Judging by all the box office records that it has broken so far, fans all over the world want more ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. If you’re like me, you’re reading anything and everything connected to J.J. Abrams’ adventure in a galaxy far, far away from the Marvel comic books to the Disney-Lucasfilm Press novels. You might also be racking up the hours on ‘Star Wars Battlefront’. But none of that really gives us more Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, BB-8, and Kylo Ren. Luckily, the home video release of the film is expected to include some of the deleted scenes that we’ve heard about. However, they won’t be featured in an extended cut from the filmmaker.
While speaking to Entertainment Weekly after his Television Critics Association press tour panel for the upcoming Hulu series ’11.22.63’, Abrams revealed that the Blu-Ray and DVD of ‘Episode VII’ will not contain any sort of director’s cut or an extended cut. However, the filmmaker assures us that there will be plenty of deleted scenes included along with other special features. And in case you’re wondering just how much could possibly be included, he revealed that his original cut with credits was close to two hours and fifty minutes. That means that we could potentially see around thirty-five additional minutes of additional material that was left on the cutting room floor.
(Now would be a good time to mention that there are possible SPOILERS for upcoming ‘Star Wars’ films ahead. )
Abrams didn’t go any further about what the deleted scenes may be or what other special features would be on the Blu-Ray and DVD for ‘The Force Awakens’, but MoviePilot has a nice round up of what scenes could potentially be included thanks to the novelization of the film. Though some of these scenes like Kylo Ren visiting the Millennium Falcon and showing remorse for killing his father Han Solo or Supreme Leader Snoke expressing that Darth Vader’s emotions were his downfall may end up in ‘Episode VIII’, things like Maz Kanata reuniting with Leia to return Luke’s lightsaber to her and additional scenes in Rey’s vision sound like they could be good candidates for omissions that we may see in the near future.
Are you disappointed that there won’t be an extended cut of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’? What deleted scenes do you hope to see included on the Blu-Ray and DVD release? Sound off in the comments.