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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker digital release hits early

Disney brought the final movie in the Skywalker Saga to the small screen a few days early.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available to buy digitally.


The final part of the Skywalker saga can be yours now. Along with bringing Frozen 2 to Disney Plus three months early, Disney brought the digital release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker forward a few days in the US -- it dropped on Amazon , Apple TV, Google Play and Vudu on Friday, instead of its scheduled Tuesday release. The early launch was presumably a reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

The movie is only available to buy for now -- the 1080p option costs $20 (around £16 or AU$32), while the 4K UHD version is $25.   

Buy the 1080p version of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Amazon, Apple, FandangoNow, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube  

Buy the 4K version of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker:  Amazon, FandangoNowVudu

Extras include a feature-length documentary called The Skywalker Legacy, as well as a look at the movie's desert scenes. There are also features on how the creatures team made 584 creatures and droids for The Rise of Skywalker, as well as a digital-exclusive one on composer John Williams.

It'll be available to rent on March 31, along with DVD, Blu-ray, and Ultra 4K HD versions (the DVD cost is unclear, but the latter two will cost $25, $30). In the UK, the digital edition will be available April 13 for £13.99, followed by physical versions on April 20 --  DVD will be £9.99, Blu-ray will cost £14.99 and 4K will set you back £25.

The movie, which is the ninth in series, came out in December and passed the $1 billion mark at the box office worldwide in January. 

For the completists among you, the prequels, the original trilogy, The Force Awakens and Rogue One will be released on 4K Blu-ray for the first time on March 31. There's also a $250 Skywalker Saga 4K UHD box set available from Best Buy, with 27 discs compiling all nine films of the main saga, 26 hours of special features, a nifty Death Star box, a concept art book and a letter from Mark Hamill .

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If you don't need the physical release, most of the Star Wars movies are already available to watch in 4K on streaming service Disney Plus. Solo is only on Netflix until July, and we don't know when The Rise of Skywalker is coming to the service -- but it should end up there eventually.

Watch this: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Official Trailer (2019)