I can’t believe how fast time flies, as it feels like just yesterday I went to the movies to see The Force Awakens. Now the box office giant has made its way to home video with the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray set that features the movie on one disc and a “sith” load of extras on a second disc that make this collection a must have and a must see for all.
Seeing that we already have not ONE but TWO reviews for this film, I’ll just give my quick take on it and dive into the special features which are like a separate movie altogether. I’m pretty sure I speak for a lot of fans when I say I loved the movie, but it’s not without its faults. But let’s face it, we can forgive them because it’s Star Wars, a franchise that we fans look at anything carrying the name with rose colored glasses. It’s almost as though it can’t be helped, as the name usually implies action-packed adventure with the right amount of drama and comedy, things that this film have covered and then some. But it feels like there are some parts that don’t quite measure up as they should, which we can only hope will give way to an even better experience when episode eight is released.
Nevertheless I enjoyed the film and especially the new characters (Finn, Rey and Poe are perfect), and will watch this again and again as I do with the previous entries, especially with the perfect high definition transfer of the picture and sound.
Let’s get down to what fans are really anxious about, the special features. Well you’ll be glad to know they’re so massive, they had to be placed on a second Blu-ray disc. They kick off with the hour-plus “Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey” that covers most of what a fan could hope for, from George Lucas passing the company to Disney, to pre-production and filming, along with tons of interviews with the cast and especially the crew, some of which worked on the original trilogy. I’ve always been fascinated about how Star Wars movies are made and this extra is worth the price of admission by itself.
Then as if that wasn’t enough, there are a few more featurettes that go even further behind the scenes, such as the infamous “The Story Awakens: The Table Read” which became an iconic black and white photo back in 2014, and now viewers get to see a glimpse of what happened after the picture was taken and will have most grinning from ear to ear as the cast reads some of their lines while interacting with each other for the first time. “Crafting Creatures”, “Building BB-8”, “Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight”, “ILM: The Visual Magic of the Force” and “John Williams: The Seventh Symphony” are extras that go into how the lovable BB-8 and some of the cool-looking background creatures came to be, and how the awesome special effects team and the legendary John Williams brought the movie to life and more that will keep you glued to the screen just as the film does. It would’ve been nice if the extras covered some of the tough things such as Harrison Ford’s on-set injury, and sometimes the features are so good, you’ll wish there was even more of them, but they’re still great and will most watching them over and over looking for clues and insight into the next two sequels.
Picking up a copy of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray is a no-brainer, as I’m sure most have already pre-ordered, picked it up and are watching it long before reading any of this. Anyone who enjoys movies or just great entertainment will want to hop on their speeder for this one, as a perfect cast with great chemistry along with amazing special effects and a musical score that bring things to life make this a must-see for anyone of all ages. Couple this with an equally brilliant set of special features, and this is a collection you don’t want to be far, far away from your Blu-ray player.