Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is an American movie released in 2019. It is the last in the Star Wars sequel trilogy and also the final episode of the nine part Skywalker saga. Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is alive to the dismay of all, he offers Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) the means to rule over the whole Galaxy forever. The Galaxy’s only hope is Rey (Daisy Ridley) and other members of the resistance, they follow trails left by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to defeat this evil. This movie or episode is directed by J.J. Abrams who directed the first of the trilogy and its Blu-ray version was released on the 31st of March 2020.
According to Blu-ray standards the movie was released in 1080p format and 4k UHD format. The 1080p format is appropriate, black levels are inky therefore improving the image’s dimensionality. Shadow detailing especially for dark corners are good, all whites are well-balanced from the beginning of the movie until its end hence each scene was sharp with the white uniforms looking spectacularly clean. The actors expressions and skin pigments are also clear in this format.
Its 4k UHD format has improved brightness and white level balance compared to the already good 1080p format. Primary colors are emphasized here especially blue, this results in a distinctive sparkle to the colors as seen from Rey’s outfit to the light sabers. Secondary colors are not neglected and are also displayed accurately as seen in the movie. The good picture quality makes the droids more realistic, we can see every dent or scratch on each droid. The sharp quality of the images expose the actors pores, skin pigmentation, blemishes etc. Black levels are more inky so shadow detailing is further enhanced meaning dark corners are seen with more clarity. The grain is more natural and realistic.
Both formats makes use of the same audio mix, you might need to increase the volume of your device to properly enjoy the audio of this movie. Once done with that, the audio becomes much more enjoyable to listen. The audio is in sync with the video making the overall action on screen mesmerizing. Environmental and electronic sounds in the ship are heard clearly and do not overshadow actors vocals or other priority sounds. Apart from being generally low, the soundtrack rises and goes low then pans out in sync with the action on screen.
The two formats come with the same bonus features on this Blu-ray release. A 126 minutes documentary titled The Skywalker Legacy is one of it. This feature includes behind the scenes footage, interviews with the cast and crew, interview with the actors in the previous Star Wars movie, there are movement rehearsal footages, stunts rehearsals and footage of composer John Williams conducting the orchestra. Another bonus feature is titled Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase. This feature lasts for 14 minutes and shows how the speeder chase set was constructed and the chase simulated. Aliens in the Desert which is for six minutes focused on the work necessary to make the Jordan location for shooting ideal and the assistance gotten to achieve this.
Cast of creatures another bonus, goes on for 8 minutes and is about the creatures in the Star Wars franchise and how they are realized on set. Other features include Warrick and Sons and D-O: Key to the Past which go on for six minutes each. The bonus features are on a single disc and run for a total of 164 minutes. Being on a single disc enables it to be viewed differently and independent of the disc containing the movie. There is also a digital exclusive called The Maestro’s Finale that comes along with the Blu-ray.
For fans of the Star Wars franchise who for one reason or the other could not see the movie in the cinema, the Blu-ray version is of a quality good enough to enjoy without missing out on the cinema experience. The video quality is superb and with good speakers the audio is also spectacular. Its bonus features help to understand the original plan of the director, the work put into the making of the movie and the movie in general. The Blu-ray version delivers for its cost and is not a bad idea of a film to kick back to as a fan.
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