Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-ray Review
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the STAR WARS stand-alone films — ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, an epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the STAR WARS timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Run time: 133 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD / 1 DVD
Without a shadow of a doubt ‘Rogue One’ is by far and away the best Star Wars movie since 1983’s Return Of The Jedi. It’s also by far the most adult Star Wars movie yet, and as an adult viewer I found that seriously refreshing. One thing that did surprise me though was the number of extremely young children in the cinema – parents take note that this isn’t really a film for little kids. The violence levels are much higher than previous instalments and there are many twists and turns till the end. ‘Rogue One’ truly kept to the Star Wars legacy. The movie is a great movie, and will not upset canon viewers. It was not like ‘Star Wars the Force Awakens’ and had a different vibe to it which sets this film apart.
One thing that really excited me about this film is that the characters are very down-to-earth. Sure, they have hope — they have an intuition about the odds they don’t want droids to tell them about — but they don’t receive their mission with a speech about how they are destined to reach a goal. And thus they don’t act on the request with that kind of attitude. They’re just people with a strong intention and a clear goal. They’re not trying to be pretentious.
The cast seems to have been made for the movie with really innovative casting like Donnie Yen, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker apart from the already stellar Felicity Jones, Diego Luna Ben Mendelsohn and lots more. In particular and without going into too much of spoilery details, Alan Tudyk plays a cynical imperial robot – brilliant. In Ben Mendelsohn we have an Imperial director who perhaps while choking on his aspirations also sends chills down ones bone. Remarkable as it is in not having a single Jedi in the movie, Chirrut and Baze, guardians of the Kyber crystals provide us with an inkling of what is currently the past and lost glory of Jedis.
The film presents us with the Rebel Alliance in full swing against the insidious Galactic Empire which is rumored to be building a doomsday weapon, described in whispers as a planet killer. They plan to contact or preferably kill the machine’s creator by hiring his daughter Jyn Erso to track him down. Jyn Erso (Jones) is outfitted with a motley crew of killers, spies, saboteurs, and one very snarky but bad-ass droid (Tudyk). They are met with resistance from skeptical rebels, persistent storm-troopers, Imperial assassins, and Darth Vader himself! ROGUE ONE is not just a space opera but it is also a wartime adventure film. The ground battles, dog fights, and duels are all staged splendidly. Those felt short-changed by the more comedic action in ‘The Force Awakens’ will be pleased by the gripping and often dirty shootouts and skirmishes. Darth Vader himself gets in on the action in a short but fantastic sequence.
Movie Content: 10/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with 2.40:1 aspect ration. I was quite amazed by ‘The Force Awakens’ in the image quality department as the film fit perfectly in terms of atmosphere, look, and feel to the original trilogy. I can say the same thing here with ‘Rogue One’, this film looks like it fits perfectly right before the original trilogy with how it was shot. The image quality is absolutely stunning and probably some of the best image quality on Blu-ray. Colors are strong bringing the Star Wars universe to life. The color palette is also vibrant bringing out the comic book presentation of the film. Blacks are deep looking like ink. The blacks are some of the best that I have seen on a high definition format. Details are also very good with some very accurate looking Fleshtones. Yet again I was stunned with the sheer amount of details in this print from the faces to even some of the darker scenes. Dark scenes are well lighted with excellent depth where you never have a hard time viewing the ongoing action. There are hardly any issues for this print. I will say that I was left utterly impressed with this print.
Video Quality: 10/10
Audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix. The audio is excellent receiving receives demo worthy praise. Michael Giacchino’s score and John Williams’ score here in ‘Rogue One’ is just absolutely stunning. The audio mix feels very bombastic really showing how beautiful this sound is in this film with all of the action throughout the entire film. The sound design is taken up a notch from previous Star Wars films which really makes this an amazing film to listen to in high definition. Bass is just perfect with the score as it gives you that very unpredictable feeling. The soundfield is engaging at all times pulling me in making this a very atmospheric experience. The rears encompass nice directional movement from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is very clean and crisp through the center channel. This is a well balanced mix without having to adjust the volume to hear the dialogue.
Audio Quality: 10/10
- A Rogue Idea [HD]
- Jyn: The Rebel [HD]
- Cassian: The Spy [HD]
- K-2SO: The Droid [HD]
- Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills [HD]
- Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary [HD]
- The Empire [HD]
- Visions of Hope: The Look of Rogue One [HD]
- The Princess & The Governor [HD]
- Epilogue: The Story Continues [HD]
- Rogue Connections [HD]
Special Features: 10/10
The Final Word
‘Rogue One’ is the best Star Wars film since the original trilogy and I hope that this type of quality continues on with the next film in the new trilogy and the new Han Solo movie. This is what the future of the franchise should be. This Blu-ray release scores a perfect 10 across the board and if you have not seen ‘Rogue One’ it is definitely worth picking up.
Overall Rating: 10/10