Secrets to discover in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS now out on DVD and Blu-ray delivers not just one incredible movie but also an ace behind-the-scenes documentary.

Otherwise known as ‘Episode VII’ – STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrived in cinemas last year following a very clever marketing campaign to keep the big plot points a mystery right up to its release. The fact that its director, wunderkind J.J. Abrams, wowed us big time when we finally got to see what happens 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi, was testament not only to his brilliance as a story-teller but his genuine love of the saga and his wish for us to experience the new instalment as he had done, when the original films were released.

John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford in Star Wars The Force Awakens - image by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford

Now STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is out on DVD and Blu-ray and apart from being able to watch the main feature whenever you like (a lot, I think), the bonus features are fantastic – in particular, the documentary ‘The Secrets of The Force Awakens: A Cinematic Journey’. At just over 60 minutes, it details the evolution of the new phase in the Star Wars saga, from producer Kathleen Kennedy becoming the head of Lucasfilm and the appointment of J.J. Abrams as Episode VII’s director, right through the pre-production and filming, to the picture’s impending release.

Containing interviews with all the key players – from the very funny Gwendoline Christie “and then I got introduced to Harrison Ford!” to the quietly honoured Adam Driver echoing a sentiment by Ford “Look at what we get to do” – it’s fascinating viewing. And along with other shorter features on the music, special effects and how the exhilarating lightsaber battle in the snow-covered forest was conceived and shot, this really is an essential purchase for any Star Wars or movie-lover’s collection.

Go, buy it now!