All right, now for that other bit of business today. THIS IS NOT OFFICIAL, so I want to be very clear about that. It’s a rumor and nothing should be considered confirmed until the studio makes its official announcement. But… I’ve now gotten word from no less than five international and domestic retail sources that say Disney and Lucasfilm will release Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi on 4K Ultra HD day and date with Blu-ray and DVD early next year. We’ve updated our 4K Ultra HD Release List here at The Bits accordingly.
We don’t have a street date, but given typical home video widows, 2nd Quarter 2018 seems a good estimate. The only other UHD details we have at the moment are that the film was finished to a full native 4K Digital Intermediate and that the 4K disc is likely to have Dolby Atmos audio. Don’t ask us about Rogue One or The Force Awakens or A New Hope coming to 4K yet because we have no idea. And again, let me qualify that THIS IS NOT OFFICIAL. But as mentioned, we’ve heard it from five separate retail sources now and we have confidence that it has a high likelihood of being true. Indeed, listings for the title have now appeared here on CDON.se and here on DiscShop.se as well, both reputable Swedish retailers. Based on those retailers, it also appears that there will be regular Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and DVD SKUs as well, and that the Blu-rays are likely to feature DTS-HD Master Audio sound mixes. FYI, the cover artwork at left is what’s appearing on those retail sites but it’s obvously a placeholder and not final.
So… there you have it. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters here in the States tomorrow night and we’ve already got our tickets for the first show. We hear from industry friends who’ve seen it that it’s pretty damn great. We’ll post our non-spoiler review of the film here on The Bits on Friday. So go forth and enjoy!
And stay tuned…!
- Bill Hunt