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Earlier this morning, ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ shared a sneak peek at the upcoming ‘Table Read’ bonus feature from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, available to own on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5. Unfortunately there’s not actually much to the sneak peek, but it does feature a voiceover from director JJ Abrams introducing it, as well as a snippet of video.
Discover the complete story behind the making of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with in-depth documentary and bonus material that will take fans on an exciting journey behind the scenes. Secrets will be revealed through extensive footage, never-before-seen deleted scenes, and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers.
Returning in early 2017, Disney Cruise Line guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during Star Wars Day at Sea. New in 2017, the Disney Fantasy special sailings expand to both eastern and western Caribbean itineraries and nearly double in number to 15 cruises — up from eight in 2016. During this day-long celebration, Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force and the magic of Disney for an out-of-this-galaxy cruise experience unlike any other.
“Our guests keep telling us that Star Wars Day at Sea is an experience they’ll never forget, that it’s a thrill of intergalactic proportions,” said Karl L. Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “In response to guest demand, we’re pleased to create even more Star Wars memories aboard the Disney Fantasy in 2017 with an expanded schedule of these special sailings. Clearly, the Force is alive and well on the high seas!”
Each sailing features a full day of dark side and light side fun, including official appearances of Star Wars characters, a deck party and fireworks, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, at-sea screenings of Star Wars films, unique food and beverage offerings, and special merchandise.
Throughout the day, Star Wars Younglings, Padawans and Jedi Masters alike can enjoy the immersive, intergalactic entertainment, including:
Force-filled Fun for Everyone
Characters from across the Star Wars galaxy are onboard for interactions, photos and also may be seen patrolling the decks.
Although it’s primarily a printed collection of short stories that were e-published last year as part of the ‘Journey to The Force Awakens‘ campaign, Landry Q. Walker’s Tales from a Galaxy Far, Far Away: Aliens, Volume 1 (April 5, 2016) will feature two brand new stories, of which we are pleased to share the first details of below.
Featuring artwork by Tyler Scarlet of Industrial Light and Magic, the 352 page collection of stories is intended to be reminiscent of pulp fiction novels, using aliens featured in Star Wars The Force Awakens who didn’t quite hold the spotlight in the film itself. The official publisher’s description, including details on the just-announced new tales is as follows:
Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey, a feature-length documentary will have its world premiere during the South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW®), being held in Austin, Texas, March 11-19, 2016. The documentary, a bonus feature on the upcoming Digital HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is an inside look at the making of this epic movie, revealed through in-depth footage and exclusive interviews with the actors and filmmakers.
ANA, Japan’s largest airline, announced today the inaugural flight of the final of three aircraft decorated with special Star Wars livery. Part of the previously announced ANA STAR WARS™ Project the last aircraft, the BB-8™ ANA JET (Boeing 777-300), featuring the new character from the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will roll out on March 27 and commence international routes.
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In support of today’s official announcement regarding the Blu-ray and Digital releases of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has also provided us with two ultra high resolution stills featuring Kylo Ren taking on Rey in their epic battle as well as Rey, BB-8 and Finn aboard the Millennium Falcon. The new stills have been added to the beginning of our already immense gallery of high resolution stills.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records upon its debut to become the cinematic event of a generation with over $926 million domestic and $2 billion worldwide. Confirming an earlier report by Stitch Kingdom, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert A. Iger at The Walt Disney Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders today announced the epic movie will be available to own early on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on April 1, and coming home on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on April 5.
Ahead of any impending official announcement, Walt Disney Home Entertainment has solidly confirmed an April 5, 2016 release date for the Blu-ray edition of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The news initially came to our attention via Disney Store who has updated their listing to include the new date, although they do not list any bonus features. In our experience, when Disney Store lists an ‘expected by’ date, it’s pretty solid as far as release dates.
Several days ago, we noted on Twitter that Walmart had begun accepting pre-orders for Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a dummy release date of 12/31/16. While we accept that Walmart may do this type of pre-order often, we rarely see them do so with Disney titles without a semi-solid release date. Apparently their system can’t handle the ability to accept pre-orders without a release date like Amazon does and given that the title is such a hot seller, we can’t argue the temptation.