I saw Rogue One at the theaters, and while I did enjoy it for the most part, it didn’t feel like a true Star Wars film. Regardless, I did have a good time seeing it and now it’s come home with the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray that captures everything great and not so great about the movie with some sweet extras thrown in that show the force is with this release, just not as strong as it could be.
Chris Pandolfi gave the film Editor’s Choice, and you can read all about the plot details and what made the movie great in his review of the theatrical release. With that being said, I’ll talk about my thoughts on it as well as the special features presented here. I did like Rogue One, but I didn’t “love” it like I really wanted to. Don’t get me wrong, the film has some amazing scenes and awesome characters (Alan Tudyk as the droid K-2S0 steals the film in one of his best roles ever), but there’s just something off with the pacing and the film overall that doesn’t feel right. It also doesn’t help that Michael Giacchino’s score sounds like it was rushed and doesn’t have that Star Wars flair fans have come to love from John Williams. I’m sure if Giacchino had more time to work (to be fair, he was a last minute fill-in to replace Alexandre Desplat), it would’ve been amazing. But as it stands, it comes off like a flat, fan-made score where it tries to sound close to John Williams’ stuff, but can’t due to copyright issues.
Going back to the good stuff, being on Blu-ray gives us awesome visuals and audio that come through amazing. If there’s anything to highlight this film, it’s the incredible special effects and sound mix that make vehicles, explosions, and aliens come to glorious life. Add in being able to hear every piece of dialogue perfectly and bass-filled sounds that pushes you to take cover behind your seat, and you have the perfect disc to show off your home theater setup. When the blast doors are finally closed, you can take a look at the special features that are so immense, they’re included on a separate disc. “A Rogue Idea” goes into how director Gareth Edwards came to helm the film after his massive success with Godzilla and features interviews with some of the Lucasfilm crew such as Kathleen Kennedy.
There’s a few extras involving the main cast of characters and how they were made, but none are as interesting or as fun as the “K-2S0: The Droid” extra. This is a fun look at Alan Tudyk at his best in both voicing and motion capturing the hilarious deadpan humor of the now famous droid. “The Princess & The Governor” shows the magic-like special effects that went into bringing the late (and great) Peter Cushing’s role of Grand Moff Tarkin back to the movie as well as de-aging the late (and also great) Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. “Rogue Connections” is a short but interesting look at how this movie ties into the previous films as well as the moments and characters in the Star Wars universe. A few other extras are also featured, but these are the ones that stand out as being the best.
Granted it’s not the best Star Wars film, but there’s more good than bad in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. I wish a few things could’ve been different, but most of it is right on the money and a good time is sure to be had by any who go on this adventure. High definition special effects and audio worthy of a home theater setup disc, and a nice amount of special features make this one a force you’ll want to add to your other Star Wars releases.