Disney will release “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for download on April 1, followed by a Blu-ray release on April 5.
And I’m sure some fools will not be able to wait those 4 days for the Blu-ray 😉 I’m not one of them though
Mark the date Star Wars fans . In addition to the awesome film Star Wars: The Force Awakens , we will get an in-depth documentary, featurettes, and much much more. Extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers.
Some of the Bonus features include:
–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
–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
-Plus Deleted Scenes.
Directed by J.J. Abrams, and written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was named one of AFI’s top ten films of 2015 . It also made my top 10 list for 2015
For some reason the Europeans will not get the release until April 16th. I hope this changes, because talking just for myself, I WILL stream this film as soon as it hits the interwebs ( around April 2th ) Why would I wait 2 weeks ? WHY DISNEY !!! WHY !!!
You can pre-order from Amazon UK here
Read my review of the film HERE
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Here are my 2016 Oscar predictions
– Spotlight – Best Picture
– Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Best Director
-Leonardo DiCaprio – Best Actor
-Brie Larson – Best Actress
-Sylvester Stallone – Best Supporting Actor
-Rooney Mara- Best Supporting
-“The Big Short”, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – Adapted Screenplay
– “Spotlight” Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – Original Screenplay
– “Son of Saul” Hungary – Best Foreign Film
-Inside Out – Best Animated Feature
-“The Revenant” Jack Fisk, Hamish Purdy- Production Design
-“The Revenant” Emmanuel Lubezki – Cinematography
-“Carol” Sandy Powell – Costume Design
-“Spotlight” Tom McArdle – Film Editing
-“The Hateful Eight” Ennio Morricone -Original Score
-“Til It Happens To You” from “The Hunting Ground” – Original Song
-“Amy” Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees – Best Documentary
-“Mad Max” – Hair and Makeup
-“Star Wars” – Sound Mixing
–“The Revenant” – Sound Editing
-“Star Wars” – Visual Effects
-“Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah” – Documentary Short
-“Shok” Jamie Donoughue – Live Action Short Film
-“Sanjay’s Super Team” Sanjay Patel and Nicole Grindle – Best Animated Short
Lifetime Achievement Award : Kirk Cameron
As always It’s up in the air with these predictions. The Actor, Actress and Director awards are the ones i’m most confident about. Supporting categories this year has been a problem due to the fact I have not seen many of the contenders films. The technical awards are a crapshoot really , and the big prize for Best Motion Picture could really swing either way. Spotlight was my favourite of the bunch, but The Revenant could easily take the prize.
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These are the winners of the 88th annual Academy Awards.
Best Picture: “Spotlight”
Direction: “The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Actress: Brie Larson, “Room”
Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”
Supporting Actress: Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Adapted Screenplay: “The Big Short,” Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Original Screenplay: “Spotlight,” Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy
Cinematography: “The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
Production Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson (set decoration)
Film Editing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
Visual Effects: “Ex Machina,” Andrew Whitehurst, Paul Norris, Mark Ardington and Sara Bennett
Costume Design: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan
Makeup: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Elka Wardega and Damian Martin
Sound Mixing: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” Chris Jenkins, Gregg Rudloff and Ben Osmo
Score: “The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone
Song: “Writing’s on the Wall,” from “Spectre,” Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith
Foreign Language Film: “Son of Saul” (Hungary)
Animated Feature: “Inside Out”
Documentary Feature: “Amy”
Animated Short: “Bear Story”
Documentary Short: “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness”
Live Action Short: “Stutterer”
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So the film is being received quite differently here. Some are taking the similarities to the original trilogy as blasphemy, and are angry about it. Others are finding these similarities to be one of the reasons for liking the film.
Of course nobody can be said to be right on this matter. It’s like the quarrels about which religion is right. Or who is interpreting the religion correctly. There is no right answer here. But reading the different views is quite fun me thinks. And note that the Dark Side can´t write a review without spoilers. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
The Force Awakens is currently holding at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes , so it’s nowhere near as good as The Wizard of Oz ( ? )
Apparently it made over $100 million on Friday alone. And it is set to beat the weekend record currently held by Jurassic World. That $4B deal that Disney made is looking like the steal of the century as analysts predict that the Star Wars The Force Awakens merchandising alone will bring in over $5B the FIRST YEAR. Damn.
My own review ( spoiler free ) can be read HERE
10:00am this Wednesday morning December 16th I saw Star Wars The Force Awakens . And 17:40 pm later today I will see it again with my brothers and sisters. And I am really looking forward to seeing it again.
Just release the film already !!!!!
Opening in theaters on December 16, 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, and will introduce a new generation of heroes and villains, as well as the return of fan-favorite smugglers, princesses, and Jedi.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be followed on December 16, 2016 by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars: Episode VIII on May 26, 2017, and the Han Solo anthology movie on May 25, 2018.