Sigh. They should have called it Blu-Rey… The announcement today by Disney and Lucasfilm of the full line up of special features, as well as the respective release dates, for the Digital and Blu-ray/DVD editions of Star Wars The Force Awakens ends weeks of speculation.
The line up of features is as you’d expect, with the table read, full length production documentary and piece on John Williams looking especially enticing. And then there are the deleted scenes…
Check out the full list of features below.
Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – For the first time, discover the complete story behind the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers in this feature documentary.
The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Warsuniverse.
Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Warsand The Force Awakens.
ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
Force For Change – Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. See how the Star Wars: Force for Change initiative has united Star Warsfans all over the globe to help others.
Plus Deleted Scenes
All of which is great, however there are rumours (and another document we’ve seen) points to the fact that retailers in the US may have different deleted scenes on them. This is not unheard of, however it’s a very cynical move by Disney to make Star Wars fans pick up multiple copies just to get everything. Especially as they’ll be a new edition out next year in all likelihood. The message here is check out what’s what before you buy. Here in the UK there will be Light and Dark side editions.
There is also mention of a 3D release later in the year, perhaps when the marketing mammoth for Rogue One has awoken.
The US digital release is on the 1st, Blu-ray and DVD on the 5th of April. The UK… well, we’ll have to wait a little longer. Check out the trailers, with the new footage below.