‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Blu-ray bonus features

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a continuation from Episode VII, with Rey (Daisy Ridley) seeking out Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to help the resistance against the evil Supreme Leader Snoke. Luke has been in a self-imposed exile on a far-away island. In the meantime, Leia (Carrie Fisher) is commanding the resistance. Her Vice Admiral (Laura Dern) is just as intelligent and cunning as Leia, and together they make a force to be reckoned with (no pun intended). Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) was introduced in the past episode as the son of Leia and Han Solo, and is on the path to being the new Darth Vader character. Also returning is John Boyega as Finn, a man who finds himself in situations he never expected but manages to rise to the occasions.

Bonus features on the Blu-ray are extensive. There is a second disc with all the bonus features, which will delight hard-core Star Wars fans. There are some breakdowns of several scenes as well as 14 deleted scenes, but the other bonuses provide a complete and well-rounded look at the story, the characters, and the making of the film.

In the 1 hour 35 minute documentary, “The Director and the Jedi,” viewers are treated to comments by the filmmakers and looks at how the film was created. Rian Johnson was new to the franchise, yet his entrance into the new galaxy proved to be a pleasure for fans. He described doing the project as a “joyous” experience. His storytelling vision is discussed and as rehearsals progress, viewers see exactly how intense he was to get his vision exactly as he intended. He said he had to “trust my gut.”

Throughout the documentary, there are looks at the training for the fight scenes, and as Johnson helps the actors fulfill his vision viewers see right into the making of the film from start to finish. It’s not often fans get a backstage pass to a Star Wars film, and this is definitely one.

The other interesting bonus is a featurette called “Balance of the Force.” In this Johnson says The Force is “not a superpower.” He says it “is an energy between all living things.” The director discusses Luke’s feelings at the time this story took place. He says Luke knows that the Jedi must die, once and for all. Then a new source of good can come into the galaxy. It’s an interesting peek at the mindset of Luke Skywalker.

With over two hours of bonus features, Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Blu-ray is a must-have for fans of the franchise and especially the characters. The movie is also available on a 4K Combo pack and a single DVD.

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