STAR WARS: REBELS The Complete Season 3 Blu-ray Review
The crew of The Ghost are working hard to get some real notoriety in the fight against the Galactic Empire. However, things are a little different with the heroes. Sabine is called back to her past, Ezra is working out his future, and Kanan is coping with the blindness from the Sith temple.
This season of STAR WARS: REBEL is really something special if you’re familiar with a lot of the STAR WARS Legends and Mythos from the universe. The creators have always made references to the better known parts and this season is no exception. Beginning with one of the most ruthless and calculated characters in the imperial navy: Grand Admiral Thrawn. The blue-skinned leader is a strong adversary through this entire season. Another cool reference is the Darksaber. It was the weapon wielded by a Mandolorian force user and one of the latest places it was mentioned, aside from here of course, is in ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story. There is also the “continuing” story of Saw Gerrera and his own rebellion against the Empire. The entire concept of filling in the gaps is very interesting and makes for an interesting stories.
Taylor Gray – Ezra Bridger
Freddie Prinze, Jr. – Kanan Jarrus
Vanessa Marshall – Hera Syndulla
Tiya Sircar – Sabine Wren
Steven Blum – Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios
The video is a 1080p AVC transfer that matches the quality that fans have come to expect from REBELS on Blu-ray. The art is clean and smooth with solid lines that keep each image separated.
A lot of the more complex uniforms and outfits have different textures like the accents on Kanan’s outfit or the various parts on Bendu. Other textures and materials that give the animation more realism is the hulls of the ships, armors, and droids like Chop. The coloring on some parts are bright when it needs to be like on lightsabers and the blue hues on Thrawn’s face. Otherwise, things could be bolder for sure. There is also excellent contrasting and pretty good blacks that help with the contrasting.
The audio is a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix that I wish was an HD track. It is missing a lot of the potential power that a strong mix of a Star Wars could put out there. There is some good layering of effects and voices but only good.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING
-Rebels Recon: Inside…: This is a look at each episode by Andi Gutierrez. Its a good mix of info and background information about the show.
-Audio Commentary: with Executive Producer Dave Filoni on “Trials of the Darksaber”.
-Audio Commentary: with Executive Producer Dave Filoni, CG Supervisor/Lighting & EFX Joel Aron, Animation Supervisor Keith Kellogg, Art Director Kilian Plunkett & Supervising Director Justin Ridge on “Legacy of Mandalore.”
-Rebels Recon: Inside…
Audio Commentary: with Executive Producer Dave Filoni, CG Supervisor/Lighting & EFX Joel Aron, Animation Supervisor Keith Kellogg, Art Director Kilian Plunkett & Supervising Director Justin Ridge for “Through Imperial Eyes.”
Audio Commentary: with Executive Producer Dave Filoni, CG Supervisor/Lighting & EFX Joel Aron, Animation Supervisor Keith Kellogg, Art Director Kilian Plunkett, Supervising Director Justin Ridge & Co-Executive Producer Henry Gilroy for “Double Agent Droid.”
-Audio Commentary: with Executive Producer Dave Filoni for “Twin Suns.”
-A Rebel Alliance: This looks at Mon Mothma and the intertwining from Episode III to ROGUE ONE.
-Return to Mandalore: This is a look at the Mandalorian race and how it ties into the series.
-Thrawn: A Legend Reborn: This is a look at Thrawn from his character before and during this season of REBELS.
-Apprentices to Outcasts: Kenobi and Maul: This explores the conflict and reunion of Maul and Kenobi.
-The Original Rebel: Saw Gerrera Returns – Extended: This is a look at Saw and how Whitaker voiced him to match his portrayal in ROGUE ONE.
-Rebels Recon: Inside…
1. Steps Into Shadow Part 1
2. Steps Into Shadow Part 2
3. The Holocrons of Fate
4. The Antilles Extraction
5. Hera’s Heroes
6. The Last Battle
7. Imperial Supercommandos
8. Iron Squadron
9. The Wynkahthu Job
10. An Inside Man
11. Visions and Voices
12. Ghosts of Geonosis Part 1
13. Ghosts of Geonosis Part 1
15. Trials of the Darksaber
16. Legacy of Mandalore
17. Through Imperial Eyes
18. Secret Cargo
19. Double Agent Droid
20. Twin Suns
21. Zero Hour Part 1
22. Zero Hour Part 2
3-disc set w/ 3 Blu-rays
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
German Dolby Digital 5.1
THE BOTTOM LINE:
This marks a really good season of STAR WARS: REBELS with some of the best characters and conflicts yet. This upcoming season will be the last so I assume that it will be a “going out with a bang” type of situation for a group that most likely don’t make it past the Battle of Yavin. The video transfer is pretty good with some good elements being apparent. However, the audio is a disappointment with still no HD mix on the release. My only hope is that there may be a release after the final season with a better mix for the past 3 seasons. The extras included are short but have a lot of information on how the show ties into the theatrical and extended universe. If you’re a fan of the show and/or own the previous seasons, I can recommend picking this up.