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 2
• The Dejarik (or holochess) game that Finn mistakenly turns on in the Millennium Falcon picks up immediately after the game played back in A New Hope. No one has played it since then!
• In a deleted scene from early in the movie, we learn that Finn’s mercy at the Jakku village extends beyond not just firing at the villagers. He ran into a young woman behind a hut, too, and let her go.
• In order to prep for all the running in the Jakku (or, really, Abu Dhabi) sand, Daisy Ridley and John Boyega rehearsed some scenes while running on a treadmill.
• Leia and the Resistance were alerted to the destruction of the Jakku village and, though Poe was missing, she figured out BB-8 had the map.
• Han seems to know Finn is lying about who he is immediately, but how ? A deleted scene that’s only on the digital downloads reveals that Han knew because Finn changed all his clothes except his boots, which are Stormtrooper issue. (The scene also explains how Finn lost the gun Han gave him).
• Most of the lightsaber fights were shot with props that looked very much like real lightsabers, but Han’s death was shot without a saber at all. It’s all CG.
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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