In a Streaming Galaxy Not Too Far Away

This is US packaging — expect the NZ art to differ

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be the first in the franchise to come out on 4K-UHD (complete with Dolby Vision) but buyers of the disc will have to wait two weeks longer than those who stream the movie.

The DVD, 3D/Blu-ray and 4K-UHD editions will go on sale here on March 28 whereas digital downloads in up to 4K will be available from March 14 — a roll-out strategy that has some questioning the studios’ commitment to the UHD format.

“These studios are screwing their biggest fans by making them wait longer, giving them an inferior experience and charging them higher prices,” argues one informed commentator.

“Ultra HD Blu-ray should be the premium format in every respect, but it’s not. This is a bad consumer experience and awful marketing.”

But the wait for last year’s top-grossing movie in NZ on 4K-UHD will be worth it, given it will offer both both Dolby Vision and HDR 10 colour formats, Dolby Atmos audio (although buyers of the Blu-ray will have to settle for 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio), and a raft of extras.

In a feature-length documentary, director Rian Johnson will explain his unique interpretation of the Force, detail the painstaking process of creating Snoke, and deconstruct such action-packed scenes  as the epic space battle and the final confrontation.

He also will provide an audio commentary and reveal two exclusive scenes, featuring Andy Serkis as Snoke before his digital makeover, and 14 deleted scenes.

Here’s the official description of the extras and specs:

  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns
    • Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
    • Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
  • Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:

Running Time: 152 minutes.

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Audio: 4K-UHD: 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, 7.1 Dolby Audio; 2.0 Descriptive Audio Blu-ray: 7.1 DTS-HD MA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio DVD: 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio

Digital 4K UHD: Dolby Atmos (where available), 7.1 Dolby Audio (where available), 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (where available)

Digital HD: 5.1 Dolby Audio, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (where available)

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3 Responses to “In a Streaming Galaxy Not Too Far Away”

  1. I notice on iTunes they have already got Thor Ragnarok available. I so love having Apple TV 🙂

  2. Why is this an issue now? For the past year or so all major home video releases have come out on the streaming services first, then hard copies.The Thor looks good on digital but pales like VHS compared to Blu-ray or 4K-UHD.

  3. Of bigger issue is why the Mouse refuses to put Atmos soundtracks on their Blu-rays.

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