StarWars.com has The Force Awakens home release details, confirming that the Blu-ray and DVD will be out in April 5, with the digital download coming April 1. The special features include a full-length documentary and deleted scenes – including one of Kylo Ren on the Millennium Falcon.
Target, Walmart and Best Buy will have retailer exclusive packaging.
Looks like The Force Awakens may be released for home digital (aka iTunes and the like) as early as March 15th, per Blu-ray.com (via). Interesting, but given that staggered release dates seem to be a big thing with this movie, not at all unprecedented. Signs point to the Blu-ray and DVD coming out April 5.
→ The Force Awakens is up for 15 Saturn Awards, including nods for J.J. Abrams, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Lupita Nyong’o.
Some Star Wars Rebels fans are less than impressed with Disney/Lucasfilm right now. Last week, fans who have been purchasing the show digitally found that ‘The Protector of Concord Dawn’ wasn’t included as part of their season pass for the cartoon’s second season. Instead, it’s part of a third volume – requiring a second ‘season’ pass.
Some initially thought it could be a mistake, but Lucasfilm (via Full of Sith) says it’s a deliberate choice:
Because Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels contains seven episodes more than Season 1 (20 versus 13), it has been broken down into lower priced volumes to make it more accessible. Unfortunately, this was not made clear for those buying a “season pass.” We regret the confusion and are happy to report that, in response, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play have reduced the price for the second half of Season 2 to $19.99.
Jason Ward at Making Star Wars is also among those decrying the “bait and switch.” Fans are angry, flooding ‘Volume 3’ on Amazon and iTunes with angry reviews and one-star ratings.
There were earlier rumors that Netflix may have tried to buy out Starz in order to debut all seven Star Wars at once, but they came to nothing. (Unless you happen to be in Canada, where Netflix will stream The Force Awakens – but no word on the rest of Star Wars, which is currently only available digitally for purchase.)
We still await word on when the older Star Wars films will return to basic cable – Spike TV’s previous deal is either already up or expires very soon, and in any case they haven’t aired the movies in a couple of years. My money is on Disney taking them to ABC Family/Freeform, which loves them a Harry Potter or Hunger Games marathon, but time will tell.
The U.S. can now get the Star Wars films in digital formats, and while Han doesn’t shoot first, there is one noticeable change… A new Lucasfilm fanfare replaces the 20th Century Fox one on all the movies save A New Hope. (Which, as we all know, Fox has distribution rights to in perpetuity.) Is this what we can expect on The Force Awakens? Almost certainly.
No, Han does not shoot first on the digital version of A New Hope. The word from Australia, where it’s already Friday and the digital releases are live, is that the Greedo scene is exactly the same as the one on the Blu-ray. And, to be fair, anything else would have been a big shock, given that ‘Han shot first’ would have been spun into a Lucasfilm talking point by now if it had been the case.
Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, with whom today’s report originated, admitted that he was wrong, but does maintain that there is a high definition version of the pre-Special Edition scene in play somewhere… So don’t expect the rumors of restored ‘original’ prints to die down any time soon.
On April Fool’s Day, Yakface was sent a photo of a poster at Walmart teasing an April 10 release of the Star Wars movies in digital on the store’s Vudu service. We weren’t sure if it was a joke or not, but April 1 has come and go and now a Star Wars bundle is listed on Vudu.com. It not only includes the six movies so far, but also a number of extras.
With ‘commemorative’ action figure sets (still sans Leia) already on sale, we have little reason to believe this isn’t going to happen – and I doubt Vudu will be the only player in the mix. They just happened to be the ones who’ve let the cat (or, well, the date) out of the bag. Expect to see similar bundles on Netflix, iTunes, Disney’s own services and more.
April 10 is next Friday, so I’d expect a formal announcement Thursday at the very latest… And why would they want to make a big splash to get Star Wars in people’s minds the weekend before Celebration, I wonder?
Jedi News is all over toys today. They say there are Hasbro box sets of prequel and original trilogy stuff due out “to support the digital releases of the films.” That rumor has been floating around for a while now – last time it was fall 2014 – but if there’s any truth to the toy stuff, it’s a lot more evidence than anything else we’ve had lately. Capitalizing on May 4th makes plenty of sense.
Of course said box sets are completely lacking Padme and Leia figures, because that’s just how things are, right ladies?
But onto The Force Awakens – Episode VII LEGO stuff apparently has a street date of September 4th, and there will be a Millennium Falcon and an X-wing among them.
UPDATE: Making Star Wars has a source who backs up the release date, and adds something new: Kylo Ren will be on all the packaging.