The big-ticket item this week is the digital home release of The Last Jedi, which drops on Tuesday, March 13. It features 14 deleted scenes, various documentaries and an audio commentary from director Rian Johnson. If you want the Blu-ray, you’re stuck waiting until March 27.
A few new behind the scenes clips have emerged since we last checked in. The first, on Kylo’s choice to not kill Leia, features a new priceless quote from Carrie Fisher. The second is on the crystal foxes (err, vulptices), finally giving us a long-awaited look at the actual dog-wearing-straw-costume used to help develop them. And from yesterday, how a Ralph McQuarrie painting from Empire inspired the final showdown and a bit on the red of Crait.
Today’s Star Wars Show features a new deleted scene from The Last Jedi, details on a live Facebook chat with Daisy Ridley, an interview with writer Cavan Scott and a look at a special screening of the Rebels finale.
With The Last Jedi home release imminent, several behind the scenes clips and featurettes have been released. There’s an interview with Andy Serkis on Snoke at Entertainment Weekly; Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher and The Slap at People; Daisy Ridley and Rian Johnson on Rey at E!.
This week brings two The Last Jedi adaptations, two comics and the latest Insider. After a delay of several months, Jason Fry’s The Last Jedi novelization is finally dropping on Tuesday, March 6. (There’s also a junior novel version by Michael Kogge.)
The Last Jedi failed to break Star Wars‘ 34-year streak at the Oscars, losing in all four categories it was nominated in. Both sound awards went to Dunkirk, Blade Runner 2049 took VFX, and John Williams lost out on score to Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water.
The Shape of Water was the night’s big winner, taking home four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for Guillermo del Toro.
Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Kelly Marie Tran and BB-8 did present Best Animated Short and Feature, the highlight being BB-8 getting scratchies:
— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) March 5, 2018
No Star Wars film has received an Oscar since 1984, when Return of the Jedi was awarded a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. But hey, we did get to see a porg on the Oscars, so that’s something.
Entertainment Weekly has a look at five of The Last Jedi’s 14 deleted scenes. They include BB-8 and Finn, Luke mourning, and the Caretaker’s Village.
All 14 scenes will be on the film’s upcoming home release on March 13 and 27.
The Director and the Jedi, a look at Rian Johnson and the making of The Last Jedi, will have its World Premiere on March 12 during South by Southwest in Austin.
“We had [Anthony Wonke] & his crew on set every day, we were always radio mic’d up,” Johnson tweeted. “This isn’t talking heads & b-roll, it really gets into process & captures what the shoot felt like. Excited to see it with a crowd…”
An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson’s process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe. A fan since childhood, he sets out to make the most powerful Star Wars movie he can. Navigating the mammoth production, the scale of which he’s never directed before, we meet his cast and crew, see their individual challenges in bringing the film together, say goodbye to Carrie Fisher, and explore the significance of Rian’s more surprising decisions.
The documentary gives you a view of what it really was like to make “The Last Jedi”. As the team strive to do their best, what shines through is their passion and how memorable an experience it is for Rian as director.
The rest of us will be able to see the documentary as part of The Last Jedi’s home release on March 13 and 27.
The Force Awakens making-of documentary also premiered at SXSW back in 2016.
You know it’s Oscar time, as ILM has posted a look at how the effects for The Last Jedi’s bombing run was produced.
It’s official! The Last Jedi will be available for home release digitally in March 13 and on Blu-ray and other physical formats (including Blu-ray) on March 27. The special features include 14 deleted scenes, a Rian Johnson-centric feature called The Director and the Jedi. Johnson’s commentary will also be a part of the standard release.
The extras also include a look at the Force, and scene breakdowns of the opening space battle, Snoke’s motion capture and Crait.