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05 Apr 2016

Blu-Ray Review: 'The Force Awakens' Is Almost as Good at Home as It Was in Theaters

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What an amazing treat Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens has been. It provided a nice afterglow at the end of 2015, and now you have the pleasure of watching it at home in 2016.

The Blu-ray version and the digital download are both stunners, providing the best in video quality and sound—sure to stretch the limits of your home-entertainment system. It was a blast in theaters, and it’s equally fun on the home front.

Newcomer Daisy Ridley gave the best dramatic performance not only in this film, but in all of the Star Wars films thus far. She should’ve been an Oscar contender. It was no small feat to become the star of history’s biggest movie franchise—and she rocked it. For great acting, look no further than her interrogation scene with the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).

She more than holds her own with Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher, reprising their roles as Han Solo and Princess (now General) Leia. Other newbies include John Boyega as Finn, a disenchanted Stormtrooper, and Oscar Isaac as Poe, the best damn pilot in the galaxy. Domhnall Gleeson is the only newcomer who strikes an overbearing note as General Hux.

Ford is great as solo, but Ridley and Driver steal the show. It’s wonderful knowing that the next chapter in the Skywalker saga will arrive next year—and that we get another Star Wars movie this December with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Who cares about Marvel and DC? We are getting a whole bunch of Star Wars movies!

Special Features: There’s a nice four-part documentary on the making of the movie, along with numerous featurettes, including a look at the infamous table read. You also get some deleted scenes—which were clearly deleted for a reason. 

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