Solo: A Star Wars Story may not have been the runaway hit that Disney was probably hoping for, but it's still one of the top 10 highest grossing films of the year. Most diehard Star Wars fans almost certainly saw it, but for anybody that was interested, but not interested enough to check it out in the theaters, they'll have an opportunity very soon. Today it's been revealed that Solo: A Star Wars Story will be released on Digital September 14, followed by a physical Blu-ray release September 25.
In addition to the film itself, the home video release for Solo: A Star Wars Story, will, of course, include a collection of extras. These will include a behind-the-scenes feature with screenwriters Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan as well as close-ups looks at the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca's relationship with Han, and the otherworldly locations created for the film. It will also include eight deleted or extended scenes.
These deleted scenes are possibly the most interesting part of the release. One has to wonder if they might give us a peek into the production of Solo: A Star Wars Story that was so troubled. Will these scenes be things that were shot by Ron Howard or could we get a look at some of the work that had been done previously by Phil Lord and Chris Miller before they left the project? One also wonders if the behind-the-scenes feature will deal with the elephant in the room at all and actually discuss the turmoil that was the Solo production or if it will just sweep all that under the rug.
On the one hand, it would make these special features especially compelling if they did deal with the film's production woes, it was certainly a unique situation that we would rarely get insight to otherwise. Of course, it seems unlikely Lucasfilm would want to draw more attention to the situation. There are certainly more than eight scenes worth of additional footage of Solo out there, though it's unlikely we'll ever actually see any of it.
While the film certainly didn't put up Star Wars: The Last Jedi numbers at the box office, it still did nearly $400 million at the global box office. Reviews were, similarly, solid, though not overwhelmingly glowing. It's unclear how many people really skipped Solo, but you can be sure that some who did will pick it up as a digital rental, where it only costs them three or four bucks as opposed to a full movie ticket price. It will be interesting to see if Solo does a better than normal business from people who are still curious to see the newest Star Wars movie but ultimately weren't excited enough to get to the theater when Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2 were still out there.