Solo: A Star Wars Story struggled while in theaters and later this week everyone’s favorite scoundrel becomes available on digital download.
Solo: A Star Wars Story was the second stand-alone movie released, the first one being “Rogue One” in 2016. Solo tells the origin story of Han Solo and how he began his journey to becoming one the galaxy’s best-known smugglers. Alden Ehrenreich stars as the young Han Solo who I felt did a nice job playing a character made famous by Harrison Ford.
Many said that Solo was a movie that no one asked for or wanted and to some extent that maybe true, but it’s the movie that Lucasfilm gave us. If you’re a Star Wars fan like my self then your well aware that Solo’s original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were fired by Lucasfilm with over 80% of the movie having already been shot. Director Ron Howard was then brought in and a good majority of the movie was re-shot causing the budget for Solo to balloon to around $275 million.
I thought Solo was a good Star Wars movie. Was it one of the best? No, but it was a fun adventure film that had plenty of action, adventure and a few surprises along the way.
With Solo being released digitally later this week about twelve days before the Blu-ray hits store shelves, Lucasfilm has released a couple of clips from Solo. One in particular deals with a character that was a surprise for those who did see Solo when in theaters. (If you did not see Solo in theaters and plan on watching it at home you may want to stop at this point.)
At the conclusion of Solo the Phantom Menace villain Darth Maul appeared via hologram to give a few threatening instructions to Qu’ira (Emilia Clarke). If you’ve only seen the movies and never cared to check out the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series then you wouldn’t be wrong in asking wasn’t he killed? The answer to that would be yes, but in the “Clone Wars” animated series we learn that Maul actually survived.
I’ve seen many online who enjoyed the appearance of Maul and others who found it unnecessary. If you didn’t see Solo in theaters then I strongly suggest you give it watch at home. I think you will find it an enjoyable fun Star Wars movie that I thought was something of a good choice especially after how serious both Rogue One and The Last Jedi were.
Check out the two clips from ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ below and the entire bonus features available on either the Blu-ray or digital download.
Official Synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story
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 befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story! Available on Digital, Movies Anywhere and 4K UHD Sept. 14. On Blu-ray™ Sept. 25.
DIGITAL AND BLU-RAY BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):
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 together.
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 modifications.”
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 effects.
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.
- Proxima’s Den
- Corellian Foot Chase
- Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
- The Battle of Mimban: Extended
- Han Versus Chewie: Extended
- Snowball Fight!
- Meet Dryden: Extended
- 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.
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