We’ve told the story so many times before here. Star Wars – Episode VIII: The Last Jedi was a box office success ($1.3 billion and 9th all-time highest grosser). At the same time it was the most divisive entry to fans of the franchise, with so much vitriol being thrown around.
By this time, the film has ended its entire cinematic run worldwide, so now it’s time (for the still-satisfied fans at least) to look forward to the home media release of The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson has begun the hyping for it, by hinting at many deleted scenes included.
Now, Disney and Lucasfilm must be sensibly trying to keep the home entertainment release dates close to their corporate chests, but apparently somebody didn’t get the memo and the New Zealand iTunes site briefly slipped a March 14 release date for digital The Last Jedi before it was taken down.
Too late, though; the info has been spread through the internet and social media already. Meanwhile, regarding the physical Blu-Ray version of The Last Jedi, an inquiry made with retail chain Target gave the estimated release date of March 27.
The matter of the deleted scenes from the film that would be included on the home entertainment versions has been subject to great discussion. Mark “Luke Skywalker” Hamill notes a scene where he and Vice-Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) interact (apparently before her exit from the plot). Next is a Jedi Mind Trick by Luke on Rey (Daisy Ridley) where he punks her into believing that planet Ahch-to was being attacked. Finally, there’s a scene with Finn (John Boyega) being escorted by Stormtroopers portrayed (anonymously) by Tom Hardy, Gary Barlow of old UK boy-band Take That, and Princes William and Harry themselves. These cut sequences often become the primary reason for picking up the home versions of hit movies.