Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Fourth Season – Blu-ray Review

Star Wars Rebels - Season 4
In the final season of Star Wars Rebels, the end result is kind of a mixed bag. It starts off on a weak note but ends with a bang. Kicking off the final season with the completion Sabine’s Mandalore storyline is a bit jarring. The storyline ended on a cliffhanger in the sixteenth episode of season three. Essentially that’s six episodes between the season four premiere and “Legacy of Mandalore.” In addition, the storyline never really had a major impact on the overall season four storyline. It just seems like a wasted opportunity to begin the season with a bang. Not to mention, the third and fourth episodes of Rebels is a kind of promotional device for Rogue One. Rogue One may be old but these two episodes don’t impact the overall season four storyline either.

Nevertheless, the following episodes set forth a series of events that’ll not only shake the crew of the Ghost but the entire Star Wars canon as a whole. Not surprisingly, Kanan, Ezra, and Hera go through the most development during this final season. This is especially true for Kana. His transition from swashbuckling Jedi to a wise Jedi leader is the most natural step for the character. Most Jedi in the Star Wars universe has made a crucial sacrifice at some point. Kanan is no exception to the rule. It’s the same for Ezra as well, who also makes the ultimate sacrifice as well. The padawan learned the ultimate lesson from his teacher.

Yet the final season closes the story on seemingly every character in Rebels. From Ezra all the way to Kallus, Rebels puts a nice ending to their stories. Some of these endings may be cliche or predictable but it’s satisfying nonetheless. Be that as it may, the final showdown at Lothal is not as climactic of a battle as you might expect. It’s not like Ahsoka versus Vader or last season’s epic space battle. No, this is more of a cat-and-mouse game between Thrawn and Ezra. With a genius tactician as Thrawn, it’s only fitting that Ezra defeats him in this way.

Overall, the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels puts a satisfying conclusion to the crew of the Ghost. There are some very weird and dull moments but there is enough fun and exciting moments to outweigh the negatives. It’s bittersweet to see the ending of such a great animated show. Godspeed, Ghost.

Season Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Video
Star Wars Rebels - Season 4
The fourth season of Star Wars Rebels hits Blu-ray with a 1080P MPEG-4 AVC encoded video and a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. As with prior releases of this series, the colors are quite excellent. Given the vibrant animation style, the colors really pop in 1080p. Not to mention, the black levels are strong and deep. Fortunately, there’s not a lot of crushing found in the video. Which is a great thing since so much of the series does take place against the darkness of outer space. The brightness looks good as well. There isn’t any bloom or bleeding found here.

As animated series go, this is one of the better-looking ones out there in terms of crispness and detail clarity. Although there isn’t a lot of fine details, there are certain details that you can clearly see. All in all, it’s a much clearer version of what you’ve seen on Disney XD.

Video Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Audio
Star Wars Rebels - Season 4

The fourth season of Star Wars Rebels hits Blu-ray with a Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Although the audio track is a highly capable mix, it doesn’t have the same dynamic audio presence that defines the Star Wars franchise. While spacing is adequate in terms of music, effects, and atmospheric effects, it’s a struggle to hear the audio until you blast the volume up loud. It’s clear that this mix lacks the hearty stage presence that you expect from the Star Wars universe.

Now, there’s a fair sense of immersion that can be found here. Yet there are several scenes during the Disney XD broadcast that immerses you within a scene that’s absent here. For example, in “A World Between Worlds,” the voices scatter around the soundstage in the XD broadcast. However, that seems to be absent here. Nevertheless, there is a prioritization with the dialogue that’s consistently positioned in the center channel. Overall, this is one of the weaker mixes done by Disney Home Entertainment.

Audio Rating: 3/5 atoms

Special Features
Star Wars Rebels - Season 4

The fourth season of Star Wars Rebels contains the following special features:

  • Ghosts of Legend
  • Force of Rebellion
  • Kevin Kiner: The Rebel Symphony
  • Rebels Recon

Surprisingly, there is a lot of fun and informative featurettes on this release. Chief among them is “Force of Rebellion” where showrunner, Dave Filoni, goes in-depth about the various force powers and abilities on the show. Not to mention, he delves further as to the significance of these abilities to the overall Star Wars universe. The best kinds of featurettes are where you learn and expand your understanding of things. This is definitely one of them. “Kevin Kiner: The Rebel Symphony” is another in-depth watch revolving around the music of the show. Needless to say, it’s tough to top anything done by John Williams. Thus, seeing the process of creating theme songs and music for a Star Wars show is interesting to see.

If you’ve ever watched the Rebels Recon show on Lucasfilm’s YouTube channel then you’ve basically have seen them all. These are the same episodes on the YouTube channel. Nevertheless, the show does provide answers (mostly from Pablo Hidalgo) to your pressing Rebels questions. Unfortunately, Ghosts of Legend is just your simple behind-the-scenes featurette. Although there are some interesting scenes in the featurette. For example, seeing the cast’s reaction to that particular death.

Special Features Rating: 4/5 atoms


Overall, the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels is another fantastic animated Star Wars series from Dave Filoni. Although it’s sad to let the crew of the Ghost go, it’s good to see Filoni end the series on his own terms instead of waiting several years to finish it. The video presentation is excellent despite the minor issues. Unfortunately, the audio mix is lacking in a lot of areas. The special features are in-depth and compelling to watch.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Walt Disney Home Entertainment.

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