BLU-RAY REVIEW: SOLO : A STAR WARS
Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Academy
Award®–winning filmmaker Ron Howard—the creator of unforgettable
films, such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Parenthood” and
“Splash”—took moviegoers on this summer’s wildest ride with the
most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy, Han Solo (Alden
Ehrenreich). The action-packed journey explores Han’s first
encounters with future friend and copilot Chewbacca (Joonas
Suotamo) and notorious gambler Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover),
as well as his adventure-filled past alongside fellow street
thief Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and career criminal Beckett (Woody
Harrelson). Watch instantly on Sept. 14th as the Millennium
Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on
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Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” bonus content takes fans behind the
scenes to experience compelling discussions with the
star-studded cast and screenwriters Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence
Kasdan (writer of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star
Wars: Return of the Jedi); a revealing feature on Chewie and his
enduring friendship with Han; a close-up look at the original
version of the Millennium Falcon and Han’s first time piloting
the infamous ship; the creation of the film’s otherworldly
settings and pulse-pounding action sequences; and eight
never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes.
SYNOPSIS: Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
FILM REVIEW: Going in to see Solo: A Star Wars Story, I wasn’t expecting all that much from it. Having grown up watching the Star Wars films I loved seeing Luke, Leia, Obi Wan, and yes even Darth Vader on the big screen (TV screen in some cases). As far as Han goes however, the swashbuckling adventurer that he was, I didn’t enjoy his character more than was necessary. He was simply a smuggler in love with Leia to me. However, seeing this movie with a fresh new face (Alden Ehrenreich) to tell an age old back story was absolutely refreshing. I was very pleasantly surprised with the character build up and enjoyed the way Han came into himself as well as the man Harrison Ford perfected. Putting together an exciting film born out of the Star Wars name that wasn’t directly or indirectly tied to the Jedi and Sith must have been exceedingly difficult. However, Lucasfilm has a long history of visual effects perfection, none of which was wasted on this movie. Personally, I feel they succeeded completely.
Further, Solo was a riveting experience fraught with turmoil at almost every turn. Just when you believe you understand the rhythm of the plot, the director throws in a wonderfully executed twist which will leave your jaw dropped. Many moments throughout the film I found myself leaning a little too forward in my seat, trying to catch every detail of a scene. One thing that makes a film extraordinary is the ability of a cast to become the character they play and wow did they do exactly that. This young Han, though not the Han persona we have all come to love, is exactly what he needed to be at the beginning of his smuggling career, NAIVE. It is a whole new world for him and he is trying his best to find the positive in everything. Personally, his performance was a very welcome light to the gritty emotion of the film. This coupled with Lando’s (Donald Glover) charm and wit, and Kira’s (Emilia Clarke) confidence made it a terrific and inspired experience. The only discrepancy I could point out between the Star Wars films and this one is the seemingly forced subplot dealing with two of the usually overlooked side species of the franchise (Wookies and droids) and their personal experiences and conflicts with their oppressive captors. This is not to say it wasn’t very real and touching, which added a familial feeling to the whole ordeal and gave certain characters a deeper back story.
Finally, I’d like to make a few points about one of the villains present throughout a major point of the story. Though you could say every character involved is a criminal in one way or another… oh well. This specific criminal shook me with how powerful he was as an evil force. Paul Bettany, an actor I’m not too familiar with though I can enVISION a few outstanding roles he has assumed, really blew me out of the water with his performance. His character, Dryden Vos, was the perfect level of creepy yet amicable sprinkled with flecks of extreme violent anger at seemingly random moments. Just when you thought things were going the way you wanted them to for the lowly band of smugglers, Vos appears to rain on their coaxium infused parade. Though, between you and me, something much worse is seated right around the corner, find out more by purchasing a ticket on May 25th.
The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.39:1 aspect ration preserving its
theatrical format. The picture is just flawless. Not only the
picture looks great in this release, also the sound it is good,
a 5.1 Master Audio in English that provides a good complement
to the picture. It also includes
English and Spanish subtitles.
Widescreen (2.39:1) 16x9
English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
English, English SDH, French, Spanish
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Solo: The Director & Cast
Roundtable Sit down with director Ron Howard and
the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of
the film’s making.
Team Chewie See what it
takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this
lighthearted look behind the scenes.
Kasdan on Kasdan Iconic
Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan
share what it was like to write the movie’s script
Remaking the Millennium Falcon
Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the
galaxy, from Lando’s swank and impeccable pride and joy to
Han’s stripped-down hot-rod freighter with “special
Escape from Corellia Get
behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase
through the streets of Corellia
The Train Heist Explore
the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed
sequence, including its remote location and spectacular
Becoming a Droid: L3-37
Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps
bring her to life
Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures
and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso Take an in-depth
tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and
gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac
Into the Maelstrom: The
Kessel Run Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the
Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star
Wars history unfolds.
o Proxima’s Den
o Corellian Foot Chase
o Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
o The Battle of Mimban: Extended
o Han Versus Chewie: Extended
o Snowball Fight!
o Meet Dryden: Extended
o Coaxium Double-Cross
The Millenium Falcon: From Page
to Park – An exclusive look at the history of the
most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and
development, and how it will translate in one of the most
anticipated expansions in Disneyland’s history.