Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Blu-Ray Review

Empty Lighthouse is a reader-supported site. This article may contain affiliate links to Amazon and other sites. We earn a commission on purchases made through these links.

Rogue One A Star Wars Story came out on Blu-ray earlier this week and it includes several special features.

Here we are going to talk about the quality of the Blu-ray conversion as well as what it includes and doesn't include.

First of all, Rogue One A Star Wars Story comes out on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D only. I only managed to watch the film on 2D Blu-ray so I won't be able to tell you how the film looks in 3D. That being said, the film currently does not have a 4K Blu-ray release. This is because Disney doesn't release 4K Blu-ray discs yet.

Anyway, when it comes to Star Wars movies, nothing can outmatch the series when it comes to visual and audio quality.

Despite Rogue One being only a standalone movie, it still manages to feel like you are watching a Star Wars movie as it has all the familiar sights and sounds from a galaxy far, far away.

Seriously, the best way you should watch this movie on Blu-ray is with a surround sound system.

The movie sounded awesome when I watched it in the cinema a few months ago, but the Blu-ray version is close to the same quality depending on the type of speakers you have.

The picture quality is also just as good as the audio. The first 30 minutes of the movie may not look that pretty as it is set in dark and dingy locations.

However, the movie will literally bright up your entire room when you watch the climax that is set in the beach setting of Scarif.

Honestly, Scarif is arguably the prettiest planet that has ever been created in the Star Wars universe. It looks beautiful watching it again on Blu-ray.

It's worth noting though that this movie has an aspect ratio of 2:39:1 with a maximum resolution of 1080p.

There is no 4K version out there for you 4K TV owners. Not to mention you should expect to see black bars on your screen since this movie is shot in widescreen.

The second disc features a healthy amount of behind the scenes footage focusing on every member of the Rogue One team.

The cast and crew talk about, Jyn, Cassian, K2-SO, Baze & Cirrut as well as on Bohdi and Saw. There is even a feature on the Empire focusing on Orson Krennic as well as the cameo that Darth Vader has.

You can even watch the process of how they managed to animate Commander Tarkin and a young Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. ILM had to mo-cap the movements of the actors portraying them and then animate over their faces.

My favorite feature is the one about the story of the movie. Disney had a lot of ideas for standalone movies, but this one stood out to them the most.

They thought about a team stealing the Death Star plans would make a great movie.

The gamble paid off in the end as Rogue One A Star Wars Story was well received since it earned over $1 billion at the Box Office.

As good as the movie is on Blu-ray, this release isn't perfect.

A lot of reshoots occurred during the production of this film, yet this release doesn't include any deleted or alternate scenes. Surely they could have put at least a few deleted scenes on there.

The Blu-ray release also lacks any commentary too. It would have been nice to have gotten commentary so that we could hear the thoughts of the cast and crew.

It's possible we could get a second Blu-ray release for Rogue One A Star Wars Story in the near future with the missing stuff added in.

Despite only a few flaws, Rogue One A Star Wars Story is excellent on Blu-ray.

The movie still good to watch a second time too. You should definitely pick this movie up if you are a Star Wars fan, or action movie junkie in general.

Verdict: 4/5 stars

Wanna read more on this? Check these out: Disney Announces Augmented Reality Experience For Star Wars Force Friday II (more); Star Wars: The Last Jedi Features Cameos From Many Different British People (more); Star Wars Obi-Wan Kenobi Standalone Movie Is Currently In The Works (more); Lego Is About To Reveal Its Biggest Star Wars Set Yet (more).

And here are some more related articles: Captain Phasma To Get More Action Screentime In Star Wars: The Last Jedi (more); Star Wars: The Last Jedi Director Compares His Film To The Empire Strikes Back (more); Star Wars: Episode IX Is Getting A Brand New Writer (more).

A few more: Captain Phasma Actress Praises The Script For Star Wars: The Last Jedi (more); Kylo Ren's New TIE Fighter Revealed In Star Wars: The Last Jedi (more).