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New details on the special features coming on the Star Wars films in 4K Ultra HD

From StarWars.com:

“[…] And on March 31, coinciding with the physical release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, eight Star Wars films are being released on 4K UHD for the first time: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

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From The Digital Bits (before the official announcement):

“All right, what were we just saying about European studio and retail leaks? LOL. Here’s a big one for you…

Disney has yet to officially announce them (though we do expect the official word any day now), but the Swedish retailer CDON.se has just posted cover artwork for all of the catalog Star Wars films in 4K… not just the front cover art but the back details too…

… and they include special features details! So, let’s get right into them all, film by film and disc by disc…

It appears that all of the discs will include Dolby Atmos audio and HDR10 high dynamic range (no doubt Dolby Vision HDR will be restricted to the 4K Digital offering).

Be aware that the discs may also include additional features not listed below. However, here’s what the packaging shows…

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, and Dennis Muren) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 181 minutes) will include The Beginning (feature-length documentary), Conversations: Doug Chiang Looks Back, Discoveries from Inside: Models & Miniatures, and George Lucas on the Digital Revolution (we suspect this will also include a Making of Collection but it’s not listed here).

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll, and Ben Snow) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 196 minutes) will include the From Puppets To Pixels: Digital Characters in Episode II (feature-length documentary), the State of the Art: The Previsualization of Episode II documentary, Conversations: Sounds in Space, Discoveries from Inside: Costumes Revealed, The Art of Attack of the Clones, and a Making of Collection.

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, and Roger Guyett) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 327 minutes) will include Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III (feature-length documentary), The Journey: Part 1 & 2 documentary, Conversations: The Star Wars That Almost Was, Discoveries from Inside: Holograms & Bloopers, and a Making of Collection.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the exact same 2-disc Special Edition released on 4K and Blu-ray previously and reviewed here on The Bits (click here for details).

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will include The Stories: A Rogue Idea, Jyn: The Rebel, Cassian: The Spy, K-2SO: The Droid, Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills, Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & the Revolutionary, The Empire, Visions of Hope: The Look of Rogue One, The Princess & The Governor, Epilogue: The Story Continues, and Rogue Connections. (That is the exact same list of extras found on the previous Blu-ray release, reviewed here on The Bits.)

Star Wars: A New Hope will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 101 minutes) will include Aboard The Death Star Overview, Conversations: Creating a Universe, Discoveries from Inside: Weapons & the First Lightsaber, Anatomy of a Dewback, and a Making of Collection.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 125 minutes) will include Conversations: The Lost Interviews including George Lucas on Editing The Empire Strikes Back (1979) and A Conversation with the Masters (2010), Discoveries from Inside: Matte Paintings Revealed, and a Making of Collection.

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will include audio commentary (with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt, and Dennis Muren) and an archival commentary (by the cast and crew) on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 163 minutes) will include Death Star II Space Battle Overview, Conversations: The Effects, Discoveries from Inside: The Sounds of Ben Burtt, Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi, and a Making of Collection.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will include audio commentary with director JJ Abrams on Disc One. The Bonus Disc (running time 149 minutes) will include the exact same extras found on the deluxe Blu-ray 3D package (reviewed here). [Editor’s Note: Sources indicate this will in fact be the bonus disc from the 3D Collector’s Edition, which includes previously retail and digital exclusive extras.]

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will include audio commentary with director Rian Johnson and a MUCH welcome surprise: The Score-Only Version of the Movie that was previously a Digital exclusive. The Bonus Disc (running time 165 minutes) will include the exact same package of extras found on the previous Blu-ray and 4K version of the film (reviewed here). [Editor’s Note: Sources indicate this will include the Target-exclusive Meet the Porgs featurette.]

And finally, the official details for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have yet to be revealed. [Editor’s Note: This title has in fact now been announced and the details can be found here on The Bits.] […]

Keep in mind that we expect all of these titles to be released individually on Blu-ray and 4K, while all of the Saga films (minus Solo and Rogue One) will also be included in the Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga Blu-ray and 4K box set on 3/31. […]”

 

0 Comments

  • Stefan K

    Are there any information available on the 4k versions of AotC and RotS? They were shot in 2k back then, but they should still benefit from the transfer and HDR.

    • Alexrd

      They were finished in 2K DCP (2048×1080), so they will be upscaled to UHD, like a lot of other movies with 2K masters (some are even reference quality on the format).

      The 4K UHD format is not 4K DCP (4096×2160). Its resolution is 3840×2160. AOTC and ROTS will inherently benefit from HDR and compression.

      • Stefan K

        Thanks for the info, Alexrd! I now remember that you posted this information before. There was even an article in a German computer magazine some time ago that positively mentioned 2k DCP movies upscaled to UHD and also named some as reference for 4k.

      • Alexrd

        No problem.

        Pacific Rim, from 2013, is a great example of that. It was finished at 2K and its 4K UHD release is one of the best in the format.

        That’s not to say that AOTC and ROTS will have the same picture detail as a 2013 movie, but there’s nothing stopping them from having a great transfer on the format. And that’s really all we can hope for.

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