Review - Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi 4K Ultimate Collector’s Edition

Received Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi Ultimate Collector’s Edition 4K Combo Pack to review courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment's PR. As in the past the review is about the quality of the video and audio and the contents included in this Ultimate Collector’s Edition 4K Combo Pack. We do not discus the storyline of this movie at all. We will try and keep this short and direct to the point.

I am really glad that Disney has embraced the 4K Ultra HD format and hopefully we will see past Star Wars movies remastered and released along with the continuation of future movies.

The Last Jedi 4K Ultra HD Disc is Disney's first Home Release to use both Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos. The industry standard is currently HDR10 (High Dynamic Range), but Dolby Vision HDR is making its way to more and more 4K TVs and Players. Some manufactures offer firmware updates to implement Dolby Vision HDR on past products, so be sure to check your 4K TVs and Players for updates.

Equipment Used:
Sat down in my Theater Room and watched the 4K Ultra HD Disc via a Sony (VW385ES) True 4K SXRD Home Cinema Projector on a 150” Screen. The Disc Player used was a Sony (UBPX800) 4K Ultra HD Player. My Audio Source was a Denon AVR-6300 configured with a 11.2 speaker setup.

Picture Details:
Video Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
HDR: Dolby Vision & HDR10
Runtime: Approx 152 Minutes

First off I have to say watching The Last Jedi at home in 4K with HDR10 just outshined the visual experience I had watching the movie back in December at my local Movie Theater. The 4K picture looks gorgeous and sharp. Images are crisp and clear and just seem like they want to jump off the screen. Watching the movie with HDR10 enabled just makes the color depth really pop, while preserving the details in the darkest and brightest areas of the images. Seeing every little detail and texture presented in each character, environment, vehicle, weapon, explosions and etc is just amazing. As expected I didn’t notice any film grain or artifacts in the movie and with HDR10 the Black Levels looked very deep and rich.

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

If you have the setup to watch The Last Jedi in Dolby Atmos, I would highly suggest it, but the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 is no slouch either. Both will seem to put you in the middle of the action allowing you to hear every little Environmental Sound Effect, Explosion, Blaster Fire, Dialog, Movie Score, and Etc with great balance. As always the audio quality is top notch.

English SDH

Combo Pack Contents:
4K Ultra HD - Feature Length Film
Blu-ray Disc - Feature Length Film
Blu-ray Disc - Bonus Content
Digital Copy Code - Movies Anywhere & iTunes.

The standard non-exclusive 4K Ultimate Collector’s edition is a 3-Disc Set, which includes the Movie on both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Disc. There is also a single Blu-ray Disc that contains all the Bonus content. As for the Digital Copy, it can be redeemed through Movies Anywhere or iTunes. Everything is packed into a standard 2-sided 4K Ultra HD Case. As for 4K retailer exclusives I didn’t see much besides the Best Buy Steel Book that has a MSRP of $34.99.

Bonus Content:
Lucasfilm has included over 2 hours of Bonus Content, not to mention if you redeem your digital code through Movies Anywhere you will get a score-only version of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (for a limited time). Below is a listing of Bonus Content that has been officially revealed.

• The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it's like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.

• Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.

• Scene Breakdowns – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.

- Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle - Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.

- Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie's malevolent master villain

- Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie's final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.

• Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis' riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.

• Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

*Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

The Digital Copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently available to purchase via Movies Anywhere, iTunes, and other Digital retailers. As for the physical 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray Disc, & DVD sets, they will be released at most major retailers on March 27. I would like to thank the Disney / Lucasfilm PR Firm for sending us this copy of the movie to review.