When the highly-anticipated "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" hit theaters, it was met with mostly good reviews, though it was met with a fair amount of criticism as well. Noted for its action, compelling narrative, and gorgeous aesthetics, it did leave a little to be desired when it came to the less-than-engaging characters and its over-extended climax. That being said, it would appear that most "Star Wars" fans were quite pleased with what they received, making today's announcement something they've been looking forward to.
Today, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced that the film will be coming to Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray/DVD April 4th, with the following special features expected to accompany the release:
A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes– – back to the screen.
Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.
For the most part, it looks like we'll be getting a multitude of character featurettes, along with a couple of behind the scenes looks at the production design and visual effects. It's a little disappointing to find the release lacking a commentary from director Gareth Edwards, but it still looks like there will be plenty here to make any "Star Wars" fan happy.
Those dates again are March 24th for Digital HD and April 4th for Blu-ray/DVD, so if you were one of the many who enjoyed this first spin-off flick, be sure to take note.