Blu-Ray Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

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It’s hard to believe that Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened in theaters more than three months ago. It feels like only yesterday when we first met Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) – not to mentioned being reunited with some old friends. But with the film’s colossal run at the box office behind us, fans can look forward to reliving every moment with the official Blu-Ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Here’s how we summed up the film in our original theatrical review:

It’s funny, exciting, tragic, and entertaining from start to finish, painstakingly crafted with love and respect, and imbued with countless little details that longtime fans will be able to analyze and appreciate. It may not be the best Star Wars film, but it’s a damn good one, and our faith in the future of the series has been restored.

Most viewers have probably discovered this on their own, thanks to repeated trips to the theater, but The Force Awakens holds up very well on multiple viewings. Its shortcomings certainly haven’t vanished, but the overall experience is so enjoyable that we’re willing to forgive the film’s few missteps – especially when everything looks so incredible. The 1080p transfer is nearly flawless, featuring none of the color-correction issues that plagued the Blu-Ray release of the original trilogy – indeed, this sets a new standard for the way Star Wars films should look on home video.

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As with any Disney release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is complemented by an impressive selection of supplemental materials, including a handful of deleted scenes, footage from the original table read, and a featurette centered around the creation of BB-8. But the biggest draw for fans will be Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, a four-part feature-length documentary about the making of the film that covers everything from conception to post-production. There’s a wealth of material here, and much like its subject matter, the doc will likely inspire multiple viewings.

Make no mistake about it, Star Wars has returned in glorious fashion, and the Blu-Ray release of The Force Awakens is an absolute must-have for new and old fans alike. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to revisit Jakku again… and again… and again.

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The Force Awakens looked incredible on the big screen, and the near-flawless 1080p transfer definitely holds up under scrutiny. Throw in some great special features, and this quickly becomes a must-buy for any fan.

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