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Disney announces STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER home video release

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has formally announced that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be coming to home video in the UK on April 20. In the US the film will arrive on Digital HD platforms on March 17 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on March 31.

Take a look at the new home video trailer for the film below:

Everything you want from a Star Wars film” —Owen Gleiberman, Variety

OWN THE FINAL FILM IN THE CONCLUSION OF THE SKYWALKER SAGA
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Over two hours of bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary and behind-the-scenes access to the cast and filmmakers who brought the epic scenes and characters to life

BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2020) — Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams’ riveting, inspiring conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, electrified audiences around the globe, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Soon fans can complete their collections when Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and via Movies Anywhere on March 17, two weeks before it lands physically in 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™ and DVD on March 31.

Bonus material includes a feature-length, making-of documentary, which goes behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and explores the legacy of the Skywalker saga. Bonus features also dig into the film’s Pasaana desert scenes, including the thrilling landspeeder chase, and the ship in which Rey discovers family secrets as well as a new little droid named D-O. Plus, fans will hear from Warwick Davis, who reprises his role as Wicket the Ewok, as well as the creature effects team that created a record 584 creatures and droids for the film. Digital consumers will receive an exclusive feature highlighting legendary composer John Williams, who has scored every episode in the Skywalker saga.

Bonus features include*:

  • The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
  • Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
  • D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
  • Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
  • Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!

Digital Exclusive:

  • The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

The ninth and final episode in the Skywalker saga welcomed the return of original characters Luke Skywalker, General Leia Organa, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2, Emperor Palpatine and Lando Calrissian, along with the latest generation of heroes and villains, including Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, Maz, Rose, General Hux and Kylo Ren. Newcomers include Jannah, a new ally of the Resistance; Allegiant General Pryde of the First Order; and smuggler Zorii Bliss.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is packaged several ways to ensure fans get the most out of their at-home viewing experience. The Multiscreen Edition includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy, giving viewers the flexibility to watch the film on different devices. Those with 4K Ultra HD capability may opt for a 4K UHD Ultimate Collector’s Edition, including 4K UHD, Blu-ray and a Digital copy. 4K Ultra HD provides four times the resolution of HD paired with fully immersive picture and sound and Dolby Atmos audio, allowing viewers at home to practically feel the Force.

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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THE RISE OF SKYWALKER crosses $1 billion worldwide

Great news for Disney and partners Lucasfilm as The Rise of Skywalker has finally crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.

As the film hit half way through its fourth week in cinemas it, unofficially but very likely, cross the huge box office milestone. Having taken $3.4m in North America on Monday the ninth film in the Skywalker Saga was sitting at $996.5m worldwide.

As international figures aren’t revealed until the weekend it is very safe to say that by Wednesday the film was sitting at around $1.01b worldwide. Congratulations to J.J. Abrams and all involved.

The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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THE RISE OF SKYWALKER succumbs to 1917 at the box office

After four weeks at the top of the box office, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has finally succumbed and fallen in to second place. The Disney picture has been replaced in the top spot by Universal’s (eOne in the UK) World War 1 epic, 1917.

1917 is co-written and directed by British director Sam Mendes (Spectre) and this week expanded nationwide in both the US and UK following a two-week limited release period. The film took an estimated $36.5m in North America and has grown to $60m worldwide through it’s wide-opening weekend.

Falling in to second place, The Rise of Skywalker grows ever closer to passing the $1b mark. Though its reaching the landmark at a slower pace than expected the film has still grossed $989.6m worldwide in just four weeks.

Over the weekend the ninth, and final, film in the Skywalker-saga took an estimated $15m in North America, another drop of around -57% on the previous week. The film also added a further $24.2m from international markets.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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Additional Luke Skywalker added to THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in reshoots

A key moment in The Rise of Skywalker saw Rey (Daisy Ridley) return to the island where Luke (Mark Hamill) trained her during The Last Jedi. Whilst there she was confronted by Luke’s force ghost and the two shared some particularly poignant dialogue.

Now we understand that those scenes are dropped in to the film during a period of reshoots. The film’s co-editor, Maryann Brandon, was recently interviewed on the Art of the Cut podcast and shared some details about that pivotal scene. 

“The film kind of informed us, after it was together, what it needed to say so we went back and got that dialogue,” explained Brandon. “There was like a funny moment between Poe and Rey when he lands the Falcon and it’s on fire, we wanted to have a more humorous exchange between them. Nothing major, no.”

What did you think of The Rise of Skywalker? Let us know in the comments and you can hear our thoughts in our latest podcast.

The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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Chris Terrio confirms none of Colin Trevorrow’s script is in THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

It’s no secret that J.J. Abrams was not initially set to direct the film which would become Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The third film in the latest trilogy was originally set to be directed by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘s Colin Trevorrow.

Now The Rise of Skywalker scriptwriter Chris Terrio (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) has commented on whether elements of Trevorrow’s film were retained for J.J’s version of the film.

While speaking with The Wrap, Terrio confirmed that he and Abrams started from scratch when crafting the Skywalker Saga’s epic conclusion.

“We are both a little superstitious about starting with material that might lead us in a direction that’s different than the one we might’ve gone in naturally,” explained Terrio. “So we didn’t begin with the previous script. There may have been certain elements that we used that had been in the original script and we weren’t aware of it. The Guild makes the determination about those things.”

Despite what his comments may suggest, Terrio confirmed that there is no beef with Trevorrow.

“We didn’t have a bad relationship to Colin’s material,” continued Terrio. “We just didn’t start with it. It’s not a juicy story of intrigue or anything.”

The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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THE RISE OF SKYWALKER holds the top spot for third week

Disney continues to dominate the box office this week as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker continues to hold on to the top spot.

The ninth film in the Skywalker Saga brought in an estimated $33.7m over the weekend, dipping -53% but taking its domestic total to an impressive $450m. It crosses that figure within 17 days of release.

Internationally, Skywalker brought in a further $50.5m, taking its international gross to a whopping $468m. If you’re keeping up with the maths that means that globally the film has now grossed $918.9m meaning that it is sure to cross $1 billion this week.

A huge congratulations to J.J. Abrams, Disney and Lucasfilm on the film’s continued success.

The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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Daisy Ridley talks THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in new interview (video)

Whilst Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is riding high at the world wide box office, we’re taking a look at the film’s press kit.

In this latest video interview Daisy Ridley (Rey… Skywalker?) talks about working with J.J. Abrams again, writer Chris Terrio and re-uniting with co-stars Oscar Isaac and John Boyega.

There’s plenty more Star Wars content over on our YouTube channel so why not check it out?

The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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THE RISE OF SKYWALKER falls 50% in second weekend, retains box office top spot

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has held on to the top spot at the North America for a second weekend. Taking an estimated $72m, the Disney/Lucasfilm release fell by approximately -59% from it’s huge $177m opening weekend.

Despite a stellar Christmas Day performance of $32.1m the film has begun to slow down in the post-holiday slump. Performance year-on-year in North America was down by just under -5% on 2018.

The film’s domestic gross now sits at around $361m and will easily cross $400m this week. By comparison Skywalker is outpacing the previous entry in the franchise, The Last Jedi, which fell -67.5% in its second weekend.

Internationally, Skywalker, continues to perform well, raking in an estimated $94.3m over the weekend for a $363m international total. It’s worth noting that many major territories celebrated Christmas this week with cinemas closed on 25th, unlike North America.

Globally the final film in the so-called Skywalker Saga now sits at $725m and should clear $1b in the next week or so.

The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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J.J. Abrams talks THE RISE OF SKYWALKER (video)

We’re starting our look at the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker press kit today. First up we’re showcasing an interview with returning director J.J Abrams as he discusses returning to the franchise and close out over 40 years of storytelling.

Check out the video in the player below and watch out for plenty more content from Star Wars across the weekend!

The film will see the return of Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), and Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix).

Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), and Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian) will also all return to reprise their iconic roles from previous films.

The late Carrie Fisher will appear via previously unreleased archive footage.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in cinemas now!


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