Disney and their PR Team was kind enough to send us a copy of Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 on Blu-ray to review. You will be able to purchase the home release of Rebels Season 4 on Blu-ray and DVD at most major retailers on July 31, 2018. This is the final season of Star Wars: Rebels.
TVY7-FV, Bonus Material Not Rated CE: PG, CF: G
Total Episode Running Time:
353 Minutes (not including Bonus Material)
The purpose of this review is to focus on the video and audio quality of this Blu-ray Disc set and not review the individual episode story lines of Star Wars: Rebels Season 4. This year I am using a new Sony VPL-VW385ES 4K Projector that will throw an image on my 150” screen. These Blu-ray Disc will be played in a Sony UBP-X800 Ultra HD Player. For audio I will be using a Denon AVR-X6300H Receiver configured with a 11.2 speaker setup. The review will be short and straight to the point.
Video / Picture Detail:
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 on Blu-ray has a native resolution of 1080P, so I watched a few episodes in 1080P (non-upscaled) and as with most CG Animation Movies and TV shows the image was just awesome on the screen. The images had very vibrant and bold colors with deep blacks and no blurring or artifacts. Images were extremely sharp with clean edges. The lighting and shadow effects were top notch and I really have to applaud Lucasfilm for using some amazing texture effects in the environments, characters, vehicles, and etc that just gave the images that extra touch.
While I do watch Star Wars: Rebels on Disney XD (HD) when it airs on TV, I find the Video / Audio experience more enjoyable on Blu-ray then TV. This has to do with the direct Blu-Ray transfer vs. current TV compression practices due to bandwidth limitations.
Audio / Sound:
English: 5.1 Dolby Digital
French: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
Disney is still sticking with Dolby Digital 5.1 which is not a bad thing, but I really wish they would also include Dolby TrueHD and or Dolby Atmos with their CG Animation Shows. Maybe this will happen when 4K Ultra HD becomes their new norm (hopefully soon).
My receiver will convert Dolby Digital 5.1 to 7.1 or 11.1, but for this review I locked it in at 5.1. As expected from Lucasfilm the audio was very outstanding. Character’s dialogue was very balanced with the sound effects and music score. Neither overpowered each other. Lucasfilm took advantage of the surround sound as well by making you feel as Laser blasts were zipping by you and putting you in the middle of explosions. It was a great experience.
Blu-ray Set Contents:
Disc 1: Episodes 1 - 9 and Bonus Features
Disc 2: Episodes 10 - 15 and Bonus Features
The Star Wars Rebels: Season 4 (Blu-ray) Set comes packaged in a double sided Blu-ray case and includes a cardboard Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 Slipcover. Inside you will find 2 discs, one on the left and one on the right of the case along with a Disney Movie Rewards advertisement. There is no Digital Copy included with this set.
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Content:
• Six Audio Commentaries: Featuring Dave Filoni (Executive Producer)
• Ghosts of Legend: As paths come together, we explore the journey of the Ghost crew with some of the talented people who brought them to life.
• Force of Rebellion: Executive Producer Dave Filoni shares insights into the Force and its importance across the Star Wars saga.
• Kevin Kiner: The Rebel Symphony Go behind the scenes with composer Kevin Kiner to discover what inspired some of the most iconic music in the series.
Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Content :
• Rebels Recon Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew in 8 entertaining and information-packed episode recaps!
We would like to thank Disney and their PR Team for sending us a copy to review.