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Disney & Lucasfilm officially announce Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Blu-ray, DVD & 4K UHD on 3/27

February 20, 2018 - 8:58 am   |   by
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All right, just as we expected, Disney and Lucasfilm have just officially announced director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release on 3/27, with the Digital/Movies Anywhere release set for 3/13.

Here’s something exciting for 4K fans from the press release: “This release will mark Disney’s first title available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in both Dolby Vision™ HDR and Dolby Atmos® immersive audio, delivering consumers a transformative viewing experience.” [Read on here...]

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Also exciting: “Director Rian Johnson takes fans on an intimate journey into the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in a feature-length documentary, explaining his unique interpretation of the Force, detailing the painstaking process of creating Snoke, and deconstructing action-packed scenes from the film such as the epic space battle and the final confrontation.”

The full list of extras on the Blu-ray versions includes The Director and the Jedi feature-length documentary, audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson, 2 featurettes (Balance of the Force and Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only)), 3 scene breakdowns (including Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle, Snoke and Mirrors, and Showdown on Crait), and 14 deleted scenes with introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson (we believe 20-30 minutes worth of material in all).

As mentioned before, audio on the 4K Ultra HD will be 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, while the Blu-ray will feature 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Star Wars: The Last Jedi was also shot mostly on 35mm photochemical film (with some digital photography used for select scenes) and was finished to a native 4K Digital Intermediate, so the title should look spectacular on UHD. Here’s what the cover artwork looks like...

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4K Ultra HD) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Blu-ray Disc) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (DVD)

There will be retail-exclusive versions too, including the BD and 4K in Steelbook packaging at Best Buy and the Blu-ray with a 40-page collector’s book at Target. It does appear that there will be no Blu-ray 3D version here in the States, but you can pre-order a Region B Blu-ray 3D here on Amazon.co.uk. Due to a continuing on-going dispute between Disney and Amazon, the title isn’t yet available for pre-order on Amazon (though you can see the SKU pages by clicking on the cover art above), but should be on street date.

Also today, before we go, we have a trio of new reviews for you this morning. Tim has checked in with his thoughts on Criterion’s new The Silence of the Lambs Blu-ray and also Umbrella Entertainment’s region-free Orca Blu-ray. As promised, I’ve also reviewed Disney and Pixar’s CG-animated Coco on 4K Ultra HD, which is really terrific. Do give them a look. I’m also now working on my review of Disney and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok in 4K, so watch for that soon.

Stay tuned...

- Bill Hunt

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