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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Blu-ray Special Features Breakdown
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Ron Howard on the set of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

Available on Blu-ray today, Solo: A Star Wars Story contains all of its supplemental content on a second Blu-ray disc. A Movies Anywhere digital copy code is also included with purchase.

Below is a breakdown of the bonus materials and special features included with the in-home release.

Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable (21:44): Director Ron Howard moderates a panel of the film’s cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Joonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, and Paul Bettany. They discuss landing their respective roles, the audition process, character relationships and backstories, and more. This is the longest supplement on the disc and while it’s fun and filled with anecdotes and behind-the-scenes stories, it’s a fairly surface-level discussion. You do get to see some footage of George Lucas‘ visit to the set, which is great.

Kasdan on Kasdan (7:50): Writers Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jonathan Kasdan – a huge Star Wars geek – discuss life with the franchise, working together on the film, and Lawrence’s love for the Han Solo character. This is a wonderful little featurette that details the Kasdans’ connection to the saga.

Remaking the Millennium Falcon (5:36): This featurette focuses on the iconic ship’s importance in the film and within the Star Wars universe. Designers talks about re-imagining the freighter as a brand-new, top-of-the-line ship, and Lando’s influence on its sleek design.

Escape from Corellia (9:59): A discussion of how Solo fits into the saga’s timeline, the design of Corellia, and how they created the film’s opening car chase sequence. For a 10-minute featurette, this is a including geography, vehicle design, digital effects, sounds, and more.

The Train Heist (14:30): A breakdown of one of the movie’s biggest action set pieces: conceptual artists talk design, the importance of physical models, digital and practical effects, shooting locations, and bringing Rio Durant to life with Jon Favreau.

Team Chewie (6:41): One of my favorite supplements, “Team Chewie” takes a look at how the film introduces and expands upon the Han Solo-Chewbacca relationship, including both the emotional connection they share and the physical requirements of their meet-cute brawl in the mud.

Becoming a Droid: L3-37 (5:06): An exploration of the character’s backstory, Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s motion capture performance, and the practical and digital effects that bring her to life. I really enjoy the L3-37 character and her role in the greater saga, but it seems like this character was largely misunderstood by the audience. This featurette does a great job of explaining the character’s intentions and why she’s so awesome.

Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso (8:02): My favorite featurette, “Welcome to Fort Ypso” provides a detailed breakdown of one of the movie’s key set pieces: the Sabaac game at Fort Ypso. Artists, designers, and effects gurus give us a look at the card game invented for the film and the alien characters who play it. The Ypso set is filled with unbelievable production designs, costumes, and creatures, and this featurette lets you get inside the scene and explore all of it.

Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run (8:28): A fascinating look at on-set, in-camera visuals, charting the Kessel Run, piloting the ship in the scene, sound and digital effects, and more.

Deleted Scenes (15:13): Included are Proxima’s Den, Corellian Foot Chase, Han Solo: Imperial Cadet, The Battle of Mimban: Extended, Han Versus Chewie: Extended, Snowball Fight!, Meet Dryden: Extended, and Coaxium Double-Cross.

Most of the deleted scenes are extended versions of sequences in the finished film, but “Snowball Fight!” and “Han Solo: Imperial Cadet” offer brief glimpses into scenes that didn’t make the cut. Honestly, there’s nothing here that’s so lengthy that it couldn’t have been included.

I love seeing deleted scenes, but when it comes to Star Wars, I’m often frustrated because I’m one of those people who always wants more. I could watch a five-hour Star Wars movie if someone made it. Hopefully Disney considers making their own “Special Edition” of the Sequel Trilogy at some point, so we can get these scenes added back into the movie.

While not as in-depth as Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s in-home release, Solo: A Star Wars Story provides some fantastic bonus materials that are well worth a Star Wars fan’s time and money. Hopefully we get to see Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, and the rest of this cast reprise their roles at some point, whether it be in another anthology film or as part of a series on Disney’s upcoming streaming service!


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