By now you’ve probably seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens two, three, maybe even seven or eight times at the movie theater. So now what? You’re probably eager to have the experience at home, keeping it close at hand on your Blu-ray shelf or your computer hard drive. Well here’s good news because it sounds like the Force (Awakens) will soon be with you on home video! Just one small problem, and that’s this news is not coming from anyone in any official capacity at Lucasfilm or Disney. On the bright side, if this report is right, Star Wars is only a couple of weeks away from its home video launch.
In a report from /Film, the site is being told that The Force Awakens will available on DVD and Blu-ray on April 5, but it will be able to be purchased via digital download on March 15, which is two weeks from this coming Tuesday. On the one hand, the timing seems bizarrely close, especially since it’s still ranking in the Top 10 at the box office, having pulled almost $4 million more last weekend. On the other hand, four-and-a-half months between big screen and home video release is an eternity these days.
As for what will be on the Blu-ray when it hits store shelves, we get some insight into that courtesy of Star Wars News Net, who list the following special features:
Secrets Of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
The Story Awakens: The Table Read
Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight
The Visual Magic Of The Force
John Williams: The Seventh Symphony
Force For Change
Again, this hasn’t been confirmed, but that list seems like the pretty standard bonus disc fare. But what about those deleted scenes? Since the release of The Force Awakens fans have wondered what goodies were left on the cutting room floor, and according to one of the film editors, there’s actually not that many. “There aren’t a lot [of deleted scenes,” Mary Jo Markey told Star Wars News Net. “There’s one with Harrison Ford, there’s one with Rey, but there aren’t a lot. I think there are maybe seven or eight.”
Markey’s co-editor affirmed director J.J. Abrams‘ previous comments that there is no “director’s cut” of The Force Awakens; what was delivered to theaters is the version he wanted to make. “I honestly think that what is in the film is exactly what needs to be in the film, and what isn’t remains fun but not necessary,” added Maryann Brandon.
Anyway, whether or not it’s a little over a month till you can buy the Blu-ray for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the odds are still good that you can see it in your area, on the big screen, at least one or two more times.