It's no joke, Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released digitally on April 1st, and then on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5th. Disney CEO Bob Iger made the announcement today at the annual Disney Shareholders Meeting. According to the Disney D23 website,
"The Force was strong this morning in Chicago, and the crowd awakened with cheers and applause over the announcement that the galaxy far, far away is coming to exactly where you like to watch movies. Bob announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available digitally beginning April 1 and on Blu-ray and DVD on April 5."
Lucasfilm also released a special preview for the blu-ray release, including a look at the bonus features (specifically the feature length documentary and deleted scenes). Check it out below,
Star Wars: The Force Awakens In-Home Trailer
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StarWars.com also released the complete list of bonus features,
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
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
Now, we just need to decide which retailer exclusive to pick up. Fortunately, StarWars.com released a complete breakdown of all the various versions of the release,
- TARGET – The Target Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive packaging and an added 20 minutes of bonus content, including never-before-seen interviews with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega and a deeper look at the movie’s costumes and weaponry
- WALMART – The Walmart Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with exclusive BB-8 packaging and an exclusive Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading disc
- BEST BUY – The Best Buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack features exclusive SteelBook Packaging
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