“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is still accumulating money at the box office, but it’ll soon be available for fans to watch from the comfort of their own homes. Disney revealed release dates for digital, DVD and Blu-ray formats Thursday at a shareholders’ meeting.
Disney, which owns “Star Wars” production company Lucasfilm, announced that customers will be able to get a digital copy of “Episode VII” on April 1. However, those who want physical copies will have to wait a few days longer. The DVD and Blu-ray formats will go on sale April 5.
Hit movies with cult followings usually have a plethora of bonus content on DVDs and Blu-ray, and “Star Wars” is no exception. As previously reported, movie editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon revealed that at least seven deleted scenes will be on the DVD. The Star Wars website reveals that featurettes about the first table read, creating BB-8 and other creatures, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) lightsaber battle, composer John William’s scoring process, the visual effects and the Force for Change philanthropy project will be included as well.
Specific retailers will have different bonus content, and collectors will have to figure out which one they want (or plan to own three different copies of “The Force Awakens”). In addition to everything above, Target, Wal-Mart and Best Buy will have a few other fun things. Target has 20 additional minutes of bonus content on their Blu-ray combo pack. Wal-Mart has BB-8 packaging and a Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading disc. Best Buy will have special SteelBook packaging.
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There will not be an extended edition though. Director J.J. Abrams already told fans that he wasn’t putting together a director’s cut of the film. “I'm not a huge fan of directors’ cuts and modifications to a movie,” Abrams told the Associated Press in December. “I feel the movie that comes out is the movie that should be the intended final product.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is the seventh film in the franchise and picks up a few decades after the original trilogy ended. The sci-fi epic made over $2 billion at the box office and counting. With all the success, it’s not surprising that three more “Star Wars” films are in the pipeline. “Rogue One,” a standalone flick that takes place between the first and second trilogies, is set for a Dec. 16 release. “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is scheduled to be released Dec. 15, 2017. “Episode IX” is set for 2019.