The new Star Wars movie will be released for sale next month. Surprisingly, Disney has decided to release it through online services such as iTunes before it hits Blu-ray and DVD. UHD Blu-ray is not mentioned with a word.
First online, then on discs
Unlike many other players in the movie business, Disney is not afraid to embrace the internet. The company recently released all Star Wars titles in “Digital HD” for the first time, and it has now decided to release Star Wars: The Force Awakens through online stores such as iTunes and Amazon before the movie is released on discs.
Disney’s support for physical disc formats appears to be fading. Some had hoped that Disney would use Star Wars to help ignite the new UHD Blu-ray format but an UHD Blu-ray release is not part of the launch plans. However, a 3D Blu-ray version (in HD) of Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released this summer.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be available to buy through online services from April 1. The disc release will follow on April 5. The release dates for Europe have yet to be announced but rumors say that it will hit Europe on April 11 (online) and April 18 (discs), respectively. No plans for rental have been announced.
The movie purchase will include a bunch of extra material.
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