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“Star Wars: Rebels” Season 3 on Blu-ray

Making its way to season 3 the TV animated teen hit Star Wars Rebels continues the fight against the Imperial Army. The series starts out with the 2 part movie that aired as an introduction to the new season.  It continues through the 22 episodes each about 30 minutes of uninterrupted sci-fi drama.  Although the animation is hard line comic book computer drawn, it still gives the excitement of all the action of the live-action Star Wars films.

This season opens with Ezra leading the rebels in a plan to break Hondo out of the Imperial Prison. It’s an uphill battle against Grand Admiral Thawn of the Imperial Army. From the exciting beginning trough troubled times, the animated feature touches on live action Star Wars hits The Clone Wars and Rogue One.

 

Hera, Ezra, Sabine and Zeb in STAR WARS REBELS 3

The episodes read like a spy thriller with titles that include “Steps into Shadows”, “An Inside Man”, “Trials of the Dark Saber”, “Double Agent Droid”, “Secret Cargo” and “Zero Hour”.  Each has a fairly nice story build up before letting loose the action. Other chapter titles lead the viewer into immediate excitement like “Hera’s Heroes”, “The Last Battle”, “Imperial Super Commandos”, “Warhead”, and “Iron Squadron”.

 

Thawn in STAR WARS REBELS

The season winds its way though many tight spots for the Rebels, but like in all Star Wars movies, the end sets you up for the next series. For those who are just turning 7 it may be wise to check out “Rebel’s Recon” in the Bonus features.  Andi Gutierrez will walk you through information that will enlighten and enhance your experience with the Rebels.

BONUS FEATURES

Most of the bonus features should not be watched until after you have completed the last chapter of season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, especially if you have been a continued follower of the series.  Here is a list of what is waiting for you on disk 3 of your Blu-ray.

“A Rebel alliance”

“Return to Mandalore”

“Thrawn: A Legend Reborn”

“Apprentices to Outcasts: Kenobi and Maul”

“The Original Rebel: Saw Gerrera Returns”

“Audio Commentaries”

“Rebel Recon”

 

Star Wars Rebels has been rated by the TV Bureau as Y7 for the sci-fi action and violence.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A compelling story with descent animation. Best for tweens and teens.  

Specifications and additional video information:

TV Rating: TVY7  Genre: Animated, Adventure, Sci-fi  Running Time: 485 min. (22 Episodes)   Video Release Date: August 29, 2017  Original TV Release Date: September 24, 2016 thru March 25, 2017  Language: English (changeable to French, German, or Spanish)   Reviewed Format: Blu-ray    Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital   Video: Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.78:1   Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish   Number of Discs: 3 Discs  Distributed by: Buena Vista Home Entertainment  Released in: Blu-ray and DVD

The comments within this review are the critic’s expressed opinions.

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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com