Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season 1 Blu-ray Review
Disney and Lucasfilm have released a two-disc Complete Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels on 9/1/2015 and it’s a great gift for fans of all ages. Disc 1 includes Episodes 1-8; Disc 2 includes Episodes 9-13 and both discs include great Bonus Features that cannot be missed. Bonus Features include:
- “Rebel Recons”
- Insights and conception art for Season 2
- “Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide”
The Blue-ray version has an Exclusive feature titled, “Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration”. This exclusive feature reviews Star Wars Celebration 7 that was held in Anaheim, CA in April, 2015.
Disc 1 also has a trailer for the upcoming movie Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens, scheduled to be released in movie theaters, December 18, 2015.
Season 1 of Star Wars Rebels, which is executive produced by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman, takes place five years before Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and follows the crew of the Ghost (Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Ezra) in the early days of the fight against the Galactic Empire. Season 1 premiered on October 3, 2014 on the Disney Channel with a one-hour television movie called Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. The full series, which had 13 episodes, then began on October 13th on Disney XD.
“Rebels Recon” which had previously been released on starwars.com, includes a behind-the-scenes look into each week’s episode with interviews of the cast/crew interviews and it offered an exclusive clip for the next week’s episode. They were shot on location at Lucasfilm Headquarters in California and take about 5 minutes each and are fun to watch. (Especially the Q&A’s with Pablo Hilgado and the “Chopper Cam” clips).
Disc 2 has a in-depth sneak-peek look into Season 2 and the interview with Dave Filoni is very insightful as he explains some burning questions left over from Season 1 (i.e., What happened to Ezra’s parents?, Will Asoka meet up with her former Master?), which WILL be answered in Season 2. Sneak-peek clips for Season 2 introduce new villains and new characters, and bring back old fan favorites such as Captain Rex, Hondo Ohnaka, Lando Calrissian and Darth Vader.
“Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide” provides a full recap of the entire first season from Kanan’s perspective and is the best way to “catch up” and be up to speed and ready for Season 2, which premieres on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 9:30 pm on Disney XD.
Make sure you stay tuned to ToonBarn for coverage of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Premiere event at New York Comic Con, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.