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The Blu-Ray Special Features for ‘The Last Jedi’ Are Awesome!

The Last Jedi has come and gone. There are no more secrets surrounding the film, there is no more reasoning for theorizing what’s going to happen in every scene, what’s going to transpire for every character in The Last Jedi, and how the movie will probably play out as a whole, and the mystery surrounding Luke Skywalker has finally been resolved.

Now I all I have to do is wait for the Blu-Ray to become available which will be happening sooner rather than later. A couple of days ago it was announced that The Last Jedi will be available on Digital on March 13 (yes I said it, March 13th!!!) and then on Blu-Ray two weeks later on March 27. It’s a dream come true! For the past two years the Blu-Ray has been available around mid-April but thanks to Solo: A Star Wars Story coming out in May this time the Blu-Ray will ready for purchase at the end of March. And let me tell you, the bonus features for The Last Jedi are beyond amazing. Here are all of them.

  • 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.

Oh. MY. GOODNESS!!!!!! Do you see all of this fascinatingly interesting content we’ll be able to enjoy thanks to LucasFilm and Rian Johnson being so nice to us avid Star Wars fans. And here’s the thing. Not only is it over two hours of bonus footage but…wait for it, wait for it.

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There’s also FOURTEEN deleted scenes. That is insane! I have never seen a movie have so many deleted scenes in my life. It shows how massive Rian Johnson’s vision for The Last Jedi truly was and, due to timing, they had to condense the movie to a slightly modest two hours and thirty-two minutes compared to having The Last Jedi become a Star Wars film that would end up being close to three hours long. I am so excited to see these deleted scenes. I mean, what could they be?

I think I have an idea, thanks to reading Star Wars news, of what two of the deleted scenes will entail. One is supposedly going to show Rey participate in a third lesson from Luke on Ach-To which sounds like a deleted scene that I’m going to enjoy thoroughly. And then another deleted scene is going to include Finn and Phasma aboard The Supremacy after DJ betrays him and Rose. That’s just two out of fourteen! deleted scenes though, that’s how amazing that is.

I’ve seen some amazing movie bonus features in my time. The movies’ behind-the-scenes featurettes I’ve enjoyed the most was for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (amazing bonus features by the way) and The Force AwakensRogue One had a disappointing bonus feature package that didn’t even span an hour and didn’t include any deleted scenes. Judging from all of this content, however, The Last Jedi is probably going to join my list of favorite special features packages for a movie.

I thank you for reading and I hope this made you as excited as me because I am ecstatic. Have a gorgeous day and May the Force Be With You.

The Proof That Poe Was Regarded As a Villain in ‘The Last Jedi’

Over three weeks ago I wrote a post about who I felt was the true villain in The Last Jedi and at the end of the article I felt that, due to the movie’s events, Poe Dameron was the true antagonist of the movie and for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons why however is that Poe got hundreds of Resistance fighters killed due to his reckless actions. He wanted to be a hero several times and every time he thought he was doing something great he only made things much, much worse. Of course Kylo Ren is the main villain of the trilogy but for the majority of The Last Jedi he was treated as a partial-protagonist rather than the villain that he was in The Force Awakens. And now I have legitimate proof that Poe was regarded as one of the antagonists of the film. Look at this poster.

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If you see where all of the major characters are placed where is Poe? On the villain side of the poster! When I first saw this poster I wondered why Poe was on the bad side but I figured it was simply designed this way so he’d be perfectly parallel with Finn but after watching the film I now understand the reasoning behind his placing on the poster.

I find this very interesting and it highlights how different The Last Jedi is compared to its predecessor. I mean when you’ve got Poe, one of the most heroic characters in The Force Awakens, considered as a villain in its sequel it shows how wildly different the movie’s tone was going to be. And it was.

That’s why I love Star Wars. There’s always something new to discover. I’m sure when I watch this movie again I’ll find many more hidden references and Easter eggs that I’ve missed before. I mean I still watch The Force Awakens and see new things. Well, that’s my latest discovery from The Last Jedi.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force Be With You.

Could There Ever Be Too Much ‘Star Wars’?

After Disney bought Star Wars in 2012 there have been three movies, a new cartoon, over a dozen books, and there isn’t a sign of Disney slowing down any time soon. I mean there’s literally going to be an actual Star Wars land coming to Disney World next year which is ridiculously awesome!!!! And now Disney has announced that they have just gotten the moguls behind the HBO phenomenon, Game of Thrones, to make other Star Wars films that stand outside of the standalone movies and Rian Johnson’s trilogy!

Disney is also bringing out a streaming service next year which will feature a live-action Star Wars show for the first time. And then in a little over three months we’re going to have another Star Wars film to indulge ourselves with and then after that I’m sure there will be countless books to get our imaginations wrapped around. And remember, there’s also going to be an Obi-Wan Kenobi standalone film coming out in 2020. It’s Star Wars galore!

And while this is all great news there are some who feel that Disney might be taking the magic of Star Wars away by having so many venues for the franchise. Now for me I couldn’t be happier.

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As you all know I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. I still remember the days when I used to dream about there being more Star Wars movies every time I watched the end of Return of the Jedi. When Disney announced they had bought LucasFilm I was legitimately terrified because when I used to think of Disney I thought of, well, Mickey Mouse and I definitely didn’t want a Mickey Star Wars.

That skepticism was instantly erased after The Force Awakens, for it was everything that I wanted a Star Wars film to be. I could get behind the new characters of this generation’s trilogy and it brought back the classics, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill. It was the perfect way for Disney to tell us, “Star Wars is back!!!”

Then there was Rogue One.

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This movie proved to everyone that LucasFilm wasn’t Disney-fying Star Wars by making a film where everyone dies. I’ve seen some rated R films that haven’t even done that. I was sold on Disney’s concept of movies after that.

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And The Last Jedi only increased my appreciation for Disney’s vision of the franchise by having Rian Johnson create a very long and complex film that helped move the story of Star Wars in a whole other direction and I love it.

The fact that Disney is already planning to keep giving us Star Wars for many more years is a dream come true for me. And judging from the way they’re hiring these people to make Star Wars movies it seems like they’re going to make the Star Wars franchise off of the Marvel model and I am very glad about it. The thought of at least two Star Wars films in a year is practically incredible and if this ever comes to pass I’m going to be one of the happiest Star Wars fans ever.

Now if the quality of the films start decreasing and become more like Marvel films (sorry Marvel but Star Wars still has better movies) then that’ll be a problem. If every film, however, is made with the respect and care as the last three movies were made and each film ends up being as good as The Last Jedi, or better, then that will be the greatest gift Disney could’ve ever given me.

Until these new movies are announced I’ll continue to focus on Solo which comes out on May 25 and then after that I’ll slowly begin counting down the days until Episode IX.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day. May the Force Be With You.

 

The Defining Moments of Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren has become my favorite character in Star Wars, so far. He’s complex, Adam Driver is a ridiculously remarkable actor, he looks really cool, and every time he’s in a scene the scene gets ten times better. Now I have to admit, I wasn’t as huge a fan as I am now of Kylo Ren after The Force Awakens but The Last Jedi shed a new light on his character and he has become just a blast to watch.

So, today on the final segment of The Defining Moments, I am going to tell you all of the moments that I think have defined his character throughout The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Enjoy!

1. Confessions

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When we meet Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens he’s a troubled and angry individual. He destroys equipment off of a whim, he killed Lor San Tekka just because he said something that upset him, and he emits gloom. Then we find out he’s Han’s son and it’s like, okay, now we’re starting to get an idea of who this character exactly is but there’s still a great deal of mystery surrounding the Knight of Ren.

When he confesses to his grandfather’s Darth Vader mask about feeling the call to the light his story instantly becomes more than that of just a scary villain. At that moment we see another side to him, a vulnerable side that he can’t hide, even with the mask on. It makes us wonder if he’s really a villain or if he’s going to eventually crack and become good. This, of course, won’t be the last time we see a conflicted Kylo Ren but it is the first.

This scene also subtly hints towards Snoke’s distrust in Kylo Ren as he tells “Darth Vader” how the Supreme Leader senses the conflict within him. That distrust will lead to a lot of things happening in The Last Jedi.

2. Finding the Girl

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At the Battle of Takodana Kylo Ren went to find the missing droid and instead came upon the girl who helped the droid, and the stormtrooper, escape. This scene is very important, for it’s the first time he comes into contact with his future arch-nemesis/ally and it subtly hints towards Kylo Ren having a slight attraction to her.

I mean did he have to pick her up and take her to his personal ship? No. And he surely didn’t give that courtesy to Poe Dameron. He could’ve easily had the stormtroopers take her aboard their craft and that would be the end of that but no, he had to capture her himself and take her to his transport. Mmm-hmm, we see you Kylo Ren.

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The Defining Moments of Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker became a prominent character again after The Last Jedi and while some Star Wars fans highly disliked his story arc there were others, including me, who loved Rian Johnson’s vision for the elderly Jedi Master.

So today on the The Defining Moments I’m going to celebrate his journey throughout the five films that he has graced. Be Warned. This post will be a longread due to Luke’s extensive journey. I thank you for heeding this warning. Now enjoy the post.

1. A Secret Message

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Luke was a moisture farmer on Tatooine. While he loved his uncle and aunt so he didn’t complain too much he always dreamed of leaving the desolate planet to go fight for the Rebellion against the Empire. So imagine his immense surprise when he came across the secret message hidden within R2’s insides.

Before him was a hologram of a beautiful princess who was in trouble. His imagination immediately began to run wild as the outside world beyond his sandy home began to slowly enter his life. He had no idea how far that simple message would end up taking him.

2. Staring at the Two Suns

While this is one of the quieter defining moments of Luke’s long journey it is one of the most impactful, for it highlights Luke’s wistfulness to explore new horizons. This was the scene that, I believe, truly began his story and would end up becoming one of the most iconic scenes in Star Wars.

2. Saved By Ben Kenobi

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After losing R2-D2 Luke, of course, went to go retrieve the droid but ended up coming across the terrifying and brutal Tusken Raiders. In a scuffle he was knocked unconscious and became their captive, but not for long as he was rescued by the old hermit, Ben Kenobi. Upon waking he learned some fascinating truths, such as Ben Kenobi was, in fact, the same person as Obi-Wan Kenobi who the girl in the message was pleading for help. He had no clue that this simple rescue would lead to the beginning of his destiny.

3. Learning About the Force

In the old man, Kenobi’s home, Luke repaired C-3PO and talked with the elder. They ended up discussing about Luke’s father, Anakin Skywalker the Jedi Knight and Darth Vader the murderer of his father, both the same person but Luke wouldn’t know this until later in his life. The most important thing about this scene, however, is when Obi-Wan tells him of the Force for the first time. Luke doesn’t fully understand what he’s talking about but he will. He will.

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The Defining Moments of Leia Organa

Princess Leia was the first heroine I saw as a child that I really, really liked. She changed the perception of what I thought a princess was and she simply was very cool. Now, in my adulthood, I can look back at all of the times I watched the original trilogy and see her story with new, fresh eyes thanks to these new Star Wars films that have come out. And so today, on this segment of The Defining Moments I’m celebrating all of the incredible moments that have propelled her legend even to this day.

Be warned. Leia’s life has been very extensive and so this post is a longread. I thank you for heeding this warning. Enjoy!

1. Giving R2-D2 the Death Star Codes

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I still remember the feeling of mystique that surrounded Princess Leia when I saw her for the first time in A New Hope. I had to have been about eight or nine years old and it was amazing seeing her down that hallway with the white hooded dress hiding her appearance. When she removed her hood, revealing her face for the first time, it was an immensely magical moment.

Not only was this moment magical for that reason but it also immediately highlighted who she was as a character. She could’ve easily escaped with the droids but she chose to stay behind and face Vader and his minions. This instantly showcased her bravery in the face of evil and that incredible quality is what made her so special to her very last scene in The Last Jedi.

2. Mocking Governor Tarkin

Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing, and David Prowse in Star Wars (1977)

Leia was no joke. If she didn’t like you she didn’t shrug away from letting you know that and that’s exactly what she did to Grand Moff Tarkin. She was a captive in the Death Star, she was being led around the scariest bad guy in the universe, Darth Vader, and she was being led to have a talk with Tarkin and yet she didn’t quake in the slightest. She was the smallest person in the dark, forbidding room but her brave persona shone as brightly as her white dress. I love that about Leia and it’s why she’s one of the greatest heroines of all time.

Rarely do you see a woman as strong and resolute as Leia Organa and every scene that she participated in highlighted how strong of a character she was. Unfortunately, despite her mocking of the Grand Moff’s stench, she still had to watch as her home planet, Alderaan, was blown to smithereens. That was a devastating blow for her but did she let it show? While she was clearly in anguish on the inside she rarely let her pain be seen on the outside because she’s that off the chain.

3. Rescued?

Leia was unknowingly about to be executed but luckily two men and one very large and very hairy alien had come to rescue her. This scene was one of the most important moments of her life, for it was the first time she met Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, and Chewbacca. To her rescuers they thought they had performed a perfect plan for her escape but to her she knew the reality. They had only prolonged her execution.

Because she is just that awesome she took charge, helping them escape the oncoming stormtroopers by taking them down the garbage chute. While it wasn’t the most flattering of escape plans it was necessary for them to survive and it’s the first time you see Leia as the natural leader that she is.

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The Defining Moments of Han Solo

Han Solo is one of the greatest characters that has ever appeared in Star Wars. In fact he is the character that put Harrison Ford on the map and helped make him into the iconic actor that he is today. Now Han Solo is getting his own standalone film later on this year, further extending his marvelous story.

So today on The Defining Moments I’m excited to share the moments, so far, that have made Han Solo into the beloved character that he is to this day. Enjoy!

1. Meeting Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker

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When we first meet Han Solo in A New Hope we have no idea who he is. He’s a smuggler, a supposedly fantastic pilot, and he’s the man who’s going to take these two mysterious folks across the galaxy to the Alderaan system. Han, at this time of his life, didn’t care about anything except for money and can you blame him? He had a debt to Jabba the Hutt and he knew if he didn’t pay it off he would be in big trouble.

He had no clue that this mysterious old man and this young kid would end up changing his life.

2. Rescuing A Princess

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Han can sometimes be a scoundrel. He didn’t have anything to do with you unless you were going to pay him some money. When Luke told him that if they rescued this certain captured princess he would get paid handsomely for his deed he was all in on the idea. When Han met Princess Leia for the first time he tried to be the boss of the situation but she, of course, didn’t play that. He was stunned and immediately became attracted to the feisty princess.

He tried to pretend that he didn’t care about her wellbeing and that all he wanted was money but the truth was that he was infatuated with the princess and didn’t want to see any harm come to her, leading him to one of the most heroic moments in his life.

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