The home-video release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is almost upon us, and with it 20 minutes of deleted scenes. In previous interviews, writer-director Rian Johnson assured fans that they really "loaded up" the Blu-ray with a ton of extra features that will make it worth the $25 the movie is currently being sold for at most stores, even at Walmart!
According to a new story from Entertainment Weekly, the home-video release will feature five deleted scenes, which contain plenty of meat, humor, and emotional resonance. Johnson already teased two in early February: Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) infiltrating the First Order ship, and Rey (Daisy Ridley) busting up a party being held by the Ahch-To caretakers. We already saw footage of the latter during a January episode of the Star Wars show, with Rey crashing through the door with her lightsaber held high, only to realize that Luke (Mark Hamill) tricked her into thinking bandits were coming to the island.
“Originally it was just a breaking point for her," Johnson told EW. "Okay, he’s gone too far,” Johnson said. “This is the point where she finally says, ‘Okay, if you’re not gonna help, then I’ve wasted too much time here.'” Moreover, Johnson wanted Luke's cold distance to push Rey into the semi-comforting arms of Kylo Ren, with whom she has a mysterious connection.
Another, more emotional scene has Luke sitting in his hut, mourning the death of his old friend Han Solo. Millions of miles away, we see Leia sitting in the same pose, lamenting the same thing.
“I was very sorry to lose it," Johnson said. "I think it’s a beautiful performance from Mark Hamill. But I think that we get a similar beat with him later, when he’s in the Falcon with R2.”
Another sequence has BB-8 showing a hologram of Rey saying goodbye to Finn, a throwback to Leia's message to Obi-Wan in A New Hope. Then, when Rose and Finn board the First Order vessel with Benicio del Toro's DJ, there's a humorous encounter with a stormtrooper who swears he knows Finn from somewhere. Johnson says that was cut for pacing reasons but is really funny and reveals that the First Order actually covered up Finn's betrayal and involvement in destroying Starkiller Base.
And finally, the fifth deleted scene shows an alternate showdown between Finn and Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie). Instead of Finn being pushed off the edge and coming back to strike her down with the "rebel scum" line, Phasma actually surrounds him with a group of stormtroopers. Buying himself time, Finn recounts how Phasma took down the shields at Starkiller Base in the last movie, which prompts the stormtroopers to start feeling a tad uneasy and Phasma showing signs of nervousness through her cracked helmet. Phasma blasts them away before they can turn on her and clashes with Finn, who knocks her into the fire of the crumbling ship.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi becomes available digitally in both HD and 4K Ultra HD on March 13. You'll have to wait, though, until the 27th for the movie's Blu-ray and On-Demand release. In addition to deleted scenes, the Blu-ray will also feature breakdowns of Snoke’s motion capture by Andy Serkis, the opening space battle, and the final battle on Crait, as well as a “The Director and the Jedi” featurette (that will explain Johnson’s mindset during the film’s production) and a “Balance of the Force” mythology exploration.