After weeks of speculation regarding its inevitable home video bow, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney Home Entertainment have officially announced that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be coming to Blu-ray and DVD next month. In addition to a full list of special features we can expect, cover art for the individual editions were also unveiled today. There will also be some retailer exclusive editions featuring extra bonus content and special packaging.
You can check out the cover art for each edition as well as an exclusive trailer to promote the upcoming video release of The Force Awakens here below.
The announcement was made this morning by The Walt Disney Company’s Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger at an annual shareholders’ meeting that J.J. Abrams‘ long-awaited seventh installment in the Star Wars cinematic saga, which to date has grossed $926 million in the U.S. and $2.05 billion total around the world, will be available for sale on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1, 2016 and on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on April 5, 2016.
Here are the bonus features that will be included on the Blu-ray edition:
Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey â€“ 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 â€“ Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movieâ€™s script Building BB-8 â€“ See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe Crafting Creatures â€“ Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight â€“ Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren John Williams: The Seventh Symphony â€“ The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force â€“ An insiderâ€™s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movieâ€™s visual effects. Force For Change â€“ 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
According to the official press release, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy will be offering their own special editions with exclusive content and packaging, which differ by retailer.
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 movieâ€™s costumes and weaponry.
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.
The Best Buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Combo Pack features exclusive SteelBook Packaging.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Max Von Sydow, and Mark Hamill, and will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1, 2016 and on Blu-ray combo pack and DVD on April 5, 2016. Disney is also planning a 3D Blu-ray release for later this year.