Ahead of the DVD and Blu-ray release of Star Wars Episode VII on April 5, Starwars.com released another teaser this time hinting on the Deleted Scenes from The Force Awakens. These deleted scenes are included in the movie’s Collector’s Edition together with some features such as the emotional, behind the scenes table reading of the movie’s script, the Industrial Light and Magic’s bringing Maz Kanata to life, and the making of BB-8 among many others.
The teasers are intended to be a marketing campaign to encourage fans and movie goers to grab this chance of bringing home of the best episodes yet in the Star Wars canon. This is particularly important, especially that a Blu-ray copy has been illegally uploaded and shared recently by film pirates, and it’s now being shared among torrent sites ahead of the film’s home version release a week from now.
One deleted scene immediately caught some of the fans’ attention: Kylo Ren entering the Millennium Falcon. One can only speculate on what’s going inside this unstable character’s head knowing that his father has arrived.
One particular point of interest in this teaser is the scene where Hans Solo, Chewbacca, Finn, and Maz Kanata tries to escape a platoon of Stormtroopers as they find their way beneath Maz’ castle.
Though the teaser did not show what happened after Hans Solo begged the question to Maz if there is another way out, the entire deleted scene may eventually confirm what SFX Supervisor Chris Corbould revealed in his interview with the Collider last January. According to Corbould,
There was a particular part of a scene that never made it, where they go underneath the castle and they’re going into the underground passageways, and Stormtroopers are coming down the stairs and Maz uses her powers to collapse the ceiling. From my point of view, [that] worked absolutely brilliantly because you had all the main actors running up and then Maz does her bit and then the whole ceiling collapses in front of them, but that never made it. That was a shot I was quite proud of, actually, it worked really, really well.
Among the rest of the deleted scenes included in the Collector’s edition of The Force Awakens, this scene under the castle of Maz Kanata is the only one that comes as a digital exclusive. According to Screen Rant, Those who will purchase their Blu-ray copies on April 5 will receive a digital download code that will give them access to that full deleted scene of Maz Kanata’s escape showing her knowledge and use of the Force.
Included in the April 5 Blu-ray release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens are:
- 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
- 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
Those who will opt for a Digital HD Version of The Force Awakens may pre-order their copy via Amazon, and will be made available on April 1.