We knew that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Blu-ray released this past April wouldn’t be the last one, but it’s surprising that Disney is double dipping so soon. Today they announced the release of a “3D Collector’s Edition” that will be spread across four discs and include a commentary track from director J.J. Abrams along with deleted scenes that weren’t included on the recent release (you may recall that Abrams told Steve there were plenty of deleted scenes for this film). The four-disc set will also port over “classic bonus features” from the disc you bought less than six months ago. The new special features include:
- A look at how sound technicians blend action with audio effects in the featurette Foley: A Sonic Tale.
- Sounds of the Resistance, another audio themed doc showing how the sound designers blended real recordings into otherworldly effects in the film.
- Deleted Scenes – While there were a handful of deleted footage on the original Blu-ray, this one promises even more “never-before-shared” scenes.
- Dressing the Galaxy – A look at how wardrobe designs from the original trilogy were retooled by costume designer Michael Kaplan to fit the galaxy three decades later.
- Daisy Ridley and John Boyega share a conversation in The Scavenger and the Stormtrooper, a featurette that was released only on the previous disc as an exclusive at Target stores.
- Inside the Armory – A tour of the various weapons and battle gear in the battle between the Resistance and The First Order.
If I may offer a suggestion: perhaps we just wait on getting Star Wars Blu-rays until the inevitable massive box set that will come out sometime in 2020. I know that’s a while to wait, but if Disney keeps doling out these features piecemeal, it’s a disservice to fans. Better to save your money rather than buy the same movie on Blu-ray twice in less than a year.
But if you simply cannot wait for more Star Wars (or if you were prescient enough not to purchase the Blu-ray back in April), you can pick up Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 3D Collector’s Edition on the following dates in these countries:
- Holland and Sweden, Oct. 31
- Italy and Spain, Nov. 2
- Australia, Nov. 9
- U.S. and Canada, Nov. 15
- Brazil, Nov. 16
- Germany, Nov. 24