The culmination of 42 years of cinematic history comes to a close in December 2019 with Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker and the DVD, Blu-ray, digital, rental and 4K Ultra HD release date for the UK (details below) won’t be too far behind it. A New Hope hit the big screens back in May 1977 and it has gone on to be the biggest movie franchise of all time, covering a trio of trilogies that will bring the Skywalker saga to a close with Episode IX.
Whether you love or loathe the more recent additions to the Star Wars epic space opera, the reality is that the film was one of the biggest releases of 2019. It’ll also go on to be one of the biggest DVD, Blu-ray and digital films of 2020 with the full reveal of the Emperor and the re-balancing of the Force. You can watch the final trailer for the film at the bottom of the page to see how everything has shaped up for the final entry in the Skywalker saga.Advertisement As it’s going to be the last film in the series, there’s bound to be some cool special features and bonus content bundled with the home entertainment release. As soon as there are more details for what is going to be coming with the Blu-ray and HD digital we’ll provide more details, but looking back on The Last Jedi it didn’t come with any additional content for the DVD, standard definition digital or rental.
We’re expecting the majority of people to catch The Rise Of Skywalker on the big screen before adding it to their home collection. It may not be the movie event of the decade and it didn’t go on to smash any few records for both its cinematic run, but the home entertainment release could still be something huge.Advertisement DVD, Blu-ray, 4K, iTunes or digital rental in the UK?
The DVD and Blu-ray release date for Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker in the UK has been confirmed for the 20th April 2020, so it will just miss the Easter hols. Like The Last Jedi it will also be released on 3D Blu-ray and 4K UHD on the same date as the DVD and standard Blu-ray.
However, if you want to be first to the party then you’ll need to go for the digital release, which will be available to buy from iTunes, Amazon, PS4 and Xbox ONE in the UK at in the first week of April. It’s usually only HD digital that comes bundled with special features, so if you’re looking to get all of the bonus content then you’ll need to go high def.Advertisement The digital rental release will be the same as the DVD and Blu-ray, but as ever it won’t come with any of the extras, so again if you’re looking for the full Rise Of Skywalker experience then it’s not the best option.
Runtime and digital file size
Episode IX has a runtime of 2 hours and 22 minutes, which is fairly lengthy in general, but a good twenty minutes shorter than The Last Jedi. This will still give it a fairly chunky digital file size of around 5.7 GB at 1080p HD, depending on the amount of special features and bonus content, and 2.3 GB in standard definition.
Age rating and parents guide
The Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker age rating is 12A in the UK courtesy of the British Board of Film Classification in the UK, which is in the same ball park as The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.Advertisement The trailer is everything you would expect from a Star Wars film, so there’s some serious laser blast death count figures, light sabre battles and space ship explosions, but no F-ing or risky references. The BBFC parents guide notes are moderate violence and threat.
Cinema release date
The cinematic release date in the UK was Thursday 19th December 2019, which was right on the button for Christmas viewing and the inevitable New Year’s Day cinema trip. As it came out so close to Christmas, it didn’t really have any significant competition for the box office #1 spot with just Jumanji 2 out a week earlier.
As it’s the last film in the Skywalker saga it was going to be interesting to see how it stacks up against Avengers Endgame in the list of highest grossing movies of all time. However, the mixed receptions means that it missed out by some margin, leaving The Force Awakens as the highest grossing Star Wars film at number four behind Avengers Endgame, Avatar and Titanic.
You can check out our UK DVD and Blu-ray release dates page for more on upcoming films for home entertainment and see more on the film at https://www.starwars.com/films/star-wars-episode-ix-the-rise-of-skywalker.
Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker trailer
As you might expect, there were a number of different trailers released ahead of Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker, but the one above is the best of the bunch. It’s got little bits of everything and does enough to set you up to watch the film, while minimising potential disappointment.