UPDATE! J.J. Abrams Confirms no Extended Cut for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Possible new Dates on the Blu-Ray/DVD Release.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, director J.J. Abrams confirmed that there will not be an extended cut of The Force Awakens. Also new listings on Amazon suggest that TFA Blu-Ray/DVD will be released on June 30…
Some directors like Ridley Scott and Peter Jackson often deliver extended cuts for their movies when released on Blu-Ray. J.J. Abrams on the other hand was never fan of this, and he never did something like that for his previous projects. Thus it was not surprising when The Force Awakens director confirmed that the home release of the movie will have deleted scenes but not an extended cut.
“There will be deleted scenes, but not an extended version,” Abrams told us after the panel for his upcoming Hulu series 11.22.63 at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday.
We also asked what the longest cut of the film was before he edited it down to two hours and 16 minutes for theatrical release.
“I don’t know what the longest cut was,” Abrams said. “Probably, if it were with credits, close to two hours and 50 minutes was the first cut.”
Speaking of Blu-Rays, there is a new listing on Amazon France (the same place that leaked the full track list of The Force Awakens soundtrack) which says that the movie will be released on Blu-Ray/DVD on June 30th. This date makes much more sense than the previous rumor for an April release. Most of the time the Blu-Rays/DVDs are realesed 5 months after the theatrical premiere. April seems too soon – only 4 months after the movie was released.
The UK Amazon also has a listing for TFA blu-ray release, but it doesn’t have a specific date. It just states that the movie will have a bonus disc, probably for the special features. Keep in mind that these listings not always mean something concrete, so until any official news is released by LFL or Disney, treat these as unconfirmed rumors.
Thanks to Le Jedi Lorrain for the heads up.
One of our readers shared something interesting in the comments section. He said:
I went to Best Buy, and a few employees said the movie was due in April. I noticed a digital download thing and walked over to the service counter. The girl at the front looked on the computer and said they confirmed the release date on April 20.
So first we had the April 5th listing on Blu-ray.com (no longer available), then the June 30th from Amazon.fr, and now April 20th from Best Buy. The first possibility (April 5th) is too early – only 3 months after the release of the movie. On the other hand June 30th is too late, since this is almost 6 months after the movie’s premiere. As I mentioned above Disney releases almost all of their Marvel movies 5 months after the premiere.
The date April 20 seems most reasonable. It’s a little over 4 months since the premiere but will also put the movie out just before May the 4th. I really think Disney will want to release the movie before that date, especially if the rumor that the Rogue One trailer will be released around that time as well is true.