Months after its initial release, Solo still occupies a weird place in the Star Wars canon. While the film seems to have been embraced by many in the Last Jedi-hating crowd, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who counts it among their favorite installments in the franchise. Say what you will about The Last Jedi, but at least Rian Johnson’s polarizing film elicited strong reactions in people, to the point where saying it’s the best or worst Star Wars film ever made is a totally valid position to take. In contrast, the best that can be said for Solo is that it’s just … fine. Alden Ehrenreich may not hold a candle to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, but he’s likable enough in the part to not register as a glaring miscast. There are several entertaining action scenes, including a first act train heist that the film never, unfortunately, manages to top. Heck, we even get a piece of retconning so darkly disturbing it permanently changes how we see the Millennium Falcon. But at its heart, Solo has all the makings of a film that was forced into existence without anyone involved seriously asking themselves whether this was something anyone actually wanted.
By now, most people who follow this sort of stuff are at least aware of the film’s production turmoil, if not the specifics. To that end, the home release of Solo had the potential to be much more fascinating than the actual film, as Disney could have put together some behind-the-scenes material that delved into the firing of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and the expensive reshoots undertaken by their replacement, Ron Howard. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to wait for someone to write a tell-all book to learn what really went down, as Solo’s suite of special features mostly exist to reassure us of how much fun everyone had making this film. The longest feature, Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable, is probably the best on offer. While it doesn’t touch on the uglier side of Solo’s production, it’s still a fun chat between moderator Ron Howard and the cast. The rest of the short featurettes mostly give overviews of certain parts of the production, so if you’re a fan of the movie we got, there’s a lot to like here. For everyone else, it’s hard to recommend Solo: A Star Wars Story as a must-own Blu-ray, as the film just doesn’t have the rewatch potential of earlier Star Wars movies or even Disney’s previous efforts. Still, for completionists and those who enjoy Solo’s inoffensive, but fun take on a story we didn’t really need but got anyway, you could do a lot worse than adding this film to your collection.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is available for digital download on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, as well as Blu-ray 4K, Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD.
Here’s the full list of the bonus material.
- Solo: The Director & Cast Roundtable
- Team Chewie
- Kasdan on Kasdan
- Remaking the Millennium Falcon
- Escape from Corellia
- The Train Heist
- Becoming a Droid: L3-37
- Scoundrels, Droid, Creators, and Cards: Welcome to Fort Ypso
- Into the Maelstrom: The Kessel Run
- Proxima’s Den
- Corellian Foot Chase
- Han Solo: Imperial Cadet
- The Battle of Mimban: Extended
- Han Verses Chewie: Extended
- Snowball Fight!
- Meet Dryden: Extended
- Coaxium Double-Cross
The Millenium Falcon: From Page to Park – An exclusive look at the history of the Millenium Falcon, its origin, and the role it will play in one of the most anticipated expansions in Disneyland history.
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15 Hidden Details You May Have Missed In Solo: A Star Wars Story
15. Blaster Pistol Scope, Explained
In Solo, we learn that Han’s signature DL-44 blaster originally belonged to his mentor figure, Beckett (Woody Harrelson). While it’s not much of a backstory (and to be fair, we really didn’t need any backstory for how Han got his pistol), it at least explains the gun’s odd configuration in a subtle way that doesn’t beat viewers over the head. The presence of a scope on Han’s blaster has seemed like an odd choice from the start, especially with its placement on the right side of the gun. However, since Beckett favors using his left hand to shoot, the scope’s location makes a lot more sense, since Beckett would use his left eye for targeting.