, filled with bonus materials – yet to be detailed. Stay tuned for further details regarding this release as it develops.
Now, as of today, there also are most certainly individual releases for Episodes 1-7 coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray on March 31st as well as the film “Rogue One – A Star Wars Story” (2016). It’s certainly worth noting that these titles are now all listed over at retailer Best Buy, individually. So, as you’d expect I’ll be listing the films coming out in theatrical chronological order with direct links to the Best Buy preorder listings – not yet functional but currently placeholder pages. UPDATED: I am now adding Amazon preorder listings to this post as they are getting listed.
NOTE: The final film in the Skywalker Saga (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) has been announced officially, as you can read HERE in my previous news post regarding it. This story regarding the individual releases is still developing, so once again, stay tuned.
The 1988 Ron Howard directed film “Willow“ will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with a new Blu-ray release on January 29th, 2019 via Disney (Lucasfilms, Ltd.), according to retailers. The film, based on a story by George Lucas, starred Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley, and Warwick Davis. The tech specs and bonus materials for the release have not yet been detailed, however it is known via the artwork (pictured) that it will feature a Digital Copy of the film.
The upcoming 2019 “30th Anniversary”Blu-ray release is available to pre-order now over at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. Stay tuned for any updates regarding this release. No word if it will receive a new video transfer or not, as the film was previously released on Blu-ray Disc back in 2013.
Ron Howard directed film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is coming to 4K UHD Blu-ray and Blu-ray Disc on September 25th via LucasFilms (Disney). Tech specs for the 4K include full 2160p 4K video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Atmos 7.1.4 sound. HDR10 High Dynamic Range seems to be the only variety included. There is no mention of Dolby Vision here in the press release. Tech specs for the Blu-ray include full 1080p HD video in the 2.39:1 aspect ratio and DTS-HD 7.1 MA sound. Both releases will come in the form of a “combo pack” with discs of other format included (Blu-ray on the 4K, and DVD on the Blu-ray) with both getting a Digital Copy of the film.
Bonus materials set to be included on the release, so they are are listed below.
Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film’s making.
Team Chewie See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
Kasdan on Kasdan Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie’s script together.
Remaking the Millennium Falcon Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special modifications.”
Escape from Corellia Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
The Train Heist Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.
Becoming a Droid: L3-37 Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.
Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.
Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.
Corellian Foot Chase
Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
The Battle of Mimban: Extended
Han Versus Chewie: Extended
Meet Dryden: Extended
The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park – An exclusive look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.
Further below, after the break, you can find the Blu-ray Disc art and the official announcement.
Disney / Lucasfilms Ltd. plans to bring “Star Wars: Rebels – Complete Season Four” to Blu-ray Disc on July 31st. Tech specs for the release include full 1080p HD video in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio and Dolby Digital 5.1 sound, spanning across a 2-disc set. The title is available for PRE-ORDER now over at Amazon. Bonus materials set to be included on the release are listed below.
Six audio commentaries with Executive Producer Dave Filoni
“Ghosts of Legend” – The series’ creators explore what brought Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper to the end
“Forces of Rebellion” – Learn about the nature of the Force as Filoni shares insights into the power that binds the galaxy together in Rebels and across the Star Wars saga
“Kevin Kiner: The Rebel Symphony” – Meet the mastermind behind the score from the series in a special behind-the-scenes feature on the composer
Rebels Recon Final Season – StarWars.com’s own entertaining and informative recap that dives into the themes and making of each episode – and uncovers some special Easter eggs
Further below, after the break, you’ll find the official announcement for this release.
EDITORIAL NOTE: This news is a bit ahead of things, considering the film just recently hit theaters and has no release date yet announced on home video. However I think this is worth sharing with you all, especially 4K, Steelbook, and the franchise fans.
As I was looking through the upcoming SteelbookEXCLUSIVES over at retailer Best Buy, I noticed earlier this week that there’s already a PRE-ORDER listing for the recently released (2018) Ron Howard directed film “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in an exclusive4K UHD Blu-ray Steelbook. The release (as pictured above) says it will be a “combo pack” including also a Blu-ray Disc and Digital Copy of the film. This news, again, is way ahead of things, so stay tuned for updates a bit further down the road, so-to-speak.