Studio Synopsis: Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. Star Wars: The Force Awakens saw the eagerly anticipated reteaming of original Star Wars stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill, along with Anthony Daniels, the only actor to have been in all seven Star Wars films, and Peter Mayhew. The returning cast was joined by newcomer Daisy Ridley, who beat out fierce competition to take the principal role of Rey; BAFTA Rising Star Award winner John Boyega (Attack the Block, Imperial Dreams) as reluctant stormtrooper Finn; Emmy® nominee Adam Driver (Lincoln, Girls) as the villainous Kylo Ren, and Golden Globe® winner Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis, The Bourne Legacy) as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron.
Running Time: 136 minutes
Number of Disks: 3
– 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 universe.
– 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:
*Finn and the Villager
*X-Wings Prepare for Lightspeed
*Kylo Searches The Falcon
*Snow Speeder Chase
*Finn Will Be Fine
After what seems like decades of encasement in carbonite, and quite a few misfired attempts at thawing the franchise, Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens most assuredly lives up to its bold title promise. And while these words are likely to be a mere homage to the nostalgic whims of a man that was able to see both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi in all their original big screen bravado; still, The Force Awakens will no doubt do so in kind to a new generation of spry Jedi. Beyond the blandness of a simple sequel, The Force Awakens offers up an almost completely new crew, while rising to the storytelling challenge of elevating the battle hardened veteran roles to more than mere cameos.
Looking for spoilers? Well, you won’t find any here… so I will simply say this. The Force Awakens is a force to be reckoned with in its own right. Newcomers Ridley and Boyega propel the saga forward with emotionally genuine gusto, and Abrams puts aside any doubt that he can’t take on both Trek and Wars star mythologies with equal parts passion and punch. It’s true that Lucas will always be the father of the franchise, but Abrams has certainly secured his role as the son of the saga.
The disc bonus features are equally passionate, with remarkable looks into the building of BB-8; the crafting of the creatures that give the original new hope “cantina scene” a run for its money; the fight choreography and effects that went into the lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren; a look into the ILM video effects world; the magic of John Williams’ remarkable score; and a healthy dose of deleted scenes.
However, two bonus features rule this release. The first is an exhaustive look into the making of the film through the humbled eyes of all involved in Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey. Shot in a documentary format, this cinematic journey is crammed full of nostalgia, nuttiness and all those glorious tid-bits fans have been clamoring for these past months eagerly anticipating this release. The second impressive offering is the surreal table read, which most fans have only known up to this point in photo form.
If you’ve already seen the film, and can push aside the excitement of experiencing it again immediately, I strongly suggest viewing these two remarkable extras first and then commencing with the feature film. There is a reverence and a respect for images past that permeate throughout these sublime features, and the viewing of the film will be made all the better because of them. If you ever had any doubts as to whether this cast and crew were perfect for this franchise, or that this film was viewed as just another acting experience, you won’t after these features end.
So with heartfelt thanks to both Lucas and Abrams, and a resolve that now the franchise doesn’t need anyone to save’em, Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens is a lightsaber blast of both story and cast.
Central Cast: Harrison Ford | Mark Hamill | Carrie Fisher | Adam Driver | Daisy Ridley | John Boyega | Oscar Isaac | Anthony Daniels | Peter Mayhew | Lupita Nyong’o | Andy Serkis | Max von Sydow | Gwendoline Christie
Director: J.J. Abrams
Central Writers: J.J. Abrams | Lawrence Kasdan
Theatrical Release: December 18, 2015
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: April 5, 2016
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE