UPDATE! New European Date for The Force Awakens Blu-Ray Release and More on the US Special Editions!


While there’s still not an official word from Disney about when the Blu-ray release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to arrive, there have been a few details suggesting when the estimated time of arrival should be in a few regions – subsequently hinting that an official announcement may be imminent.


As we’ve previously reportedJediNews snagged an image revealing that the street date in the United Kingdom is April 18.




However, we’ve recently come across a bit of information suggesting that this isn’t necessarily the date that every region is going to get their fix of SWTFA goodness. A reader of ours (who we’ll call “Guy D”) gave us some exclusive information about the Belgian release of the film on home media, which appears to be 2 days earlier than the UK.

It’s hard to get a grip on the official release date of the Blu Ray and DVD’s for The Force Awakens. However, at my work (Delhaize, which is an international big supermarket across Europe) gave me this paper with information how we’ll display the DVD’s and what the display will feature next to The Force Awakens.

This means that every ‘Delhaize Supermarket’ in Europe is supposed to have this Display from The Force Awakens on 16 April. Which means this is THE release date and we HAVE to make it available at that date. We got this from an official company in Belgium who is supplier of Disney/Star Wars movies.


And here’s the actual proof:




It seems a bit odd that Belgium will be getting the movie two days early, but it does suggest that the movie will ultimately arrive in mid-to-late April in most markets. On another note, it’s not entirely clear if the OT/PT releases alluded to above are more reissues or entirely new releases of the films, and Guy D wasn’t entirely sure of what to make of it either. He suggested that it might just be for the French-language and German-language releases of the movies, so for the time being, it’s best to err on the side of reissues.


I should also note that the site which previously revealed the digital version’s arrival as being March 15 has mysteriously blanked out on the release date – suggesting a minor delay has taken place and that the movie won’t be arriving on April 5. The Digital Bits has suggested that the release date in the United States may have shifted to April 19 to account for the UK’s date, something which would be supported by the release date in Belgium being close to releases in both the United States and the UK. Aside from release dates, however, the people at TDB have revealed that the Best Buy is going to get an exclusive steelbook version:





And not only that, but people who pick up the movie at Target will get an additional 20 minutes of special features:




So whatever the case is on the official release dates, it seems extremely likely that we’ll be hearing something in the next few days. We’ll be sure to keep you covered on this front and more, so stay tuned.





Here’s a look at what appears to be the Walmart exclusive Blu-ray set. Judging by the description, it suggests that the Blu-Ray dates will be unveiled tomorrow. Pre-orders will be accepted from March 3 through April 4. This also suggests that the movie will be released on April 5. We will see tomorrow… (via MillenniumFalcon.com)


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Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

Grant Davis (Pomojema)

Grant has been a fan of Star Wars for as long as he can remember, having seen every movie on the big screen. When he’s not hard at work with his college studies, he keeps himself busy by reporting on all kinds of Star Wars news for SWNN and general movie news on the sister site, Movie News Net. He served as a frequent commentator on SWNN’s The Resistance Broadcast.

42 thoughts on “UPDATE! New European Date for The Force Awakens Blu-Ray Release and More on the US Special Editions!

  • March 2, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    So,will we get extra scenes? Guys that worked on the movie said it is possible to get extra 20 minutes

    • March 2, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      doubtful probably just a documentary or something along those lines. Maybe I’m odd but bonus content doesn’t sell me. I’m more interesting in quality of picture and sound. Which is only reason I’ve gone from VHS to DVD to Blu Ray

  • March 2, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    So if I want the steelbook I have to get it from Best Buy, but if I want the 20 extra minutes of bonus features I have to get it from Target. AND if I want to get it before the middle of April, I need to get it digitally. There goes my wallet.

    • March 2, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      To each their own, your money your choice. I’m fine with what I pre ordered from Amazon I’ll see the 20 mins extra online eventually. I’ve seen the movie 6 times as well. Though I would like it if when you pre ordered the 3 pack Blu ray dvd and digital you would get access to the digital early as well.

  • March 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Great, now Disney is playing the Paramount game with the bonus features. Different packaging as a retail exclusive is fine, different content is not. Total BS move and an invitation to piracy.

    • March 3, 2016 at 1:23 am

      “You’d better give me the content I want, or I’m going to steal it…”

        • March 3, 2016 at 7:16 am

          Why don’t you just get the version that has the extra content?

          • March 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

            I will, but I’d also like to get the other exclusive covers. Disappointed.

    • March 3, 2016 at 2:15 am

      piracy is illegal… there is no justifiable reason for it

      • March 3, 2016 at 2:31 am

        They made the extras exclusive to one store.

        There, I just justified it.

        • March 3, 2016 at 11:53 am

          You gave a lame reason, that has little to do with being ‘just’.
          The way you do it, you would be able to justify all sorts of illegal things. I think your moral compass is broken.
          Wheter you like it or not, there are laws. Stealing is never legal, that’s kind of what ‘stealing’ means. If you don’t agree on something (like a company making a product exclusive to one store) you can do all sorts of things in stead of stealing. You can sue the company, you can start a campain, or you can even go into politics and try to change laws. It’s called democracy. The notion that they ‘owe’ you the extras, so it’s okay to steal, is ridiculous.

  • March 2, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    why so odd that we in Belgium are getting the blu ray early ? the movie hit cinemas here 2 days before it opened in the USA too…

    • March 2, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Because reasons. That’s why.

      • March 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm

        Illuminati Confirmed

    • March 2, 2016 at 11:51 pm

      Illuminati Confirmed.

  • March 2, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    So what are the chances of this release then a collectors edition (like Lord of the Rings) with more stuff later ? Or would there be rumours of a collectors edition already ? Not sure how it was with LOTR.

    • March 2, 2016 at 11:35 pm

      I remember that it was almost year after LOTR was in cinemas that he extended edition was released, and that I didn’t buy the theatrical edition. I probably already knew it was coming.

  • March 2, 2016 at 11:48 pm

    I used to be big on packaging with movies, I just do not care anymore.

    I care more about the insides.

    Oddly enough with music I still buy CD’s and Vinyl. Probably because I like actually owning the album and looking at it.

    I just love listening, and looking at the cover and the insides. Something that is sadly fading away

    • March 3, 2016 at 1:22 am

      I’m this way with books. I tried eBooks for awhile. I just like the look and feel of books sitting on a shelf and in my hand, respectively. Music and movies, though? I’ve gone completely digital.

      • March 3, 2016 at 4:14 am

        Ebooks are an abomination and those who buy them are contributing to the destruction of culture.

        • March 3, 2016 at 5:09 am

          Well then….

    • March 3, 2016 at 2:46 am

      Do you remember in the early nineties, whenever you bought a computer game, it came in a big box full of stuff?

      Pepperidge Farms remembers.

  • March 2, 2016 at 11:50 pm

    Be careful throwing the term “Special Editions” around, Pomo! I almost had a heart attack!

    • March 3, 2016 at 7:00 am

      I wrote the same thing before I saw your post! Lol.

    • March 3, 2016 at 9:55 am

      I have no problem with that term.

  • March 3, 2016 at 2:04 am

    So glad the crappy shopped poster won’t be the cover or at least far as we know.

    • March 3, 2016 at 2:31 am

      It will be for all of the standard releases. The only Blu-rays that won’t have the theatrical poster is the Wal-mart cover and the steelbook.

      • March 3, 2016 at 3:22 am

        Where do you see that? I don’t see it saying final artwork anywhere.

        • March 3, 2016 at 4:52 am

          It’s an educated assumption on my part. Even the LEGO game featured the original poster, just in Lego form.

          • March 3, 2016 at 11:16 am

            Guess we’ll see then. I’d kind of like to see ones like they used on the DVD covers but I doubt it will happen.

      • March 3, 2016 at 4:34 am

        Anybody who follows big releases now knows they have slipcovers over the other art.

  • March 3, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Only 20 minutes of extras????

    • March 3, 2016 at 2:25 am

      That’s the exclusive Target 20 min disc. There is more with the main release.

  • March 3, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Amazon.es June 1st. No April. No May. June 1st in Spain…I can already see the spaniard pirates 🙂

  • March 3, 2016 at 5:14 am

    Some (non-final) versions of the Blu-ray cover art have the Starkiller Base’s engine/light turned off. Strange.

  • March 3, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Can you change the headline to say Limited Editions rather than Special Editions? Bad memories … 😉

  • March 3, 2016 at 10:38 am

    What if the teaser of Rogue One comes actually as extra of the bluray? or a featurette, like it happened already with the prequels.

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