Lucasfilm's latest blockbuster, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is only two weeks into its theatrical run, grossing an impressive $615.9 million worldwide in that short amount of time. Many fans of the galaxy far, far away have already seen the film multiple times in theaters, and they're already wondering when they can bring the spinoff home for their viewing pleasure. Given Rogue One's prowess at the box office, that won't happen for a while, but it hasn't stopped eager viewers from trying to find any information they can about the inevitable Rogue One Blu-ray release.
Fans might recall that the first Blu-ray for Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit shelves in April 2016, so the assumption was Disney/Lucasfilm would stick to that window for the first spinoff. As it turns out, that may very well be the case, as a supposed release date for the Rogue One Blu-ray has now made its way online.
The Star Wars fan site Rebel Scum (hat tip Comic Book) discovered listings on three different Australian websites. One of them, EZY DVD, claims that Rogue One will be available for purchase on April 28, 2017. Another interesting note is that the postings include DVD, standard Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D. Controversially, the 3D version of The Force Awakens did not come out on home media until November 2016, many months after the 2D edition. Viewers would prefer to have all the options in stores at once so they can pick the one they want the most (and not double dip). It would appear that Lucasfilm learned that lesson and are doing things a bit differently this time around.
It's highly possible that the April 28 date is merely a placeholder until official details are unveiled, which typically happens with online pre-orders such as this. Still, even if the day is slightly off, April 2017 would be a reasonable time to expect Rogue One on Blu-ray. Lucasfilm has quickly fallen into a pattern when it comes to handling their new Star Wars films, and they like to stick to it. One other thing for fans to keep in mind is that, again, these are from Australian stores, and it's possible that different countries will receive the Blu-ray at different points in the month. Additionally, the digital release should happen a few weeks prior to the physical copy, as is typical business practice in the industry.
Based on this information, it would seem that the spring is going to be an exciting time for the Star Wars community. Besides Rogue One hitting Blu-ray, Star Wars Celebration 2017 will be held in April, and the first trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII should be online by then. Reliving Jyn Erso's daring mission while simultaneously speculating about the next chapter in Rey's journey will be a lot of fun for viewers - especially as Star Wars itself celebrates its 40th anniversary. There's a lot to look forward to in the next year, and hopefully Lucasfilm's hot streak will continue.
- Star Wars: Rogue One / Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) release date: Dec 16, 2016
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018