Fans of the galaxy far, far away recently found out when they could bring Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens home. Disney will release the film on digital on April 1, followed by the physical Blu-ray on April 5. Even though Episode VII is still playing in more than 1,000 theaters (as of this writing), viewers are excitedly placing pre-orders from retailers like Target, Best Buy, and Wal-Mart, scooping up the exclusives stores are offering.
In addition to watching the movie again (and again), a key selling point of any Blu-ray release is the special features. Lucasfilm did not shortchange consumers on bonus content, as the Force Awakens disc contains a feature length documentary about the making of the film, behind-the-scenes featurettes, and deleted scenes (among others). The trailer the studio unveiled for the Blu-ray contained footage of one of the cut bits - Kylo Ren walking on board the Millennium Falcon and sensing Han Solo's presence. Now, a comprehensive list of deleted scenes has been shared.
JB Hi-Fi supplied the details, revealing that there will be a total of six deleted scenes on the Blu-ray. That final number is a little less than the "seven or eight" that were earlier rumored, but there's still plenty for fans to check out:
- Finn And The Villager
- Jakku Message
- X-wings Prepare For Lightspeed
- Kylo Searches The Falcon
- Snow Speeder Chase
- Finn Will Be Fine
Descriptions about what each scene actually entails are not available, but it's easy to hypothesize judging by the titles. Both "Finn And The Villager" and "Jakku Message" could be from the film's opening sequence, where the First Order invades a village on the desert planet in search for a map to Luke Skywalker. "X-wings Prepare For Lightspeed" and "Snow Speeder Chase" are fairly self-explanatory - the latter of which is an action set piece on Starkiller base left out of the final film. Arguably, the juiciest ones are "Finn Will Be Fine" and "Kylo Searches The Falcon." Finn was in pretty bad shape following his short-lived duel with Kylo Ren, so the scene is most likely an update on his medical condition. And given Kylo Ren's relationship with Han, many will be eager to see the Falcon scene.
Outside of "Kylo Searches The Falcon" (which could have been a nice character moment), it does not appear that anything substantial was deleted from the theatrical cut. Force Awakens editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon said as much, indicating what was left on the cutting room floor was "fun but not necessary." Given that the pair earned an Academy Award nomination for their work, it's safe to say it's for the best these scenes were not in the proper film. Many praised the fast pacing of Star Wars 7 - the story always in motion with very few lulls.
One has to wonder if this is the full extent of all the scenes deleted for The Force Awakens, or if Lucasfilm is holding some back. The press release announcing the Blu-ray release mentioned that a 3D version would be made available later in the year. While some are patient enough to wait for that one to come out, many will grab a 2D copy in April and then double dip when the 3D Blu-ray is released. Perhaps there will be even more extra content available to entice customers to purchase both.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens will be released on Blu-ray April 5, 2016; Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on December 16th, 2016, followed by Star Wars: Episode VIII on December 15th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode IX is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020.
Source: JB Hi-Fi