COMING TO UK BLU-RAY AND DVD FROM APRIL 18TH, 2016

LUKE SKYWALKER RETURNS TO THE GALAXY, FROM DECEMBER 15TH, 2017

Sunday, 28 August 2016

ROGUE ONE: TECHNOLOGICAL TERROR!


It was once a mere shell under construction when last we saw it amongst the closing scenes of EPISODE III, but now the completed, ominous Death Star space station - still one of the greatest and most memorable creations of the entire STAR WARS saga - looms large in an unknown region of Imperial controlled space, ready for further testing and checkouts before its power for destruction is fully unleashed within the storytelling of both ROGUE ONE, and A NEW HOPE.

This great image from John Knoll was a test shot for ROGUE ONE that was shown at London's CELEBRATION 2016 event. Here's hoping that the footage made it into the finished film.

Star Wars Archaeology Panel | Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 - YouTube

STAR WARS Rogue One SPOILER Unseen Clips! - YouTube

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY - Official International Trailer #1 (2016) Sci-Fi Movie HD - YouTube

ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY TV Spot #1 - Rebellion (2016) Sci-Fi Movie HD - YouTube

8 Reasons Why the Rogue One Trailer Has Us Greedo for More | WIRED

Out now: EMPIRE magazine begins its exclusive ROGUE ONE coverage.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

CLASSIC IMAGE: A FIGHT JUST BEGUN!


Sparks fly in the Separatist control room on Mustafar, as Anakin Skywalker fights back against his opponent Obi-Wan Kenobi, in a great shot taken during the climactic duel of EPISODE III.

'STAR WARS REBELS' SEASON TWO - COMING SOON TO UK BLU-RAY


The building darkness of the Empire, and the power of its shadowy agents led by the mysterious and deadly Darth Vader, spreads further across the galaxy as the Rebel cell led by Jedi fugitive Kanan Jarrus and pilot Hera Syndulla continues the fight back, aided by new friends in returning heroes Ahsoka Tano and former clone captain Rex, as the plot building and exciting second season of STAR WARS REBELS arrives on DISNEY Blu-ray and DVD in the US from August 30th, 2016, now getting a confirmed UK release date of October 3rd.

Star Wars Rebels - Season 2 Trailer - YouTube
Star Wars Rebels Season Two - Mid-Season Trailer (Official) - YouTube
Dave Filoni Examines Vader VS. Ahsoka In New Star Wars Rebels: Season Two Blu-ray Clip | The Star Wars Underworld

UK pre-order here: Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season 2 [Blu-ray]: Amazon.co.uk: DVD & Blu-ray

Friday, 26 August 2016

ROGUE ONE: THE WAR ACCORDING TO BODHI!


Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, or whatever kind of term is appropriate within the STAR WARS vernacular, top space vehicle pilot and key technician Bodhi Rook treads a fine line between his duties to the Rebel Alliance, now vitally needing his skills, and a working career linked to the Empire. Is he the kind of simple man trying to make his way in the universe that Jango Fett was? Or will his genuine support for the Rebels shine through on the tropical world of Scarif? We'll find out in ROGUE ONE this December.

Bodhi is played by Riz Ahmed, a fine young UK actor emerged from the world of TV (recent acclaim has included THE NIGHT OF mini-series for HBO) and now mixing strong indie film work (check out the recent NIGHTCRAWLER, with Jake Gyllenhaal) alongside blockbusters like JASON BOURNE and ROGUE ONE.

Rogue One Is a Different Kind of Star Wars Movie Says Riz Ahmed
Riz Ahmed Had Fire Zings for the Rogue One Panel -- Vulture

Out now, EMPIRE magazine begins its ROGUE ONE coverage.

ILM CLASSIC IMAGE: IMPERIAL SHUTTLE INCOMING...


Servicing the Endor Imperial base is a full time job for the departing and incoming Imperial shuttles, in an intriguing and busy ILM composite image for RETURN OF THE JEDI, featuring matte work by Chris Evans, also showing us an Imperial Walker cameo and the second orbiting Death Star. I'm not sure whether this rare-ish image, possibly photographed by Roberto McGrath, was done at the time of release or after, but its great nonetheless.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

BEHIND THE SCENES: CREATING CONFLICT!


It's a tense time for the friendship of Anakin and Obi-Wan during the Battle of Geonosis, as George Lucas goes through a scene with Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen on the Republic gunship interior at FOX Studios, for EPISODE II.

STAR WARS REBELS: BAKER AND THE BENDU!

A new discovery for Kanan in STAR WARS REBELS. Image: DISNEY/LUCASFILM.

STAR WARS fans previously enjoyed the further exploration of the Force and all its aspects within the adventures of THE CLONE WARS, now that storytelling aspect continues in STAR WARS REBELS, especially with this new third season coming to DISNEY XD US and UK screens next month, as the (temporarily?) blind Kanan encounters the mysterious Bendu alien creature on the Rebel's new base planet, discovering the creature's powers as a fellow Force-sensitive. The pairing should prove intriguing and hopefully not a singular encounter with the season opener. One thing's for sure, the Bendu's too big for Kanan to go backpacking with!

Master of time, space and franchises: Tom Baker. Image: Oliver McNeil.

For such a larger than life and charismatic alien character you need a larger than life and truly charismatic actor, one that's also played an enigmatic and amazing alien on TV, so former Fourth DOCTOR WHO Tom Baker, master of the scarf and the unending Jelly Baby bags, more than fits the bill, blessed with a rich voice that has been a mainstay of British television commercial voiceovers for forty years, and a welcome continuance of Dave Filoni's nice referencing to the classic British sci-fi series: Eleventh Time Lord actor David Tennant having previously voiced an award-winning droid role in the fifth season of THE CLONE WARS.

Tom Baker - The official site

Dave Filoni Extended Interview | The Star Wars Show - YouTube
Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Things to Know | Collider

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

THE FORCE AWAKENS: A WOOKIEE TO THE RESCUE!

Chewie rushes to his friends' aid.

Successfully landing the Millennium Falcon on the doomed Starkiller Base, albeit precariously in a snow forest under stress from ground quakes, Chewbacca rushes to aid Rey with the injured Finn, in a deleted moment from THE FORCE AWAKENS.

Having fun on set.
Filming close shots.
In-between filming for John Boyega and Joonas Suotamo.

In the Wookiee fur, Joonas Suotamo picked up and carried John Boyega during filming at Pinewood, aided by some wire support. In the end, however, the close-in footage wasn't used, replaced in the final cut with a silhouette-like long shot sequence with Rey joining them as they rush through the forest and into the Falcon.

What happened to Chewbacca after the death of Han Solo at Starkiller Base is revealed in an exciting sequence of Michael Kogge's Young Readers Edition adaptation of the film, out now in paperback. After detonating the explosives he aggressively tore through a squad of First Order Stormtroopers and escaped to the Falcon on a stolen speeder bike, of which he then dismounted to attack the Snowtroopers guarding the vessel (seen previously on the ship with Kylo Ren, during a Blu-ray deleted scene). Any shots of Chewie beating on Stormtroopers are great, so its a shame nothing like that was filmed for TFA that we are aware of.

BEHIND THE SCENES: BACK IN HIS SHELL!


At either Bray Studios (home to Brian Johnson's UK effects team) or more likely Elstree, Kenny Baker gets accustomed to the new Artoo Detoo shell being readied for his two legged droid filming of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, and a first sequel that will heavily feature the droid in a lot more scenes with Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker.

STAR WARS AFICIONADO remembers the recently passed Kenny Baker on his Birthday.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

'SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE' AT 20: CANTINA CONFRONTATION!


He's snagged his biggest bounty yet in the carbonized Han Solo he plans on delivering to Jabba the Hutt, but actually getting to Tatooine in one piece to claim that subsequent monetary prize? Well, that's gonna be a lot harder than Boba Fett thinks, especially when his rivals also want a share of the pie, as seen on the cover of SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE's comic adaptation Issue 2, from 1996. Great art from Hugh Fleming for DARK HORSE COMICS.
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