Received a copy of Solo: A Star Wars Story on 4K Ultra HD to review, courtesy of Disney / Lucasfilm and their PR Team this week, so spent this weekend watching the movie and bonus material to review this Disc Set.
The Home Release of Solo: A Star Wars Story can now be purchased Digitally (4K UHD, HD, SD) starting September 14th via iTunes, Movies Anywhere, and etc. On September 25th you will be able to purchase the following Disc Sets and product offerings at most major retailers:
• 4K UHD Multi Screen Edition (4K UHD + BD + Digital Code)
• Blu-ray (BD + Digital Code) Feature Film
• On Demand
PG-13 in U.S. (Bonus Material Not Rated); PG in CE and G in CF
Feature Run Time:
Movie Approximately 135 min (not including Bonus Material)
As with all our 4k Ultra HD and Blu-Ray Disc set reviews, we will concentrate on the video and audio quality of the movie along with its contents. We will not review the story line of Solo: A Star Wars Story. I will make this review as short as possible and straight to the point. I have not updated any of my Home Theater equipment this year, so I am still using a Sony VPL-VW385ES 4K Projector with a 150” screen. To play these Discs I will be using a Sony UBP-X800 Ultra HD Player and for audio I will be using a Denon AVR-X6300H Receiver configured with a 11.2 speaker setup.
4K Ultra HD - Video / Picture Detail:
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
HDR: HDR10 & Dolby Vision
Solo: A Star Wars Story has a native 4K resolution and the image quality is just excellent. Images are extremely sharp and clean with no blurring or artifacts. The details and textures used in the character’s outfits, vehicles, environments, and etc looked amazing. My projector uses HDR-10 for high dynamic range color which really deepen the blacks and made colors pop off my screen. The lighting and shadow effects looked great as well.
4K Ultra HD - Audio / Sound: English:
Dolby Atmos 7.1.4, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, Descriptive Audio 2.0
French: 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
Spanish: 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
Thai: 5.1 Dolby Digital
4K Ultra HD - Subtitles:
Traditional Chinese for English
While my audio receiver will convert all 7.1 audio signals to my 11.2 speaker setup, I chose to keep the audio at its default Dolby Atmos 7.1 for this review, to make sure I get the true audio experience of this 4K Ultra HD Disc. As always Lucasfilm did a amazing job with the audio mix. You get clear Character dialogue with balanced sound effects and music score. The surround sound is well used and really puts you in the middle of the action. You really feel like laser blasts, vehicles and etc are just zipping by you and you also get thunderous explosions through the subwoofer.
4K Ultra Disc Set Contents:
4K Ultra HD - Movie
Blu-ray Disc - Movie
Blu-ray Disc - Bonus Material
Digital Copy - Movie & Bonus Material
Solo: A Star Wars Story 4K Ultra Disc Set comes packaged in a standard double-sided 4K Ultra HD case and includes a cardboard Solo: A Star Wars Story Slipcover. Inside the case you will find 3 discs, one on the left and two on the right of the case. Also inside is a paper insert which includes your digital movie code and info about Disney’s Movie Rewards.
Bonus Content: DIGITAL AND Blu-Ray Bonus Material (may vary by retailer)
• Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable
Sit down with director Ron Howard and the stars for an intimate and entertaining discussion of the film's making.
• Team Chewie
See what it takes to bring your favorite Wookiee to life in this lighthearted look behind the scenes.
• Kasdan on Kasdan
Iconic Star Wars screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and son Jonathan share what it was like to write the movie's script together.
• Remaking the Millennium Falcon
Track the transformation of the most famous ship in the galaxy, from Lando's swank and impeccable pride and joy to Han's stripped-down hot-rod freighter with "special modifications."
• Escape from Corellia
Get behind the wheel for the making of this high-octane chase through the streets of Corellia.
• The Train Heist
Explore the challenges and thrills of creating this action-packed sequence, including its remote location and spectacular effects.
• Becoming a Droid: L3-37
Meet the newest droid—and the talented actor who helps bring her to life.
• Scoundrels, Droids, Creatures and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso
Take an in-depth tour of the rough-and-tumble bar where strangers mix and gamblers risk all in the legendary card game, Sabaac.
• Into the Maelstrom:
The Kessel Run Join Han and Chewie at the controls of the Millennium Falcon to see how this legendary moment in Star Wars history unfolds.
• The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park
An exclusive look at the history of the most famous ship in the galaxy, its origin and development, and how it will translate in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland's history.
• Proxima's Den
• Corellian Foot Chase
• Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
• The Battle of Mimban: Extended
• Han Versus Chewie: Extended
• Snowball Fight!
• Meet Dryden: Extended
• Coaxium Double-Cross
Lucasfilm really put out a top notch product and I have no complaints at all. I know some people were not fans of the story itself, but I really enjoyed it. I would highly suggest if you have a 4K TV and player that you pick up the 4K Ultra Disc Set. I would like to thank the Disney / Lucasfilm and their PR Firm for sending us this 4K Ultra HD copy of the movie to review.
Solo: A Star Wars Story - Directed by Ron Howard, the fun-filled galactic heist movie stars Alden Ehrenreich ("Hail, Caesar!," "Tetro"), Woody Harrelson ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," "The Messenger"), Emilia Clarke ("Me Before You," "Game of Thrones"), Donald Glover ("Spider-Man: Homecoming," "The Martian"), Thandie Newton ("Gringo," "Crash"), Phoebe Waller-Bridge ("Fleabag," "Killing Eve") and Paul Bettany ("Captain America: Civil War," "Master and Commander"). Joonas Suotamo (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) returns to play Chewbacca.
Written by Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan, "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel. Lawrence Kasdan, Jason McGatlin, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are executive producers.