The Force to Awaken Later Here on Blu-ray

The Blu-ray of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will go on sale here five days later than in the US — and months ahead of a 3D BD.

It releases on April 13 with a 7.1 DTS-HDMA soundtrack and these extras:

  • Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – Feature documentary about the making of The Force Awakens, revealed through in-depth footage and interviews with the actors and filmmakers
  • The Story Awakens: The Table Read – Cast members familiar and new reflect on when they first came together to read the movie’s script
  • Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen
  • Crafting Creatures – Watch the filmmakers bring 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 digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects
  • Force For Change – See how Star Wars fans all over the globe use the Force to help others.
  • Deleted Scenes

So far the movie has grossed nearly $3 billion globally and although there’s no word on a possible 4K BD release, The Digital Bits reports a 3D version will be out later this year to promote the theatrical release of Star Wars: Rogue One.

Meanwhile, Universal Pictures NZ has confirmed there will be a two-month gap between the US and NZ BD release of Oscar-winner The Revenant, which goes on sale here on May 25 (the same day as another Oscar-winning western, The Hateful Eight).

The same day UPNZ will release The Danish Girl, two weeks after The Big Short (May 11) and two weeks ahead of Spotlight (June 8).

Spotlight already is for sale in the US, where it’s earned plaudits for its cinematic transfer but not the extras.

According to DVD Talk: “There is a letdown here; no commentary, no extended extras, just three featurettes …

Uncovering the Truth (6:33) is a roundtable interview with the journalists portrayed in the film, how they came to the story, its impact on themselves and one another and some of the effort made to getting the story; A Look Inside (2:30) is your run of the mill EPK on the film; and The State of Journalism (3:14) looks at that with the cast and crew.”

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