Fan theories, a perplexing recent trend in which devotees of a work of fiction claim to unearth hidden truths about it through elaborate and often nonsensical analyses of minor peripheral details, are bigger than all of us. They serve no real purpose other than giving denizens of the internet something to occupy our time while we wait for the sweet release of death, and in some instances can even detract from actual criticism, but for the most part they’re harmless fun. In recent weeks, however, they’ve caused J.J. Abrams a bit of frustration.
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Yesterday came news that Star Wars: The Force Awakens would officially be released on digital HD on April 1 and on DVD and Blu-ray on April 5. With all the special features listed, the only detail on the deleted scenes was that deleted scenes would be included (“Plus deleted scenes!”). Well, today we have some specifics including a complete breakdown of what deleted scenes to expect.
The Force is about to awaken in your home, and we promise it won’t be an April Fool’s joke.
Lucasfilm released an announcement video a couple of weeks ago to kick off production on Star Wars: Episode VIII, showing just a tiny glimpse of footage that made it look as if Rian Johnson was picking up where J.J. Abrams left off. If you had any doubts that Episode VIII would begin where The Force Awakens ends, Daisy Ridley has confirmed that this is definitely the case — and that Luke Skywalker will have much more to do this time around.
Ex Machina provided the first real upset of the 2016 Oscars beating out heavy favorite Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Best Visual Effects. In addition to Star Wars, Ex Machina beat out fellow nominees Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant and The Martian.
Not long ago we learned that Disney and Marvel had plans for a C-3PO prequel comic that would explain how the endearing droid got that red arm in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Episode VIII doesn’t arrive until 2017, so if you can’t wait that long to find out why C-3PO has a weird new appendage, Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 has your answer. And although this first look at the upcoming comic doesn’t really shed any light on the matter, it does give you a nice sneak peek.
Whether you’re buying a hard copy of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on DVD or Blu-ray, or instead opting for a digital copy via iTunes, you want to know what else you’re getting for your hard-earned money. Yes, you get a copy of the movie, but about the special features? While Lucasfilm has yet to officially confirm what will be included on the DVD or Blu-ray copies, a Swedish retailer has posted the full set of extras on their pre-order site, giving us a glimpse of what to expect.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to hit DVD and Blu-ray on April 5, but if you can’t wait that long, we’ve got good news. Like many big Hollywood releases, Star Wars is coming to iTunes early. You’ll be able to download The Force Awakens on March 15 with special features, including seven new deleted scenes.
If you stuck around through the Star Wars: The Force Awakens credits (perhaps waiting in vain for a post-credits scene), you may have noticed that both Bill Hader and Ben Schwartz were credited as “BB-8 Voice Consultants” for the film. Hader spoke about his involvement only briefly saying, “JJ f–-ing around with this sound effects app on his iPad that was attached to a talk box operated by me.” Now Schwartz has spoken about his contributions revealing that he was originally reciting written dialogue.
Back in June of last year, Harrison Ford was injured on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens when the door of the Millennium Falcon fell, dislocating his ankle and breaking his leg in two places. The production was put on hold for six months while Ford recuperated and director J.J. Abrams would later say of the incident, “Once we knew that Harrison was going to be okay, we all realized this was this greatest gift to the movie.” Abrams, and his bosses at Lucasfilm and Disney, may be disagreeing with that sentiment today as officials in London have brought four criminal charges against the Star Wars: The Force Awakens production company.