star Wars: the force awak­ens

The talk is strong with this one

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re­leased OUT NOW! 2015 | 12 | Blu-ray 3d

Di­rec­tor JJ abrams Cast daisy ri­d­ley, John Boyega, Os­car Isaac, Har­ri­son Ford

col­lec­tor’s edi­tion No di­rec­tor’s cut here – this is the same film Dis­ney re­leased on reg­u­lar Blu-ray and DVD in April.

Ex­tras “I apol­o­gise in ad­vance,” JJ Abrams says early on in his new-to-this-re­lease com­men­tary, be­cause he doesn’t think he’s very good at them. Thank­fully, he’s wrong – this is a bril­liant talk track, packed with facts and mem­o­ries di­rectly tied to on-screen events.

Whether JJ’s deal­ing out rev­e­la­tions (Kylo Ren was go­ing to have Phasma’s out­fit at one point), mak­ing be­hind-the-scenes con­fes­sions (Adam Driver flew into rages be­cause his cos­tume was so re­stric­tive), or de­fend­ing the plot de­vices he in­cor­po­rated from the orig­i­nal film (com­par­ing Star Wars to West­erns and fairy­tales), it’s end­lessly fascinating.

JJ’s con­tri­bu­tion is so good it makes the new fea­turettes feel like watch-once fluff. “Fo­ley: A Sonic Tale” (four min­utes) demon­strates the low-tech ap­proach to mak­ing the movie’s sounds. “Sound Of The Re­sis­tance” (seven min­utes) con­tains the rev­e­la­tion that BB-8 had proper, recorded, in-English place­holder di­a­logue. The best part of “Dress­ing The Galaxy” (six min­utes) is the stuff about the evo­lu­tion of Kylo Ren’s cos­tume. “In­side The Ar­mory” (eight min­utes) has solid be­hind-thescenes shots of lightsaber fights. Fi­nally, “The Scav­enger And The Stormtrooper” (12 min­utes) is a re­laxed chat be­tween Daisy Ri­d­ley and John Boyega. (NB There are also three fur­ther deleted scenes, which we weren’t be able to see.)

All de­cent, but fairly for­get­table. But de­spite the Dark Side of this dou­ble-dip, we still rec­om­mend this. The com­men­tary alone is worth the cost. Sam Ashurst

Abrams’s com­men­tary track con­firms the call-sign of the Stormtrooper played by Daniel Craig: FN-007!

And now the group only had nine more Wether­spoons to visit.

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