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STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS #Review ~ on Digital HD 4/1 & Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD 4/5 #StarWars

by Heather


You waited years for the movie that you thought would happen. You waited in Line. You saw it, 47 times (or maybe that was just me) but it finally went out of theaters. You were sad. But then you heard. IT was being released on Blu-ray and DVD April 5th. You were happy again. That’s right, the most anticipated movie EVER (at least by me and the hubby) Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming to your home soon. Well, if you buy it that is. It’s not just going to magically appear at your home. Now I do have to say, I got a pre-release copy a couple days ago, but I haven’t watched it yet. The hubby wants to have a special anniversary showing (our wedding anniversary, not one related to the movie) but we did sit down and watch the bonus disc, and that in itself was well worth the wait.

Now I’m not normally a huge fan of bonus content. I skip to the deleted scenes and that’s about it. But the problem is that JJ Abrams has publicly stated there will be no extended release. That means the deleted scenes, while interesting, are short (although there are a couple real gems). But the rest makes up for it in spades.


The Table Read. This is usually the first time the cast gets together and listens to the director read through the entire script. But in this case, It was Mark Hamill. No, they don’t have the whole table read, but you get the essence.

Building BB-8. By now everyone knows that BB-8 was not CGI, BB-8 was a real creation. In this short you get to see everything that went into making the various BB-8 droids. The different version they had for different scenes and activities.

Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight. Every Star Wars movie has to end with an epic lightsaber battle. Pay attention, they all do. The Force Awakens was no different. This featurette explains the whole process of bringing the three way battle between Finn, Rey and Kylo Ren to life. Putting together the haunting night time snowy forest, the choreography of the battle. This was easily my single favorite piece.

There is so much more to this DVD release that I haven’t even had a chance to watch it all. From John Williams to ILM to the Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, a full length documentary of what it took to bring this movie to life. I’m already hooked.


Arriving early on Digital HD April 1, 2016

Bring it home on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on April 5, 2016

Including new in-depth bonus offering fans the chance to experience more

Most of you aren’t going to want to know about this. Since pretty much everyone in the world saw this movie when it came out, I’m pretty sure no one is going to want to get the Blu-ray or DVD of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I know my husband is totally uninterested in getting the Blu-ray. But for the two people who didn’t see the movie, you might be interested to know that it is coming out soon. Find out all the behind the scenes secrets. No, that doesn’t include the secret history of Snoke or what turned Kylo Ren to the Dark Side. But it does have plenty of deleted scenes and juicy tidbits. No, my husband isn’t interested in this at all. Oh wait, he just left to go stand in line to wait for it.

BURBANK, Calif. (March 3, 2016)—Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2.05 billion worldwide. As announced this morning by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1. It comes home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.

Discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes. Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers. Bonus features include*:

  • 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 Wars universe.
  • 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 Wars and 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 Wars fans all over the globe to help others.
  • Plus Deleted Scenes

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer



Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by newcomer Daisy Ridley, who beat out fierce competition to take the principal role of Rey; BAFTA Rising Star Award winner John Boyega (Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) as reluctant stormtrooper Finn; Emmy® nominee Adam Driver (Lincoln, Girls) as the villainous Kylo Ren, and Golden Globe® winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Bourne Legacy) as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt. Lucasfilm president and eight-time Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams, along with his longtime producing partner Bryan Burk, are the film’s producers.

Having established a musical legacy with his iconic scores for the previous six films in the Star Wars Saga, acclaimed composer John Williams returned to score Star Wars: The Force Awakens, ultimately garnering his 50th Oscar® nomination for it.



FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 136 min.

RATING: PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; G in CF

ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.40:1 DVD Feature Film = 2.40:1

AUDIO: Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks

DVD = English, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio Language Tracks

LANGUAGES: English, French & Spanish

SUBTITLES: English SDH, French & Spanish



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Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Max Von Sydow. Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk are producing with Tommy Harper and Jason McGatlin serving as executive producers. The screenplay is written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt.



Lucasfilm Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is a global leader in film, television and digital entertainment production. In addition to its motion-picture and television production, the company’s activities include visual effects and audio post-production, cutting-edge digital animation, interactive entertainment software, and the management of the global merchandising activities for its entertainment properties including the legendary STAR WARS and INDIANA JONES franchises. Lucasfilm Ltd. is headquartered in northern California.

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Richard Hicks April 1, 2016 - 12:23 am

Will have to get this for the kids. They will love it.

Regina Elliott April 1, 2016 - 8:07 am

I love star wars and can’t wait to see this one ! And seeing in theater makes the movie come alive with big screen and speakers

Linda Manns Linneman April 1, 2016 - 11:17 am

We are a Star Wars family. This movie will be added to our collection. Thank you so much for sharing

lisa April 1, 2016 - 5:29 pm

I haven’t seen any of these. There’s too much hype. And, I’m not big sci-fi fan.

AnnaZed April 1, 2016 - 7:21 pm

Ok, I am the world’s biggest geek! I loved this movie and saw it three times in the theater. I’ve already ordered it so taht we get the blu-ray first day!

Angela Nicholas April 4, 2016 - 1:24 pm

My son has been waiting on this to get released. I must buy it soon.

clojo9372 April 4, 2016 - 2:08 pm

I love bonus content. I am really interested in how they make movie with special effects such as this. I am looking forward to watching the footage, plus I still haven’t seen the movie yet! LOL! 😉


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