Solo: A Star Wars Story may not have knocked it out of the galaxy as far as box office goes, but the film was far from a failure, and judging by the looks of the Blu-ray announced today, it’s not even close to done making money.
With director Ron Howard stepping in to streamline things for ousted helmers Chris Miller and Phil Lord mid-stream, there was bound to be a lot of excess footage. And while today’s announcement obviously doesn’t indicate who directed what, there sure are a lot of deleted and extended scenes to get excited about when the film’s home entertainment options starts popping mid-September.
According to the announcement, besides plenty of behind the scenes peeks, interviews, and featurettes, the Blu-ray also boasts “eight never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes”: “Proxima’s Den,” “Corellian Foot Chase,” “Han Solo: Imperial Cadet, “The Battle of Mimban” (extended), “Han Versus Chewie” (extended), “Snowball Fight!,” “Meet Dryden” (extended), and “Coaxium Double-Cross.”
If you’ve seen the film, then just from the sound of these scene titles, it appears we’ll be able to enjoy additive world-building around already familiar threads and locations. It will certainly be interesting to see more of Han’s exploits escaping Correllia, or of his brief stint as an Imperial Cadet, or to dig a little further into that first meeting with Chewie, where it was definitely a versus relationship, as opposed to the us-versus-them one that developed. And who doesn't love a good Vandorian (presumably) snow ball fight?
Beyond the deleted scenes, we’ll also get lots of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, including featurettes called “Team Chewie,” “Remaking the Millennium Falcon,” “The Train Heist,” “Becoming a Droid: L3-37,” “Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso,” and “Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run.”
Solo: A Star Wars Story — starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, and Joonas Suotamo — drops digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD and on Movies Anywhere on Sept. 14, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25. Which feature are you most looking forward to?