Warning: potential SPOILERS for Star Wars: The Last Jedi to follow.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hasn't even been in theaters a full month, and it is still adding to its box office total. But we are already wondering how soon we can watch the film in the comfort of our own homes. The movie is the longest Star Wars movie yet, and being able to pause for snacks and bathroom breaks while fast forwarding through... certain parts is something I'm stoked on. While we don't have any official word yet, early indications point to March 27 as the day Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives on home video. With two-plus months to go, that gives everyone plenty of time to figure out how to run the throne room scene in a constant loop on every TV in their house.
While the March 27 date is not yet official, as of right now, it is the tentative street date for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD. There is a lot to be excited about with this release beyond simply being able to watch the film at home. We know that the original cut of Star Wars: The Last Jedi was much longer, and director Rian Johnson has already said that the Blu-ray release will be chock full of deleted scenes, with The Digital Bits reporting that there will be 20 minutes worth this material. Rian Johnson even said that some of his favorite sequences were cut from the film, but they will show up on the home release. We will likely never get a director's cut with this material spliced back into the film, but getting to see what else Rian Johnson had in mind will be really cool. Whether you love the film and can't wait to rack up the viewings or you just want to hate watch it in your pjs, it looks like you will finally be able to do either this spring.
One thing that is especially interesting here is the mention that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will also be available on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, in addition to regular Blu-ray and plain old, you-should-really-upgrade-by-now, DVD. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format is relatively new, with the very first discs releasing in March of 2016. If The Last Jedi makes its way to the new format this March, it would be the very first Star Wars film to do so. As of yet, neither the Original Trilogy, the Prequels, The Force Awakens or Rogue One are available on 4K Ultra HD. While many have moved on from physical media, disc-based films still provide the highest quality picture at home that digital copies and streaming have yet to match. In addition to the higher resolution, the new format also boasts HDR, which, on a compatible TV, produces much better colors. The Last Jedi was a beautifully shot film that had some magnificent use of color, and I can't wait to see how good it looks at home.
The March release date also raises the possibility that their might be a sneak peek at Solo: A Star Wars Story in the special features. I have to imagine that we will get a trailer before then, but having a little something on the The Last Jedi Blu-ray would be pretty cool. We'll keep you updated when we get the final, official word on the Star Wars: Last Jedi's home video release. But as of right now, it's looking like the end of March. So dust off your other Star Wars Blu-rays and get ready to marathon. What order you watch them in, well, that's the subject of a much longer article.