Disney has officially announced the release dates for Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray Disc and Digital HD. The home media formats are arriving much quicker than one would have thought, with Digital HD releasing first on April 1st (could it be a joke?), followed only four days later by Blu-ray on April 5th.
We haven’t seen an official date for the DVD release (one would think the same day as Blu-ray), or an announcement of an Ultra HD Blu-ray edition for 4k TVs (after all, Sony has several UHD BDs available). But the 2-disc Blu-ray edition does come with a DVD copy for playing in the car, laptop, or wherever else a BD player isn’t available.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Blu-ray will come with an English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 soundtrack, underscoring video formatted in 1080p at 2.39:1 aspect ratio.
Extras will include a full-length making-of documentary and exclusive deleted scenes. (See more extras below.)
The 2-disc Blu-ray edition from Disney/Buena Vista will also come with a Digital HD copy redeemable with either UltraViolet or iTunes.
Disney is also expected to release a 3D Blu-ray edition of the film, although we don’t have any confirmation of artwork or price yet.
Bonus Material on Blu-ray Edition
- Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey – 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 – Cast members familiar and new reflect on the memorable day they all first came together to read the movie’s script.
- Building BB-8 – See how the filmmakers brought the newest droid to the screen, creating an instant fan favorite in the Star Wars universe.
- Crafting Creatures – Watch movie magic as the filmmakers bring a cast of new creatures to life.
- Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight – Go deeper into the epic, climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.
- John Williams: The Seventh Symphony – The legendary composer shares personal insights of his work on Star Wars and The Force Awakens.
- ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force – An insider’s look into the remarkable digital artistry of the movie’s visual effects.
- Force For Change – 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