Star Wars: The Last Jedi had a successful run in theaters as the sequel to The Force Awakens. At 2 hours, 32 minutes, there was a lot director Rian Johnson to leave on the cutting room floor, however. Johnson has mentioned that a lot of the scenes that were edited out of the final product – like the scene where both Luke and Leia mourn the death of their close friend, Han Solo – will be included in the home theater version.
In addition to the aforementioned scene, an exploration of the ways of the Force, director commentary, and 14 instances of footage left out of the final cut will be included in the bonus content that will appear on the digital releases of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The bonus material includes:
- The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
- Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
- Scene Breakdowns
- Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
- Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
- Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
- Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
- Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
- Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be available in various forms for purchase, including a Multi-screen Edition which includes both Blu-ray and a Digital copy and a 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition with options for 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and a Digital copy. Target and Best Buy have the exclusive retail rights for the home theater releases.
The Luke and Leia scene where they mourn the death of Solo will clearly be emptional, but another tear-jerking moment for Luke – or should we say actor Mark Hamill – came off-camera when he was reunited with an old friend he hadn’t seen in decades.