March 11, 2016 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released for purchase first on Digital HD (April 1st), then on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD (April 5th).
Major retailers are each offering their own retailer-exclusive collectible versions of The Force Awakens Blu-ray combo pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital):
Best Buy is packaging its Blu-ray in a SteelBook hinged case ($29.99)
Disney Store is offering an exclusive lithograph set (BB-8) with its combo pack while supplies last ($24.95; must pre-order by April 4th to get the lithograph set)
Target is offering 20 minutes of bonus content (interviews with Daisy Ridley and John Boyega; a review of the movie’s costumes, props and weaponry; etc.) However, be aware that the bonus content is not on a disc. Instead, the extra content will be distributed via a code inside the packaging and will be streamed via the Disney Movies Anywhere website. ($24.99; comes with a $5.00 Target gift card if you pre-order.)
Walmart’s version comes in BB-8 packaging and offers an exclusive Star Wars Galactic Connexions trading disc. ($19.96; currently out of stock online, but if you register your email address, Walmart will notify you when it becomes available.)
Still not interested or curious? Watch the promotional trailer video below and see if that doesn’t pique your interest.
No matter which retailer’s version you decide to purchase, your combo pack will include:
● Deleted scenes
● “Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey” (a documentary with interviews of the actors and filmmakers)
● “The Story Awakens: The Table Read” (old and new cast members recall the day they all assembled together to do a dry-run of the movie’s script)
● “Building BB-8”
● “Crafting Creatures”
● “Blueprint of a Battle: The Snow Fight” (explores the climactic lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren)
● “John Williams: The Seventh Symphony” (interview of the Oscar-winning composer)
● “ILM: The Visual Magic of The Force” (the movie’s visual effects)
As for the 3D version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, no release date has been set other than “later this year”.