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Rogue One gets an Honest Trailer

Source: ScreenRant

If you are a fan of Star Wars, it’s a great time to be alive. The franchise is in the midst of a resurgence unlike any other effort in motion picture history, as Disney and Lucasfilm aggressively expand the world of of Star Wars into a fully-functional cinematic universe. In 2015, J.J. Abrams successfully reinvigorated the property with the mega-success, The Force Awakens, which reskinned the franchise for a new generation, while paying respect to what has come before. The release also happened to pave the way for the first spinoff story in the series, Rogue One.

And Screen Junkies’ infamous comedy series, Honest Trailers, is here to pick apart the spin-off while pointing out every glaring flaw in film. Such as, the primary heist that seemed overly complicated and convoluted, the questionable morals of Cassian Andor (Diego Luna), Darth Vader’s dad jokes, how Chirrut (Donnie Yen) was essentially a pseudo-Jedi, and the complete ineffectiveness of Stormtroopers’ armor that now may be their defining characteristic over their legendarily bad aim.

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If you had been following the promotional campaign leading up to the release of the Rogue One, you probably noticed a large amount of the scenes from the trailers that didn’t make it into the film’s final cut. These include the crew of Rogue One’s escape on Scarif’s beach with the Death Star’s hard drive, Stormtroopers marching on the beach’s shore, and Jyn’s (Felicity Jones) face-off with a TIE Fighter, among other scenes. These omissions points to extensive reshoots that were reported during the movie’s production last year. There have been conflicting reports over the nature of the changes, however it’s clear that a lot was left on the cutting room floor and that there were major alterations to the film’s original vision.

Fortunately for Star Wars fans, despite all of the inconsistencies that Screen Junkies brings to light, the movie was an unquestioned success. It also has laid a sturdy foundation for Lucasfilm to launch an all-new series of spin-off adventures from the Star Wars universe.

Rogue One Comic explores moments not seen in the movie

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is an upcoming six-issue comic book miniseries published by Marvel Comics and written by Jody Houser and drawn by Emilio Laiso. The series is an adaptation of the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The comics will definitely expand on what was seen in both Rogue One the film and the novelization. Lucasfilm and Gareth Edwards had a bunch of ideas for extra scenes and character moments that didn’t make it into the film.” ― Jody Houser

Source: ScreenRant

Marvel Comics’ adaptation of last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fleshes out certain aspects of the blockbuster to reveal more character details. Comic adaptation of films are tricky. Too often, they’re just attempts to cash in on the success of the film and don’t offer anything new. However, this one written by Jody Houser and illustrated by Emilio Laiso, seeks to go beyond what was on the screen. The first issue is out in stores today and features numerous expanded scenes, as well as additional and deleted material that was not in the film.

Given that the Rogue One Blu-ray didn’t have any deleted scenes (or the film’s fabled alternate ending), this will be the closes fans will get to ever seeing what was left on the cutting room floor, making it a highly sought-after item for fans of Lucasfilm’s $1 billion spinoff.

Details about the issue come courtesy Star Wars News Net. The comic opens in the same fashion as the film, showing Krennic descending on the Erso family farm, killing Lyra and taken Galen prisoner. However, from there the comic goes into more depth with Jyn’s time living with Saw. During the scene in which Jyn is briefed by the Rebel Alliance, readers are treated to a flashback of Saw abandoning her. Previously, this scene was only mentioned during Jyn’s confrontation with Saw, but seeing it gives added weight to her conflicting feelings about him. Jyn also gets an additional scene where she is first brought to the Wobani labor camp where audiences are first introduced to her.

The character who most benefits from the added scenes is Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed). In the film, audiences are introduced to him as he’s being marched through the desert to see Saw. However, the comic actually gives more depth and story to his defection. We actually see him and Galen talking about his role in the creation of the Death Star and what he can do to help. The comic also shows his arrival on Jedha and his first encounter with Saw’s people. Bodhi arguably got the least screen time and development of the entire Rogue team in the film, and it’s good to see him getting more development on the page. In an interview with StarWars.com, Houser said that Bodhi became the standout character for her while writing the comic, so it’s likely that he’ll receive several more additional scenes or expanded moments.

Baze (Jiang Wen) and Chirrut (Donnie Yen) also get a small scene introducing them before Jyn meets them. Following the sequence where Tarkin and Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) discuss the coming test of their super weapon, we see a short scene of Baze and Chirrut bantering about the Force. Both characters were standouts in the film, and hopefully will receive more development. However, readers might have to wait for the coming backstory novel centered on them to get the full backstory on the former Guardians of the Whills.

One final added scene gives depth to characters like Mon Mothma (Genevieve Reilly) and Bail Organa (Jimmy Smits). The small scene shows them discussing whether or not the Senate will push back against the Empire’s doomsday device, or whether they will simply cede to the might of the Empire. It’s a small yet politically powerful moment, one that taps into the reality of the Senate at the time without becoming heavy handed, which was a critique of the prequels.

It will be interesting to see how the comics add on to the rest of the film. While it’s unlikely we’ll see a different and happier ending, the comics are bound to increase fans’ knowledge of the film, and their enjoyment as well. Finally, we have a comic adaptation that is worthy of the film it is inspired by.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Comic Adaptation #1 is now on sale. Buy here.

Fan-Made Trailer sells Rogue One on VHS

Source: ScreenRant.

As technology has continuously evolved, so has the way moviegoers watch their favorite films at home. These days, the dominant forms are Blu-ray disc and digital HD, allowing fans to relive all the greatest moments in the clearest video and audio quality. Watching a blockbuster in the theater can still be an experience like no other (especially if it’s in IMAX), but few things are better than watching a modern tentpole like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on a widescreen TV from the comfort of one’s own living room. With everything available, there’s never been a better time to design a home theater system.

Of course, it wasn’t always like this. In the early days of home media, VHS was the top choice, placing the film on a video tape (or possibly more, depending on its length). Obviously, the format is now defunct and hasn’t been produced for a number of years, but those who grew up with VCRs can still be nostalgic for their old school charm. It’s for this reason YouTube user Damien Kazan Filmmaker has created a fan-made trailer imagining a VHS release for Rogue One. You can watch it below.

There’s great attention to detail here, as the short clip is even presented in the classic “pan and scan” aspect ratio that fit the older 4:3 televisions that were in many home entertainment systems before HD became in vogue. Little touches like the tracking effect and standard definition quality add to the teaser, and it comes across as a touching homage to a bygone era. The project is quite similar to the VHS advertisements that were released for the original trilogy, complete with voice over selling the merits of the film to appeal to viewers.

One interesting thing about this trailer is that when Rogue One is shown in standard definition, the footage looks like even more of a recreation of the settings and vehicles from the original films. The masters at ILM worked tirelessly to ensure there was a strong amount of visual consistency between the spinoff and A New Hope (even though four decades separate them), and the action sequences here appear to be pulled right out of one of the first movies – even though Rogue One was made with modern CGI and revolutionary camera techniques to craft a new sense of realism.

Obviously, Rogue One will never see the light of day on VHS, but this is still a fun video to check out as fans gear up for the Blu-ray release next week. And another proof how much creative some Star Wars die-hard fans are when they try to homage and show their love for the space saga.

Rogue One alternate ending revealed

Entertainment Weekly had the chance to interview Gary Whitta, who wrote the first draft for Rogue One, about what was altered in the film.

A different ending – how the Rebel heroes survived…

Once there was a way to get back home — at least for Jyn Erso and Cassian Andor.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story filmmakers have said they always intended to kill off the entire Rebel team during their heist of the Death Star plans on the tropical world of Scarif. But in the very earliest script – before getting the go-ahead for that sacrificial ending – they came up with an escape plan.

“The original instinct was that they should all die,” screenwriter Gary Whitta tells EW. “It’s worth it. If you’re going to give your life for anything, give your life for this, to destroy a weapon that going to kill you all anyway. That’s what we always wanted to do. But we never explored it because we were afraid that Disney might not let us do it, that Disney might think it’s too dark for a Star Wars movie or for their brand.”

So in the original treatment by John Knoll, and in the first script by Whitta, a few of the key heroes survived the final battle. But the creative team still wanted their noble sacrifice.

“You have the darkness that’s in the undercurrent of the story at that point, but you still have the rightness of why they’re doing it,” says director Gareth Edwards. “It doesn’t feel depressing. It feels like you want them to succeed at any cost. It’s a sport where the clock is ticking, and they need to just dive across the finish line. You do whatever you need to do to get there. It’s a gauntlet that they’re handing to Princess Leia. You get that moment where the crowd feels like it can cheer at the end.”

Gary Whitta said despite very casualties on both sides, Jyn and Cassian did survived in the early script.

So that argument had to be made to the Lucasfilm brass: the heroes would succeed in stealing the plans, but they should pay the ultimate cost for that victory.

“We were still scratching the itch that they all needed to die. Chris Weitz [who wrote another draft] thought we were right,” Whitta says. “They finally went off and fought for it. We told them, we feel they all need to die, and [Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy] and everyone else said to go for it. We got the ending that we wanted.”

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus. Jyn was an enlisted Rebel soldier instead of a street criminal recruited on a spy mission.

In that early “happy ending” version, there was no Bodhi Rook, Chirrut Imwe, or Baze Malbus.

“In fact, some of the toys that are sold still say Sgt. Jyn Erso,” Whitta says. “That’s who she was, she was a sergeant in the Rebel Alliance. By the time we changed that, some of the toys were already in production. I have a Sgt. Jyn Erso on my desk, even though she’s not a sergeant in the film.”

She still commanded a strike force with a Cassian Andor-type character (“He was called something different back then,” Whitta notes) and the security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

The reprogrammed Imperial security droid K-2SO was always a part of the team.

So did everyone live to fight the Empire another day?

“I didn’t say everyone made it off. Kaytoo always died,” Whitta said. “Jyn did survive. ‘Cassian’ also survived. There were a lot of casualties on both sides, in both versions of the scripts.”

It never got anywhere near being shot, but here’s how the survivor ending to Rogue One would have went down:

The Death Star emerges from hyperspace to lay waste to Scarif and protect the Empire’s secrets by destroying the special weapons facility along with the Rebel incursion.

But this time there was no last-second broadcast of the plans from a satellite tower. Jyn and Cassian were to escape the surface of the beach world carrying the data tapes.

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In the early version of the script, Jyn and Cassian escape from Scarif, what explains why they were seen in the Rogue One trailer running across the beach with the Death Star plans.

“A rebel ship came down and got them off the surface,” Whitta says. “The transfer of the plans happened later. They jumped away and later [Leia’s] ship came in from Alderaan to help them. The ship-to-ship data transfer happened off Scarif.”

Darth Vader was still in pursuit and began attacking Jyn’s shuttle as the Rebels tried desperately to transfer the information from the data tapes to Leia’s vessel. Finally, Vader was successful in breaching their shields and destroying the craft.

Darth Vader watches the Tantive IV running away with the Death Star plans just some minutes before he starts to pursuit the Princess Leia ship as we seen in A New Hope.

The audience would have been left fearing the heroes were dead. But as Vader’s Star Destroyer ventures off to chase Leia’s Tantive IV, we would have remained focused on the shuttle fragments floating in the vastness of space.

“They got away in an escape pod just in time,” Whitta said. “The pod looked like just another piece of debris.”

This echoes a similar trick from The Empire Strikes Back, when Han Solo allows the Millennium Falcon to drift away from a Star Destroy disguised in a plume of garbage – unaware that also camouflaged in that detritus was Boba Fett’s Slave I.

Don’t like that ending? Neither did the creators. That’s why they begged to change it.

About Jyn and Cassian, Gary Whitta said that “we decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended.

“The fact that we had to jump through so many hoops to keep them alive was the writing gods telling us that if they were meant to live it wouldn’t be this difficult,” Whitta says. “We decided they should die on the surface [of Scarif,] and that was the way it ended. We were constantly trying to make all the pieces fit together. We tried every single idea. Eventually, through endless development you get through an evolutionary process where the best version rises to the top.”

Source text: EW. Source for animated gifs: Tumblr.

Rogue One Blu-ray copy leaked online

star-wars-rogue-one-blu-ray-cover-artThe release date for the Digital download still is 24th March and April 4th to buy the Blu-ray edition in stores, but as happened to The Force Awakens last year, a Blu-ray copy of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story leaked a few days before the official release dates. Since yesterday, many copies of Rogue One are already available online for download on Internet.

Leaked Blu-ray copies of major movies before the official release dates are nothing new. It could not be different with Rogue One, the first standalone film based on the Star Wars saga that was the highest grossing of last year. The available copies are in several formats as AVI, MKV and MP4, and sizes as 720p, 1080p and 1920p, it seems to have been ripped  directly from the movie’s Blu-ray and have excellent quality.

The rarbg.to site (that is responsible for launching dozens of movies and episodes of TV shows daily, plus everything else you can imagine), since yesterday has already made available several versions of Rogue One to download by Torrent, the most popular P2P sharing from Internet. If you can’t wait until next week to buy your official Rogue One copy, check out now the rarbg page for more download details.

And the people of Tumblr, the most popular Internet fandom site, with thousands of blogs dedicated entirely to Star Wars, of course they have already begun work on turning into gif sets their favorite Rogue One characters and scenes:

May the Force be with you.

Source for all animated gifs: Tumblr.

Why Rogue One deleted scenes aren’t on Blu-ray

Source: Fandango and ScreenRant. Recommended reading: Rogue One 15 moments from the trailers that aren’t in the movie.

Much has been said about the moments from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we’ve seen, just not in the actual movie. It’s no secret there were a lot of decisions made on this film late in the game, and because of it, there were images and footage that made it into marketing materials but never into the version that arrived in theaters.

For example, what was happening in the scene where a giant TIE fighter rises to confront Jyn Erso mere feet from where she’s standing? And what about the alternate version of that big final battle on Scarif, where Jyn and some of the other rebels actually have the Death Star plans in hand as they’re racing across the beach?

Well, Mos Eisley Chronicles selected five great scenes seen in the Rogue One trailers that were left out of the final cut:

1. “The power that we are dealing with here is immeasurable.” – Director Krennic confronts Darth Vader in a scene inside the Death Star:

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2. “The captain says you are a friend. I will not kill you.” – K-2S0 talks to Jyn:

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3. “This is a rebellion, isn’t? I rebel.” – Jyn talks to the Resistance members:

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4. Cassian and Jyn running across the Scarif beach with the Death Star plans in her hands:

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5. A Tie Fighter rises to confront Jyn only a few feet from where she’s standing:

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When Fandango sat down with director Gareth Edwards to discuss Rogue One, which arrives on digital platforms like FandangoNOW on March 24 before its Blu-ray release on April 4, they asked whether we’ll ever see that alternate footage, as well as why he decided not to put any deleted scenes on the upcoming Blu-ray.

“There’s not an individual scene that you can drag and drop and put on a Blu-ray,” he said. “There are little things that would come and go during the process of postproduction, but they’re not scenes. They’re more moments within the scenes or a single shot. So it’s impossible to be able to do that, and that’s why the decision was made.”

As for the moments like the aforementioned TIE fighter shot, Edwards explained why we won’t see how that fit into the overall story. “The stuff people talk about, like what they saw in the trailer, they’re not scenes you can just put on a DVD. They’re moments within scenes and threads, and you pull a thread and it all changes. It was changing the whole time. It’s not like there was one version and then there was this other version — it was like this thing that incrementally evolved constantly through all of postproduction and didn’t stop until there was a gun at our heads and we were forced to release the movie.”

When it comes to the TIE-fighter shot, Edwards is remaining quiet about it for now. “Yeah, it’s going to have to remain a myth because it’s sort of the thing where you’re trying ideas out to find the right version of the movie, and at the same time marketing is getting excited about certain shots and moments. Eventually, you’ll see something presented to you and you’ll be like, wait a minute, this shot is no longer in the film.”

Edwards added that we’ll never see an alternate version of that Scarif battle for a pretty simple reason: “The visual effects were never finished on it,” he said. “It’s not like there’s something sitting somewhere. I feel like making a film is like a sport where someone blows a whistle and that’s it — the score is what it is. And the goal is to win. If I could go back and do the film knowing what I know now, the final film would be completely different. I’d probably be willing to make Star Wars for the next 10 years and never let go of it — constantly trying to finesse and find new ideas. But at some point, it stops, and it is the movie. The film that got released, I feel like that is the film, and everything else is just the process of making it.”

Watch the Rogue One Blu-ray release trailer, this time with scenes that ARE in the movie.

Rogue One comes out on Blu-ray April 4, 2017.

How Rogue One should have ended

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the latest installment in the Star Wars franchise that seems all-but unstoppable since its relaunch of sorts under the Disney umbrella. Rogue One is the first of many anthology stories, the first non-episodic Star Wars story that has been told on film, and it set a new standard for what kinds of stories can be explored to expand the universe.

And that means a lot more criticisms, parodies, and ‘what ifs’ from fandom, including another Star Wars themed episode of How It Should Have Ended (or “HISHE” for short) from the mega popular same-titled YouTube channel. The HISHE team mixes critical analysis and examination of plot holes in pop culture movies and lampoons what are all too frequently unsatisfying endings, and it does so with fun animation.

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Their latest offering is Rogue One: A Star Wars Story How It Should Have Ending, taking one of the biggest movies of 2016 – and of all-time at the U.S. box office – to task for some of its sillier choices in filmmaking. Naturally, the video begins with an opening crawl – or the lack thereof – that did not appear at the opening of the film, followed by a jab at the CGI Tarkin. Everyone from K-2SO, Jyn and Cassian, Krennic and Darth Vader himself are the subjects of both mockery and celebration.

How It Should Have Ended has done videos on the Star Wars franchise before including: How Star Wars Should Have Ended (Special Edition)Revenge of the Sith HISHE as well as a variety of Marvel Cinematic Universe content that is housed under the same Disney Umbrella.

The fact that a solution can be created in the opening minutes of the movie to keep Jyn Erso from suffering any of the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story both speaks to the creativity of the HISHE writers and the Star Wars writers. The humor is genuine, but it is all derivative of the original source material.

On the critical thinking side, fans of Star Wars demand quality storytelling set in this mythology that means so much to them. While it is wonderful to be able to lovingly mock the things that are loved the most, one would hope that these tentpoles movies with all the money in the world behind them could do a better job at covering up some of the gaping inconsistencies that inspire the jokes in this video.

 

Rogue One Blu-ray release date & special features

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Source: ScreenRant

In addition to continuing the Star Wars saga with a new trilogy of episodic installments, Disney and Lucasfilm are fleshing out the lore with standalone anthology films. The first of these, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, debuted in December 2016 becoming the seventh highest-grossing film of all time in the U.S. and next month it comes to home video.

Disney and Lucasfilm officially announced that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be available early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand on April 4. This confirms reports that the Rogue One Blu-ray would hit shelves just in time for Star Wars Celebration 2017 in mid-April.

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The home video release includes never-before-seen Rogue One bonus material that aims to take fans behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers and includes an intimate collection of stories reveals how the film came to life, as well as hidden Easter Eggs and film facts that audiences may have missed in the theater.

  • A Rogue Idea – Hear how ILM’s John Knoll came up with the movie’s concept – and why it’s the right film to launch the Star Wars stand-alone films.
  • Jyn: The Rebel – Get to know Rogue One’s defiant, resourceful survivor, and hear what it was like for Felicity Jones to bring her to life onscreen.
  • Cassian: The Spy – Diego Luna shares insights into his complex, driven character, who becomes a hero through selflessness, perseverance and passion.
  • K-2SO: The Droid – Explore the development of this reprogrammed Imperial droid, from initial pitch and character design through Alan Tudyk’s performance.
  • Baze & Chirrut: Guardians of the Whills – Go deeper into the relationship between these two very different characters, with Chinese superstars Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen.
  • Bodhi & Saw: The Pilot & The Revolutionary – Forest Whitaker and Riz Ahmed reflect on Saw Gerrera, the broken Rebel leader, and Bodhi Rook, the Imperial pilot who defects.
  • The Empire – Meet a dangerous new Imperial adversary…and cross paths once more with the most iconic villain of all time.
  • Visions of Hope: The Look of “Rogue One” – The filmmakers describe the challenges and thrills of developing a bold new look for the movie that can fit within the world of the original trilogy.
  • The Princess & The Governor – See what it took to bring the vibrant young princess of “Star Wars: A New Hope” – as well as one of her most memorable foes – back to the screen.
  • Epilogue: The Story Continues – Filmmakers and cast celebrate Rogue One’s premiere and look forward into the future, to the Star Wars stories yet to be told.
  • Rogue Connections – Uncover Easter eggs and film facts hidden throughout the movie that connect “Rogue One” to the Star Wars universe.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

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