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How to watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker online and on Blu-ray

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After a long wait, the digital and Blu-ray Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker releases  have arrived, so we can all watch The Rise of Skywalker online. Yes, now that you've got no reason to leave the house, it's a perfect time to marathon the Star Wars movies in order, using the platform of your choice.

We're still an uncertain number of months ahead of the movie's eventual Disney Plus drop, but with Disney having now released both the digital, you've got some choice for how you watch the latest Star Wars film.

A monster smash-hit at the box office that raked in more than $1 billion, The Rise of Skywalker sees Rey (Daisy Ridley) deal with her past in ways that proved divisive among fans and Star Wars cynics alike.

Meanwhile Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Issac) work as leaders of the Resistance, dead set on stopping the First Order from carrying out dastardly actions. We'd say more, but we'd rather let the giant events of the first 15 minutes of the film speak for themselves — and avoid spoilers here for anyone who's kept the storyline a secret. 

STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER At a glance

Release date: Dec. 20, 2019
Director: J.J. Abrams
Running time: 142 minutes
Rating: PG-13

My personal recommendation for those who are thinking to watch The Rise of Skywalker online is to approach the movie not as a grand cinematic conclusion to the Star Wars they grew up with — that movie is probably still Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. 

Instead, The Rise of Skywalker is a fun roller-coaster ride, which does better in your mind if you try and avoid thinking about loopholes. Seriously, forget the phrase "deus ex machina."

How to watch Rise of Skywalker online in the US and Canada

With all of the shipping issues happening right now, we recommend going with The Rise of Skywalker digital download (even with how much I prefer owning optical media).

Yes, the digital release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is finally here. Currently available to buy in up to 4K resolution, you can watch (or re-watch) episode 9 from the comfort of your own home, and see its bonus features for yourself. View Deal

Either way, The Rise of Skywalker works with the Movies Anywhere service, so you can bring it to a number of different apps, including Apple's TV app, Prime Video and Vudu. There's no Disney Plus release date, but it could drop suddenly. We expected the movie to stream this summer, but Disney released Frozen 2 three months early on the streaming service, which set a new precedent.

If you want your optical media, there's a big exclusive package at Target, that adds a gallery book of art and notes and exclusive bonus content. 

How to watch Rise of Skywalker online in the UK

Unfortunately, the folks in the U.K. don't have an easy way to watch Rise of Skywalker online, as it's set to come out there on April 13. 

Americans stuck traveling  abroad could use a VPN to watch the movie as if they were back home. Our top pick is Express VPN, which has a 30-day money back guarantee and an annual plan discount that chops 49% off the overall price.

The Rise of Skywalker digital release special features

It wouldn't be a big Star Wars release if there weren't a ton of special features. The digital version even gets one more treat than the Blu-ray release.

  • The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
  • Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
  • Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
  • D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
  • Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
  • Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!
  • [Digital exclusive] The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.