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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Blu-ray Review

There has been an awakening…and we have felt it with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens being released on Blu-Ray!

The long anticipated next entry in the Star Wars franchise hit theaters in December 2015 and saw the largest opening weekend in cinema history.  The newest film directed by J.J. Abrams carried with it the hopes and dreams of millions of Star Wars fans around the globe, as well as the expectations from critics for the franchise to return to its once great form.  Luckily for both parties, very few were disappointed.  Harnessing a blend of young and old talent, Abrams was able to construct a story that felt strikingly similar in many aspects, but altogether new for multiple generations of fans to be able to enjoy the magic of Star Wars being brought back to the big screen once more.

Now with Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens being released on blu-ray, fans can finally overanalyze every frame from the comfort of their own home and begin to ask the questions that really matter.  Like, who are Rey’s parents?  Who exactly is Supreme Leader Snoke?  Is everything that happens during that Force Vision real or just a dream?  Why does C-3PO have a red arm for one scene and why is it gone the next?  Why didn’t Leia hug Chewie near the end?! What does Kylo Ren do to his hair to make it look so great even after taking off his helmet?!?!  And could we be even more excited for Episode VIII and Rogue One?!  There are many questions still to be answered, and, hopefully, some of them may be at least partially answered on the extras of this very blu-ray.

In case you missed it in theaters, or want to add it to your collection, here are the details on the Blu-ray release.

STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS SYNOPSIS

Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren and the First Order. When a defector named Finn escapes with the assistance of a Resistance fighter named Poe and crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey, a tough scavenger and a droid who contains a top-secret map. Together, Finn and Rey join forces with Han Solo and Chewbacca to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker, the last of the Jedi Knights.

Blu-Ray Bonus Features

Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – A making-of feature broken into four segments as follows:

-Chapter One – Shaping the film from the sale of Lucasfilm to Disney, hiring director J.J. Abrams, concepts and story designs that helped the film take form, getting the cast back together again, emphasis on practical effects, on boarding of new characters and actors, and the first table read of the script.

-Chapter Two – Heavily focused on the filming process, chapter shows off many of the locations the film was shot at-including Abu Dhabi and Pinewood Studios.  Physically preparing the actors for their respective roles, behind the scenes peek at what makes BB-8 roll, development of some key characters, recreating the Millennium Falcon, reintroducing old characters, and some time with Peter Mayhew returning to work as Chewbacca.

-Chapter Three – Making Maz’s Cantina and the creatures within, a look at the motion capture process for Maz Kanata and Supreme Leader Snoke, working with the droids, the return of Carrie Fisher, and more background on the mysterious Kylo Ren.

-Chapter Four – What happens to Han and why?  How was the ending decided and how does the cast and crew feel about this film, and the franchise as a whole?  Get some thoughts behind the decision on one of the major events in the film and how the people working on it felt.

The Story Awakens: The Table Read – A brief overview of the first table read that saw the entire leading cast come together for the first time.  Also includes some brief interviews.

Crafting Creatures – Bringing the ferries and creatures to life!   closer look at constructing many of the practical creatures that appear in the film, including Chewbacca, and the human work that brings them to life.

Building BB-8 – A look at the character evolution and design of BB-8, the droid’s place in the movie, crafting the practical models, and the different iterations that are utilized in different situations.

Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – An in depth examination of making a climactic lightsaber duel, including set construction and physical preparations for the scene.

ILM: The Visual Magic of the Force – Briefly showcases how digital effects support all of the movie’s practical visuals, with emphasis on some of the iconic spacecraft that appear in the movie.

John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – A discussion of John Williams’ iconic work and new material for this movie.

Deleted Scenes – Scenes cut from the movie including: Finn and the Villager, Jakku Message, X-Wings Prepare for Lightspeed, Kylo Searches The Falcon, Snow Speeder Chase, and Finn Will Be Fine.

Force for Change –  A look at the charity work done through the release of the film.

The Force Awakens Blu-Ray

Buy the Blu-Ray HERE.

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Craig Doleshel

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