Now that Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens has been in theaters for over two months and is nearing the end of its record shattering box office run, one thing many fans are wondering is when they'll be able to take the film home. There have been countless rumors regarding potential digital and Blu-ray release dates, but so far nothing has been confirmed by Lucasfilm. Given that the film is still in the top 10 at the domestic box office, the studio isn't in any particular hurry just yet.
But in due time, The Force Awakens will be made available on home media, and many who saw the film on the big screen will be quick to pick up their copy. In the case of a massive blockbuster like Star Wars 7, a major selling point for the Blu-ray will be the collection of special features Disney puts on the disc. As fans wait to see a full list of the bonus content, it's now been confirmed that some deleted scenes will be included.
While speaking with The Independent, Oscar nominated film editors Mary Jo Markey and Maryann Brandon shared that there would be "seven or eight" deleted scenes with the supplements. They wouldn't reveal which ones in particular, but Brandon did provide teases about which actors viewers can expect to see more of:
"We have been talking about [the deleted scenes]. But Disney has mentioned to us that - since they’re going to be on the DVD treats for viewers - that we should stop talking about them. There aren’t a lot. There’s one with Harrison Ford, there’s one with Rey, but there aren’t a lot."
Since Episode VII was released, moviegoers have learned about a number of the scenes that were cut. In particular, there was a bit where Maz Kanata used the Force to stop stormtroopers on Takodana, as well as additional footage for Chewbacca and Captain Phasma. It will be interesting to see which ones make their way to the Blu-ray and what they show. The revelation that extras with Ford and Ridley will be shown is a nice development, since those two were among the highlights of the film. Many will be hoping to see more of Rey's Force vision, searching for possible clues about her background and what's happened in the years since Return of the Jedi.
Since just about everything Star Wars that comes out now is part of the franchise's official canon, there will be those wondering whether or not the deleted scenes fit in. The answer to that query lies with the film's novelization. Only the scenes that are mentioned in the book are considered canon. As many fans know, the various Force Awakens tie-in materials included a bevy of new information about the plot, so the Blu-ray will potentially give viewers the chance to visualize some of these elements. Obviously, it all depends on what director J.J. Abrams shot, but hopefully the home media release contains at least a handful of the most tantalizing materials, providing a greater look at the movie's events.
However, it doesn't appear that there will be anything too revealing on the Blu-ray. In the interview, Brandon mentioned that what isn't shown in the final film "is fun but not necessary," so a majority of these deleted scenes will most likely be amusing, but brief moments that don't add that much to the narrative. That may be disappointing for some, but there should be many more special features on home media to satisfy the craving moviegoers have for as much Force Awakens as possible.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now in theaters, followed by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on December 16th, 2016, 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: The Independent