While this week’s release won’t be “a day long remembered,” as a certain Sith Lord said, it will certainly warm the hearts of many a Star Wars fan. And with the multitude of exclusive release options, there will be something for everyone.
Here’s my pick for April 4, 2017.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Written by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy
Based on a story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta
and characters created by George Lucas
Directed by Gareth Edwards
The first standalone Star Wars spin-off film was, more or less, a success. While I had little nitpicky problems with Rogue One (no crawl for starters – come on!), I still found the film very compelling, and listed it in my Top 10 favorite films of last year.
What makes Rogue One fascinating is that it’s a very different Star Wars movie. The perspective is that of the grunts – the ragtag bands that make up the Rebel Alliance. The viewer finally sees the extent of the toil and sacrifice made to get our known Star Wars heroes where they needed to go. And it gives new perspective and gravitas to the opening moments of A New Hope.
This Blu-ray release of Rogue One is a big one. The good news is that Rogue One has a dedicated bonus features disc, no matter which version you choose. The bad news is that, for the most part, it seems like Disney/Lucasfilm is tying most of the cool exclusive goodies to the 3D versions, which is silly. This push to sell 3D is annoying, and it just points out the absurdity of the home 3D market.
Best Buy: SteelBook (Blu-ray 3D only)
Disney Store: Lithograph set plus a coupon for $10 an DisneyStore.com purchase of $40 or more (coupon valid 4/4 – 4/16/17 only)
Target: DigiPack with interchangeable cover character cards and exclusive second bonus disc (Blu-ray 3D only)
Walmart: Exclusive cover and two Galactic Connexions discs
My Pick: The Force is with Target, once again. Exclusive bonus content is always the best in my book. The trinkets and lithos are nice, but I find more intrinsic value in actual video content. The interchangeable cover art might be a bit much, though.