I cannot get over how much I still love talking about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The seventh entry in the Star Wars saga came out last December and since then I’ve glommed onto every little detail I can find about the adventures of Rey, Finn, and the rest of the gang. On April 5th Star Wars fans will get to relive the magic all over again when The Force Awakens hits Blu-ray and DVD, though it will be available digitally starting April 1st. The disc will be filled to the brim with special features, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, and more. Now that the list of what’s included on the Blu-ray has been revealed, let’s talk about a few of the things and speculate on what secrets they may reveal to us!
Secrets Of The Force Awakens That Will Destroy Us Emotionally
A trailer for ‘Secrets Of The Force Awakens’ premiered at South by Southwest at the beginning of the month, showing glimpses of the entire production process. I’m hoping this feature-length documentary addresses some of the juiciest pre-production rumors (a look at Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt’s original script and maybe even George Lucas’s original pitch too). I’m curious if they included a spotlight on Harrison Ford’s on set accident and how the crew reacted. I also want to hear the conversations surrounding the decision to kill off Han Solo and maybe some final words from Ford on the iconic character. Most importantly, I need to know why they decided to keep ace pilot for the Resistance, Poe Dameron, alive. He was originally supposed to die early on, but director J.J. Abrams spared him. I’m fairly certain the reason he’s spared is because Oscar Isaac is devastatingly handsome, but I need to know for sure!
Crafting Cool Creatures For Nostalgia Nerds
The Force Awakens is praised as a return to practical effects for cinematic blockbusters. In the “Crafting Creatures” featurette, it would be awesome to watch the puppeteers and actors bring the Dengue Sisters and that weird desert bird that Rey drives by on her way into Niima Outpost to life. I definitely need to see Simon Pegg getting into the suit for his role as junkyard hustler Unkar Plutt. It would also be a nice touch to hear from the filmmakers on why they chose to make characters like Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke digital creations. Seeing the conversations about what medium to create the creatures and characters in and the blending between practical and CGI effects would be the ultimate treat for movie fans.
Blueprint Of A Battle Between Gorgeous Young People
In the “Blueprint of a Battle” featurette, they’re strictly covering the climatic fight between Rey and Finn against Kylo Ren. In terms of lightsaber fights, the final fight in The Force Awakens combined the exciting whiz bang of the prequel brawls with the more graceful and layered approach of original trilogy duals while adding its own flavor for a new generation of Star Wars fans. I want to hear the three actors in the scene (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver) talk about their first experience holding a lightsaber and see some behind-the-scenes charm of these three learning to wield them.
John Williams Comes Home Again
After writing the score for the six previous Star Wars films, how can John Williams continue to innovate? It looks like in the “John Williams: The Seventh Symphony” featurette, we’ll get an in-depth look at the man and the music. Hopefully, we’ll get to hear his insights into making “Rey’s Theme,” a fan favorite from The Force Awakens score. I also want to hear his thoughts on the themes of the original trilogy heroes Han, Luke, and Leia, and how he updated them for their return to the screen thirty-two years later.
Deleted Scenes, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Trust In J.J.
Like most fans, I’m salivating at what and how many deleted scenes we will see when we get our grubby mitts on the The Force Awakens Blu-ray. In the trailer for the release, we caught a glimpse of Kylo Ren and other stormtroopers onboard the Millennium Falcon. Also, we’re looking forward to a handful of deleted scenes with Maz Kanata at the Resistance base, including the moment Maz hands Leia her brother’s lightsaber, which appeared in the original trailers. Many people were confused by the overarching political machinations in The Force Awakens between The Resistance, the First Order, and the New Republic, as these scenes were seemingly left on the cutting room floor. Supposedly, actress Maisie Richardson-Sellers (playing Korr Sella, consulate to General Leia in the New Republic) was supposed to relay some of this info, but only a cameo during Hosnian Prime’s destruction remains. They also better include the scene with Constable Zuvio, considering he was all over the merchandise and was cut completely from the film in the end.
What are you looking forward to most when you rewatch The Force Awakens on blu-ray? Are there any deleted scenes you NEED to see? Sound off in the comments below!