JJ Abrams Confirms Details of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD Release

Monday, 11 January 2016 - 12:16PM
Star Wars
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Monday, 11 January 2016 - 12:16PM
JJ Abrams Confirms Details of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD Release
Though we've already watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens countless times in the theater, we're already counting down the days to when we can bring the magic home and watch it over and over on DVD and Blu-Ray. The day of the DVD's release is yet to be confirmed, but the JJ Abrams has now answered one of our burning questions about what those boxes might contain.

Speaking to EW Abrams has confirmed that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens DVD and Blu-Ray releases will come complete with a number of deleted scenes. Previously, Abrams has stated that there are roughly a dozen deleted scenes from the movie, which in total add up to around an extra 20 minutes of footage. That's great, and we imagine there will be plenty of clues about the future of the Star Wars saga contained within that bonus footage, but what about the possibility of getting a whole new cut of the movie?

We know that Abrams gradually sliced and diced the film down to its theatrical release version, but does he plan on providing fans with some form of 'Director's Cut' or 'Extended Cut' as has been the case with many movies in the past. Unfortunately, Abrams confirmed we wouldn't be seeing a new cut.

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"There will be deleted scenes, but not an extended version," Abrams said before responding to a question about how long the earlier cuts were. "I don't know what the longest cut was. Probably, if it were with credits, close to two hours and 50 minutes was the first cut."
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This is a real blow, not least because there are definitely areas that we would like to see expanded on beyond the theatrical cut. That being said, we should be careful what we wish for when it comes post-release tinkering. We're all aware of how badly we crave a home entertainment copy of the original theatrical cuts for George Lucas's original Star Wars trilogy. God forbid we find ourselves in another situation like that in 10 years time.

There's still some debate as to when the DVD's and Blu-Ray's will be released. A number of rumors have hinted at an April release, while other reports suggested it could be released as late as the end of June.
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