With so many fans still reeling from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” theatrical release, it may seem strange that it’s already time to get excited about the additional content coming to the DVD and Blu-ray as early as April 1. However, that’s exactly what Disney and Lucasfilm want people to do, as evidenced by the fact it released a pretty exciting teaser trailer for the slew of deleted scenes that will be featured.
Since DVDs became the standard home-video option, special features have been the uniform currency to coax a viewer into buying the film. Although a “Star Wars” film likely doesn’t need that extra boost, the studio is going all out. In the below video, fans get to see their first look at some of the scenes that will be included for those that purchase the DVD on April 1.
Among the fully fleshed out shots that appear in the video are [SPOILER ALERT] Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) discovering the abandoned Millennium Falcon on the snowy Starkiller base, as well as the moment Storm Troopers cornered Finn (John Boyega), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Maz Kanata (Lupita Nyong’o) in the basement of her bar. Although it gives you an idea of how woefully surrounded they are, it stops short of explaining how in the world the heroes will escape and join the battle raging outside.
While the trailer gives fans their first look at some of these extended, connective tissue scenes, Entertainment Weekly previously revealed a rundown of what deleted scenes will be featured. In addition to the two in the video, fans can expect to see things like Finn and Rey (Daisy Ridley) hijacking a snow speeder to escape the Starkiller base, which explains how they went from the depths of the facility to the woods for their confrontation with Ren. An earlier introduction of General Leia (Carrie Fisher) as well as a scene in which Finn, still an active Storm Trooper, has to decide whether or not to kill an innocent woman.
As previously reported, the DVD release of the film will be April 1, with the Blu-ray coming days later on April 5. In addition to the deleted scenes, which won’t be cut into the film that comes with the purchase, there will be a special behind-the-scenes documentary from the making of the film. Fans can also look forward to footage of the very first table read of the script by the entire cast and director J.J. Abrams.
Check out the trailer below for what you can expect from the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” DVD and Blu-ray release. What do you think of the deleted scenes in question? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.