The Blu-Ray release of The Force Awakens is hitting stores today and contains a good selection of extras, including an hour-plus documentary called Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, several featurettes, as well as a few deleted scenes:
Secrets of the Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey
The Story Awakens: The Table Read
Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight
John Williams: The Seventh Symphony
ILM: The Visual Magic of the Force
Force for Change
Plus – Deleted Scenes
New Things We Learned From the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-Ray – Part 1
“The Force Awakens” doesn’t just refer to Rey. It refers to Kylo Ren too. “This was not just ‘The Force Awakens’ in a young woman,” says the documentary. “It’s the dark side of The Force awakening in the villain.”
• Mark Hamill felt that Luke has “great reservations” when Rey finds him on Ahch-To. “He’s very conflicted,” the actor said. “We’ll have to wait and see [what happens].”
• When Andy Serkis performed as Supreme Leader Snoke, he stood on a ledge 25 feet above Adam Driver and Domhnall Gleeson.
• Though you get a brief sense of it in the movie, the documentary says that Kylo Ren felt abandoned as a child because his parents weren’t there when he was growing up. They were “absent on their own agendas,” and he felt “lost in the world he was raised in.” That’s part of why he was so angry and so open to Snoke’s suggestions. He lacked their guidance.
• The scene where the Resistance opens the map that leads to Luke Skywalker was at one point going to include Maz Kanata. We know because the documentary shows the same footage, but with actress Lupita Nyong’o kneeling next to the other actors her mo-cap outfit. It’s likely she was digitally erased from the final shot.
• Kylo Ren and his Snowtroopers find and board the Millennium Falcon on Starkiller Base, which is how Kylo knows his father was there, and that the Resistance’s attack is imminent.
• The first scene Daisy Ridley shot was of scrubbing the scavenged part; John Boyega’s was filming around the crashed TIE Fighter.
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens is now available for Digital Download, DVD and Blu-Ray. Buy the Combo Pack at Disney Store.
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